my favs of the year.
|50||A. G. Cook|
An extremely expansive collection of bubblegum bass by one of the greatest producers working today.
Bass + Funk and Soul
A refreshing set of footwork tracks from a legend in the scene.
Sweet, conscience-heavy hip-hop songs that feel wiser than their age.
DJ tools and edits with a very uplifting pop and house energy, endcapped by a mix showcasing them.
|46||Open Mike Eagle|
Anime, Trauma and Divorce
Thoughtful, introspective hip-hop tracking everything in the title.
The Angel You Don’t Know
Upbeat, gleaming afrobeats for R&B fans who are new to the genre.
Emo rap laced with hyperpop for people who are a little scared.
|43||Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire|
Confessions of a Sex Addict
Dense, wet raps that covers everything from horniness to post-nut clarity.
Messy EDM-infused pop with a crystal sheen.
The Sky Upside Down
Soundtrack for the hyper electro house party that you didn't get the chance to attend.
Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes
Extremely rhythmic batida for the RA crowd.
A Holy Journal
Extremely raw lo-fi hip-hop pushing the beat scene forward.
Glitchy breakcore pop exploring trauma.
|37||Christine and the Queens|
La vita nuova
Artsy, sad pop with an emphasis on strings and synths.
Reggaeton with a handle on trap, the biggest album you haven't heard.
|35||Lil Uzi Vert|
Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World 2
Bubbly trap straight out of 2017.
Gospel-soul fusion by a key member of The Social Experiment.
Weight Of The World
sLUms continues its streak with yet another surprising mix of fade and shine.
I Love You 2 Hook
Grim cloud rap that isn't afraid to explore the darker side of a breakup.
Fun pop with a very heavy disco influence, the biggest popstar moment of the year.
Healing Is a Miracle
Vocal-heavy ambient that explores a wider range than you'd think.
By My Side
Abstract introspective hip-hop that passes by rapidly.
Hebden continues exploring the midsection between folktronica and microhouse.
The most interesting glitch pop album you'll ever hear, occasionally reaching perfection.
Gorilla Vs. Bear Sunday Mix
Fun house with some footwork twists transmitted from the top of a minivan.
Light, extremely cloudy raps from a Thug-esque MC.
PC Music does shoegaze, with extremely promising results.
Some of the most beautiful folk songs you will hear for years to come.
|22||Eris Drew and Octo Octa|
Flawlessly mixed set of good old-fashioned breakbeat and house.
|21||Rav x KB x Scuare|
Light-hearted, uplifting lo-fi hip-hop on the side of Nujabes.
too oh won nein
Excellent club-destroying edits and mashups with a sense for pop.
All the Time
Minimal, bubbly synthpop that has a taste for the weird.
|18||Kelly Lee Owens|
Equal parts ambient pop and tech house.
The hardest trap album you will hear this year.
|16||Various Artists (Electronic)|
did you mean: irish
Extremely cool new deconstructed club and ambient from Cairo.
Soft, sad indie pop and electronica exploring emotion.
Electropop with a wide pallete and excellent songwriting.
It Is What It Is
An effective sequel to Drunk, Thundercat makes another flow through soul, R&B, and jazz.
Microphones in 2020
Simple chords provide the backbone for this 44-minute odyssey of a life.
Worship of old-school breaks and modern purple sound makes for a blast.
|10||Hot Tub Boys|
What's Your Damage
A jaunt through some of the best material outsider house has to offer.
And, Such Is Life
Powerful, optimistic hip-hop for anyone who needs a boost on a tough morning.
One of the original deconstructed club artists drops a glam pop album.
|7||The Soft Pink Truth|
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Reassuring deep house with a spiritual bent.
Trance Party 9
Mashups of everything from trap hits over ethereal instrumentals to R&B and deconstructed club.
Perhaps the most important album of the year, exploring black pain through sound collage.
How I'm Feeling Now
Crunchy hyperpop from the most consistently fantastic artist in the field.
Weaving A Basket
Grouper-esque ambient for lying on a bed and feeling everything all at once.
Experimental electronica with significant ambient and spoken word elements, exploring colonialization and incarceration.
We Will Always Love You
Lovely journey of spacey pop, hip-hop, soul, and everything in-between.