Tom! In “Tether,” I think she’s saying “I’m feeling capable of seeing the end / I’m feeling capable of saying it’s over” on the hook!
Knowing that changes the song dramatically for me / makes Mayberry’s delivery that much stronger. Related: I’ve read an interview with her where she mentions that she’s studied feminism in journalism + how to be feminine within a band without becoming the front-woman of the band. Her kind of dry lyrical prowess paired with THAT VOICE hits the nail on the head for me w/r/t that.
TOM! To answer the question you pose to kick this thing off, I’d politely like to offer an answer; “YA THERE IS.” Even in recent history! Remember Burial? He was actually even much closer to a true garage act than Disclosure is by far.
Though you mention it here as well, I take issue with dubbing this album a garage album in any way that then leads it to be “the first great UK garage album.” Way too much pop/house influence. They often mention Julio Bashmore as the spirit guide to their aesthetic.
Love yr resident dance stan.
I really enjoyed Calvin Harris’ new album. “Feel So Close” and “We Found Love” were both released as singles in 2011 so they couldn’t make this list! I was torn between “Let’s Go” and Usher/Guetta’s “Without You” for that spot!
I also really liked the Kelis track on his album but not quite as much. If you’re a fan, Cousin Cole’s disco mix of “Bounce” is great!
I’m finding that the line that separates the purists from the “confused” is more blurry than it’s ever been. More than a handful of producers beloved by whatever “underground” is left have (ahem, gladly) taken on production work for radio-friendly artists. (Let’s see where Jamie xx’s name ends up in 2013. In an interview I did with Girl Unit he mentioned wanting to work with Billboard-charting rnb singers.) To disregard dance in pop music out of pedantic loyalty to genre-names is your path but not mine! Dance music has traditionally benefited from a bending-the-rules-because-there-aren’t-any mentality, right?
Rihanna and Calvin Harris have proved themselves to be a power-duo as far as Billboard dance goes imo – if we’re going by release date, “We Found Love” was one of my favorite pop-dance tracks of 2011 as well.
It is true that there are only a handful of “EDM” songs on this list. We tried to survey the year in electronic dance music across regional club trends and other genres as well!
This is awesome to know. Thanks!