Grybop's Best of 2014 (-#01 + Recap Video)

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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:17 pm


12 Keisza - Hideaway


Ooh, aah,
aah, ooh,
ooh, aah,
aah, ooh


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Woo, it's 1994 again! What an awesome video, too!



11 Jabberwocky feat. Elodie Wildstars - Photomaton


After all, curtains fall
There's no return to life
So get the car and die


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That swirling bassline never fails to make me move certain parts of my body. And I mean my feet.
Another FSC entry, I can't remember who chose it though! Very happy to find out Photomaton was commercially successful as well.
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Postby jszmiles » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:08 am

Hidaway is indeed like a time machine.

Dunno if i put it around top 50 but its quite enjoyable
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:04 pm


La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la



10 Yves Simon - Au pays des merveilles de Juliet (Psychemagik edit)

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A psychedelic re-working of a small psychedelic masterpiece from the 70s. This remix introduced me to the world of singer-songwriter Yves Simon,
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:05 pm


There is always this sound,
Are you hearing it too?



09 Girls in Hawaii - Misses

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Instead of a chorus, this song's hook is a soundscape that ultimately swallows everything and the song is drowned in an unrequited feeling of longing. Simple in structure, but actually pretty heavy stuff.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:15 pm


When the ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin



08 Hozier - Take me to church

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A great song, obviously referring to the condemnation of human, physical needs by religion. I'm very glad it became such a big hit in the end.
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:15 pm

Grybop wrote:

09 Girls in Hawaii - Misses
Hmmm, this is lovely! :D
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:25 pm


Mono ena sou hadi
tha svissi ta lathi



07 Hristos Lainas - I thlipsi to vrady

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The backlash this guy gets on the web is unfathomable - last year I charted another song of his and someone signed up on the Mix specifically to express their negativity towards him, in their first and last post ever.
This song comes from 2 years ago (I'm pretty slow when it comes to new music lately) and I'm not sure what it's about, but the production is top-notch.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:39 pm


I've been on my best behaviour
But I've heard that good girls finish last
And once you're gone they say no one can save you
But who knows,
If I go I may never want to ever come back



06 Cross My Heart Hope To Die - Wild side

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This is the best song Amy Winehouse never sang, a song about emancipation, about getting tired of holding back, about finally letting go and enjoying things that you were too restrained to enjoy. The group is basically the project of DJ Muggs, of Cypress Hill fame.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:40 pm

CrazyCrazy wrote:
Grybop wrote:

09 Girls in Hawaii - Misses
Hmmm, this is lovely! :D
Glad you enjoyed it!
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Postby jszmiles » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:21 am

#7 is really good. And Hozier is off course
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Postby flopho » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:33 am

"Take Me To Church" and "Photomaton" are great, glad i found the latter because of the FSC. :)
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Postby Tansike » Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:24 am

20 Sia - Chandelier
12 Kiesza - Hideaway
08 Hozier - Take me to church

These three songs from the list are really great!
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Postby Grybop » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:30 pm


From the start you only want some more
To my heart and only that you go



05 Roosevelt - Montreal

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A song that doesn't make any sense, the lyrics can't be heard clearly, there is basically no chorus and yet it's irresistible in its retro-electroness. Roosevelt is basically one German, usually accompanied by two musicians. He's also at #04, sort of, the person in my avatar, and my current FSC entry.
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Postby Grybop » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:39 pm


Oh we have to let it go
It's so hard to carry on
we could be the sweetest thing on earth
oh we have to let it go



04 Luca Vasta - Black tears white lies (Roosevelt remix)

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Back at #27 (West Coast) I mentioned two videos that appeared on Youtube on the same day, both were shot on a beach and both were basically a few seconds of footage on a loop. This is the second one, a delicious remix of a rather dramatic song.
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Postby Grybop » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:52 pm


Amore mio hai già mangiato o no?
Ho fame anch'io e non soltanto di te



03 Róisín Murphy - Ancora tu

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While preparing her next album, electronica queen Róisín Murphy gave us a little something to chew on in 2014, an EP containing covers of italian songs. I was not familiar with any of them.
I was not impressed when I first heard this one, I was thinking "What is this?! Where is the chorus?" There is only one little hook for your ear to grab, about halfway through the song, so I grabbed it and went on from there. Each new listen provided something more, so eventually I loved it so much, I looked for the original version.
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Postby Grybop » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:58 pm

But I still walk the same streets at night
Watch the same rain melt the same lights
Bag on my shoulder and a pocket full of rage
How many late nights does it take you to change?



02 Real Lies - North Circular

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City lights in the night look better with this gem on your headphones.
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Postby Grybop » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:14 pm

Sei ancora tu l'incorreggibile
Ma lasciarti non è possibile
No lasciarti non è possibile
Lasciarti non è possibile
No lasciarti non è possibile



01 Lucio Battisti - Ancora tu

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So this is the original version of the song at #03, a song about a guy bumping on his ex girlfriend and having an awkward little chat. It was the biggest hit of 1976 in Italy, and this marks the first time a really old song tops my year-end chart since 1999. It's also the first time I like 2 versions of the same song enough to chart them both.

Each version has certain good elements that the other lacks, here's a summary:

Lucio Battisti version:
- More rhythmic, the drums play a major part and the bassline is the core of the song
- Self-assured, staccato, yet fragile vocals, in general, the more theatrical version
- Fades out earlier, while the Murphy version goes all the way without fading, unnecessarily

Róisín Murphy version:
- The lyrics are left intact, as if they were sung by a man to a woman, which makes the song even more interesting
- The etheral backing vocals during the last minute or so take the song to a different level

The reason I like this song so much is because I can identify with the lyrics, having spent the first half of the year trying to get over my ex.

With this anticlimactic finish, I bid ye farewell, and thanks for all the comments guys!
(recap video to follow)
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Postby UKMusicLova » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:52 pm

5 top songs for me:

27. Lana Del Rey - West Coast
23. Taylor Swift - Blank Space
20. Sia - Chandelier
12. Kiesza - Hideaway
08. Hozier - Take Me To Church

Especially like Taylor (like yourself I'm shocked, would never call myself a Taylor fan but her album has been great)
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Postby Blondini » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:55 am

Already liked the YouTube rundown vid as you know. :wink:

Woo Echosmith - made my #11 last year. I don't get your "emo" comment. They sound like Haim / Fleetwood Mac etc.. Maybe the lyric suggests outsiders but it ain't emo music in any way. :D Emo today is tuneless shouting that Radio 1 playlists ten weeks after its flopped.

Woo Charli, and the original Habits (not the Stay High rubbish).
Both Roybyn tracks.
Lykke Li.
Serebro more greatness from them.
Nowt wrong with Swifty - never was. No such thing as a guilty pleasure though i understand she confounded expectation a bit with some people as they ventured into previously "forbidden" territory! :lol: And anyone who accuses her of having no substance hasn't listened properly.

Sia good but not that great. Same with Kiesza (prefer he track with Donkeyboy to anything on her album).

Kris Menace i know from Discopolis and that Amour Fou is quite good on first listen. Not standout great.
Rebeka is good if a bit shrill in places (might be the YouTube audio).
Hozier is great.
Hristos - why does he get such a backlash? It's OK.
Roosevelt not bad.
Not sold on Real Lies yet but that's OK - bit Pet Shop Boys.
I prefer the original Ancora Tu - despite being a Roisin fan i couldn't get into that.
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Postby navi » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:40 am

Yes for the 05 Roosevelt - Montreal
Indeed irresistible 8-)
My year(s) in lists by Ivan (2008 - 2013)
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