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The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio (2010)

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By 2010, The National were no longer just another band from Brooklyn. After two successive, successful slow-burn albums (Alligator and Boxer), they had grown into one of the most feted indie bands. That year they released High Violet, which features their gig staple ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’. The track kicks off with Bryan Devendorf’s persistent drum solo that lays the ground for the instruments that follow. This was a high watermark.

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Kanye West feat. Pusha T – Runaway (2010)

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“Look at you!” 10 years ago, following his outburst during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Awards, Kanye West exiled himself from the controversy by retreating to a recording studio in Hawaii. There, he would turn his recent excesses into something very creative indeed. Helped by a $3 million recording budget, West produced his fifth and best studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The music and lyrics of ‘Runaway’ showcase the ego, indulgence and introspection. Pusha T joins in, reflecting on the “Hoes like vultures wanna fly in your Freddy loafers/You can’t blame ’em they ain’t never seen Versace sofas”. Have a great weekend, folks.

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I Am Kloot ‎- Northern Skies (2010)

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I Am Kloot’s fifth album Sky at Night confirmed singer-songwriter and guitarist John Bramwell as Warrington’s modern-day answer to Bob Dylan. Elbow’s Guy Garvey produced the album and the instrumentation feels familiar in that regard, but it’s the Manchester trio’s play about everyday life that sets their sound apart. ‘Northern Skies’ is a top song.

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The Black Keys – Never Gonna Give You Up (2010)

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The Black Keys did something remarkable once they joined the likes of Wilco on Nonesuch Records. Over the course of four albums, they completed a journey from a blues-rockin’ duo in Akron, Ohio to awesome glam soul stadium rockers travelling the globe on a cloud of musical distortion. But during this rise, they were also able to fit in a cover version of Jerry Butler’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. Style.

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Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon – Empire Ants (2010)

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Artist Suzi Winstanley introduced her partner Damon Albarn to Little Dragon aka Yukimi Nagano. Nagano and Albarn then spent days at his London studio. What came about was ‘Empire Ants’, a superlative sound released on Gorillaz third studio album Plastic Beach.

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Broncho – Try Me Out Sometime (2010)

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You got to try Broncho out sometime. This indie band hail from Norman, Oklahoma. In the same year that they formed, they released their debut Can’t Get Past The Lips on CQ Records and the Guestroom label. A hedonistic slice of garage rock, the third track on the album is a fast start to the week. Have a good one.

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Sufjan Stevens – I Walked (2010)

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“Lover, will you look at me now?/ I’m already dead to you/ But I’m inclined to explain/ What I could not before.” Five years after the success of his masterful LP Illinoise (and the existential crisis that followed), Sufjan was able to exorcise himself on The Age of Adz. The album features the beautiful, melodic and electronic ‘I Walked’.

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Caribou – Odessa (2010)

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Dan Snaith’s 2010 album Swim kicks off with ‘Odessa’. It’s a fantastic cut for all its strange but familiar sounds. The high pitched synth, the Musik Express bells and the Röyksopp like lyrics: “Taking the kids/ Driving away/ Turning ’round the life she let him siphon away”. Caribou good. Have a good weekend

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Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (2010)

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Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval delivers the dreamy, introspective vocals to ‘Paradise Circus’ off Massive Attack’s fifth album, 2010’s Heligoland. Her sensual words are coursed through synthesised harmonies and ambient handclaps. Spiritual. The song reached the masses as the soundtrack to the exceedingly popular TV series Luther.

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Foals – Spanish Sahara (2010)

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The Foals’ sophomore album Total Life Forever, and more specifically the song ‘Spanish Sahara’, was when the band metamorphosed from hyped math rock into a bonafide stadium act. When composing the song, lead singer Yannis Philippakis had tapped some emotional memories of encountering a dead dog in the surf when he was a child. It worked. Have a great week.

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Haruomi Hosono – Close To You (2010)

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Like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi (Harry) Hosono first gained global recognition as one third of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra. In 2010, postrock maverick Jim O’Rourke had the genius idea of producing All Kinds of People: Love Burt Bacharach, a tribute album to 60s lounge don Burt Bacharach. Yes, I kid you not. The LP features guest vocalists Kahimi Karie, Yoshimi, and several other venerable Japanese artists, including Hosono, who gets a helping drum hand from Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on the classic ‘Close To You’.

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Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill (2010)

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Last month, “Gorillaz” announced that their new album will be entitled Humanz and is due out on 28 April. Looking back at their discography, I’ve plucked out Plastic Beach. It may not have beaten ‘Stylo’ and ‘Superfast Jellyfish’ to early release as a single, but ‘Melancholy Hill’ is its standout track. All wistful, pizzicato strings, jaunty keyboards and Damon’s whispers: “Up on melancholy hill/There’s a plastic tree/Are you here with me/Just looking out on the day/Of another dream”. Like an uplifting sequel to 2005’s ‘Hong Kong’.

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Wu-Tang vs The Beatles – Got The Money (2010)

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Some sampling is less subtle. Wu-Tang vs The Beatles was created by Tom Caruana and released at the start of 2010. The album features Beatles songs and cover versions mixed with much Wu-Tang. This hip hop venture was not original. Danger Mouse had ploughed this furrow with Jay-Z in 2004. However, the results were equally as pleasing. ‘Got The Money’ features the most overt use of source material – in this case, Abbey Road‘s ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’.

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Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (2010)

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Three years after releasing their debut, A Book Like This, the Australian brother and sister Stones created something gift-wrapped for the American market. “She smelled of daisies, she smelled of daisies/She drive me crazy, she drive me crazy.” ‘Big Jet Plane’ features on their 2010 album Down The Way.

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The Besnard Lakes – Chicago Train (2010)

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Someone once said that listening to The Besnard Lakes is like listening to Supertramp singing Sigur Rós numbers. ‘Chicago Train’ is the third track off their 2010 album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night. You make your mind up. Have a great week.

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