Obscure Sound: Best of July 2010

This has been a stylistically diverse month for sure. Apart from Big Boi (who has one of the best tracks of 2010 with “Daddy Fat Sax”) and of Montreal, the artists here are very new, most of them releasing their debuts. Kula Shaker is the exception, as their anonymity in the US may turn to popularity after their fourth album, Pilgrims Progress, begins to make the rounds. The rest of the artists show some real promise too, from imminent breakout star Ferraby Lionheart and his enjoyable vein  of folk-pop to Spirit Night, who shows excellent knowledge of more old-fashioned folk music. Tamaryn’s new album is extremely notable as well, which is why I included a nostalgic track like Slowdive’s “Alison” at the end to calmly close out a generally satisfying compilation. Dream-pop continues to thrive this year. It should be  interesting to see what comes next.

01.  Kula Shaker – Ruby (post)
02. Ferraby Lionheart – Pocketknife (post)
03. Tamaryn – Choirs of Winter (post)
04. Games – Heartlands (post)
05. Big Boi – Daddy Fat Sax (post)
06. of Montreal Coquet Coquette (post)
07. Spirit Night – The Medicine (post)
08. Shanell – Party All the Time (ft. Aubrey O’Day) (post)
09. Youth Sounds – As Strangers Would (post)
10. Julian Shah-Tayler – Everything Is You (post)
11. Slowdive – Alison (post)


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. That’s the coolest collection we’ve seen in a while. When did Kula Shaker release a new single? They were awesome circa 1995?

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