Simon Jay Catling’s 2010 TipTape
Minnaars, Everything Everything, Beth Jeans Houghton, Jo Rose, Mazes
Tips, tips everywhere and not a second to think. That’s how the opening weeks of 2010 has gone so far this year; I’ve already heard more than twenty new albums since I woke up with a throbbing headache and a cartwheeling stomach on January the 1st; all attached with PR blurb shouting “tip OUR artists!” I can’t keep up, I tell you. What do they mean by tip anyway? Am I tipping for future commercial success? If that’s the case I’d say the BBC list’ll have it dead on, and none of the rest of us need to bother so self-fulfilling are their beginning of year lists. So there’s no point doing that really is there? The flip side is that- on caving in and having been drawn into my own frenzied search for new music like every other buffoon with a keyboard and a music collection- I’ve found far too much that I’m excited about. This is why, good readers, my “tips” come in the form of a lovingly crafted “mixtape”…err minus the craft (no artwork I’m afraid, in fact on closer inspection I’ve just linked to some Youtube videos). Some of these shall go onto greater things for sure (two of my list were in the BBC Sound of 2010 longlist); but for the most these are just a collection of acts who I’m excited to see develop over the next twelve months and beyond, regardless of whether they’re playing in my local public toilet or in my local arena come December. Enjoy!