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:
Thanks to Margin Walker, Modelo, the Parish, Club Dada, and everyone in Austin + Dallas who made our Texas Summer shows such an unforgettable couple of nights, and big love to the best possible crew of incredibly talented people for being so amazing: Jessy Lanza, Yumi Zouma, DJ Taye, Kedr Livanskiy, and QUALIATIK. Check our polaroids from the shows below, shot by David on Impossible Project instant film:
Our Texas Summer 2016 shows happen next week in Austin + Dallas, and we are very excited to announce that multi-faceted Philadelphia producer/singer/visual artist Arielle Herman, aka QUALIATIK, has joined the already amazing lineup of Jessy Lanza, Yumi Zouma, DJ Taye of the Teklife crew, and Kedr Livanskiy...
As we approach the midway point of what has been an overwhelming year for new music, here's the ever-evolving list of our favorite records of (roughly) the first half of 2016. Favorite songs of the year (SO FAR) coming later this week:
Jessy Lanza + drummer Tori Tizzard recently performed some highlights from Lanza's new record Oh No during a recent studio session for CBC Music, and they also mixed in a couple of classics from her debut Pull My Hair Back (fun fact: the vocal sample in "Kathy Lee" is actually Kate Upton saying "cat daddy" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Watch a few of the highlights below, check the whole performance over on CBC's youtube channel, and see Jessy + Tori do their thing live at one of our Texas Summer shows next month: