The Transatlantics “Tea Legs” from The Transatlantics (Freestyle freestylerecords.uk.com 2010) N —Outta Adelaide, Australia, a fine first effort...Buy it!
Speedometer “Lover and a Friend” from The Shakedown (Freestyle freestylerecords.uk.com 2010) N —UK act has been at it for a decade...Buy it!
Shawn Lee “Who Are You? (feat. Bing Ji Ling)” from sing a song CD (Ubiquity www.ubiquityrecords.com 2010) N —Top Ten fo sho...Buy it!
The Bamboos “You Ain't No Good” from 4 (Tru Thoughts 2010) N —Soon celebrating their 10th anniversary in Melbourne, this made the Hip City Top Ten...Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Watch Her Move” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve 2010) N —One of my very favorite albums of the year, but not strictly Hip City material. I struggled with this omission...Buy it!
Deep Street Soul “Straighten Out (vocal version)” from Straighten Out (Freestyle freestylerecords.uk.com 2010) N —Another antipodean funk outfit from Melbourne...Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” from Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook CD ALBUM (Anti 2010) N —Dynomite collection of covers - reinterpreted by the rediscovered great...Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Breakin' the Chains of Love” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 2010) N —Near the top of the heap for all of 2010, can't wait to see if they bring it live (Duckroom 2/12/11)...Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed “Come and Get It” from Come And Get It CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 2010) N —Major label debut for the blue-eyed shouter...Buy it!
Cee-Lo Green “Forget You” from F**k You - Deluxe Single (Ekektra 2010) N —Clean single from Top Ten album The Lady Killer...Buy it!
Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar” from Good Things (Universal Music Domestic Rock/Urban 2010) N —Smash single from this Top Ten honoree...Buy it!
Big Pimp Jones “Jump Up, Turn Around, Popcorn!” from Hanging With Roscoe (Freestyle freestylerecords.uk.com 2010) N —B-side of single from the faux blacksploitation soundtrack "Jimmy Ruckus & The Five Fingers of Death"...Buy it!
The Apples “Howlin' With Fred” from Kings (Freestyle freestylerecords.uk.com 2010) N —Short but sweet album from these Israeli/British funksters. Made the Top Ten...Buy it!
Galactic “Cineramascope (with Trombone Shorty & Corey Henry)” from Ya-Ka-May CD ALBUM (Anti 2010) N —Definitely one of the Ten Best, an all encompassing snapshot of 2010 New Orleans music, featuring players of many permutations...Buy it!
Galactic “Double It f/ Big Freedia” from Ya-Ka-May CD ALBUM (Anti 2010) N —Features one of the premier "Sissy Boy" in the Big Easy...Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) N —One of the year's best. Looking forward to her touring with Prince in 2011...Buy it!
Kanye West “Good Friday (f/ Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)” from G.O.O.D. Fridays 09.10.10 (G.O.O.D. 2010) N Buy it!
Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley “Distant Relatives” (Republic 2010) N Buy it!
Erykah Badu “Turn Me Away (Get Munny)” from New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh (Motown 2010) N —Top Ten of 2010. A great return to form...Buy it!
Orgone “Doing Me Wrong” from Cali Fever CD (Ubiquity www.ubiquityrecords.com 2010) N —One of this super LA outfits 2010 releases. Featuring the uber-soulful vocals of a Hip City favoritie, Fanny Franklin...Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “No Strings (Prod by Classixx)” from Single (self 2013) N —No album in '10 but lots of great singles - and a tour stop in STL...Buy it!
The Roots “Walk Alone f/ Truck North, Porn & Dice Raw” from How I Got Over (Island Def Jam 2010) N —Just heard this album but a good one, on many Best of Lists...Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “to love someone (that don't love you)” from Howl (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Great cover of obscure Koldirons song by Hip City favorites...In the new year, JC will be doing the Stew one-man musical "Passing Strange" in Chicago with the Uptown Sound as his house band...Buy it!
Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno “Dog With A Rope” from Digi Single (Tru Thoughts 2010) N —Quantic continues to turn out wonderful music, still on the Latin tip...Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “When I Come Home” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) N —Good effort that didn't make the Top Ten...Buy it!
Kings Go Forth “Don't Take My Shadow ( A Tom Moulton Remix)” from The Outsiders Are Back VINYL (Luaka Bop 2010) N —My #1 release of 2010. I played the hell out of it!! (April release helped)Buy it!
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