I would say that the lyrics are part of what makes it work so well. On one hand, they do feel vacuous and superficial, to the point where it feels like the song is a tongue-in-cheek parody of all the typical pop/dance songs with lyrics about having fun/dancing all night/ hands in the air like you just don’t care/ and other fill in the blank cliche crap. Then the killer bridge comes along and it changes the entire focus of the song. It works for me, but then again I also don’t put much value on pop song lyrics.
First things first: My vote is for Do It Again. In my opinion, it’s by far the go-to, hand-in-the-air, ecstatic electro pop jam of the summer. I’ve heard it every time I’ve gone out in the past month and a half, and it definitely has mainstream crossover appeal; I just heard it at the gym for the first time last week (which, considering what is usually played at the gym, is both awesome and terrifying). Also, it’s Royksopp and Robyn, and they are both cool as fuck.
Second, there seems to be a lot of bellyaching over the inclusions for voting, vs the songs that got lots of upvotes in the shortlist post. I’m not trying to knock anyone’s preferences, or defend for that matter some of the inclusions in the poll (bc yes, I think some are pretty terrible), but let’s just try to remember that we are picking the Song of the Summer, and not our Favorite Song of the Year So Far. The criteria for those are pretty different.
Like I said, I’m not trying to knock anyone’s taste, but just for example, how could Real Estate’s Talking Backwards be the Song of the Summer? Nothing about it (to me) says summertime. Sure, it’s a good song. But it’s not what I want to hear at a BBQ, or at the beach, or in a car with the windows down. It’s perfectly fine, but it’s not going to define summer 2014. I mean, to me it’s just a nice, if somewhat emotionally bland, indie pop song that kinda sounds like it could’ve been on the Garden State soundtrack from 10 years ago. I feel that same criticism can be applied to Future Islands as well. It’s a pretty good song. Nothing about it says Summer to me at all.
That said, there were some glaring exclusions on the poll though, like Caribou for example. But even it had been included, my vote is still Do It Again. Cuz it’s a fucking JAM.
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Early contender for track of the summer… love it!
One of the best albums of last year… so unbelievable underrated. p4k really shit the bed on this one.
Chills. and tears. goddamn this is fantastic.
Boards of Canada is my #1 for the year, followed closely by Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Chvrches, Disclosure, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend.
My other favorites not included here are: Sigur Ros (one of their best ever), Darkside, James Blake, DJ Koze, Special Request, Moderat, Mikal Cronin, Machinedrum, Fuck Buttons, After Dark 2, Gold Panda, Classixx, and Bonobo.
A ton of great DJ mixes this year too: Fabric mixes by Sandwell District and Cassy, Sasha’s Involv3r, and the DJ-Kicks series was on fire this year with Maceo-Plex, John Talabot, and Breach
What the fuck does this even mean? Have fun at dinner.
I thought the Hidden Track was supposed to open the album? I have it as track 0 on disc 1… which perfectly flows into Reflektor (if you wish to listen to it) and also bookends the album nicely with the Supersymmetry outro. I think it’s funny when people knock down albums a notch or two for having tracks like these. It’s like, it’s a hidden track and an outro… they’re pretty easily avoidable if you don’t want to hear them, but add a cool atmospheric ‘journey’ feel to the listening experience if you listen to the album in its entirety.
I love Reflektor. Loooooove it. It’s so great. But as great as it is, I think I love Cut Copy even more. It’s like all of the sex all at once. It’s that orgasmic. A psychedelic old-school rave/house album inspired by Screamadelica? Yes please. Yes Yes Yesssssss.
Good fucking lord I can’t even deal with how great this album is.