As has become habit for me, I grabbed my end of year charts from last.fm
“There is love in you” dominated my 2010.
Walking music, working music – dancing-round-the-kitchen-cooking music. It’s a cracker. Best Coast’s debut album “Crazy for you” gets in there too. More of them later.
“Sing” from that album got heaviest-rotation, and coincidentally right below it is the snappily-titled “OAR003-B” by Oni Ahyhun (otherwise known as Olof from The Knife) which I think I first heard on a mix by Keiran Hebden (Fourtet) in close aural proximity to his track.
But for various boring reasons (mainly how much I listen to music on my phone), the last.fm stats don’t really tell the story of the albums of 2010 that made the greatest impression on me this year.
And, they’re overwhelmingly by female-led acts.
She and Him: Vol 2
Best Coast: Crazy for You
Sing-along slabs of fried sunshine. Seems to be on constant loop in our local, The Book Club.
But I think the crown has to go to Sleigh Bells.
Not only incredible pop, but incredible pop that couldn’t have come from anywhen but 2010. I loved all of “Treats”, especially “Infinity Guitars” and “Riot Rhythm” – but the opening track, and debut single “Tell ‘Em” grabs you with it’s incredible intro: all-together now – “SPUGGA-DUGGA! BEW!!! BEW!!!”
Also worth trawling youtube for the seemingly-ever-multiplying Sleigh Bells Vs … remixes…
Let’s give some too-early-to-tell-honourable-mentions to Warpaint…
But, I’ll finish up with two beauties.
Firstly, “Further” by The Chemical Brothers… especially “Swoon”
I’m liking the hyperdrive MBV-ness of your late-period Chems.
Not shoegaze, but… Screengaze?
Finally, probably my absolute favourite album of the year is the beautiful, hauntological post-ambirock soundtrack “Man of Aran” by British Sea Power.
Huge grey oceans, dark arcologies of cloud, massive shear cliff faces and dazzling bursts of sunlight – all in your ears.
“Come Wander With Me” is the one I find myself humming nearly everyday.
I’m cheating – “Man of Aran” came out in 2009, but hey – It’s 2011 already and it’s staying…