In some ways it’s hard to believe that it’s around this time of year that you begin to think of what songs are being released as next year’s songs. Year end Best Of lists of just around the bend!
I don’t think my Top 5 favourite songs have been as energetic as on this chart in recent years. The Top 3 remain exactly the same as two weeks ago: The Temper Trap with the Penguin Prison remix of “Resurrection”, Bright Light Bright Light with one of my most favourite songs in the past few years and former #1 “Love Part II”, and another Penguin Prison remix, the underappreciated “White Knuckle Ride” by Jamiroquai. In this edition they’re joined by Russ Chimes’ fantastic “Never Look Back” and “When She Turns 18” by Christian TV, still catchy after all these months.
New to the Top 10: Fastest Riser “Golden Train” by Penguin Prison, now available commercially in the UK, and bound to be an early fave of 2011, it’s definitely one great tune; 100 Akres and Roz Bell doing the “Breakup Anthem” thing; and the enticing “Jacksonville” from Brandon Flowers.
The rest of the chart sees smaller jumps, led by the infectious “Alors on danse” by Stromae, “Operation” by Adam Tyler (whose debut album we still look forward to!), “Raise Your Glass” by mom-to-be Pink, and album track “Ready To Love” by UK duo Bim.
Take a lookee at the debuts, for they are an odd bunch, even for me.
Rihanna’s Loud album looks to show another side of her that Rated R only touched on. Despite the subject matter “S&M” contains a sensational vocal by her and debuts at #25. It’s her first appearance in these parts since her vocal on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” last year, and first solo foray since “Rehab” in early 2008.
Next up, as most of the world has discovered, “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce is extremely hard to get out of your head. Blame it on Aussies and Kiwis who discovered it first! But mostly blame it on Duck Sauce, aka the extremely talented Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak. I’m only a bit familiar with A-Trak – of particular note was an online redux earlier this year of Birdman & Drake’s “Money To Blow” – but Van Helden is well known to my chart. He’s reached the summit in 1999 with “U Don’t Know Me” and in 2004 with “My My My”, but last appeared in 2007 with “I Want Your Soul”.
Then we have #28 and #29 – a somewhat deliberate pairing I admit, but I want to see where both songs go from here.
#29 belongs to Kanye West’s “Monster” from his upcoming release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. To me this is Kanye at his most in-your-face in years, yet somehow it’s all very accessible thanks to contributions from Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, and 2010 It girl Nicki Minaj. It’s also extremely entertaining, a little too crude for me at times, but with everything going on here it comes together as a rock solid whole, with kudos going to Minaj, whose segment is more than just icing on this evil-tasting piece of cake.
I’ve been listening to my fellow Torontonian Colin Munroe’s ‘revoxing’ for a few months now, that started with “One” by Sky Ferreira (which so much reminded me of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” in some ways). Munroe stirred some heads by borrowing Nicki Minaj’s vocal from Kanye West’s “Monster” and using it for his second ‘revox’ project, which combined Minaj with La Roux’s “Bulletproof” for “Bulletproof Monster”. It’s a quick track, little more than 2 1/2 minutes, but it works splendidly, with Minaj’s altered vocal track even more positively ferocious.
Hear West’s “Monster at the bottom of this page, and download Munroe’s “Monster” right here.
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