I did this last year because there were too many great tracks for me to fit into a top 10. It’s happened again so… here are the 10 that were *this* close to making it into the Musings top 10 for 2010 – but no cigar. In no particular order:
1. How To Dress Well – Take It On
Similarly dream-like and not quite possible to understand lyrics, I’d put this in the same genre as Jai Paul and didn’t feel I could put both of them in there.
2. CocoRosie – Smokey Taboo
They made it into my albums of 2010 and this is my favourite track from Grey Oceans, a rules-based switch in. Little bit creepy and siren-like in places.
3. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again
Very Dawson’s Creek, or… One Tree Hill if you’re 5 or so years younger than me. US singer-songwriter sweetness.
4. Ciara – Ride
Was really hoping Matt would drop this into his top 10 but no joy…massive R&B track and definitely deserving of a mention.
5. Deadboy – Unofficial Girl
This actually takes me back to the late 90s/early 2000s and Shola Ama’s “Imagine” (the Craig David Garage Remix – TUNE!!). Great remix of Cassie’s Unofficial Girl – this did make Matt’s top 10.
6. Glasser – Apply
Powerful and tribal-sounding track off the debut album from Cameron Mesirow – if I had remembered it in time, this might have made it.
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7. The Black Keys – Never Gonna Give You Up
So difficult to pick a favourite track from my 2010 album of the year but I think this is it. Slow and sultry blues-rock and easily confused with Rick Astley’s hit of 1987. It had to be this one.
8. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Trick Pony
Fuzzy and seductive French-sounding pop-rock from her fantastic 2010 album, IRM.
9. Martyn ft. D Bridge – These Words (Roska’s Speechless Mix)
This did make my top 10 under the rules….just. It’s a remix of a track released in 2009 so it’s eligibility was under question. First heard in Dec 2009 I couldn’t include it last year because it hadn’t been released!
10. Michael Kiwanuka – Bones
His voice gives me chills…Soulful singer songwriter from LONDON TOWN. Another one I’m wishing great luck for 2011.
Any of these (or anything else!) should’ve gone into the 10?