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…when a song feels so good that you listen to it AGAIN…
…when a live music performance or movie soundtrack moves you to tears…
…when a beat makes you go just a little bit faster on your run……

These are the moments that make us human – a rush of emotion, a surge of joy, even a hint of melancholy.  These moments make us feel alive.

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And here it is, my 30 favorite songs from 2012.  Enjoy!

1.Alt-J – “Fitzpleasure” from “An Awesome Wave”
2.Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion” from “channel ORANGE (Explicit Version)”
3.Cat Power – “Ruin” from “Sun”
4.Tanlines – “Abby” from “Mixed Emotions”
5.Jhameel – “Shadow of a Man” from “Shadow of a Man”
6.The Knocks – “Learn to Fly” from “”
7.Lianne La Havas – “Forget” from “Is Your Love Enough”
8.Foxygen – “Make It Known” from “Take The Kids Off Broadway”
9.Django Django – “Hail Bop” from “Django Django”
10.Dive  – “How Long Have You Known?” from “Oshin ”
11.Savoir Adore – “Dreamers” from “1111…nixmix”
12.Beat Connection – “Think/Feel (feat. Chelsey Scheffe)” from “Single”
13.Ab-Soul – “Nibiru (Prod. by JMSN)” from “”
14.John Cale – “I Wanna Talk 2 U (feat. Danger Mouse)” from “Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood”
15.Cadence Weapon – “Conditioning” from “Hope In Dirt City”
16.Glowbug – “New Vinyl” from “EARMILK – The Indie Sabbath – Week 23”
17.Futurecop  – “The Only Way (feat. Keenhouse)” from “”
18.Eternal Summers – “Millions” from “Correct Behavior”
19.Major Lazer – “Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)” from “Single”
20.Bright Little Field – “Little Mascara (The Replacements cover)” from “Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute To The Replacements”
21.Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms” from “Something”
22.Tim, Chad and Sherry – “Don’t Disturb This Groove” from “The Love I Make EP (TIRK081)”
23.Carousel – “Let’s Go Home” from “The Sound Of Summer”
24.The Shining – “(Tell Me) I’m Wrong ” from “Hey You! EP”
25.Human Don’t Be Angry – “1985” from “Human Don’t Be Angry”
26.Oh Minnows – “You’ll Never Know Us (COCOBONGO REMIX)” from “ThinkSync – Ideas for Skins Series 6 Nov 11”
27.Mark Lanegan Band – “Ode To Sad Disco” from “Blues Funeral”
28.Ice Choir – “I Want You Now And Always” from “Afar”
29.Birthmark – “Stuck” from “Antibodies”
30.Bobby Womack – “Stupid” from “The Bravest Man In The Universe”

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Richard’s first book is coming in April on Palgrave-MacMillan.

“Companies and agencies spend vast amounts of money to advertise and brand products and music has been an important part of this. This book assesses how from selecting sound and music for individual products and adverts many large companies have moved to develop a music strategy to align their brand and create emotional impact.”




So far, 2011 has been an invigorating and inspiring year and we wanted to share some of our recent work in music branding:

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