My songs of 2010 (no specific order)

Rumer - Slowly

Sometimes a song stops you in your tracks. You drop everything and listen. It happened to me with this song on the radio. Not only because it’s classier and smoother than your usual airplay fare, but because it was a fab retro tune sang by a gorgeous unfamiliar voice. Legend says that Burt Bacharach had a similar reaction to mine when he came across her voice, so he demanded to meet her. Her whole debut record is noteworthy, “Slow like honey, heavy with mood” as Fiona Apple would say.

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Alicia Keys - Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)

Hey, the single came out *this* year. And it’s by far my favourite song on her last record. That was good. It was a whirlwind year for talented Ms Keys, with a swift engagement and marriage, various concerts and live appearances, the birth of her child and her record slow burning chart positions a year from his issue. Still waiting for that carnival inspired video with Beyoncé though.


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James Blake - Limit To Your Love

The Feist cover that is better than Feist. Sorry Leslie, you got to admit it’s true. His version is so stripped down and sparse it takes your ears by surprise. Than it becomes emotional and addictive. His record comes out next month, be ready to grab it.


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Janelle Monáe (feat. Big Boi) - Tightrope

I challenge you not to move when you listen to this song. See, it’s impossible. My dance track of the year. Yes, a real song, with lyrics and style, not Black Eyed Peas puke inducing *beats*.


Color Theory - Backseat (Odd Year Remix) by oddyear

My songs of 2010 (no specific order)

Color Theory – Backseat (Odd Year Remix) (no video but free download at the link)

The songs of Brian Hazard/Color Theory are enthralling, with their synth pop a la Depeche Mode. I love them mostly for that spark of hope in a sea of melancholy. Dunno if that was the impression he wanted to make… (bonus: on his record there’s a cover of “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale” by A-ha)


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Aloe Blacc - Femme Fatale

I choose the only cover on Blacc stunning record, because here I first realized his total effortlessness as a singer. He took a well-known song and made it *his*. And what a voice, people.


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Snoop Dogg feat. Mayer Hawthorne - Gangsta Luv G-Mix

I know the Snoop Dogg hit is from 2009, but this remix is better than the original, and it was everywhere this summer. I love me some Snoop from times to times, but the ironic Hawthorne reimagination is classy, fresh and retro at the same time. Almost another song. A better one.


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Eliza Doolittle - Pack Up

With a sunny, on the road video, a laid back attitude and catchy lyrics (“When I google, I only get depressed”), this was the “Put Your Records On" of last year. It just screams: "School’s out! It’s summer!!" (Lloyd Wade sings the main hook that borrows from 1915 song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”)


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Marsha Ambrosius - Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player)

Somehow the female version of the Cee Lo song, Marsha speaks from a jaded ex-lover point of view wishing the worst to her ex, all with sharp one-liners and catchy minimalistic r’nb sound. This is the first single from the singer-songwriter (formerly of Floetry) upcoming debut album - Late Nights, Early Mornings - set for a February 2011 release date.


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Cee Lo Green - Fuck You

Cee Lo’s massive single is the defining song of 2010. It’s no exception with me. It’s cheeky but heartfelt, love the nice retro vibe and his beautiful and expressive voice. It made me smile, it made me sing, it’s probably the most infectious song since his “Crazy” of 2006.


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Washed Out - Feel It All Around

My beloved song of last summer. I love the breezy atmosphere, the cool hints of “Long Hot Summer” by The Style Council and “I’m not in love” by 10cc and its general chillaxed mood. It’s hard to find a more hypnotic song for having a good time laying around in the sun. Beware of the sunburn.


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Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong

The best kept secret of 2010 is definitely the debut record of gorgeous, honey voiced Andreya. Produced by Bonobo and out for Ninja Tune. What more can you ask for?


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Jean Grae - Love Song pt4

I’m such a Jean Grae fiend that I dig out her tunes from mixtapes and various projects, as she is in a so-called ‘pause’ from music. So I found this gem, with an unknown sample (if you know, please *talk* I’ll be grateful forever). And Jean, please, put out a real record soon. Thanks.


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Rox - I Don’t Believe

Talented Rox is around with songs and stuff since early 2009, and I definitely took notice. The debut record came out last year and was pretty successful, I’m so glad for her.

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