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Asian Dan’s Top 10 of 2010

In no specific order I present you with my Top 10 of 2010. I listened to Jai Paul and James Blake way too much this year and cannot wait for what they have in store for 2011. Yeasayer’s “Ambling Alp” and “Penguin Prison’s “Golden Train” are perfect Pop songs that I wish I wrote. Flying Lotus “Do The Astral Plane” is the perfect sunny summer jam. Chromeo’s duet I Could Be Wrong (Feat. Ezra Koenig) is what happens when the Doobie Brother’s “Minute By Minute” is mashed up with Philip Bailey & Phil Collin’s “Easy Lover”. Jamie Lidell never made 90s RnB sound so cool and futuristic with “Completely Exposed”. LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” is quite a sad dance tune. Late of the Pier’s “Blueberry” and “Best in Class” IS what the Future sounds like. Jamaica’s “Short & Entertaining” is my favorite song in 5/8 of 2010.

2010 was quite an exciting blog year for Asian Dan, especially what occurred IRL because of the blog. Thank you all for reading and listening, only bigger and better things will happen in 2011. Happy New Year!

Top 10 Tracks of 2010

Jai Paul – BTSTU
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
Penguin Prison – Golden Train
Late of the Pier – Best In Class/Blueberry
Jamaica – Short & Entertaining
James Blake – CMYK
LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
Jamie Lidell – Completely Exposed
Chromeo – I Could Be Wrong (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

Jai Paul – BTSTU

Chromeo – I Could Be Wrong (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

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Asian Dan’s Guest List: Penguin Prison’s Top 10 of 2010

The Pop maven, Penguin Prison aka Chris Glover compiled his favorite tracks of 2010 for the blog giving us some insight into what he looks for in good music. Enjoy!

Asian Dan’s Guest List: Penguin Prison’s Top 10 of 2010

1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

I love Kanye. He can be annoying definitely but he is making great music and is the most interesting pop star around right now don’t you think?

2. Twin Shadow – Forget

This album is great. I can listen to the whole thing all the way through and listen to it again right away. The production is very sophisticated and tasteful.

3. Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)

Maybe the best remix of the year. If I were at a dance club and wanted to dance and someone asked me what song I would like to dance to I would say this song.

4. Holy Ghost! – Static on the Wire

I helped make a few of the songs on this so I am biased but I think it would still be one of my favorites even if I weren’t involved.

5. Lykke Li – Get Some

I am sure her new album will be amazing but this is the only song out yet. I think its my favorite song she has ever done. She is going in a good direction.

6. Vampire Weekend – Giving up the Gun

I like the whole album but this song is my favorite. One of the best songs of the year in my opinion.

7. Active Child – When Your Love is Safe (Classixx Remix)

The best 90’s slow jam of 2010.

8. LCD Soundsystem – Home

This is my favorite song on their new album. It makes me feel happy and sad at the same time. That’s a good quality in a song.

9. Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours

I heard this song and I was wondering whether it was from the 80’s or something and I just never knew about it. No it’s new and it’s very amazing.

10. Sade – Soldier of Love

Amazing. Great production and her voice is one of a kind. The video is fantastic as well.

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Asian Dan’s Guest List: Antoine Hilaire of Jamaica’s Top 10 of 2010

As you all know Jamaica is no stranger to this blog/twitter since I have supported them and their music in numerous ways. Antoine was kind enough to compile a list of his Top 10 of 2010 that surpasses just any tracks that he listened to throughout the year. Twenty-Ten was just the beginning for Jamaica – watch out 2011!

Checkout this Jamaica Unplugged set we played for


1. Releasing an album we are proud of, made with friends
2. Being a blog darling for a few weeks thanks to the “I Think I Like U 2” video
3. Jamaica + Japan = amour
4. Touring the USA for the first time
5. Finding my inner Sonia
6. The Internet, and
7. New friends in Germany, The USA, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and even France
8. “Belle Epine” by Rebecca Zlotowski
9. Listening to the Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Azari and III, Carte Blanche, Darwin Deez and Led Zeppelin songs
10. Leaving Paris on December 27th for the summer in Australia

Jamaica – Short & Entertaining (Acoustic on Virgin Mobile Live)

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Asian Dan’s Guest List: Matt Van Schie’s Top 10 of 2010

Matt Van Schie released a solo EP this year entitled “Balmy Nights”, a collection of songs that take a nod to some of the great smooth Yacht Rock sounds of the late 70s and 80s with a touch of New Wave as well as some Aussie warmth. So don’t be surprised when you find some 80s gems that topping his 2010 list. Do yourself a favor and give Michael Sembello’s Cowboy a listen – we need more hooks like this in music in 2011.

Matt Van Schie’s Top 10 of 2010:

1. Bob Welch – Lose Your Heart
2. Alessi Brothers – Sad Songs
3. Caribou – Odessa
4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
5. CEO – illuminata
6. Kanye West – Runaway
7. Jamaica – I think I like U 2
8. Michael Sembello – Cowboy
9. Catcall – Swimming Pool
10. Mario Basanov – Do You Remember (Arithmatix! Remix)

Alessi Brothers – Sad Songs

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round

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Asian Dan’s Guest List: SAM’s Top 10 of 2010

Sam the official Asian Dan Intern put together his Top 10 of 2010 – a list I approve of because James Blake is on it. Tell me if you all approve of it, if not I can always fire him.

Sam the Intern’s Top 10 Tracks of 2010:

Lifelike – Silicon Love
Treasure – Canada
J.Viewz – Salty Air
Clive Tanaka – Neu Chicago
Twin Shadow – Tyrant Destroyed
Kisses – Bermuda
James Blake – CMYK
Yeasayer – O.N.E.
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Caribou – Odessa

Kisses – Bermuda

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Emil & Friends – Cheap Imitations

Emil poses a question, “What makes Pop music Pop?” with his productions and songwriting. With this latest track “Cheap Imitations” he proves that it is not glossy production and perfect playing and that it all comes down to melody. How all it takes is an infectious melody to dig deep into your skull. He proves that not understanding a single word in a song is OK and even better in creating a mystery and need to listen to a track over and over again to figure it out further burrowing those hooks into your mind. Jai Paul and Mr. Emil are on their way to paving a new way into a Freak-Pop genre that deconstructs Pop music and distilling it into something fresh, fun and exciting.

Emil & Friends – Cheap Imitations

Via My Old Kentucky Blog

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James Blake Live At Maida Vale Studios – BBC Radio 1

“All that I know is I am falling, falling, falling – might as well fall in.”

The James Blake is in full effect on the web. His debut album is out February of Twenty Eleven. A piece of work that showcases that he is one part Bon Iver, D’Angelo, Antony Hegarty, Jeff Buckley, Jamie Lidell, Vincent Gallo, and Burial – an overall emotionally evocative being. Get lost in this first taste of his live re-workings of his vast spacey soul tracks.

James Blake Live At Maida Vale Studios – BBC Radio 1

James Blake’s 55 minute live mix from the Boiler Room #38 for the R&S Records takeover

Checkout a live video of his 3 piece band playing “The Wilhelm Scream” in Manchester after the jump.
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Vince Guaraldi x Mayer Hawthorne

Here is Mayer Hawthorne doing a soulful rendition of my favorite Christmas song by the one and only Vince Guaraldi. I even listen to this when Christmas time is not here along with the synth intro to Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time”. Enjoy!


Be on the look out next week for Asian Dan’s Guestlist: Top 10 of 2010 with some special guest bloggers.

Download: Mayer Hawthorne – Christmas Time is Here

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Asian Dan Presents Jean Nipon “International Meek” Mix

Jean Nipon is releasing a his “International Meek” EP on 1.10.2011 on Institubes featuring 2 new tracks and 2 remixes by Tony Senghore and French Fries. In honor of this new EP here is brand new 30 min mix by Mr. Nipon. Definitely a treat that I have been looking forward to for quite a while especially with such great mixes that are circulating on the web by him like the Asian Dan Presents Jean Nipon “No Sex Last Night” Minimix. I will let this new mix’s tracklist speak for itself as Jean Nipon delves deep into House. Enjoy!

Download: Jean Nipon – International Meek Mix (
Jean Nipon – International Meek Mix (

International Meek Release 1.15.2011 Party Flyer
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David Lynch x Boys Noize

So this happened. Boys Noize takes David Lynch’s electro-pop tune “Good Day Today” into the territories that we all expected David Lynch’s electronic music to go. The man with the most amazing hair gets Boys Noize’s Berlin treatment – turning the feel good tune into a hypnotic techno track. In my opinion I feel like Boys Noize should have delved into even darker territory. Maybe a Boys Noize scored David Lynch film is next…?


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