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Ones To Watch for 2010

Download Clash’s Ones To Watch 2010 all on one handy album and start the year as you mean to go on - impressing your friends with your stunning foresight in the process.




Check out our chart of fresh talent and read our justification of their goodness, but how can you really be sure if what we’re saying is true? Well, by checking out their music for yourself!




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The Drums ‘Don’t Be A Jerk Johnny’ (Moshi Moshi)









Like a stubborn, frantically jiving earworm, this track will wriggle its way into your consciousness. And it will dance the hours away inside your cushiony grey matter until it tires itself out and needs a lie down. But that won’t be happening just yet, as this is just the beginning for New York band The Drums. With toe-tapping vigorousness and plucky, Cure-esque guitars, The Drums put a new spin on pop and will be welcomed with open arms by the whistling masses.




Gallops ‘Lasers’ (Unsigned)









For those of you who like your music a tad more cerebral than the norm, then Gallops are definitely the band for you. Toss aside that formulaic indie pop and make way for the glitchy, post-rock instrumental soundscapes of Gallops. Hold on to your seats, and keep an eye on the road, for disorder and disorientation are the order of the day with these Welsh lads. Trotting casually about in underground circles for some time now, the Wrexham foursome will soon be galloping all the way to the top of the progressive noise ladder.




Mayer Hawthorne ‘Your Easy Lovin’ Aint Pleasin’ Nothin’ (Stones Throw)









Okay okay, so this guy’s clearly stuck in a timewarp, but what a wonderfully soulful timewarp it is. There are a lot of artists out there who try to recreate the sound of the Sixties, and so often fall at the first hurdle. But it looks like Mayer Hawthorne’s got it just right, with his easy-breezy tunes that glide into your consciousness like a breath of optimisism in an otherwise stagnant world of doom and gloom. Curtis, Barry, Smokey: Mayer Hawthorne sounds like all the greats rolled into one delicious Naughties package.




Marina And The Diamonds ‘Mowgli’s Road (Mille remix)’ (679)









Phew. So it wasn’t just a fleeting momentary triumph for the female artist because it looks like her reign is even stronger than ever before with Welsh songstress Marina Diamandis now on the scene. Taking centre stage with her impressive rendition of a Naughties Kate Bush siren, her swooning vocals and skilful ivory tinkling have tipped her over into the mainstream quicker than you can say ‘Simon Cowell,’ with fans longing for their next hit. This cheeky number is reworked by the hands of Swedish remixer Mille.




Penguin Prison ‘A Funny Thing’ (Neon Gold)









The streets of NYC are clearly paved with disco gold and Penguin Prison is the man of the moment, nodding his way along. Bedroom beats specialist Chris Glover, an animal lover who has (as far as we know) never actually seen the inside of a prison cell, makes effervescent, multi-faceted pop. And he can sing, rather well as it happens. If David Byrne, John Travlota and LCD Soundsystem spawned a child, then it would most definitely sound like Penguin Prison.




Local Natives ‘Camera Talk’ (Infectious Music)









Just when you thought psych-folk had gone to bed for a wee bit of respite, another band comes along of multi-vocal harmonies and instrumentation. Local Natives expel these characteristics with ease: they are sure to send your heart aflutter this year with their refined choral layering and exquisite sonic outbursts. What’s more, their universal sound is so wide-reaching, that it will melt even the iciest of souls (and even charm the socks off your dad).




Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Get Off My Ghost Train’ (Big Scary Monsters)









What is with the equine references right now? The horsemen of the apocalypse may know something we don’t about the day of reckoning, but what we do know is this: if the world was to end tomorrow, then a certain Leeds noise band would undoubtedly be playing at our deathly hour. With drumming to rattle every bone in your body and ’80s power riffs to send your hairs into orbit, beware of the inevitable physical meltdown that this band will cause.




Best Coast ‘Make You Mine’ (Unsigned)









If you shun modern advancements in music technology and prefer the authentic crackle of a lo-fidelity production instead, then you should check out Californinan singer-songwriter Best Coast. A rose among thorns, Bethany Costenino plays the leading role in this wistful tale of lo-fi happenings, and sure can teach you a thing or two about keeping it real. One of her slower, more ballad like offerings, High School Dance anthem ‘Make You Mine’ is brimming with glorious naiveté and evokes a bygone age of teenage innocence.




The Antlers ‘Two’ (French Kiss)









Signed to the infamous French Kiss Records, these New York boys have been gadding about separately since 2006 but are sure to break through the collective music consciousness next year with album ‘Hospice’. As with all good folk-infused indie, there is a hell of a lot going in their instrumental outpourings. A multitudinous fanfare of clanging, squealing, shaking and strumming, this track will grab your attention and not let go.




Treetop Flyers ‘Mountain Song’ (Unsigned)









Soaring harmonies from a quartet who bridge the gap somewhere between Midlake and Dylan, with a huge dose of Americana thrown in for the plaid enthusiasts. But it’s not another Fleet Foxes/Grizzly Bear rip-off, for there’s something a lot more brooding and mysterious about these guys. They’re ingrained with a grittier consciousness and understanding of the realities of inner city living, which makes for a meatier sound.




Cold Cave ‘Life Magazine’ (Matador)









Experimental Philadelphian synthpop to give those itchy feet a good old workout. Wesley Eisold’s unfaltering background in hardcore bands doesn’t readily manifest itself in this squeaky dancefloor number, but this track demonstrates his commitment to making music of a more progressive persuasion, for with all its varying hooks and laps, ‘Life Magazine’ certainly sticks to the tradition of static and flaccid electronica.




Esben And The Witch ‘Marching Song’ (Unsigned)









Comparing Brightonian singer Rachael Davis to Karen Dreijier Andersson (AKA Fever Ray) gives you a glimpse of what to expect from Esben And The Witch. Indeed, both artists create big, gloomy worlds that seem eternally eclipsed in darkness, but where Fever Ray is perhaps more powerful and evocative, Esben is touched with a sense of fragile splendour, which makes for a more beguiling and attractive presence.




Siriusmo ‘High Together’ (Monkeytown)









Do not be fooled by the Japanese sounding moniker of Mr. Moritz Friedrich, who actually hails from underground dance capital of the world, Berlin. Beautiful gliding electronics cut through a distant throbbing base, with childlike vocals scratching through the haze of bleeps. Previously signed to Boys Noize Records, this latest offering had been put out by the king of the Berlin minimal techno scene, Modeselektor.




Alan Pownall ‘Heart Of Hearts’ (Mercury)









Razor sharp cheekbones to seriously rival the likes of even Brett Anderson, Alan Pownall doesn’t look very much like a folk singer. But he most certainly sounds like one. London-based Alan Pownall brings a touch of class to the genre with his rich and velvety smooth baritone rumblings. The country-tinged edge is still evident though, particularly in track ‘Heart Of Hearts’, where birds can be heard faintly heard chirping away in the background.




FM Belfast ‘I Can Feel Love’ (World Champion)









Thank fuck! Iceland's premier party people finally crank out their album. ‘I Can Feel Love’ sums this band up: boisterous and amorous pop delivered from the heart by a massive squad of sonic warriors intent on making 2010 their melodic playground. FM Belfast smashed the Clash stage at Airwaves two years ago and simultaneously sailed into our hearts. Now it’s your turn.




Atlas Sound ‘Walkabout’ (4AD)









This track by Atlanta’s multi-talented Bradford Cox features the vocals of Noah Lennox (of Animal Collective fame) and could just as easily be mistaken as being one of their undiscovered masterpieces. But it is the ex-Deerhunter waif that can claim the credit for this glittering, Christmas-like hymn, complete with chiming bells, echoing vocals and two voices that melt together like hot toast and warm butter. A match made in leftfield heaven.




Frankie And The Heartstrings ‘Possibilities’ (Rough Trade)









Whether you take them gravely seriously or with a pinch of salt (with your tongue in your cheek), northeastern lads Frankie And The Heartstrings are definitely for real. An indie band who have jumped straight out of the Eighties with their starched suits still in tact, this is good old fashioned British indie with a charismatic frontman a la Edwyn Collins.




Egyptian Hip Hop ‘Dust’ (Unsigned)









Wilfully misleading you with their musical outpourings (which are about as hip-hop as my mum), Egyptian Hip Hop will be bopping their way into your hearts this year with a tasty pic ‘n’ mix of incandescent keboard-led melodies, scuzzed up Manc pop and progressive guitar-noise. So there’s something for everyone. The booming intro of ‘Dust’ jumps straight into multi post-punk sounding vocals and heavy bass guitar and swirling synths.




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