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Soundblab Awards 2012 - Results!

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:

It's that time again. Here are the people, the sounds, the bands and the threads you've loved, hated, watched and danced to over the last year. You've got taste, people.

Best Album

The Horrors - Skying

It felt like we were due some king of big, defining statement from The Horrors and they delivered, while remaining resolutely elusive and sulky in the corner. One the strengths of this band is the lack of meaning one attaches to their songs. There's no great narrative thrust to Skying, no break-up or come-down songs, just great, boundary-nudging music. And we can all applaud that.

Runners up: The 2 Bears - Be Strong, John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale

Best Single

Azealia Banks - '212'

She can, as she annouces at the start of this single, be the answer. The answer to drab indie nights and lackadaisical, lazily misogynist hipster hop all at once. '212' is a brief yet awesomely powerful blast of energy, simultaneously focussed yet following only its own obscure agenda. Over minimalist, body-popping beats and old-skool squeaks and squonks, Banks flips between filthy come-ons and deranged threats. The whole thing is weird, sexy, funny, intimidating, a little scary but also irresistibly cool and completely addictive. A great showcase and introduction to the rapper herself.

Runners up: Beastie Boys ft Santigold - 'Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win', This Many Boyfriends- 'Young Lovers Go Pop!', Future Islands - 'Before the Bridge'

Best Band


Does the fact that a band who haven't released any new material for more than a decade have been voted Best Band say something about a lack of impressive, ball-grabbing acts operating in the last year? Yeah, maybe. But fuck it, we'll save that for a frowny, chin-stroaking piece elsewhere cos frankly Pulp are wonderful and it was just lovely to have them back, even if, like me, you had to settle to watching their live comeback on TV rather than being there to scream along. This band played a huge role in the musical education of many of us, made us feel a little less alone and misunderstood during those difficult times, soundtracked great and not-so-great nights out, and managed to be bona-fide pop stars without losing their integrity or sense of humour. Who can measure up against that?

Runners up: Wild Beasts, Hunx and His Punx, Smith Westerns

Best Solo Artist

Azealia Banks

A little premature? Perhaps, but who else has grabbed our imaginations like Ms Banks? Here she is with a sweet little song about, well, what does she ever rap about? Long may she continue to produce such excellent filth.

Runners up: Flying Lotus, Toro Y Moi, Kate Bush

Best Video

Azealia Banks - '212'

See above. Cheap, monochrome, and mainly consisting of a big mouth spouting thrash. Yes, it's the best thing we've seen for years too.

Runners up: Santigold - 'Big Mouth', Wild Flag - 'Electric Band', Tyler the Creator - 'Yonkers'

Best Album Artwork

The 2 Bears - Be Strong

A crest-like image which shows two bears holding a synthersiser. You know what you're getting and you know you're in safe, strong musical hands.

Runners up: Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love, Wild Beasts -Smother, Summer Camp- Welcome to Condale

Worst Album

Adele - 21

They say familiarity breeds contempt. And, man, I feel seriously fucking familiar with this album.

Runners up: Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto, JLS- Jukebox, Ed Sheeran -+

Worst Single

Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera - 'Moves Like Jagger'

Everything about this, from the inane over-produced melody to the meaningless lyrics and monsterously shit video of gormless extras attempting to, yes, move like Jagger is just hateful and showbiz. It's a corporate, Simon Cowell-smugging slap in the face to those of us who still love the music made by the Jagger who was a super-badass icon of 60s counter-culture. Perhaps we're just being precious and silly. We await the follow-up, 'Moves Like Morrissey'. In the meantime, here's some footage of Jagger and co being completely fucking amazing. And Maroon 5, just so you know, you don't move like this. You move like bellends.

Runners up: Katy Perry - 'The One That Got Away', Ed Sheeran - 'Lego House', Beady Eye - 'The Roller'

Worst Band


It really is time for these milk-fed mummy's boys to fuck off, non? Their last album had Rihanna on it. Is there any clearer sign that you should expell them from your record collections forthwith?

Runners up: Nickleback, Steps, Maroon 5

Best Dressed

Chloe Sevigny

Not really sure how or why this has happened. She not a musician, after all. But whatevs, as it gives us an excuse to post this. Ignore the wittering woman at the end.

Runners up: Lady Gaga, Hunx, Herb Diamante

Worst Dressed

Black Eyed Peas

A tragic mish-mash of hip hop style and showbiz glitz, these guys are as clueless sartorially as they are musically.

Runners up: Mumford & Sons, Lady Gaga, JLS

Best Newcomer

This Many Boyfriends

They've been well known on the Leeds' scene for a couple of years, but 2011 is the year TMB caught on nationwide. Muscially, this band specialise in cuddly, loveable indie-pop hiding spikey barbs and wry observations. Gwad love 'em, they won us over with ease.

Runners up: Veronica Falls, The 2 Bears, Azealia Banks

Soundblab Legend Award

David Bowie

Do we need to say why? That would be like telling you two slices of bread are nice with stuff inbetween them. Instead, just enjoy this recently rediscovered gem of a TOTP performance from a man and his backing band at the top of their game:

Runners up: Nile Rogers, Brian Eno, Sparks

Most Missed

Poly Styrene

Hard to believe it's almost a year since we lost lovely Marianne Joan Elliott-Said and her era-defining wail. We should take a second to thank her for the beautiful, lacerating, intelligent noise she gave us. And then we should dance like proper gimps to this awesome song below. Bowie's a fan, you know.

Also: Trish Keenan (Broadcast), John Balance (Coil), Michael Jackson

Best Floor-Filler

Azealia Banks - '212'

Having recently played this three times during a night on the decks, I can personally attests to its seemingly limitless power to make people move their limbs. "I'm-ah ruin you, cunt." We did feel that way by the end.

Runners up: Wild Flag - 'Future Crimes', Nicola Roberts - 'Beat of My Drum', Friends - 'I'm His Girl'

Best Live Act

Panda Bear

Never seen him. He's good, yeah?

Runners up: Yuck, Fucked Up, Anna Calvi

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