Today we follow up our albums of 2016 list with the much more interesting list of our 101 favorite songs of the year. Featuring a couple of inventive flips of Shangaan Electro and Tropicália samples in the top 3, the powerful opening missive from A Tribe Called Quest's first album in nearly 20 years, an old Radiohead love song, multiple jams each from Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, and Carly Rae, undeniable breakthrough singles from Whitney, Mitski, Maggie Rogers, and The Homie, another strong showing from TX's own S U R V I V E boys (whose massive year culminated this morning in 2 Grammy noms in the same category), and many more incredible and essential tracks that helped us all make it through this pathetic excuse for a year. Hit play on that 6 hour spotify playlist + check the full list below:
It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.
Listen to our NOVEMBER 2016 monthly mix, featuring the best new tracks from the past month from DIANA, Jessy Lanza, Ellie Herring, DÆVA + more:
Psyched to premiere the new EP from Bloomington's Permit, the new project from Jack Andrew and the prolific Drew Auscherman of Hoops. The duo makes blistering, super infectious, feel-good lo-fi garage-pop/punk rippers -- think “Thin Lizzy, but twice as fast”, in the band's own words -- that feel like fleeting, sub-2:00 bursts of hazy sunshine that never overstay their welcome...
We briefly mentioned DÆVA's magical, lucid-dreamlike debut LP Beta Persei earlier this week, and now you can stream the record in all its softly shimmering, spectral glory below. Highly recommended for the lovelorn, fans of early Grimes, X-Files obsessives, and anyone lamenting the death of chillwave and/or witch house...
Here's a glittery, ethereal dream-pop gem from Brooklyn's Gigi Mead, aka DÆVA: "Dream" is the opening track from her beautifully vaporous, two-years-in-the-making, X-Files-inspired debut LP Beta Persei, which has provided a very welcome and chill (and even occasionally danceable) escapist vibe for us these past few nights. Beta Persei is out this week on limited glitter cassette via Furious Hooves:
Fear Of Men share a decidedly less gloomy alternate version of "Erase (Aubade)", one of the starkly emotional highlights from their beautiful Fall Forever LP, out now on Kanine. The group told us via email about the shimmering, relatively chipper (but still goosebump-inducing) "Change Me":