1. Beggin For Thread – Banks
I’m aware I’m about a million years late with this one, but I only recently purchased Banks’ album and I’m definitely not disappointed. Nothing Earth-shattering but a really solid, easy album to listen to, and this is my favourite track off of it.
2. Playing Dead (SevnthWonder) – Blackbear
Solid R&B remix I ripped off Soundcloud. Again, nothing crazy special, but I’ve listened to PartyNextDoor Two toooo many times and this is a dope track if you want the something different with the same sort of vibe.
3. Really Love – D’Angelo
Black Messiah is incredible and this is probably the most moving track off of it. Overall the album’s pretty experimental, much more instrument oriented than production based with heavy jazz influences. This song is beautifully simple, with a gorgeous Spanish guitar intro that sets a super sweet but sexy mood.
4. In My Dreams – Danny L. Harle
Switching genres completely, I’ve also been suuuuuper into anything off the PC Music label (as judged by my earlier artist spotlight on Sophie…). This track’s got all of the elements of a PC Music track – Hannah Diamond (og or esque?) vocals, crazy unique samples and sound production, and mega pop vibes, but this track turns down the sickly sweetness just a touch. Special mention to Beautiful (Rustie Remix) – A.G. Cook which achieves the same thing by adding trap bass/drums.
5. Try Me – Dej Loaf
This is one of those songs that I was super unimpressed with when I first heard it, but a friend of mine would put it on every time we hung out and since then, I’ve definitely warmed up. Really simple hip hop production but it’s catchy and gets the point across.
6. One More (ft. MØ) – Elliphant
I have such a huge soft spot for Nordic/Scandinavian pop queens. Simple, basic but unique production, with lyrics and a music video that bleed cool, I can’t get enough.
7. Something About You – Hayden James
I always have space for good UK Garage/Pop. Ever since SBTRKT took a more experimental route – which I totally love and support – I’ve felt a bit of a genre void, but this definitely fills that. Found it on the Future Classic Teen Idols compilation album which is awesome and definitely deserves a shout.
8. Down 4 So Long (Remix) Ft. Ezra Koenig & Despot – iLoveMakonnen
Makonnen is a true ATL classic so I will always be down to support him. This song is dope classic Makonnen, and the addition of Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig is so unexpectedly perfect. I think I almost like his verse the best – “shmoney dancing with some goth teens” for lyric of the year?
9. Go Deep (Falcons rare ass remix) – Janet Jackson
I’d say Falcons is one of the few producers I consistently enjoy, so I was stoked when he released an album of ‘loosies’ on Christmas!! This is probably my favourite track off of it – it’s a pretty different sound for Falcons and I’m almost always down with Janet Jackson.
10. Hold Me (ft. Pusha T) – Janine and the Mixtape
Pusha’s been one of my favourite rappers lately so I was stoked to find this track. Janine’s voice is beautiful, the track is super whimsical, and Pusha is a nice contrast.
11. Living For Love – Madonna
I was (and still am) super skeptical of this Madonna album… I think the ~EDM~ references are super forceful and her subject matter is trying waaaay too hard, but this track has made it into my rotation. The more bass-heavy sections still make me cringe a bit, but there’s a quality about this track that reminds me of 90’s pop, which I can totally get behind.
12. Throw Sum Mo ft. Nicki Minaj – Rae Sremmurd
Cannot. Say. How much I love this song. I’ve listened to it maybe a hundred times and it still makes me wanna turn up. Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi are both super talented, the production is great, and Nicki is a nice touch. So far I’m down with all of the released Rae Sremmurd tracks but this is by far my fave.
13. Emerge From Smoke – Shlohmo
Something new and different from Shlohmo! I’m a pretty big fan of Jeremih so I definitely love all his hip-hop production but this track is really refreshing. Great sound production, great progression, overall really powerful vibes – would be great in a movie!!!
14. Brag – Tove Styrke
Back to my Scandinavian pop queen obsession! She’s such a cutie and this song is cute to match. No classic, but a great pop song, again with really unique production and cool vibes.
15. Bent Up ft. Natasha Mosley – Verse Simmonds
I finally sought out the OG track after listening to the Paypal x Ticklish for the hundredth time. A pretty basic 2000s era R&B track but I can’t get enough!