Tracks of 2015: #14 ‘Rhythm Inside’ (Loïc Nottet)


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“Plucky little Belgium has a point at last”

He marches around, gurns, pirouettes, face-grabs and even lies down on stage for a bit. He’s possibly bonkers. He’s possibly letting everything go after spending months in an office job. Maybe his drinks were spiked before hand. Whatever happened, I know one thing – this is a cuckoo-bananas song more twisted than a telephone wire and I bloody love it.

Of course it’s got layers of influences showing itself like the fabric of a cheap coat. It’s Eurovision, there’s no originality here. What it has works all the contemporary and current on-trend  influences into something genuinely endearing. The Lorde-style introduction kicks off a very different kind of Eurovision pop song, one which experts in this sort of thing might say, “Hang on, that’s Germany’s winner from 2009.” I have a sneaking regard for pop with even the slightest hint of subversive character about it. I know where it comes from, I know what it is, but for me, “Rhythm Inside” and the curious Loïc singing it are two stand-out highlights of the year.

Tracks of 2015 (Index)

Yes, it’s back.

*blows cobwebs off blog, has asthma attack*

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.

  1. Grimes, “REALiTI”
  2. Richard Lomax, “Hôtel X”
  3. Sia, “Alive”
    4. Gwenno, “Patriarchaeth”
    5. Holly Herndon, “Interference”
    6. Florence and The Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
    7. Teleman, “Strange Combinations”
    8. George Fitzgerald ft Boxed In, “Full Circle”

9. Taylor Swift, “Style”
10. Then Thickens, “My Amsterdam”
11. Death Cab For Cutie, “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”
12. Nick Jonas, “Jealous

13. Björk, “Stonemilker”
14. Loïc Nottet, “Rhythm Inside”

15. Polypores, “The Sleep Department Advise You NOT to Leave the House”
16. Everything Everything, “Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread”
17. Girl Friend, “Poison”
18. Slug, “Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic”
19. New Order, “Plastic”
20. The Slow Readers Club, “I Saw a Ghost”

21. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears, “Tom’s Diner”
22. John Grant ft Tracy Grant, “Disappointing”
23. Twin Hidden, “A Berry Bursts”

24. Daphne and Celeste, “You & I Alone”