The Student Pocket Guide editorial team, Nathan Wadlow and Stuart Robinson, discuss their top ten tunes which have been playing in the office throughout March. Tweet @TheSPG with #SPGplaylist to let us know who would make yours!
The 1975 – Chocolate
Nathan: Chocolate has been the breakthrough tune which has driven a surge of interest in the direction of The 1975. Their charmful indie-pop is infectious and incredibly catchy, with this song in particular likely to be on the ‘most played’ list on many iPods this year.
Haim – Falling
Stu: I genuinely can’t get this one out of my head at the minute. It’s so 80’s! It’s so funky! The Haim girls recently took the title of BBC’s Sound of 2013, and with this tune I’m pretty sure they deserve it.
Kodaline – High Hopes
Nathan: This session for SPGtv is certainly amongst our very best. The Dublin four-piece made the BBC Sound of 2013 list alongside Haim and when you listen to this track, it’s easy to understand why. Harmonious, melancholic, epic; all rolled into one.
Mount Kimbie – Made to Stray
Stu: I was a big fan of MK’s first album, but this is definitely my favourite track so far. This is a perfect first taste of the duo’s upcoming sophomore album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’, and it’s got me very excited for their festival shows this summer.
Tom Odell – Hold Me
Nathan: Anyone would think we are rinsing the BBC Sound of 2013 list, in truth we are, but alas, here is another artist who the nation’s station enlightened us with this year. Tom Odell is quickly becoming a household name and his new single ‘Hold Me’ is a fitting follow on from his debut, ‘Can’t Pretend’.
AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies
Stu: AlunaGeorge have managed to smash out another piece of pure pop brilliance. Between George’s futuristic woodwinds and Aluna’s vocals sounding at their most natural, I’m definitely excited to see what the duo will come up with next.
Rae Morris – Grow
Nathan: Rae has a unique and distinctive voice, combining a reverence for the tradition of song-writing with delicate vocals. Having already supported Noah and The Whale and Bombay Bicycle Club, I’m predicting big things for the 20 year-old singer-songwriter from Blackpool.
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix) ft. Au Revoir Simone
Stu: I recently discovered this remix from a few years back, and instantly fell in love. This is a brilliant take on Friendly Fires’ hit, and Au Revoir’s vocals are a perfect contrast to Ed’s on the original.
The Strokes – Under Control
Nathan: This may seem like a random choice as this is an older, less recognised Stoke’s track, but even so, it has remained one of my favourite ever songs since the day ‘Is This It’ was released. An old gem that has pleasantly resurfaced.
Marika Hackman – Bath is Black
Stu: This track from little known singer-songwriter Marika Hackman is a catchy and addictive listen. There’s something about the guitar/vocal harmonies in this track that really seems to set her apart from her peers. Keep an eye out for Marika, like Nathan with Rae Morris, I’m predicting big things.