Last year, we started a weekly series titled ‘Songs We Like’ that showcased our favourite new and noteworthy tunes. Today, Songs We Like celebrates its first birthday: that’s 52 weeks of consistently phenomenal finds from our contributors Elliot, Stevie, Suparna and Tom. If you fancy a trip down memory lane, revisit our first ever Songs We Like and see how we’ve developed from a series of Facebook Notes to the behemoth we are today. To celebrate, we’ve put together a ramshackle article loosely themed around ‘birthdays, parties and the number one.’ How tenuous can it get? Well you’re about to find out.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve a guest mix from Rhys Phillips using only tracks featured on Songs We Like. He had free range over the tracks, so whack that bad boy on and see what a selector very close to our hearts can do with a limited range of tunes. It seems a pretty fitting time to remind you of our Spotify playlist, so give that a follow to catch up on all the great songs we’ve added over the last year. It’s all love.
Songs We Like Megamix
2 Chainz – Birthday Song (ft. Kanye West)
‘All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.’ Songs We Like does not endorse objectification or big booty hoes, but it does endorse enjoying birthdays in any way you see fit. Yeezy yeezy. -Tom
Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
Ba-booooowwwwwww… “KICK IT!” You know what it is, and I’m not talking about Wiz Khalifa. It’s the much-famed and much-loved chordal kick off from NYC’s meddlin’ hip hop/rock crossover band Beastie Boys. You could be at any shindig ever and this rager will fuel the adrenaline for maximum air punching, air guitar, air mic and a cavalcade of vocal trade-offs between you and your mates. It’s by no means one of the genre smashing and influential group’s more intelligent tunes, but it’s still so heavily revered as a party starter that it still holds up today and cannot be missed off from any event playlist. Mum, you’re just jealous, it’s the
Remarkable. RIP Adam Yauch. -Elliot
D-Train – You’re The One For Me
I hope you enjoy bad puns.
What’s the thing you’ve been riding for a year? No, it’s not the D-train, it’s the Songs We Like train.
Glad we got that out of the way. ‘You’re The One For Me’ is one hell of a song, and you can bet your bottom dollar we would have covered this had we been alive in 1982, let alone writing bad puns that loosely relate to music. Anyway, second joke time:
Who’s the one for you? It’s Songs We Like, of course. –Rhys
Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here
I’m not sure I’ll be able to crack out any puns/jokes that revolve around such a stirring piece of aural beauty. ‘Knowing We’ll Be Here’ is one of those tracks that you can hold very closely to your soul, one of those tracks where you think you might actually be hearing some sort of musical message from the big-guy-up-top. If you can listen to this song and keep your heart from sinking very far into your chest, please inform me on how you do that.
You know what I said about not being able to crack out puns? Forget that.
We’ll always be here for you (with the best new music from the week), and we hope you know that. –Rhys
DJ Pied Piper & Master of Ceremonies – Do You Really Like It
You know what time it is when you hear that gong. It’s time for the dragon to enter.
Who’s the dragon? It’s Songs We Like, baby.
There was never any doubt that this article couldn’t get away without being visited from one of the guardian angels of Garage, the right honorable DJ Pied Piper.
Do we really like it? Is it, is it wicked? These are examples of questions us 730 writers ask when hunting for the best new music each week. All we can hope for each Saturday, is that you, our beloved readers, really really like what we find for you, and think, ‘it is, it is, wicked.’ With a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, your weekly new music roundup has it’s first birthday, cute.
Songs We Like,
we’re lovin’ it lovin’ it lovin’ it,
we’re lovin’ it like this,
we’re lovin’ it lovin’ it lovin’ it,
we’re lovin’ it like that.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Baby’s First Coffin
Birthdays and deathdays. Cribs and coffins. Yes, it’s time to obliterate the fun-filled birthday celebrations with some morbid songtitling. That’s not even a word, but fuck it, here’s some classic Dillinger to absolutely bludgeon any harmony. Unless of course you’re like me and a huge fan of Bein Weinman’s distressing and intricate mathcore playing, in which case what could be more celebratory than reminiscing about just how talented this lot are? Plus, this was supposedly the first song penned for their second release Miss Machine, and Greg Puciato’s first shot at lyricism. What an addition to TDEP he turned out to be. Featuring a delightfully cherubic clean interlude, get ready to headbutt your way through many a birthday cake with one of the band’s most destructive outros, and that really is saying something. -Elliot
Dinosaur L – Clean On Your Bean #1
Arthur Russell is one of my all-time favourite musicians, carving out not just an impeccable back catalogue of cello compositions, avant-garde experimentalism and soulful left-field solo records but also a number of insatiably quirky disco numbers as Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean, Felix and Dinosaur L. ‘Clean On Your Bean #1’ is one such song. Wandering bass lines aplenty, bongos getting a working, horn sections getting jazzy and an odd spoken/rapped refrain about being ‘clean on your bean’ – it can only be part of the wonderful world of Arthur Russell. -Tom
Lil Yachty – 1 Night
Nothing comes close to the sheer adulation I have for Lil Yachty’s seminal opus, ‘1 Night’. There was (an admittedly dark) period of my university life where the sweet lispy mumblings of Lil Yachty accompanied my every waking minute; getting me out of bed, walks to campus, a pre-sleep nightcamp etc etc. Magnetised by the red-haired corn-rows of the insatiable rapper donned in aquatic gear who sang lyrics like, ‘fuck you so good you’ll be calling out to Christ (oh my gooooooood)’, ‘fuck you until the morning comes/when the morning comes I’ll make you come/but then I got to run’, it was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with the goofy visuals, low quality musical content and with the charismatic ring-leader, Lil Yachty himself.
It’s now 2018, Songs We Like is one, I still think about the majesty of the lyric ‘I spent four seasons at the Four Seasons twice’ on a daily basis and my biggest regret in life is not buying this Sailing Team cap. If loving Lil Yachty’s ‘1 Night’ is wrong, well darn it I don’t ever want to be right. -Tom
Metallica – One
We’re one, baby! We’re one-year old babies. This song is called ‘One’ and it’s by Metallica. It may be an extremely sad and depressing tale told by a soldier injured in war, but it is called ‘One’. This all must sound sarcastic, but in fact, ‘One’ is one of the San Fran thrash quartet’s most successful and memorable songs from their extensive 35-year back catalogue; a single which defines (controversially) Metallica’s greatest record: 1988’s …And Justice For All. Every single riff in this bad boy – from the sumptuous clean noodling in its build up, to the hammering palm-muted chugs of its main section and THAT Kirk Hammett solo masterclass – is just about as metal as it gets, for all the right reasons. Guitar Hero III featured this slayer of a tune (half-pun intended) and that’s good enough for anyone. Listen, and you may be inspired to be the world’s next best axeman yourself. -Elliot
MF DOOM – One Beer
Who doesn’t get a kick out of a brew? MF Doom does, and he’s one of the greatest rappers to ever grace the scene. Well, Mr Doom, I too am partial, and who needs an excuse when you’re celebrating a birthday? Not only does the formidable duo of Doom and Madlib flip the shit out of ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, they do so with such finesse that it easily sits near the top of my MF Doom ‘best songs’ list. I’ll be having a celebratory brew later tonight – just the one, mind you – but if you ask me nicely enough, I might buy you one as well. -Tom
The O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender Love)
Oooooh the sensual shivers you get from Philadelphia soul. One of the forerunners of the scene being Ohio’s irrepressible The O’Jays, and boy can they sing. Straight from the parent’s soul collection is this beautiful number which, being sung to any man, woman, or one-year-old (check us out), will result in cooing, gargling affection. It supplies warmth, being the musical equivalent of the world’s best hug, and could be included in any Tarantino movie ever. Simple, pure, and utterly infallible: it’s ’Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby’. As a writer, it feels bad to be at a loss for words, but even the most Dickensian of authors would struggle to recommend this song any better than saying: “Just bloody listen to it”. -Elliot
Ray J (feat. Bobby Brackins) – I Hit It First
This shouldn’t be here at all. But we’re celebrating firsts, and Ray J did so in the pettiest way possible, taking a few embarrassing swipes at a particular ex-girlfriend who moved onto “rappers, and ball players”. Subtlety isn’t Ray J’s best skill, and that’s certainly not what he intended when calling out his own sex tape. And as shocking as this might be, it should be taken with as many pinches of salt to exceed a week of your doctor’s allowance, and to combat these savoury analogies (for an ironically unsavoury song), it’s a pretty sweet karaoke anthem where you can drunkenly slur “Ihitit Ihitit Ihitit Ihitit” without much thought at all. I’ll rescind my first sentence: it should definitely be here, and it’s not awful. [Tumbleweed] -Elliot
Sister Nancy – One Two
Sister Nancy enjoyed deserving fame post-heyday after ‘Bam Bam’ was liberally sampled by Kanye West, but ‘One Two’ is every bit as good – if not better. Infusing dancehall with reggae tones, ‘One Two’ is a summer blast to bang out at your estranged younger relative’s christening: no matter where you are, you can bust out the Nancy for guaranteed two-step fun-in-the-sun. We all know two follows one, so happy birthday Songs We Like, and I look forward to the next one, too. -Tom
The Weeknd – The Party & The After Party
I love a party, but if there’s something I love more than a party, it’s an afterparty. I even love Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party In The USA’. The Weeknd also likes parties, but perhaps for more menacing reasons. Unless you want to be manipulated, plied with illicit substances and used for sinister gain, I’d probably not recommend going to a party with The Weeknd, though. -Tom