Moovers & Shakers 2010: More of our picks

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As we compiled our annual Moovers and Shakers issue this year -- a rundown of our favorite local releases from the past year -- we found, once again, that there were simply more albums that we dug than we had space to devote to in the paper. Thankfully, no such limitations exist on the web. Click through for two dozen more picks from the past year that didn't appear in print.

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B Blacc & Deca, Joe Thunder/Selector Sam Present B Blacc & Deca: The Lost Tape (Boxstate Music). Originally conceived as a mixtape and planned for release in 2007, B Blacc & Deca: The Lost Tape was finally issued this past August. A meeting of the minds in which indie meets street, Lost Tapes is a classic, an utterly compelling collaboration between two estimable MCs from opposite ends of the scene, with an equally compelling cast of guests. -- Dave Herrera

Big Motif, Big Motif (Self-released). Formerly known as the Running Wild Band, this group of freshly minted minstrels -- who look barely old enough to shave -- stormed onto the scene with the swagger and chops of players twice their age. This bluesy three-song effort, recorded by Dave Beegle, is bursting with potential. Move over, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks: Make room for the Big Motif. -- Herrera

Candescent/Jed, Split-single (Laser Palace/Bocumast). With just three tracks split between Candescent (Matthew Peterson) and Jed (Jedediah Logsdon), this EP is still a sixteen-minute slow burner. Together, Peterson and Logsdon make the songs minimalist dreams are made of. -- Bree Davies

Catch Lungs, Sleeping Pills Scriptape (Self-released). Backed by DJ Bedz with notable features from his fellow Fresh Breath Committee members and some high-profile friends, like FL of Foodchain, Ichiban, Spoke In Wordz, FOE, Whygee and Inkline, Catch Lungs resurrects a classic hip-hop vibe with a confident flair on his self-proclaimed Scriptape, which serves as a coming-out party for this promising MC. -- Herrera

Cephalic Carnage, Misled by Certainty (Relapse). In the years leading up to Misled by Certainty, Cephalic Carnage lost some key members. For lesser groups, this would render any subsequent output instantly inferior. Not so here. Certainty finds Cephalic in top form, making music that's as blisteringly brutal and challenging as ever. -- Herrera

Dan Craig Band, Alchemy (Wire Bird Music). Besides being an absolutely fitting title for this album, Alchemy showcases Dan Craig's finest songwriting to date, both lyrically and melodically. Everything comes together in a captivating way, with the notably fuller sound of the band helping Craig transcend the typical trappings of the staid singer-songwriter designation. -- Herrera

DJ Quote and Iman S, No Subliminals (Self-released). The followup to their Park Hill Logo mixtape, No Subliminals finds DJ Quote backing Iman S as he takes aim at unnamed rivals with a measured, unhurried cadence and unwavering bravado. An unflinching release from two polarizing personalities in the scene. -- Herrera

Foodchain, Corpses (Showoff Digital). With the backing of Statik Selektah and features by Big Pooh and Talib Kweli, Foodchain's star continues to rise. But even without those notable co-signs, Corpses proves that Foodchain is plenty compelling in its own right. And as the group continues to evolve as a live band, it's only going to become more so. -- Herrera

The Foot., Primary Colors (Self-released). The trio of University of Denver grads known collectively as the Foot. puts its prodigious playing on full display on its highly impressive debut. The outfit's engaging blend of prog-dub-funk-inflected pop is perfectly captured on Primary Colors. Easily one of the year's most auspicious debuts. -- Herrera

Flobots, Survival Story (Universal/Republic). Whether intentional or incidental, it seems pretty telling that Universal and Flobots parted ways after Survival Story, a thematic, more carefully considered -- not to mention better sounding -- album than its predecessor. Style clearly trumps substance at the majors these days. The odds of surviving with that sort of superficial approach are bleak at best. -- Herrera

The Gromet, Colorado Captain (Self-released). The Gromet's second release has a rootsy, down-home feel to it that's distinctly Colorado, in a mountain-bred, river-washed sort of way. For a trio, the outfit exhibits a surprising degree of musicality, resulting in a vibrant sound that's jangly in all the right places and perfectly at home at any bonfire hootenanny. -- Herrera

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