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10 for 2010: #5 – Marina & The Diamonds

 
By on Sunday, 6th December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 5, is Wales’ Marina and the Diamonds, who we first introduced back in February, and is finally gearing up for the release of her debut album next year.

Marina and the Diamonds (side)We’ve had a strong year for female talent. Florence and her Machine, Little Boots, Paloma Faith, La Roux et al, and so it’s only right that this continues into 2010 with Marina and her beloved Diamonds. We’ve watched as singles come along steadily getting better and better from this Welsh pop marvel. We first introduced Marina back in February, and almost a year later she’s gearing up to release her debut full length collection next February.

Refreshingly honest both in interviews and in her music, Marina isn’t one to be pigeon-holed into an easy description – no, we’re not going to provide an “OMG she’s like Lily Allen” or such like – to everyone we’ve spoken to, they’ve had a different opinion on this songstress. At times she sounds quite traditionally European, almost gypsy punk stuff (a la Gogol Bordello) on tracks like Obsessions, whilst other times she’s got a mainstream feel with giant hooks (see new single Hollywood).

Either way, I think we can all agree that big things are waiting for Marina in 2010. Download some free tracks below, or catch the video for new single, Hollywood.

Marina and the Diamonds‘ debut album, The Family Jewels is released on 15th February 2010.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1VTcJfL7RE[/youtube]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot

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MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road

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MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
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MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)
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10 for 2010: #6 – Two Door Cinema Club

 
By on Saturday, 5th December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 6 are Northern Ireland’s very own Two Door Cinema Club, who we first introduced way back in January…

Two Door cinema Club (side)Fresh from the Phoenix – inspired school of indie pop greatness, Two Door Cinema Club have taken their time to build a collection of tunes that will catapult them to greatness in 2010.

Having been compared to The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix, you’ll immediately realise that they’re very much connoisseurs of the short three minute angular pop tune – don’t think however that they’re just a bunch of one-hit wonders. Debut single “Something Good Can Work” was just a firing shot back in March before they released “I Can Talk” at the end of November. Their B-Sides and EP tracks are just as good, and show great promise for the release of their debut album early next year.

Signed to the cooler-than-cool Kitsune label, they’ve recently been on tour with another of 2010’s bright hopes, Delphic, who we saw together a co-headlining tour back in October – quite honestly live Two Door Cinema Club have more energy than a bunch of five year olds on pure sugar.

If multi-coloured guitar pop is your cup of tea, Two Door Cinema Club are the kids to watch in 2010 for you.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJDCMth8poM[/youtube]

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk

MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
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MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – I can Talk
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MP3: Two Door Cinema Club – I can Talk (French Horn Rebellion remix)
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10 for 2010: #7 – Dutch Uncles

 
By on Friday, 4th December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 7, are Manchester’s Dutch Uncles.

Dutch Uncles (side)Dutch Uncles are (we think) the only band in our 10 of 2010 who have already released a full-length album. However, it’s only now that they’re starting to gain a rising profile. They’ve already gone all Art-Brut on us and signed to a huge German record label and started making waves on the other side of the channel, so it’s only right that we start to take notice here.

Making “Alternative guitar music with a pinch of new wave and post punk”, they formed in sixth form and have gone from strength to strength, with their album being released in Austria, Germany and Switzerland before it was even considered here in the UK. Expect many comparisons to Foals and the like here with their fast, angular tunes that will have everyone singing their praises within no time.

Jess introduced them properly the other week, and you can catch them on the road supporting Bombay Bicycle Club later this month. You can watch the video for their single “Face In” below.

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Buy Dutch Uncles’ debut album now from Amazon.

 

10 for 2010: #8 – Egyptian Hip Hop

 
By on Thursday, 3rd December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 8, are Manchester’s very own Egyptian Hip Hop

Egyptian Hip Hop (side)It seems that just about every cool band of the moment comes out of Manchester. Today it’s the turn of Egyptian Hip Hop to have the spotlight shone at them, and nope, they’re not hip-hop stars, contrary to what the name implies. Granted, I’ve only heard two tracks – those on their Myspace – but they sound pretty rhythmical and funky, about as far from four white guys pretending to be Jay-Z or LL Cool J as you can get.

Similar in some ways to Kyte, the tracks are full of multi-layered, bleeps and bips but with a strong sense of melody. Think a more chilled out Hot Chip, or The Postal Service if they weren’t so keen on melancholy and had got out a bit more. At just 17 years old, this foursome look likely to be onto good things if this is just their first foray into music. I mean, what were you doing at 17 – Probably not something as productive or successful as these guys.

The Guardian named them a new band of the day back in October, a sure sign of a rising profile from any band. Apart from that, if I’m honest I don’t know that much about Egyptian Hip Hop – take a listen on their MySpace, and watch out for them in mid 2010 as hopefully big things will be coming.

 

10 for 2010: #9 – The Drums

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 9, are New York City-based The Drums, who we first introduced back in September…

Some have dubbed ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, the first single from this Brooklyn by way of sunny Florida band, as “the most infectious whistling since Peter Bjorn and John“. I wrote about the song and its frenetic video in September.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

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Coming up for the band next: a 7″ inch vinyl single release for ‘I Feel Stupid’ (backed by ‘Down by the Water’) to drop on 7 December. The ‘I Feel Stupid’ A-side is firmly positioned in the BBC 6music ‘A’ playlist and despite the gaiety of the guitars, the vocals are post-punk with a whiff of Talk Talk. ‘Down by the Water’, in contrast, feels like the perfect soundtrack to late-night snogging in the back of the cinema.

With a 7-song EP follow-up called ‘Summertime’ released on 12 October on the Moshi Moshi label (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, and Friendly Fires) and a forthcoming full-length scheduled to be out sometime next year, they’re set to take the world by storm with the simplicity of their feel-good pop that will make you smile ear to ear. But lest you think these are simple-minded American boys looking for the next big (ocean) wave to catch, the band are quick to dismiss their early label of ‘surf pop’ for their intention to sound like great ’50s-’60s pop as if recorded by a Factory Records band. Pretty ambitious, huh?

From all accounts, the quartet – led by Jonathan Pierce (vocals) and Jacob Graham (guitar) – are quite humble in their aspirations for 2010, wishing for lots of traveling to places they haven’t been yet for gigs and maybe a call from American late night telly institution Saturday Night Live to play for Lorne Michaels and crew. And if they live up the hype that’s been following them around for the second half of 2009, I think they have a very good shot at both. Good luck boys.

You will be able to catch the Drums on the line-up for the NME Shockwaves Awards Tour in February 2010 (tickets available now through Seetickets). You can also snag their releases for stocking fillers at Moshi Moshi Records’s online store.

 

10 for 2010: #10 – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

 
By on Tuesday, 1st December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, kicking off the countdown, are Camden’s very own Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, who we first introduced back in September…

Ou Est Le Swimming PoolOu Est Le Swimming Pool are kinda of a big deal – out supporting La Roux on her UK tour at the moment, they manage to be that happy middle ground that keeps music snobs, clubbers and the casual pop fan happy and enthralled. Drawing on tonnes of 80s influences (Pet Shop Boys / Human League anyone?) but updated to modern standards (Passion Pit / La Roux style), they’re pretty darned amazing. Their debut single, “Dance the Way I Feel” has been remixed by Armand Van Helden, and you can’t help but feel that this is just the shallow end of the pool before they progress to the diving boards to show off all their skills.

Getting their name from French lessons, they don’t take themselves all too seriously… “It started in a French lesson,” begins the moustachioed keyboardist Joe. “I’d start banging out a beat and Caan would drop a bassline and our guitarist Charles would come up with these ridiculously funny lyrics, we just needed a name for it.” Luckily for the Camden-based trio, their teacher Monsieur Jones provided all the inspiration they needed. “He used to ask these questions, and we just went with what he was saying at the time, it was a bit of a joke really.” they told Clash magazine.

Take a listen to their other tracks and you’ll soon realise that “Dance the Way I Feel” is no one hit wonder – if you’re watching out for some hipster nerds with mainstream appeal in 2010, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are your guys.

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