Spotify playlist at the link above. Last year I initially didn’t think much of Call Me Maybe, the song that ended up being my favourite single of the year. That’s kind of a theme this year, with at least half the tracks being ones which I either purposefully avoided for a while (hello, Miley) or which took their time to grab me (I hated Mirrors for a while, Full Of Fire was difficult to extricate from the album). It’s difficult to pick one of these songs as my favourite – Roar, Royals, The Next Day and Flatline are probably my most listened to. I only very recently discovered Song for Zula and it instantly blew me away.

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Royals – Lorde
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
Roar – Katy Perry
Rewind The Film – Manic Street Preachers
The Next Day – David Bowie
The City – The 1975
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Everything is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira
Flatline – Mutya Keisha Siobhan
You’re In Love – Betty Who
#Beautiful – Mariah Carey ft. Miguel
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
Full Of Fire – The Knife
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Song for Zula – Phosphorescent
Sweeter Than Fiction – Taylor Swift
Drew – Goldfrapp
Copy of A – Nine Inch Nails
After You – Pulp

My Singles of 2013

The coffee-table appeal of much of the new songs can’t help but pale, however,  beside performances of Stronger and Freak Like Me, both from aforementioned Angels with Dirty Faces. They remind of how dazzling and daring Sugababes were in their prime – a prime which, it must be said, came when Donaghy had left. There’s an odd moment during Stronger where the crowd goes crazy for Donaghy’s  rendition of what was originally Heidi Range’s middle-eight. Afterwards Buchanan passes her mic to an audience member who shouts ‘don’t fuck with the originals!’ The sentiment is met with uproarious approval but you can’t help feel that it’s all rather petty given Range’s enormous contribution towards making Sugababes the force it was. There’s a strong impression that MKS have been enormously mythologised yet it’s surely telling that they largely ignore their middling (Sugababes) debut this evening.

Review at MusicOMH at link.

Mutya Keisha Siobhan @ Scala, London