40. Dionne Bromfield - Foolin'
Coming in at #40 is the late Amy Winehouse's talented goddaughter. Another case of UKMIXers talking about someone and me deciding "what the heck, I'll check them out"...and again, being glad I did. I prefer the non-Lil Twist version, his rap doesn't really add much to the song IMO. I think this girl's got a lot going for her and hopefully she'll be every bit as big as her late godmother in the years to come. Just hope she doesn't go the same way as Amy. There's one more song from Dionne to come in this countdown.
39. Washington - Holy Moses
The Aussie lady who had my #2 song of 2010 (Rich Kids
) is back with a brand new single in 2011, the first from her Insomnia
EP and from the international version of her debut album I Believe You Liar
. The best way I'd describe this is it's catchy to begin with, yet there's something about it IMO that doesn't quite hook you in fully. I know it took several listens for me to get into it and personally, I think the verses musically are better than the chorus. Not quite
as good as the singles released from IBYL in Australia IMO, but a decent effort nonetheless and kudos to Megs for using the kazoo in the song. This also is probably her best video to date, so a big DAMN YOU VEVO
on behalf of those who may not get to watch it.
38. Art vs Science - Finally See Our Way
Holy shizzle my nizzles, Art vs Science have not 1 but 2
(!!!!) songs in my best of chart! What is this world coming to...anyway, I'll give the band kudos for coming up with some interesting videos. Or at least give their directors kudos for coming up with interesting videos. At least they set themselves apart from all the highly sexualised videos we see these days....
37. Calvin Harris feat Kelis - Bounce
The first of 2 entries from the Scotsman this year. It wasn't until I began to like Feel So Close
that this song registered more on my musical radar...plus I kept hearing it a lot (since it was a top 10 hit here), so I got into it that way. Can't say I'm fussed on his Rihanna collaboration though!
36. Flight Facilities feat Jess - Foreign Language
They featured last year with Crave You
at #39 and here they are again this year 3 places higher. Despite this, IMO this isn't quite as good as Crave You
, but it's still kinda groovy, especially in the chorus. The official video for this (which has only been uploaded in the last few days - see the link I posted above
) is very 70's TV show-like, but there's no dialogue, only opening credits...not sure if it fits in with the song, but I guess it works due to the disco-y feel of the song itself.
35. Brooke Fraser - Betty
The 2nd single from Brooke's 3rd effort Flags
comes in at #35. Unlike Romain, I actually think Something In The Water
(#5 on my 2010 chart) is better, although this isn't too bad either. Although the video is a bit, well, boring, I still love the little shrug and eyebrow raise she does around the 0:53 mark....and I still love the opening line "You've got a quick snap lock on your cold cold heart
". This isn't about anyone in particular, but it is about this supposed "über cool" girl who hides things from people, like the birth mark mentioned in the song. Here's a further explanation of the song.
34. Alexis Jordan - Good Girl
Coming in at #34 was the floppish 2nd single to Alexis' big hit Happiness
. Obviously I do like this song, but man does it have some naff lyrics....like this from the first verse "you got what it takes, you better have some cake"...still, not quite as bad as the lyrics to Friday
! (Although anything could be better than the lyrics to that
33. Emma Louise - Jungle
In at #33 is a young Australian artist from Queensland who I got to see support Josh Pyke back in September. It was at that very gig that I began to like this song, despite hearing it on Triple J for months beforehand. Amazingly, what you hear here is EXACTLY what you get live (although she has longer hair now compared to the video)...when she performed this at the gig it sounded note perfect to the recorded version, which I think is a rare thing these days. This song was used in the Australian mini-series The Slap, based on the controversial novel of the same name by Greek-Australian authors Christos Tsiolkas; and was also featured in an episode of the MTV show Awkward. I'd say she's one to watch over the coming year or so.
32. Julia Stone - Catastrophe!
One half of the brother & sister duo that is Angus & Julia Stone appears on her own here with a track from her solo album The Memory Machine
. This caught my ear one day or night on the radio, I quite liked the upbeat feel and the use of strings and horns in it. A nice tune, but not spectacular.
31. Brooke Fraser - Coachella
Brooke's 2nd and final entry for the chart and 3rd single from Flags
. I didn't realise she'd done a video for this song until I was re-watching the Betty
clip one night and stumbled across it. Admittedly it's not my favourite song on the album and most of the time I skip it and go to the next track (my fave tune from Flags
, Jack Kerouac
), but it does make for a nice single I guess. This of course is written about her favourite music festival (Coachella Music Festival in the US, held every April?) and a place that inspired her to start writing this 3rd album of her's (a further explanation about the song here
Coming up in the next batch of 10...
- Someone who had a big hit last year.
- Some Aussie hip-hop.
- 2 acts who have already featured on my chart this year.
- A duo who had a catchy yet kinda irritating tune on my chart years ago.