A Few of Our Favorite MadeLoud Artists of 2010

Part of what makes my job of editor at this website more fun for me, as a fan of music, is getting to discover all of the content that artists on this site contribute. We really do have musicians of all stripes signed up on MadeLoud, and from hardcore hip hop to Christian contemporary to instrumental music to reggae, we've got at least something that will get your head bobbing. Getting to listen to and interact with all sorts of musicians is a fun perk that not all editors get to enjoy. And while going through the site looking for featured artists each week (by the way, want to get featured? Email us!), I've found quite a few artists worth my while. What follows is a very partial list of some of the artists we've featured this year that may just have your number. Earlier this year we made another list, which you should also feel free to browse.

Monica Rush – “100 Dolla Bill”

A flirty dance-pop club jam, Monica Rush's "100 Dolla Bill" is a pumping ode to a sugar momma who has had enough. "You think money, money grows on trees/ you suffer from a mental disease," she says in the bridge, and in case you still think she's messing around, there's this quality line: "I didn't go to Harvard/ but I'm not retarded." The song fits well into the current crop of carefree club jams (Ke$sha, et al.), though the tough underlying message gives it more heft than the average "poppin' bottles and gettin' tipsy" jam.

Jonka – “The Nana Song”

Cute Brooklyn dance duo Jonka make our list with their bittersweet "The Nana Song." From the title you might be expecting something akin to a Kylie Minogue singalong, this song - despite the big chorus - is surprisingly somber. Yeah, you can dance to it, but you probably want to listen to the words as well: "I know we'll figure it out when we get there" is a refrain that shows up over and over again in the song, equal parts resignation and wisdom.

Baiyu – “Sweet Misery”

The most striking part of Baiyu's "Sweet Misery" is its seamless mix of sultry R&B with sounds you probably associate with traditional Chinese music and possibly nothing else. But that's Baiyu's whole M.O.. Born abroad, she takes Oriental influences and combines them with her soulful singing and intricate (but very listenable) dance tracks to make something happily familiar and foreign.

Adam Shenk – “Saturday”

Not only does this dude have a great first name, but he's got a nice voice and his music is versatile to boot. You have the dance grooves with "Saturday," and some thoughtful, mid-tempo balladry with "Suitcases." To top it all off - interesting haircut.

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