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Top 75 tracks, 2010, part 1

So… even by sticking to the usual rules (no tracks by the same artist – apart from guest appearances), and by being fairly ruthless with some overplayed pop hits that I liked a lot but didn’t feel like writing about again, I still couldn’t fit my tracks of the year into a top 50. For the first time ever. Does this mean 2010 is the best year for music in years? I’m not sure. I’ve certainly been fairly obsessively keeping track of things this year, even if I haven’t written as much, which probably helps.

Anyway, some classics in the long journey ahead, but to kick things off, for the first time, here are my tracks of the year, #75-#51. We might get down to the 30s by the end of the week…
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New MIA video – XXXO

I’m still really not sure about the new MIA. OK, I am – I don’t really like it. Not hugely controversial as an opinion, that. I do quite like this track though. It’s kind of an extended shrug with a tune, which I guess is what MIA does well. No huge boundaries being broken down here, but it works, just about. Anyway, here’s a video for it. Once again, no fireworks (or indeed bizarre ginger-baiting) here, unless you count a succession of increasingly tacky graphics. Worth a look though, I guess. Um…

2010 Spotify Playlist – Update #1

Every year, since 2008, I’ve kept a rolling playlist on Spotify of the latest and greatest singles/tunes/tracks of that year. My 2010 list is now up to 140 (relatively) carefully selected gems, which will feed into my annual top 50 in December.

You can subscribe to it by heading here.

I sometimes feel I invest more energy in maintaining these Spotify playlists than I do writing this blog. In fact, scratch that, I definitely do. So I thought I’d spend a bit of time every now again listing the latest additions, and essentially plugging the playlist, because I think it’s pretty good.

Worth bearing in mind that the list is a mixture of
• Brand new shiny cutting edge 2010 single releases. (NB may be a minority given Spotify’s knack for tardiness.)
• Stuff that Spotify has taken quite a while to remember to put up
• Stuff that I missed earlier in the year, or on occasion (with lesser known tracks) in the previous year

Anyway, here’s 10 of the most recently added tracks:

Rose Eleanor Dougall – I Know We’ll Never (acoustic version)
Wonderful lyric-indiepop from the ex-Pipette. This is sitting on the list until the proper version is available.

Princess Nyah – Butterflies (Donae’o remix)
Much prettier than previous releases, particularly with this harp-centric remix.

Everything Everything – Schoolin’
Neither their best track nor their current single, but it is on Spotify.

MIA – XXXO
There are some decent-ish tracks on her poor-ish new record…

Magnetic Man – I Need Air
Covered last week – we love it.

Ost & Kjex – Continental Lover
One of those slightly out of date discoveries. Great stuff though, which sounds a bit like Wild Beasts produced by Aeroplane.

Caribou – Odessa
I’m well behind the times on this one.

Toddla T – Sky Surfing
Good fun.

Karl X Johan – Flames
You know there’s that Myspace genre name “Melodramatic Pop Music” – I think it was invented to define this bit of genius from Sweden (where else?)

Quadron – Slippin’
A 2009 track. A breezily funky, radio-friendly little ditty from Denmark.

Go have a listen over here.

New Releases 24th March 2008


Single of the Week: MIA – Paper Planes
This song actually feels like it’s been around forever now. Thankfully it’s finally seeing a physical single release, and so I can finally award it its thoroughly deserved Single of the Week. You’ve almost certainly heard it by now, and if you haven’t, well, click the link above because it’s pretty much unmissable. As a card-carrying Clash-obsessive, I was initially sceptical about any song sampling the sublime ‘Straight to Hell’. This one uses that classic as a basis, and transforms it into a new song that’s, improbably, equally great. The bullish use of cash registers and gunshots as rhythmic/lyric-replacing samples is initially distracting, but on repeated listens makes perfect sense. I’d imagine the repeated release date delays were in order to push this song closer to the summer, as that’s when it will really come into its own. Laid back, yet not lacking in energy, an instant classic on release, and easily one of the best singles of the year. 10/10.

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