I said the lists were coming…. here’s the first.
This is slightly amended from the version on the Tonic website because of “The Rules” which don’t permit unreleased material (fair enough!). These here don’t allow anything released before 1 Jan 2010, but demos and tracks without an official release are fine. I’ve also tried to put them in order.
From the Mercury Award-nominated 2010 album “Becoming a Jackal”, this song is on here mainly because of the 50s-style piano chords. I actually heard it for the first time during our SXSW challenge but it didn’t stick until later. Happens sometimes.
I laughed out loud when I heard “Runaway” and its “Toast for the Scumbags” and I think that’s partly why I love this track so much – it had the complete opposite effect on me. Combining soul legend with modern day icons.
Quite literally the last song that blew my mind, I was so disappointed when he didn’t play it at the Dublin Castle gig. There’s something about his voice, and the guitar…and what sounds like a fiddle… that seems to resonate at my own personal frequency. Whatever that means.
Drake needed a mention and this is my favourite track on the album… largely because he doesn’t sing. The track reeks (in a good way) of Jay-Z and for some reason I think the video should involve floral-print, flared jumpsuits and big shades. But maybe that’s just me.
This is my favourite “support better than the main event” moment to date – Lucy Rose supporting Pete & the Pirates at the Lexington (no offence to P&tP). She’s had support slots for Bombay Bicycle Club this year and I’m really hoping for big things from her in 2011. Beautiful live.
Released only in the US & Canada I believe this is going to be on Patrick Watson’s forthcoming album – which I have no doubt will be every bit as beautiful as this song. I only just realised how similar the rhythm is to “In the Sun”…no wonder they both feature!
Nothing new from the man himself in a long while, Beck seems to have been working with Tobacco a fair bit. It’s only about 1min 30s long but I listen to it on repeat and loud. It’s going to be fairly hard to rank the last few, but this one’s going here.
Unreleased, possibly as it’s due to feature on his full-length out next year, the vocal on this track is why it made my list rather than Limit To Your Love, which was released. Live show in January is already sold out.
Last-minute switch this was almost number 1 but I changed my mind just now…there’s still no further info on last.fm so all I know is he’s from Rayners Lane, he’s a Chelsea fan, and this is an immense track. I keep meaning to do a mix with this on but haven’t yet. Maybe next year…
Sorry for the mish-mash of links, I couldn’t find all the songs in any one place.
For the official, rule-abiding list, and run downs from the rest of the tonic folks, see the blog, HERE.
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