Monthly Archives: January 2010

Hit hit hit hit hit hit me with lightning…

The lovely Ellie Goulding has finally made Starry Eyed (one of my favourite songs of 2009) an official release, accompanied by a trippy blurry lovely video. The new version of the track has fuller drums, a few more production tricks and is a bit less wispy and ethereal. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or not.

By dint of being crowned BBC’s Sound of 2010, Ellie will be receiving about as much Internet hatred incommensurate with her actual level of global popularity as Florence and La Roux did this past year, but as long as she keeps releasing wonderful bits of electro cotton candy, I don’t mind her one bit. In fact, the demo mix of Starry Eyed alone probably got as much play as any of the Sound of ’09ers.

Epic Russ Chimes Disco Edit: Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix) – Ellie Goulding


The Rest of Jukebox, 2009.

Over at The Singles Jukebox, we’re mired in our 2009 Best-Off, which is amusing and yet taking longer than any of us anticipated. Thankfully, this gives me the opportunity to finally update with the rest of my year’s blurbs.

As usual, I’m at my most embarrassing and sophomoric when it comes to music I unabashedly love (see: Campesinos, Marina) than I am with that which I like with reservations or that unexpectedly grew on me. Work in progress, as always. The Annie one is another low point…the song hit my pleasure centre as a kiss-off in the style of Lily’s ‘Knock ‘Em Out’, and I somehow ended up coming off as an uncritical pusher of pop. One day I will figure out how to do this.

2010. Clean slate, rededication to thoughtfulness, less intellectual laziness and short-cuts, hopefully.

Los Campesinos! – There Are Listed Buildings [9]
Little Boots – Earthquake [6]
John Mayers – Who Says [8]
Marina & the Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road [9]
Annie – I Don’t Like Your Band [8]
Roisin Murphy – Orally Fixated [6]
Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love [6]
Lady GaGa – Dance in the Dark [7]
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi [8]
Rihanna – Wait Your Turn [9]
Leighton Meester ft. Robin Thicke – Somebody to Love [5]
Taylor Swift – Jump Then Fall [7]
Mark Mallman – White Leather Days [4]
The Cast of Glee – Don’t Stop Believing [3]
Busy Signal – Da Style Deh [9]

The Singles Jukebox: 2009 Best-Off
Round 1, Group 1
Round 1, Group 6