By Dylan Hayes

Two Tribes Staff Favourite Songs of 2022 > Part 1

We invited our team to look back on the last 12 months and share their favourite songs of 2022.

Enjoy this eclectic mix of tunes which really showcases the huge variety of tastes here at Two Tribes. 

You can listen to the songs in our playlists on Apple Music and Spotify.

- Leo Zero, Two Tribes Head of Creative

'Bigger Boat' by SCUDFM from their album 'INNIT'.

SCUDFM - Bigger Boat, from the album 'Innit'

From Leo: I found out about SCUDFM via Tim Harper of Dash The Henge Records, a
 Brixton indie label and physical record store in Camberwell. 

SCUDFM sit like a perfect cherry on top of a long line of cult London bands joining the post-punk-funk dots from The Clash to On-U to Ian Dury.

With Zsa Zsa Sapien (of Meatraffle fame) supplying lyrics that cut across the current daily WTF!? geopolitical and cultural landscape with bullshit-o-meter on full blast, spouting genius lines with the same wry wit as John Cooper Clarke.

A danceability underpinns things from simple sampled snippets and functional grooves, falling somewhere between Fun Boy Three and The Fall. 

- Jess Ayres, Two Tribes Sales Manager

'Thinking of Nina' by Marlon Williams from his album 'My Boy'.

Thinking of Nina by Marlon Williams - from the album 'My Boy'

From Jess: This song makes you wanna dance like Marlon. Super retro. I saw him live in October at the new Koko and it was in my top 5 gigs ever. I love the lyric: 'Please, don't mistake my intentions I believe in love under certain conditions.' 

- Bob Emms, Two Tribes Consultant Finance Director 

'Jeff Goldblum' by Mattiel from their album 'Georgia Gothic'.

Jeff Goldblum by Mattiel, from their album 'Georgia Gothic'

Bob picked 'Jeff Goldblum' by Atlanta based duo, Mattiel. Blending charismatic 60's garage rock with charming pop melodies, this song has been described as a daring escapade through vibrant metaphors.

Also up there were Self Esteem's 'I Do This All The Time' - a spoken word outpouring of comments which have been made to singer Taylor throughout her career. And the absurd and infectious, drum and guitar driven 'Chaise Longue' from Wet Leg also gets an inclusion. An instant classic.

- Justin Hutton, Two Tribes Director of Operations

'Delilah (pull me out of this) ' by Fred again.. from his album 'Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)'.

Fred again.. - Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)

From Justin: Just everything he does at the moment is absolutely fire. I saw him at All Points East but for “reasons” I can't remember any of it!  

A close second was the ‘Like a Verision’ Winston Surfshirt did of Doja Cat's ‘Kiss Me More’ on Australian radio station Triple J. Also a big fan of ‘Bad Memories' (feat. Elley Duhé and FAST BOY)  by MEDUZA.

- Rob Davies, Two Tribes Senior Sales Talisman

'The Only Way I Can Love You' by Suede from their 'Autofiction'.

Suede - Autofiction

A quintessential Suede song, wistful pop-punk full of triumphant ascending melodicism.

- Dominic Lorberg, Two Tribes Head Brewer

'Shitty Future' by The Bronx from their album 'The Bronx'.

The Bronx - The Bronx

Not a new song - but Dom's favourite song from The Bronx who he got to see for the first time in 2022 at the brilliant Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield Park.

'Shitty Future' is a ferocious example of a metal-punk hybrid, heavy on shouting and attitude. 

- Dylan Hayes, Two Tribes Brand Manager

'Binge' by Deadletter from their EP 'HEAT!'

Deadletter - Heat EP

From Dylan: Intelligent, evocative lyrics delivered with swagger - Binge has an honesty and urgency that hits like a punch to the chest. Binge is smart, catchy and scathing. It quickly made it to the top of my most played list in 2022. Caught them at The Lexington on Pentonville Road for their BBC Introducing headliner in December.

Also was a massive fan of '50/50' by Jockstrap - another song that felt like a slap in the face. Bleepy electronic jolts, warped vocals and throbbing bass alongside an angelic vocal delivery. Was lucky to see them at End of the Road Festival in Dorset and at Rough Trade East off Brick Lane for their album launch.

Rounding out my top 3 was 'Motels' by Sydney band Royel Otis. A bittersweet memory of a song with nostalgic lyrics, rippling guitars and layered vocal harmonies. It's lovely, it sounds like home. I can't wait to see them live in 2023.

- Sam Miller, Two Tribes London Sales Manager

'Clara (the night is dark)' by Fred again.. from his album 'Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)'.

Fred again..

Fred again.. featured again as a top pick, this time form Sam - our London Sales Manager. He selected Fred's dark and atmospheric 'Clara (the night as dark)' as his favourite song of 2022. Sam was lucky enough to see Fred's massive show at the O2 in Brixton in December.

Sam also wanted to include 'Let The Sunshine In' by The 5th Dimension. Although it was first released in 1969 - Sam discovered it this year. It's what he listens to as he's pounding the pavement on his sales calls.

- Mike Shuster, Two Tribes Strategic Growth Director

'Tarha Tadagh' by Imarhan from their album 'Imarhan'.

Imarhan Album Cover

Mike has selected the melancholic and spacious 'Tarha Tadagh' by Algerian Tuareg desert quintet, Imarhan, as his song of 2022.

Imarhan explore the the Tuareg mood known as 'assouf' (a kind of 'lonesome longing') in their unique blend of echo-heavy psychedelic/blues inspired rock music.


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