Year in Review | Honorable Mentions

(My Tiger My Timing)

Year in Review 2010 | Honorable Mentions

by Joshua P. Ferguson

It's that time of year again, when music obsessives like myself pore over the last 12 months of iTunes additions, parcel them out into categories and rank them and praise the champions. This year saw stellar releases from the relatively unknown, commanding voices from the far reaches of the musical universe. It also saw amazing output from Grammy nominees, headline stealers and everyone in between. Over the course of the next few days, Dialogue Inc. will present its musical winners for the year. We'll cover artists, albums, live shows, DJ mixes, singles, guilty pleasures and more. But first, we start with artists who undoubtedly had an impression on our year, but didn't quite squeeze into a top slot in another list. 

5) My Tiger My Timing
France's Kitsuné label has introduced us to quite a few acts that have grown near and dear to my heart, and this year London's My Tiger My Timing was added to the list. The quartet makes quirky pop music that rolls and bounces with an organic dance sensibility. Praise was heaped upon them this year and with the release of their debut record next year, we might just see them back here in our 2011 Year in Review. Check out "I Am Sound" and their Arthur Russell tribute "Arm Around You" which will be featured on our year end mix.

4) Mystery Jets
The band from Eel Pie Island was back in full force for 2010. A steady work in progress, the Mystery Jets released its third—and most cohesive—album, Serotonin, and came one step closer to perfect harmony in their mix of psych, pop, country, folk and '80s-era electronica. Serotonin does play down the electro thump more prominent on Twenty One, but the attitude and the danceability are still there. The group's vintage aesthetic suits them better anyway. From the sugary sing along of the title track (our year end mix selection) to the soaring trippiness of "Dreaming of Another World," I belted it out whenever these songs found their way into my DJ sets and I don't intend to stop anytime soon. (Plus I want to live in the music video world created for "Dreaming...").

3) Mark Ronson
It just occurred to me that London rocked my musical world in 2010. Every selection in this list (and quite a few in the other lists) is from the foggy metropolis. One who's truly embraced the rich history of that musical mecca, Mark Ronson looks, acts and writes the music for the part better than anyone. His London-centric style is unmistakable, and while his style in undeniably indebted to American pop music, he takes it and does with it what greats like the Rolling Stones did, almost one upping us at our own game. I didn't get to spend the time with Record Collection that I wanted to, but "Bang Bang Bang" and "Somebody to Love Me" played big roles in my musical identity this year. Look for DJ U-Tern's remix of "Bang Bang Bang" on our year end mix.

2) Four Tet
Keiran Hebdon is one of the greatest musical minds working today. He's not a populist musician, in fact some of his work—like his project with jazz musician Steve Reid—is quite challenging. But I'd like to think anyone could recognize the beauty of "Angel Echos," the opening track on this year's "There Is Love In You." In my January album review, I said, "drawing from his usual schizophrenic mix of folk, jazz, hip-hop and electronica, There Is Love In You is meticulously constructed from a cacophony of sounds that, in their dissonance are, none-the-less, subtly pleasing to the ears." Revisiting it while I write this, I couldn't agree more.

1) Caribou
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Snaith this year about his latest record Swim. A great guy to talk to, he's also surfing the gap between the rock and electronic worlds, much like Four Tet. Speaking a bit about that, he told me, “the expectation of dance music is that it is very rigid, metallic sounding and crisp. I like the idea of everything floating around in an ethereal way but still with rhythmic elements referencing dance music.” With each consecutive listen to Swim we find we also like floating along with its ethereal rhythms. 


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