Don't misunderstand this as milking the tenuous link. Oh no. What's happened is I've realised that this Top Ten malarky is actually quite fun, so why only do it once a month? You never know what you might stumple upon while exploring Spotify.
And while I probably could have created a Top Fifty Shades of Grey, that would have been rather hard work so I've settled for the usual ten.
10. Taproot: A Golden Grey
Taproot were discovered by that Fred Dibnah from Limp Bizkit. What more do you need to know?
9. Question: Earl Grey
A mellow little jazz number that Captain Picard would have liked. Jazz, Earl Grey, smooth. Engage!
8. Karen Matheson: Early Morning Grey
Are there any Gaelic speakers in the house? I really hope she's not swearing....
7. Trivium: A Grey So Dark
Sorry, your volume control is going all over the place today isn't it? We're going all thrash metal for a few minutes now.
6. Deerhunter: Fluorescent Grey
It's a slow starter, but once it gets into its indie-prog-rock groove (apparently they prefer the term 'ambient punk') it's actually pretty good.
5. Haywyre: Grey
Every top ten needs at least... well, at least one piece of electronica, so, um, here you go.
4. Kreidler: European Grey
More electronica, this time from Germany.
3. Spirit Caravan: Melancholy Grey
Low tempo, high noise doom rock... melancholy with teeth. Turn it up to eleven, and let the street know you're feeling blue.
2. Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician: Berlin Grey
that should be the name of a book, not a hip-hop producer. And as for
the music, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be smooth jazz or some kind of trip-hop... Catchy tune though.
1. Kirsty Hawkshaw: Battleship Grey
is exactly what I'm talking about: I've never heard of Kirsty Hawkshaw,
but the combination of her vocals and the knob-twiddling of Tiesto that
give this track a slightly Portishead-esque sound, and I'm hooked.
(Turns out Kirsty was the voice of Opus III about 20 years ago, if
Now Spotify the Top Ten to check out what aural delights you're missing out on - and who knows, maybe I'll find another 40 to add to the playlist at some point...