Princess Stomper

22 of Princess Stomper’s favourite songs of 2012 so far

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Nicola Roberts – ‘i’

It would have been easy for Nicola to whack out some dull autotuned pap, but instead she made a daring and honest record that was universally acclaimed but underperformed commercially. (Yes, it was last November, but I only just heard it.) Thwarted in her attempts to pin down Kate Bush, the title track on Cinderella’s Eyes is a spot-on impersonation with a Depeche Mode-style backing. The rest of the album is different shades of electropop, closer to Oh Land or Lykke Li than the likes of her bandmate Cheryl Cole. This is typical: at first listen you’ll frown, but it’s all earworm.

Azealia Banks – ‘Liquorice’

I had no idea how Azealia Banks could follow up the ludicrously popular ‘212’, but she’s gone and made another stupidly catchy pop-rap song with filthy lyrics. I’m not sure whether the smut adds to or detracts from the appeal, but I’ll be humming it regardless.

Jonny Greenwood – ‘Popcorn Superhet Receiver’

Found back in March on Greenwood’s collaboration with Penderecki, this is dissonant soundtracky bliss (and surprisingly easy on the ear). He’s come a long way from ‘Creep’.

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4 Responses to 22 of Princess Stomper’s favourite songs of 2012 so far

  1. Golightly July 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Takashi Miyaki- what a revelation. And a free download of this masterpiece. It’s surely my lucky day.

  2. Golightly July 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    LDR – Blue Jeans hacked to pieces and minus the most beautiful part “I will love you til the end of time”… yes you clearly dislike Lana Del Rey’s music if you only like it hung drawn and quartered. This reminds me of the cover of Under The Bridge (RHCP) that All Saints did. Fans of the original aren’t gonna be pleased.

  3. Lucy Cage July 6, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Loads of really great stuff here – thanks! Of those new to me, I particularly liked Firefly Burning and Carter Tutti Void.

  4. Simon G January 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Sorry, but Azealia Banks’s ‘Liquorice’ pisses me off because the music underneath the rap is Lone’s glorious ‘Lying in the Reeds’, but people will just think it’s AB’s work.

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