Sound of 2010
a sample of some of the best songs that have soundtracked the year
1 – NIKE7UP – Rudeboy (NIKE7UP SCIROPHORIA REMIX)
You can pretty much define a person on whether a mention of Rihanna makes them think of this or her recent performance on X Factor.
2 – unouomedude – Island Summer
Possibly a Kanye West track or two aside, this is the song of the year, hands down. Relentlessly uplifting, criminally underrated, the cherry on top of an impressive body of work
3 – Coolrunnings – San Dimas Oasis
One of Brandon Biondo’s many sideprojects. Best played to half empty, uninterested rooms during failed DJ sets.
4 – Stunts – Felt
Another of Neu! Magazine’s many impressive finds that have dotted the year. Playful and brilliant – an absolute gem.
5 – Family Trees – Dream Talkin
Could have been stolen from any era and still sound impressive. Most likely to be in the soundtrack of a ‘cult hit’ movie made by a major production company in the next few years.
6 – Teen Daze – New Theory (Washed Out cover)
Youtube is a testament to how often a good song can be murdered. This is a testament to how a good song can be turned great – glowing, bombastic and confident.
7 – Table – We are no longer the same
Just when you thought Former Ghosts had the market cornered on bleak industrial pop, this Czech beauty entered the market. An AMDISC classic.
8 – WU LYF – I got dem wu wu busted teef spitting it concrete like the golden sun god
Whether they’ve missed their moment or not, they’ll always have this. The mystery may be wearing thin, but it will be aeons before this does.
9 – Die Neue Mythologen – Sweet Dreams
Beyoncé versus Witch House. Sounds wrong, but it’s so ridiculously right.
10 – Brown Brogues – A Banner
The ghosts of 2010, looming over every feast with their grotty blues rock. Next year sees them head to the US for a few months, giving bands all over the North of England a shot at a few decent support slots
Sound of 2011
a sample of some of the key sounds that will hopefully define the next 12 months
1 – WALSH – Days of Thunder
Another Brandon Biondo project. The chances of him slipping away during 2011 are slim – though if he’s anywhere near as prolific, it’ll likely kill him.
2 – D/R/U/G/S – Escapeship
The fact that this is an old demo and still sounds more futuristic and daring than most anything out there tells you everything you need to know.
3 – Spash Wave – Outrunning
A gift to the world from Beko-DSL earlier in the year. Heavily affected, but still supreme.
4 – Porcelain Raft – Tip of Your Tongue
Google doesn’t show whether Mauro has a Porcelain Raft album in the pipeline as of yet, but even so, it’d still be a good bet for it to be one of the best of 2011.
5 – Weird Era – Pornography Kill (In My Head)
Surfaced in 2009 sounding brilliant, meandered around 2010 before playing a couple of shows – next year might be the one where they finally play more shows than have albums released.
6 – Eagulls – Terms & Conditions
Like if The Cribs had decided to build on their first album rather than gradually get more middle of the road. Doesn’t sound futuristic, but a band this good are going to be brilliant not matter what the year.
7 – Luke Chrisinger – The Cells
Copy and paste, bi-polar brilliance.
8 – Police Academy 6 + unouomedude – Icarus
Much more than the sum of it’s parts. If someone can find a rapper for these two to pair up with like Blackbird Blackbird and Starslinger did with Emay for Seeing Suge, there are no limits.
9 – Botany – Feeling Today
Glimmers and pops with ideas throughout. Underloved, but hopefully not for long.
10 – Starslinger – Extra Time
Hyped the web over, touring America, still playing opening slots for peanuts in Manchester. There is no justice.