Several jams made a late run for Best Song Of 2016 this week.
If you’re not already acquainted with Left., they’re an Aussie duo making electronic music with strong throwback R&B vibes. Midnight is their latest drop and it’s an expertly crafted song that actually reminds a little of the perkiness of My Boo. It’s a feel-good, late night dancefloor tune that’s likeable from the first listen.
9. Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino‘s new album Awaken, My Love! is out today and if you were a fan of his previous it’s going to take you a little while to get used to this one. It’s a weird, wild ride but California is one of the songs with a melody so endearing and classic that it’s difficult not to fall in love at first listen. It’s a little silly but it does wrap around your ears so effortlessly and that’s a huge relief in the context of the record.
Oblivion (Feat. Rya Park)
With the exception of a few, Australian electronica has a tendency to move in waves, with everything sounding like everything else for months at a time. That’s why it’s so exciting when something really stands out from the pack. Oblivion, the new single from 18 year-old producer FØRD does exactly that. Featuring the brooding vocals of Rya Park, it’s a full of delectable, glassy sounds that’ll pull you in within the first few seconds. From its gentle beginnings, it escalates into a big pulsating anthem, driven forward by Park’s bellowing voice.
I Know A Place
MUNA left a mark on us earlier this year with their debut EP The Loudspeaker and now they’re back with an equally sugary jam I Know A Place. The HAIM comparisons are strong but given we haven’t heard from those girls from a while this is a very welcome release and they’re not copycats by any stretch. I Know A Place is anthemic with a chorus that’s not afraid to go big. It’s fearless in all its melodic choices and that’s what wins over in the end.
My Boo (Feat. Vince Staples, KUČKA, Ngaiire & Vera Blue)
We’ve never included a Like A Version in our top songs of the week but this one was so good it’s pretty hard to ignore. Flume recruited a masterful gang for his My Boo cover and the harmonies of KUČKA, Ngaiire & Vera Blue cut through beautifully. He played with the production just enough to move it into 2016 and Staples came through with short but powerful verses that juxtaposed the flighty vocal work. He went all out and it paid off handsomely.
5. M Phazes x Alison Wonderland
M-Phazes has come out of the gates with his first single in a very, very long time Messiah. Teaming up with Aussie all round legend Alison Wonderland, the pair have created a track that continues the recent trend of fusing pop and dance music. Through Wonderland’s commanding work, Messiah is a trop-pop dance anthem that just barks commercial success. It’s been a long time since the Gold Coast producer dropped solo material, but the wait will soon be over. – Harrison Kefford
There She Go
Producer Garren might not be a name that you’re immediately familiar with but you will be familiar with his work. He produced Smoke Break off Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book, Joey Purp’s PHOTOBOOTH and Towkio’s Tear Drop but now he’s putting himself in the spotlight. His funky, wonky production is all over his latest drop There She Go, taken off his debut album Garren, LP due out early 2017. There’s a new wave of funk coming through at the moment, pairing bass with woozy electronic soundscapes and Garren fits into that pocket but he pushes it even further. There She Go is one of the most simultaneously weird and satisfying piece of music you’re likely to hear this week. It feels familiar but it takes so many detours that you end up in a place you don’t know.
3. Guy Sebastian
Mind On You
Guy Sebastian has had a great year. He’s clocked up hits and sat on The X Factor panel and yet he’s become one of the first big popstars in this country to break down the ridiculous barrier that exists between the mainstream and the alternative. His Like A Version with Paces had a lot to do with it but his songwriting is also the best it’s ever been and Mind On You off his latest EP Part 1 demonstrates that. It’s a smart pop track that’s full of sweet hooks but also packs a punch through some bubbly, delectable production.
Kehlani has announced that she’s dropping her debut album SweetSexySavage in January next year and Advice is a damn good taste of it. It’s an autobiographical track that poignantly recaps the turbulent year that she’s had while still remaining positive. It’s once again a testament to her vivid songwriting and beyond that there’s also a fire beat behind it that wraps it all up nicely. This is gonna be one hell of an album.
1. Run The Jewels
Legend Has It
Run The Jewels have come back and ran a barge pole straight through the music industry. They’re not the sort of group who can drop a track without any fuss, their presence is always felt and in a big way. Legend Has It is a racing, boisterous cut that has us insanely excited for RTJ3 dropping next month. It just brims with the sort of passion we need right now proving RTJ really are the voice of this generation.