I remember the nodding head that accompanied hearing this track for the first time. Satisfaction. Delight. Pleasure. The sense of feeling good about the world, if only for five minutes, through the medium of Spotify.
“Full Circle” itself goes full circle. It builds – sort of – into compressed electro beats and soulful heights – before a slow release winding down into its opening introduction. The circular motion is hypnotic, placed in a chilled-out middle ground between ambiance and techno. I’ve been somewhat cruel towards Years and Years this…er…year: there’s something in ‘Full Circle’ which speaks of what they could be without the full neon-light mainstream gloss and shine. The underpinning maturity of ‘Full Circle’ is the central reason why it’s on this list while, for example, “Shine” is not. I like my melodic dance-influenced mid-tempo ballads like most people, but I prefer them sounding like this.
Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.
One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).
This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.