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BE[a]ST Albums of 2010 (part 2)


Beast albums 2010



10 massive attack_heligoland

Massive Attack - Heliogoland (Virgin)

released: February 8, 2010

Seemingly oft-forgot as a release of this year, being that a super early leak in late late '09 caused the Bristol duo to push up the official outing of Heligoland, Massive Attack's fifth studio album sat sweetly amongst my most played. With a generous serving of guest vocalists, names like Damon Albarn and Horace Andy strengthened this disc, but it's Mazzy Star's sweetie, Hope Sandoval, who comes out swinging on the super sensual and album standout track, Paradise Circus. This album would rank higher, if every track on the release was that song. On repeat.



09 big boi_sir lucious

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Purple Ribbon / Def Jam)

released: July 5, 2010

It's almost impossible to believe that this is Big Boi's first solo offering. After a successful run of releases with Outkast, the ATLien finally got his shit together (the debut was promised for many a year) and threw out a bundle of seeds that blossomed into a garden of great rap tracks. Corralling a number of his closest friends (and even some new ones like Yealwolf) Boi done did the damn thing with a solid and slick flow that won't soon move off our most played / recently loved lists. Boo, I got a back up plan to the back up plan to back up my back up plan. Wordsmithing at its finest.



08 dominique young unique_domination

Dominique Young Unique - Domination (ArtJam Records)

released: June 10, 2010

Shut up and listen. That's what Dominique Young Unique implores you to do. Also, that's precisely the phrase I'm spitting at you in the event you say "oh hell naw, how dare you include a free mixtape on your be[a]st albums list!" Well guess what: Domination is in part better than most full lengths put out this year, and in whole, one of the finest flowing selections from a more than unknown we've heard in too long. She's a "gangster hard hitter out of 8 - 1 - 3" and she might just accomplish the world over like the title implies. Total domination at the tender age of 19. 



07 kelisk_fleshtone

Kelis - Flesh Tone (will.i.am music / Interscope)

released: May 14, 2010

Flesh Tone serves as Kelis' "enough is enough is enough, I will survive, it's (not) raining men" collection of anthemic works. And while it's not disco, it IS dance... and that's precisely what the husky honey demands you do via her fifth studio recording. Snagging production work from Jean Baptiste, David Guetta and Benny Benassi amongst others, the former rap-sing-song artist went through a label drop, divorce and dietary specialist classes (she's a chef y'all!) and came out on the other side with her truest tones yet. Emancipate yourself, indeed!



06 trentemoller_into the great wide yonder

Trentemøller - Into the Great Wide Yonder (In My Room)

released: May 28, 2010

If every song recorded this year (and I mean EVERY song that was created, produced, put out, sing, sang and sung, etc...) sounded like Trentemøller's ...Even Though You're With Another Girl, I would have been crying nonstop for 365 straight days. And then probably some more. But this doesn't mean that the Portishead-esque single carries and bears all the weight of the Danish musician. Equally pleasing cuts like Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Go! and Shades of Marble anchor a seamless wall of sound from the opening sounds to the closing choruses of his sophomore offering.



05 ceo_white magic

ceo - White Magic (Modular)

released: July 2, 2010

It really should be no surprise that a Swede pops up on my list of BE[a]ST Albums, considering my penchant for all things Scandinavian and sugary sweet. Enter ceo, with his debut album, White Magic, and while we already knjow and love Eric Berglund (formerly of The Tough Alliance) and his tall body of work, this solo effort whisked us away to a land of pillow fights and playful arrangements, all the while maintinaing a modern day relevance and sustainability. Singles such as come with me and illuminata are immediate album standouts, but it's the happy handclappers like love and do what you will that remain my most oft-repeated. Queue applause now.



04 the hundred in the hands_self titled

The Hundred in the Hands - The Hundred in the Hands (Warp)

released: September 21, 2010

You might cry foul or even go so far as to call me a beast of a biased nature since Eleanore and Jason have oft been spotted sounding off on my radio show, or even found themselves on the receiving end of a rad amount of praise, but when talking about one of my justifiably most-played, praised and self-popularized releases of the year, it's without a shred of doubt The Hundred in the Hands' freshman self-titled disc that wins out. The Warp signees compile 11 tracks ranging from pop to new wave, dark disco and goth dance. This solid effort is a seamless listen from start to finish, whether used as filler or front of house music, and the break that hits at the 3:05 mark of lead track Young Aren't Young is enough to make you want to keep hitting repeat.



03 robyn_body talk

Robyn - Body Talk (Cherrytree / Interscope)

released: June 14, September 6 and November 22, 2010

One of our most lauded and loved beasts through the course of the year was none other than Robyn, and with every good reason. She talked, not only with her body, but with her unique release schedule, in which 2 smaller "EPs" lead to the final chapter in a terrificly trifectal tour of tunes. Each compilation had it's powerful and passionate moments, from the emotionally-destructive and equally beautiful Dancing On My Own, to singles like Hang With Me and Indestructible, other cuts proved just as poignant without the official stamps on 'em (see: None of Dem and Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do). Overall, one of the most brilliant moves from one of modern music's brightest stars.



02 crystal castles_crystal castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II (Fiction Records)

released: April 23, 2010

Don't confuse this release with the one of the same name as debuted by Crystal Castles two years ago. Sure it's all a bit head-scratching, what with a pair of discs under identical monikers being offered up, but don't mistake one for the other. The sophomore album from the Canadian duo soars much higher, louder and intrinsically more powerful than the freshman first. From the immediately affecting sounds of Baptism, to the, dare we say it, sexy and sultry songs like Celestica, Suffocation and Pap Smear, this release is one you can easily thrash out or make out to. Believe me. I've done both and each experience ended with the most smashing and beastly of results.



01 sleigh bells_treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats (Mom + Pop Recordings / N.E.E.T.)

released: May 11, 2010

11 tracks in 32 minutes and fight music you can dance to. Enough said.





mp3: Sleigh Bells x Soulja Boy - Donk Rhythm (Immuzikation Blend)




BE[a]ST Albums of 2010 (part 1)


Beast albums 2010


20_ellen allien_dust

Ellen Allien - Dust (BPitch Control)

released: May 17, 2010


19_marina_fmaily jewels

Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels (Chop Shop Records)

released: May 25, 2010



Menomena - Mines (Barsuk)

released: July 27, 2010


17_tame impala_edited-1

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker (Modular)

released: May 21, 2010


16 major lazer_lazerproof_edited-2

Major Lazer - Lazerproof (Mad Decent)

released: May 26, 2010


15 flying lotus_cosmogramma_edited-1

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (Warp)

released: May 3, 2010


14 ratatat_lp4_edited-1

Ratatat - LP4 (XL Recordings)

released: June 3, 2010


13 the golden filter_volusp_edited-1

The Golden Filter - Voluspa (Brielle)

released: April 26, 2010


12 glsser_ring_edited-1

Glasser - Ring (True Panther)

released: September 28, 2010


11 gorillaz_plastic beach_edited-1

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Parlophone)

released: March 3, 2010




mp3: Ellen Allien - Our Utopie




Beastly Bits #112

Yesterday was a beast of a day...in about a million different ways. Some good, some meh, but all beastly one in the same.


Today will once again be a monster of a long one...but it's all good. Know why? Cause these sites rule and you should "fave" 'em right away.


Ali's Blog


First Up!






Zaber Riders


mp3: Swedish House Mafia x Lady Gaga x Congorock x Brad Walsh - ONE Monster (MORNINGSTAR Mix)   


Beastly Bits #101

With a little less gusto today...


...here are some sites that do it better than most. Especially the first, for the link to the Raffertie mix below. Thank you all.




Rollo & Grady


Stoney Roads


You Heard That New




mp3: cocknbullkid - cocknbullkid (Raffertie Remix)

mp3: Keri Hilson (featuring Timbaland) - Hold Your Breath

mp3: Yolanda Be Cool x DCUP x Benny Benassi - No Satisfaction (Immuzikation Blend)


Beastly Bits #92

After taking a break from the Beastly action to check out an early morning gig, run errands, and take care of some doctor duties with a sibling, I'm ready to dive back into the bits.



Sites I love follow, cause I can't wait to get to the grit of the bits in full on posts.








Ghetto Bassquake




mp3: Madonna - Like A Prayer (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)


Beastly Bits #89

Quick round up of my link pals again...




...cause I'm playlisting the ish outta today, along with also getting ready to listen to all the submissions for the Beaston/EVR "hey, I'mm'a play your song on the radio today if it's rad enough" contest we got going on. Which begs the question: HAVE YOU ENTERED? In the meantime, tide yourself over with these bad boys. I dig 'em all as much as I dig eating candy. And that's mega huge.



Drowned in Sound


Schitz Popinov


Some Kind of Awesome




Attorney Street


mp3: Golden Girls Theme - Thank You For Being a Friend (Danny Digital Remix)



Beastly Bits #87

Today is a new day.




And here's to wishing it turns out better than the steaming pile of poo that was yesterday. I raise my cup of tea and toast to the radness that shall hopefully be thrown on us all. So here some sites that always make me smile. Gracias, you weirdos. I love what you do.






Quiet Color




Winnie Cooper


mp3: Britney Spears - Gimme More (Seiji Club Mix)

mp3: Seiji - I Cant Let it Go



Gonzales Mixes it Up at Joe's Pub This Week

Good things come in threes, eh? With last night being the third night of Gonzales' month-long residency at Joe's Pub, it was fitting that in addition his own excellent musicalities, he was joined by the master mixing of A-Trak and the world-class clarinetist, David Krakauer. Three rad dudes combining for a spectacular night of entertainment...ahh the power of numbers.


Much like his previous two stints earlier this month, Gonzales rolled through a number of classical pieces, modern re-interpretations, casual chats with the audience and ultimately, the best of what we'd previously seen from the gifted gent.

This week, special guest A-Trak thrilled us with his turntablist's battle with the pianist. Throwing R. Kelly's Fiesta and Clipse's Wamp Wamp into the mix had me both on the edge of my seat and with a permanent grin on my mug. Their entire "jewet" (duets done by Jews, as Chilly likes to classify them) was easily the most intriguing, interesting and ultimately magical moment of any of Gonzo's performances thus far.

Additional highlights included the surprise Krakauer joining Gonzo, along with the latter revisiting his first week rendition of The Police's King of Pain, standing atop the piano.




Gonzales released his Pianist Envy mixtape earlier this week, which you can download for free here. Next Thursday is his final night of his month-long stay at Joe's Pub. Special guest is Princess Superstar. Grab a ticket here.


mp3: R Kelly, Jay-Z And Foxy Brown - Fiesta (2009 Re-Remix)


2010 NME Awards Nominations Announced

The shortlist of this year's nominations at the Shockwaves NME Awards were revealed last night during a launch party at the London Tabernacle. Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian lead the pack with six nods each.


The 2010 Shockwaves NME Awards will take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 24. To vote for the winners, fans can log on to here. In addition to honoring musicians, it also hands out awards to small and big screen projects. Full list of nominees below.


Best British Band Arctic Monkeys Biffy Clyro Kasabian Muse Oasis Best International Band Green Day Kings of Leon Paramore Vampire Weekend Yeah Yeah Yeahs Best Solo Artist Dizzee Rascal Florence and the Machine Jamie T Julian Casablancas Lady Gaga Best New Band The Big Pink Bombay Bicycle Club Mumford & Sons The XX La Roux Best Live Band Arctic Monkeys Kasabian Muse Radiohead Them Crooked Vultures Best Album Arctic Monkeys - Humbug Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Muse - The Resistance The Cribs - Ignore The Ignorant The Horrors - Primary Colours Best Track Animal Collective - My Girls Arctic Monkeys - Crying Lightning Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) Jamie T - Sticks N' Stones The Big Pink - Dominos Best Video Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone Biffy Clyro - The Captain Kasabian - Fire The Maccabees - Can You Give It Oasis - Falling Down Best Live Event Blur at Hyde Park Jay-Z at Alexandra Palace Muse at Teignmouth Oasis at Heaton Park The Dead Weather at Shoreditch Church Best Festival Download Glastonbury Reading And Leeds Festivals T In the Park V Festival Best Dancefloor Filler Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden - Bonkers Florence and the Machine - You've Got the Love La Roux - In For the Kill (Skream Remix) Lady Gaga - Poker Face Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero Best TV Show The Inbetweeners Never Mind the Buzzcocks Peep Show Skins True Blood Best Film 500 Days of Summer In the Loop Inglourious Basterds The Twilight Saga's New Moon Where the Wild Things Are Best DVD Kings of Leon - Live at the O2 Arena Flight of the Conchords - Complete HBO Second Season The Killers - Live From the Royal Albert Hall The Mighty Boosh - Future Sailors Nirvana - Live At Reading Giving It Back Fan Award Kasabian and Noel Fielding for free Vlad The Impaler video Danger Mouse for leaking Dark Night of the Soul Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets Vampire Weekend for giving away Horchata from the album Contra Hero of the Year Beyonce Knowles Noel Gallagher Rage Against the Machine Matt Bellamy Alex Turner Villain of the Year Noel Gallagher Liam Gallagher Simon Cowell Kanye West Lady Gaga Best Dressed Lady Gaga Liam Gallagher Noel Fielding Florence Welch Karen O Worst Dressed Lady Gaga Matt Bellamy Katy Perry Liam Gallagher Elly Jackson, La Roux Worst Album Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown Lady Gaga - The Fame Jonas Brothers - Lines, Vines and Trying Times U2 - No Line on the Horizon Arctic Monkeys - Humbug Worst Band Green Day Oasis Jonas Brothers Paramore JLS Best Album Artwork Muse - The Resistance Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum The Cribs - Ignore The Ignorant Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers


mp3: Mark Ronson (Featuring Kasabian) - LSF


Beastly Bits #9

Starting the work week off on a Tuesday should be a practice instituted forever. It makes for miles of smiles knowing that there's no case of the Mondays here in Beastonia.


Just because we lost a day, doesn't mean we skip a bea[s]t. And on we roll...


Major Lazer announce a spring tour throughout the States. A limited number of tickets have been held for a special presale that begins today at noon. Go here to purchase. Little Boots reveals the fourth and final part of her "laser harp building" mini-documentary. Members of her site (or sign up, it's free!) can log-in here and view the new video. Tom Caruana threw together a mashed album titled Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers which pits Wu-Tang Clan versus The Beatles. It's available as a free download here. Greek DJ, NTEIBINT (which is apparently pronounced "David" via Greek wordplay), has done a shifty and nifty remix of Micachu and The Shapes' song Lips. I'm giving it away for free below.  

The XX limited gatefold edition of their spectacular debut album is now available. Limited to just 500 copies worldwide, and created in celebration of the band's Sculpture of an Album exhibition, this very special release has been hand-numbered and signed by the band. Get on it quick and order here.


mp3: Micachu And The Shapes - Lips (NTEIBINT Remix)

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