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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

review of the year

below you will find my list of albums of the year, including some videoclips to give you a feel for the artist. after compiling my list, 4 themes stood out; french, folk, electro and girls with guitars.
what are your thoughts? what were your albums of year?

i have also included my retro doll discovery and guilty pleasure of 2010.

enjoy!

happy new year everyone and thanks for all your support this year.

more to come in 2011...

MARIE AMELIE - DANS UN VERTIGE
if i was pushed to choose one album of 2010, this would be it. i just totally fell in love it. read my review of it here). even after hundreds of plays, hearing the opening bars of on se regardait, i still get goosebumps. she deserves huge success in 2011



MARIE ESPINOSA - LA DEMARRANTE
to say this was one of my albums of the year is an understatement- i fucking love it! its eclectic mix of styles allow marie to showcase her wonderful voice and personality.

ELLIE GOULDING - LIGHTS/BRIGHT LIGHTS
with her nu-folk electro edge, ellie brought some great tunes into 2010. i saw her live at the beginning of year and she was amazing. 'lights' was reissued last month with 6 extra tracks on so go and buy it! watch her acoustic version of the midlake song 'roscoe':

ALIZEE - UN ENFANT DU SIECLE
i am pretty sure i am the only person who liked this album! it's not an album full of individual songs, it's more of a concept album - thematically it's edie sedgwick lost in space and it needs to be listened to all in one go -very loudly so it envelopes you with it's electro spacedust grooves.


ROBYN - BODY TALK (parts 1,2 & 3)
nothing for ages then 3 albums all one year, robyns brand of brashy electro pop got me out of my seat, dancing like a robot boy.


HURTS - HAPPINESS
their moody synth pop brought new levels of melancholy to pop. i love it
here is their cover of the kylie classic 'confide in me'


LAURA MARLING - I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN
mercury prize nominee laura made folk fresh again - although only 20, she sounds like she's been around since joan baez and joni mitchell. amazing.


honourable mentions go to...


MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS - THE FAMILY JEWELS
she made being 'kooky' cool for the first time since cyndi lauper. her mental lyrics teamed with pop sensibilities made for an album of great tunes.





KYLIE - APHRODITE
almost back on form this year with some outstanding classic kylie pop. marred only by her insistence on including inferior scissor sisters penned songs.



KELIS - FLESH TONE
or confessions on a dancefloor part 2 or the album madonna should have recorded instead of hard candy. kelis goes clubbing with house beats, electronic synths and dances us into oblivion.


my retro doll discovery of 2010

LEONIE - LILITH

oh leonie! with your breathy babylike vocals, your birkinesque style and j c vannier songs, i found you lurking around ebay and just knew when i saw you grasping that doll that your music would not disappoint. from then on it was my mission to find all your recordings - only one e.p. to go until it is complete.

mordis guilty pleasure of 2010

what would have happened if amanda lear met the pet shop boys? surely it could only have sounded like fancy!

i have to confess that this year i fell under the spell of euro pop king (queen?) fancy. hailing from germany in the mid to late 80's, he is euro disco cheese mixed with italo disco.

sally shapiro really needs to hear this!

FANCY - FLAMES OF LOVE

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

when a star is born


get in the festive mood with claudine longet singing morning star

Friday, December 10, 2010

qui est jany ?

JANY L. - LE RESTAURANT CHINOIS
well that's it from jany. all we have learnt is that she was marvy and looked a bit like pamela anderson. well, that's good enough for me!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

qui est jany ?

JANY L. - HERALD TRIBUNE
she funks it up a bit more here plus she sounds like she's trying to sell newspapers on the street corner!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

qui est jany ?

JANY L. - LES MADELEINES
wow wow wow, what a great song this is.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

qui est jany ?

JANY L. - MOI JOLI VAMPIRE
firstly, let me say that the next few days wouldn't have been made possible had it not been for the long lost but wonderful blog spiked candy.

Monday, December 06, 2010

so nice


just listen to the first few words that she sings- fragile, soft and whispery - what a marvellous sound. enjoy isabelle channelling her inner astrud gilberto samba vibe

Sunday, December 05, 2010

into the groove

LAURA ULMER - TOUS LES GARCONS NE PENSENT QU'AUX FILLES
although she released a few e.p.s i think yesterdays and todays songs are by far the best songs on them.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

let it swing

LAURA ULMER - AMOUREUX D'UNE AFFICHE
don't know much about laura but i do know you'll all like this song

Thursday, December 02, 2010

turn it up

DANI - PETIT TAUREAU
i'm posting this just because i LOVE it so much!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

doll age tendre

ELSA LEROY - MIEUX VAUT TARD QUE JAMAIS
as a mademoiselle âge tendre winner it was inevitable she would record at least one record. the result is amazing. stomping beats that fit easily alongside the best of 60's ye-ye pop

little drummer girl


if like me you are a big fan of annie, then you are bound to fall in love with florrie too. and you can can get all her music for free on her website. one to watch out for in 2011