Ten Tracks: Ten Tracks 3 (Artists of 2010)
Ten Tracks mailing list's favourite ten artists of 2010.
Studio version of another rabble-rouser from their live set that is jam-packed with melodically strong, danceable, thoughtful and politically active songs. P.S. anyone from Leith recognise the guy on the track art? [drawn by Ryan from the band]
Sixties start, Go-go garage guitars, urgent vocal harmonies divulging insightful meditation on 'Perfume'. [By agreement with Hijack 2, Ten Tracks is completing some of its track blurbs during a single listen to the track, without edit]
The Social Services
Male vocal this time leads to strong comparison with Beirut. Another soulful but more mournful melody from The Social Services, from their EP.
Touched By A Spirit
William Douglas and The Wheel
“It's always a pleasure to record these guys. I've made two studio singles with them plus an entire album done in a practice room, but this was my first taste of getting them in a live setting, and I gotta say: they have some serious energy!” Frankie
One of Iona's solo works from outstanding demo 'One Dove', this features an electronic soundscape, unique samples, and a vocal performance often compared with fellow Ten Tracks artiste Bjork, but here blessed with its own distinctly celtic peacefulness.
Look At That Ass
Pay attention to your stereo's bottom end for this one.
A Murder of Crows
The Black Diamond Express
It's hard to believe such an accomplished work was given away free by the band at Easter 2008. Here Ten Tracks is delighted to follow the world's chocolatiers in giving the beauty of resurrection the commercial success it deserves. Merry Christmas!
Simple electronics inexplicably combine sinisterness and nostalgia to euphoric effect – another brilliant exclusive! Appears on The Bowery Compilation, and re-released on Police Box 18 to celebrate the launch of his EP (out on SL Records, October 2010)
A disarmingly honest, wistfully eloquent strum-along about one of life's bad patches. Impressive singing-songwriting.
William Henry Miller Part 1
Meursault are perhaps better known for their blistering electronica-based live sets but here they excel in the acoustic realm with impassioned vocals, banjo, handclaps and harmonies. The EP Nothing Broke from which this comes is ACE too.
More about this bundle
FOXGANG :: LEITH WALK
HIDDEN MASTERS :: PERFUME
THE SOCIAL SERVICES :: MERMAID
WILLIAM DOUGLAS & THE WHEEL :: TOUCHED BY A SPIRIT
IONA MARSHALL :: LASAW
ACTION GROUP :: LOOK AT THAT ASS
THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS :: A MURDER OF CROWS
ENFANT BASTARD :: SOGGY BISCUIT
WITHERED HAND :: TAKEAWAY FOOD
MEURSAULT :: WILLIAM HENRY MILLER (Part 1)