This is the second installment of “2010’s Best Music.”
Want a playlist that is going to take that get-together from hype to chill in the space of an hour? This is it.
1) Blue Scholars / Big Hank Tank – Seattle based independent hip hop. My friend Gar keeps me informed on the goings on with these guys.
2) Far East Movement / Like a G6 – I didn’t need Gar to keep me in the loop on this one. Hard to believe the meteoric rise to popularity that this song enjoyed.
3) Sleigh Bells / Crown on the Ground – Another musical phenomenon. So right for programming at camp. It never got old.
4) Matt & Kim / Block After Block – No party mix would be complete this year without a little Matt & Kim.
5) M.I.A. / 20 Dollar – She’s back with her trademark sound. Keep it coming.
6) Tokyo Police Club / Breakneck Speed – Starting to venture away from hip-hop/dance party material, but well worth it.
7) Robyn / Time Machine – It was a short lived departure.
8) Can’t Stop Won’t Stop / Cool Summer – This was used this fall at camps as well, and it was a crowd pleaser.
9) Kanye West / Lost In the World (feat. Bon Iver) – I can honestly say that I couldn’t have conceived a collaboration between these artists. And that’s why they are the artists, and I’m not.
10) Blue Scholars / Lumiere – More goods from the socially conscious rappers from the PacNW.
11) Broken Bells / The Ghost Inside – Ok, we’re about done with the hip hop and such. This song is for when the mood takes a turn towards the chill.
12) Cold War Kids / Royal Blue – “Why would I?”
13) Iron & Wine / Biting Your Tail – A far cry from the likes of Our Endless Numbered Days, but still good.
14) The Roots / Right On (feat. Joanna Newsom & STS) – We really should “shine a light on.”
15) Sleigh Bells / Ring Ring – Can’t get enough of the goodness that is Sleigh Bells.
16) Pomplamoose / Another Day – Thank you Bobby and Bryan for introducing me to this great song (and better video).
17) Nelly Furtado and Chris Martin / All Good Things – “must come to an end”
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