Best song finale of the year: Bjork – Crystalline.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvaEmPQnbWk[/youtube]
I’ve already talked raved about this song in detail here. The glorious drum-and-bass-soaked last minute made my year. Seriously.
Feel-good song of the year: Fallulah – Bridges[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05d7VWTm9dI[/youtube]
Everything about this song – the “woo-woo”s, Fallulah’s quirky voice, the “hee-yah”s that punctuate the middle of the song, the outrageously stylish video (which is linked here from Vimeo because apparently it’s not officially released in the US yet) – every single thing about this song drives me nuts. Geronimo!
Favorite bit from a Soundtrack: The Chemical Brothers – Hanna’s Theme[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZtEtiJxQxM[/youtube]
I found other OST albums more fulfilling as complete packages, but the main theme from Hanna, a gentle melody that marries layered humming with echoey guitars and a growling bass. The vocal version by Stephanie Dosen adds to the wintry charm, and adds chunky beats towards the end. Very unlike what one would expect from a Chemical Brothers track.
Mash-up of the Year: RajStar – Billie Chikku[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCvxXiinKfQ[/youtube]
NY-based DJ RajStar’s Rahman Noodles, cringeworthy as the name may be, caused tiny explosions of wonder in my brain cell. He mashes up AR Rahman with artistes such as Kanye West, M.I.A, and the one that mixes Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean with Chikku Bukku is a clear winner. The rest of the album’s not bad, either. Go download it for free from his website, right here.
The Other Mash-up of the Year: Muchuu – Tornadoes, Moons, Bridges and Balloons[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gss11caMEw[/youtube]
Because I can afford to cheat and put two instead of one in the same category. Because this is one of the most innovative mash-ups I’ve ever seen. Because the video is hynotic and it will make you smile. Because this song mixes SIXTEEN different tracks into one cohesive melody.
WTF Song of the Year: Himesh Reshammiya – Mango[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qnA2qS3JIU[/youtube]
“I miss you baby, like mango.” Is this satire? Is this post-modern Bollywood? Is it Himesh Reshammiya going beyond limits of human comprehension in terms of blending style, humor and viral marketing? Does any of it matter? Why are we here? Why were we born? Because this song demanded it.
Favorite Video: Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYbEL06lEU&ob=av2e[/youtube]
This song is huge in Romania, and it’s only fair that pal Cristi pointed me to it. I am not much of a video person, but I loved the somewhat-open-to-interpretation nature of the video.
Ok, you know what? Fuck this shit, I think I’ll just come up with a mix-tape again, with my favorite songs, instead of just talking about them. (Actually, I totally want to go finish Lee Child’s Killing Floor, and am too half-assed to finish this post. So there)