Feed Limmy’s 40 Songs of 2016

In keeping with this annual tradition that stretches back to a land before Snapchat and Gigi Hadid, I am here to present you Feed Limmy’s Songs of The Year.

Over the years it has become more of a documentation of songs released in the past 12 months that I have really enjoyed or have soundtracked a special memory. I think for that reason, these lists of the more intimate nature perhaps carry a bit more meaning and weight, as they’re not critically-inclined but are measured by the standard of one’s enjoyment and personal connection. Which after all, is what music is all about.

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Limmy’s Hot Take: Christmas dread (already), Tinashe and delayed albums, and my new fave girlband BLACKPINK

This week on Limmy’s Hot Take: I’m operating on zero sleep and most definitely on zero chill after a stressful week. I come home to dead flowers and various receptacles spilling out with dirty laundry and empty wine bottles. Things are simultaneously winding down for the year as they are ramping up, and it’s really fucking with my calm.

Christmas-themed foods have started creeping into our shelves (Yesterday, I discovered “Christmas sarnies”. What a time to be alive), I’m beginning to wonder (no Dannii) if my plan to AT THE VERY LEAST stop at one bottle a week is looking the slightest bit possible. People are starting to gasp things like, ‘Where has the year gone?’, and with it inevitably comes the much-dreaded cue for reflection. WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE, SIS? WHAT HAS IT LEFT US WITH? With the US Election looming, I pray it’s not another bad news for us all.

Reflecting on what’s been both a super and crappy year is one of our faves Tinashe. The R&B singer’s much-delayed sophomore album Joyride continues to be much-delayed. Sis was forced to axe her tour dates in the UK and Australia, and there’s still no sign of when they might be rescheduled. Now it seems all this pent up frustration and murkiness with her own album plan has led to a brilliant new creative output in the shape of a 15-track mixtape called Nightride.

It’s raw, it’s dreamscapey. It’s ambient yet really present at the same time. And also, quite nicely features a track called ‘Ghetto Boy’, co-written with the critics’ fave Girls Aloud, Nicola Roberts, and Dev Hynes, who also produced the track. She’s got her fingers in all the right pies. Joyride or no Joyride, Tinashe is not about to disappear, I swear. Maybe we need to address fans pestering artists for an album? CC: Zara Larsson.

Top Tunes of the Week

BLACKPINK ‘Playing With Fire’

I keep yo-yoing between slightly bored to comatose right now with the current output from Little Mix and 5H, so I genuinely couldn’t be more excited to come across this new girlband. From the creators of 2NE1, comes a new generation of K-Pop girlband in the shape of BLACKPINK. These four girls have very quickly become quite a massive deal in South Korea since their debut in August. Sonically, they’re a bit of a dog’s breakfast at the moment. While their style is definitely a winning fusion of big pop melodies and rap, each of the four singles thus far have taken on completely different personalities and genres, which I actually don’t hate.

There’s also something rather international about BLACKPINK’s make up that perhaps gives them a bit of an edge? One of their members, Lisa (the one with the bangs), is Thai and is the first non-Korean artist signed to YG Entertainment after she was discovered at their audition in Thailand five years ago. Another member, Rosé, hails from Melbourne, Australia, and Jennie was raised in New Zealand.

Check out the videos for their newest offerings ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Stay’.

Tom Aspaul ‘Messy’

If you have ever woken up still-fully clothed and stained in cheap red wine from the night before, desperately trying to locate your phone and wallet, and struggling to recall what the fuck you said to whom at the pub after the fourth round, then first of all, welcome to my world, and second – this song is you. ‘Messy’ is one of four soulful, electropop gems on the brilliant Tom Aspaul‘s new EP Left. Rightfully heaped praise for its shiny melodies and production aside, I have to say I’m more drawn to that hint of emotional truthfulness and humanity in each of these songs.

Tayá ‘Deeper’

She first caught my eye with the gorgeously honeyed R&B tones of ‘Sweet Waste of Time’ now Liverpudlian singer Tayá is back with ‘Deeper’ – a soulful jam with crystalline electronic beats. There’s not really too much out there about this Atlantic Records UK signee as yet but I sense it will all change in 2017.

Kiiara feat. Ashley All Day ‘dopemang’

Another one we’re all keeping a firm eye on for 2017 is Kiiara, who was one of the shining breakout artists of Q1/Q2 this year with ‘Gold’ and her debut EP low kii savage. Here she is, dropping a totally badass new track to remind us all of her potential, just as bloggers start to prep their ‘ones to watch’ lists.

Avelino ‘Late Nights in The 15’

One of the many great pleasures I get from working on the MOBO Awards every year (for the past three years) is discovering new artists. The Best Newcomer category is one I always check for and this year’s nominees were exceptionally strong, including a certain hotly-tipped London-born rapper called Avelino.

Known for his collaboration with Wretch 32 and praised by key tastemakers from Noisey to Annie Mac and Charlie Sloth, I reckon it won’t be long before Avelino achieves mainstream recognition. Don’t worry, pop fans, I’m not trying to bring you a bit of grime or anything like that. Give his F.Y.O. (Fuck Your Opinion) album a spin.

This is ‘Late Nights in The 15’, which dropped a couple of months ago.

For more of my favourite tunes, check out my NEWEST playlist.

And finally…

We need to talk about how next level Tina Knowles Lawson is as a proud mama. .

This is my rendition of Solange❤️

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Don’t @ me re: my love for M&S’s Prosecco and Winterberries crisps. Show me love instead @feedlimmy.

Feed Limmy: Top 30 Songs of 2015

This has been a tradition since the land before time and Snapchat. While I’ve taken a long break from pop music blogging (the commentary still very much lives on in Twitter), I’m usually tempted to come back to this increasingly unfamiliar Wordpress interface every year and rank, hyperlink and embed my personal favourite tracks of the last 12 months. This year for the first time, I will be blogging with emojis. #downwiththekids

I imagine it’d be nice to scroll back through the passage of time one day to see that once upon a time, Carly Rae Jepsen overtook Robyn as the gays’ new queen of Bubbling Under pop. Once upon a time, Halsey was the flavour of the moment. Popstar of the Future Troye Sivan made an album (how traditional!). They sent troops to Syria but couldn’t extract a record from MKS. Nobody has time for the games Rihanna‘s playing anymore. And two unfuckwithable singer-songwriters in their 20s called Adele and Taylor Swift scrapped everyone’s life force with their massive-selling, Spotify-shunning, numerically titled albums. And where you were when you heard Zayn had left 1D?

Never mind. Here are 30 songs that I really, really liked this year.

Spoiler alert: At some point you might say, this list is really crap. Why isn’t Lana on here? 

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Various Artists “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” Soundtrack

Lorde is probably one of the most in-demand and untouchable young talents in the music industry right now. The 18-year old alternative-pop savant from New Zealand has been given the honour of curating the new Hunger Games soundtrack and boy, did she turn it the hell out.

Hunger Games soundtrack Lorde

Mockingjay Part 1 is the third soundtrack of the popular anthology and is, quite rightly so, the most hyped one yet. Just like the movie, you get a sense that each artist selected for the soundtrack needs to breathe some level of cool, youthful rebellion. Lorde herself would fit the bill quite well but this isn’t a Lorde album in disguise, per se.

Sonically, the album is a cohesive and magnetic mix of hip hop and alternative electro pop. The album opener ‘Meltdown’ is probably the best summary of the different influences at play here. Belgian producer Stromae cuts a mean, strutting electro beat while Q-Tip and Pusha T throw punchy rap verses and Lorde owns the hook with HAIM on backing vocals.

As well as securing in-demand figures in the industry like Kanye West, Charli XCX and others for the project, Lorde has also submitted a new track ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, produced by Paul Epworth who was behind Adele‘s monumental album 21, and a spine-tingling cover of Bright Eyes‘ ‘Ladder Song’.

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