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Soundblab's Tips for 2010

Top tips lists are mostly rubbish, aren't they? Some nincompoop telling you what you're going to be listening to over the coming year, what will be the soundtrack to your nights out, your days in, the bands that'll find a place on your 'Best of 2010' playlist. Just look at what the music press was trumpeting at the start of 2009: apparently, we were all going to be dancing in a gleaming futurist matriarchy thanks to a deluge of synth-wielding She-Ras. And what have we ended up with? Lady Gaga meeting Her Madge the Queen while done up like a strawberry flavour condom at the Royal Variety Performance. Er, nice one, guys.

Did any of these crystal ball-gazing list makers foresee the lysergic kaleidoscope that was Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, regarded by many to be the album of the year? Or how about the Krautrocking return of The Horrors, surely 2009's greatest comeback (yes, U2, you read that right)? No, they did not, and why? Because for a music press trained to look for fads and patterns, to always be on the lookout for The Next Big Thing, these flashes of genius or culminations of honest hard work are just not on their radar.

But never mind. It's hardly rocket science after all, but rather a fun game we can all play. Just think of any new band or artist that released a great record or played a great gig in 2009. Chances are they'll be worth your attention in 2010. So with that in mind, please take a look at our tips for the year that kicks off the decade we certainly won't be calling The Teenies and, as is the Soundblab way, let us know what you think and who you're rating right now. You never know, come December 2010, they could be the ones making a right royal boob of themselves.

Yeasayer

Yeasayer

Judging by the way recent single 'Ambling Alp' was received, Yeasayer are the band most likely to do a Horrors this year. From that centre of hipness, Brooklyn, these dudes have toured with MGMT and played SXSW. Their 2007 album All Hour Cymbals showcased their bewitching, mournful folk sound. New album should drop in February.

Chops

Chops

Maths rock with a sense of humour, Chops make a squelchy, soupy kind of funk which frequently spins out into extended psychedelic jazz odysseys with added freaky vocal trickery. Something you just have to hear to really get a handle on.

Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers

Been waiting for a great wall-of-noise post rock band? Or an electro group that wields synths like weapons. How about some truly experimental, jazz-influenced free-thinkers? Well, what about a band which combines all three, never letting one thread overpower the others? That band is called Three Trapped Tigers. After generating a flurry of attention with two EPs and their incendiary improvised live performances, 2010 could well be their year.

Vile Vile Creatures

Vile Vile Creatures

An all grrrl three piece straddling Leeds and Manchester who mix sprightly punk with more esoteric fare, VVC are the politicized, fiercely empowered antidote to fame chasing, fanny-flashing wannabes.

The Drums

The Drums

Another effortlessly cool NY band, The Drums refract the more pop end of post punk through Shangri-La lonely heart fantasies which exist in a Lichtenstein world of soda bars, surfing girls and gnawing existential angst. Who said John Hughes was dead? Their debut Summertime! was released in 2009 to universal acclaim, even from miserable people who live under rocks and have no serotonin.

Egyptian Hip Hop

Egyptian Hip Hop

Four ragged-arsed teens from Manchester who combine DIY pop nous with sophistication and a bittersweet twinge that belies their years.

Bleech

Bleech

This brooding London trio cross the spite and bile of Hole with the suss and easy cool of early Elastica. Currently unsigned. God knows how.

Ste McCabe

Ste McCabe

Manc resident McCabe's sugar rush punk picks up where Pansy Division left off, with songs like 'Four Puffs and a Shotgun' taking aim at complacent queens everywhere. His album Murder Music is out now on Cherryade Records.

2010 releases

Also coming in 2010, look out for new albums by Vampire Weekend (entitled Contra), Lightspeed Champion, Liars (Sisterworld), LCD Soundsystem (possibly titled Why Do You Hate Music?), MGMT (Congratulations), AFI side-project Blaqk Audio (Bright Black Heaven), and Hot Chip (One Life Stand).

Just how exciting does all of that sound?

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