Free Album 2010 Artists to Watch by SPIN

SPIN – While we revel in our memories of a glorious 2009, we can’t contain our excitement for 2010. These 10 artists are set to make big noise in the year to come — and we’ve compiled a song from each into an exclusive FREE album!

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For the scoop on each of the 10 to Watch in 2010, read on!

    “Dream City”
    Hometown: Philadelphia
    The Skinny: Produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy (and released by his label, DFA, in conjunction with Astralwerks), Free Energy is as replete with cowbells, Thin Lizzy riffs, and soaring choruses as it is devoid of ironic winks.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    “Answer to Yourself”
    Hometown: San Diego
    The Skinny: If “garage rock” connotes beer-soaked simplicity (or beer-soaked simpletons), then the Soft Pack — known as the Muslims when their jagged, catchy single “Extinction” pricked up ears last year — may reclaim the term for smart kids.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    Hometown: Boston
    The Skinny: The band’s furious second album is an imposing slab that bridges the gap between Slayer-style thrash and Pantera’s vicious bounce. The simultaneously brawny and brainy sound has led to burgeoning guitar-hero status for David Davidson.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    “Life Magazine”
    Hometown: New York
    The Skinny: Former frontman of blood-vessel-bursting hardcore acts Give Up the Ghost and Some Girls crafts a collection of brooding pop that could be mistaken for a swarthier Magnetic Fields.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

  • THE xx
    “Basic Space”
    Hometown: London
    The Skinny: On top of sexy, melodic moodscapes, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, both 20, sing about reckless longing in the kind of soft, intimate whispers lovers use behind closed doors.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    “Lewis Takes Action”
    Hometown: Toronto
    The Skinny: Heartland, the new album from rail-thin singer and multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett (who’s arranged music for Pet Shop Boys and Grizzly Bear — and just dropped his Final Fantasy moniker), is an expert melding of gossamer pop and explosive symphonic maneuvers.
    BUY: Amazon

    “Bye Bye Symphony”
    Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
    The Skinny: On the sextet’s self-titled major-label debut, power ballad “Bye Bye Symphony” kicks like a mule and glitters like a diamond. Bonus: Frontman Eric Nally is teaming with the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins to write new songs for Meat Loaf!
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    “Uncomfortable Truth”
    Hometown: Warri, Nigeria
    The Skinny: Concrete Jungle, Nneka’s debut Stateside release, would sound like a starmaker in any language. Spurred on by poignant piano and crisp drum breaks, Nneka’s voice (think a less spacey Erykah Badu) alternates between righteously bold and heartbreakingly fragile.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

  • J. COLE
    “Lights Please”
    Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
    The Skinny: Jay-Z invited Cole, the first artist signed to Hova’s newly formed Roc Nation label, to drop a guest verse on The Blueprint 3‘s aptly titled “A Star Is Born.” Cole is working on his upcoming as-yet-untitled debut with producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Alicia Keys).
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

    “Deadbeat Summer”
    Hometown: Austin, Texas
    The Skinny: Full of danceable beats, carefree vocal melodies, and synth atmospherics inspired by Vangelis’ Blade Runner score, Alan Palomo’s debut album as Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms, plays like ’80s pop refracted through a, yes, neon filter.
    BUY: iTunes | Amazon

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