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Big Boi – Daddy Fat Sax (2010)

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Frank Ocean collaborator and Outkast royalty, Big Boi released his last album Idlewild with André 3000 in 2006. Four years later, he released his debut solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot. The albums’s trippy kick-off is ‘Daddy Fat Sax’ with its samples of and lyrical references to his previous work with Outkast. It was just what the doctor ordered because Big Boi had bigger fish to fry. Have a great weekend.

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The Longwalls – Dark Academy (2010)

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This next song has no genre-crossing pretensions. The Longwalls are a Boston foursome delivering a simple alt country sound, but if their YouTube account is anything to go by, they are yet to find their big audience. ‘Dark Academy’ is the title track off a 2010 EP released on their own label Static Motor Recordings.

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The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire (2010)

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Good morning folks. I hope you’ve had a good August. I’m back today and raring to go with a bit of musical miscellany. In 2010, The Radio Dept.’s core members, Johan Duncanson and Martin Larsson (aka Martin Carlberg), fell out with their record label Labrador after the release of their tour-de-force long player Clinging To A Scheme. It resulted in a 6-year hiatus which gave fans a lot of time to absorb all that the album had to offer.  The record contained a handful of strong songs and three were released as singles – ‘David’, ‘Heaven’s on Fire’ and ‘Never Follow Suit. ‘Heaven’s on Fire’ opens with a vocal sample Thurston Moore’s observations about youth culture and then explodes into a happy Saint Etienne-like indie dance anthem. Have a great week.

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Cavalier Rose – Atom Bomb (2010)

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A decade ago, the four-piece band Cavalier Rose were based out of Brooklyn. They came and went which is a real shame because their shtick was a good’un. Built around the bluesy sound of singer-pianist Heather Christian, they released the energetic and distorted ‘Atom Bomb’ in 2010. Her warble is impressive. Today, Christian sings and plays with The Arbornauts. Have a great weekend.

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Joan As Police Woman – Kiss The Specifics (2010)

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I know Joan Wasser as the woman that Jeff Buckley proposed to shortly before he drowned. Others know her by her stage name Joan As Police Woman. Quite a few years ago I looked to post ‘Kiss The Specifics’ on this very blog, but there was no accompanying video at that time. Things have moved on, but it’s still a great track. It features on her 2011 album, The Deep Field. Have a great weekend.

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LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change (2010)

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On their 2010 album This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem feature the slice of pure early-80s synthpop that is ‘I Can Change’. Think Soft Cell or Depeche Mode as you listen to the songwriters (band member Pat Mahoney and band frontman James Murphy) looking to save a relationship by becoming a completely different person. “I can change, I can change, I can change, if it helps you fall in love.” No trouble there then.

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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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