The countdown of our favourites from the past twelve months continues today with part 2 of Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2010 – The Tracks.
Once you’ve been through this part of our list, why not do us a favour and recommend your own stand-outs from 2010. Leave us a comment below telling us what has rocked your 2010 to be in with a chance of winning a selection of prizes from acts featured on our own rundown.
40: Brother - Darling Buds Of May
A new band for 2011 brimming with confidence, this early single suggests there might just be enough in the locker from the Slough four-piece to back up the bravado.
39: Grinderman – Worm Tamer
‘I guess I’ve just loved you for too long’ growls Nick Cave on this no frills, dirty slice of rock n roll from the side project consisting of Nick and a selection of his Bad Seeds bandmates.
38: Broken Records – A Darkness Rises Up
A heartfelt anthem from the Scottish indie-folk band, which can be filed neatly next to the efforts of their more established contemporaries such as Teenage Fanclub and Idlewild.
37: The Answering Machine – Animals
Appearing regularly on Live4ever during the year, The Answering Machine returned late in 2010 and showed their brand of spikey indie will be making a welcome return on the second studio album.
36: Blur - Fool’s Day
Released as part of the UK’s Record Store Day back in April, Blur’s first new material since 2003 only served to heighten calls for their reunion to finally produce a brand new album.
35: Everything Everything – Schoolin’
Interviewed by Live4ever at this year’s SXSW Festival, Everything Everything have proved to be a rarity in today’s world – forward thinking and sonically ambitious.
34: Goldheart Assembly – King Of Rome
The London based five-piece’s excellent single issued in March, the opening track from debut album ‘Wolves and Thieves’, a stand-out release from Fierce Panda this year.
33: LaFaro – Chopper Is a Fucking Tout
Having seen this phrase grafittied all over Belfast, local boys LaFaro were inspired to title this equally raunchy display of dirt-rock after it – a highlight of their savage self-titled debut.
32: Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
Thanks to the inspired chorus and razor sharp guitars, this became one of 2010′s more memorable indie sing-a-longs after receiving a deserved re-release this year.
31: Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go
The beats, the breaks, the bass…this is New York encapsulated in four minutes by Twin Sister, another band to emerge in 2010 with a distinctive female lead.
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