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