Thursday, January 8, 2009

HERE COMES WHAT YOU NEVER REMEMBER.

Holiday hiatus over. 2008 was a good year for us. We got up our grassroots operation up and running, put out one of the best bands we've ever heard and laid the foundation for a big year in 2009. The first half of '09 will see us releasing records from Marina & The Diamonds, Gotye and Theophilus London, and we'll continue to work with Giantess in a managerial capacity until they've signed a billion dollar record deal and we all become rich and famous. Enough about us though, other people are going to be fucking some serious shit up in 2009 as well. Our next few features will be highlighting some of the fresh new talent that'll be coming up through the ranks next year to make some serious noise on the charts.

While Passion Pit and Marina are pretty much no brainers for big league triumphs next year, there's no safer bet for supernova success than Clare Maguire. Recent years have seen like-minded, big-voiced starlets like Winehouse, Adele, Duffy et. al ascending the charts with fluid ease, establishing their kind as the prototype for guaranteed chart success. Thus, Maguire, who's bros with Marina Diamond and produced by Primary 1, seems like the safest bet for surefire mainstream dominance in '09. A lengthy A&R struggle saw Maguire on the receiving end of one of the biggest deals we've heard about in an age, and "Strangest Thing", her brilliant white label debut, is already getting play on Radio 1 and has the future looking blindingly bright for this one.

MP3: "Strangest Thing" (Demo) - Clare Maguire

And since you were wondering, below are our favorite songs of '08.

1. "Sleepyhead" - Passion Pit
There's been no shortage of praise thrown at our debut release and we don't think it's a dick move giving the top two slots of this list to Neon Gold artists, rather it just shows how blessed we feel we are to be working with such incredible talents. "Sleepyhead" sounds like nothing else before it, a completely original musical thought that's straight up one of the best songs we've ever heard. Hands down our song of the year and we hope it's yours too.

2. "Obsessions" - Marina & The Diamonds
The demo of this was our most listened to song of the year until Passion Pit strolled onto our radar, and Liam Howe's production on the recently unveiled single version just makes it even more special. Available worldwide on Valentine's Day '09, this was one of the defining tracks of the year for us and we're honored to be able to release it to the masses in February.

3. "Daylight" - Matt & Kim
Matt & Kim followed up their impressive '07 debut with two shit-hot singles in 2008. The more recent of the two, "Daylight", goes down as one of the year's most infectious tracks and hints at huge things to come on the duo's upcoming sophomore album. Twinkling keys hook you from the start, before a monumental drumbeat drops in and the song takes flight on a catchy-as-fuck vocal structure and oscillating synths. Special.

4. "Hearts A Mess" - Gotye
One of our favorite records of all time since it's initial release in 2006, Gotye's cinematic masterwork finally saw release beyond Australian borders courtesy of Lucky Number Music last spring. We're thrilled to announce our upcoming collaboration with the Australian maestro, which will come to fruition when we issue Gotye's first-ever US release this spring. Yeah, we're pretty excited.

5. "Get Over It" - Guillemots
Guillemots' "Trains To Brazil" was the best thing to happen to music in 2006 and they came damn close to topping it with "Get Over It". In the weeks leading up to its unveiling buzz around the industry was that Guillemots' had written the perfect pop song, and fuck if this isn't one of the most inspiring, euphoric tracks we've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Concise, yet effective - these were the songs that really mattered in 2008. Let's see if '09 can do any better, shall we?

// I Need Chemical //

13 comments:

lisa said...

Hey, I've been following you since GWFAS...I subscribe to several music blogs similar to your format, and I just wanted to say that Neon Gold is the ONLY one that consistently delivers excellent music, music that I am happy to put down my music to listen to...and I can't say that for any of those other blogs. The music you expose me to never lets me down and I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2009. Great work!

Paul said...

I absolutely hated "Sleepyhead" (and Passion Pit) but for some reason woke up three nights ago at 4am with the tune stuck in my head and, after downloading the song, have listened to it 73 times. Dunno why i'm sharing this with you, but thought i would.

Look forward to your 'ones to watch' list (hoping The xx will be in there) as I'm curious to see how many I have on a double-CD I've done for a fiend of 'new' bands. Because I'm cool x

james said...

not sure about the guillemots pick but agree with all the others spot on!

Ste said...

Lovin Clare Maguires voice

J e f f r e y G e o f f r e y said...

great list -- I totally regret not putting Sleepyhead on my list. check mine out here:

http://jeffreygeoffrey.blogspot.com/2008/12/top-20-songs-of-2008.html

and that Clare Maguire song is killer...

Robin said...

The momentum on Clare Maguire is building nicely, and she's only played a couple of gigs ! There's a small piece about her on my Blog as well.

What happened to the Neon Gold Part in London in January by the way ? Is it going to be rescheduled ? And are you going to be representing at the Great Escape in Brighton later this year ? It would be good to see a Neon Gold showcase there.....

Keep up the good work.

Neon Gold said...

way to have your finger on the pulse Robin. we had to pull the plug on the Neon Gold party at the last minute as Theophilus had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances back home in NYC and Marina isn't quite ready to headline a venue of that caliber. We'll have Giantess playing a few shows at the Great Escape and will potentially put on a showcase of our own with Marina et. al. Then keep a lookout for our rescheduled party the following week in London with all your favorite Neon Gold acts throwing down for the cause. Shit's gonna get real.

Sophie said...

Clare Maguire - simply WOW.

fratster said...

OMFG Claire Maguire is BORING as FUCK!

Where's the Giantess?!?!?

Drew said...

OMG you obviously have no brain clare maguire has best vocals out

Neil said...

I agree with Drew, her vocals put everyone else to shame.

Robin said...

Hey guys thanks for that info about the Great Escape etc. I will most certainly be there for Giantess ! Their music is like sex with synths !

Anonymous said...

claremaguire, i HATE the over sung voice? awful, music for nanas