|my favorites of 2020|
based on personal enjoyment and not necessarily objective quality, i like what i like you know how it is
if i was making a guilty pleasures of the year list, this would easily be number one. part of me doesn’t want to like it but it’s really really good when i’m in the right mindset for it to do its thing.
|29||Bryan Cranston Crayon Box|
Super Wumbo Attack Game
not eric’s usual lane, but he pulled off a really solid fake video game chiptune soundtrack. “level two” is what really puts it over the edge.
“thos moser” alone means this album has to be on this list. the rest is solid too. experimental electronic with significant hyperpop flavor.
|27||Chloe x Halle|
solid pop r&b. not much to it beyond that, but that’s enough for it to be great.
i’ve never played pokémon, but mohawk genuinely engaged me with an album about it. clearly very personal to him, ends up being entertaining but, with the spoken tracks, moving as well. #FREEMOHAWK
technically not a real project, but the series of singles they shoved out there this year were solid.
It Is What It Is
i wasn’t in a groovy mood most of this year, if i was this would be much higher.
Aaron Cartier Best Dog
ridiculous in the best way. not polished, feels genuine. “everyday” is so fun.
love the feel of this album so much. “baptize” slaps.
Spirit World Field Guide
“the gates” is one of my favorite songs of the year. such a smart, well-crafted album.
|20||Run the Jewels|
don’t know why this one didn’t grab me like their first three. maybe it was the album cover? not sure. still great though.
1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues
why was “toothless” left off the original album?? it’s so good. remixes are mostly hits, especially the star-studded “ringtone” one.
“candy” is how you open a goddamn album. variety of styles, all with rico’s trademark edge. except maybe “own it”, but that one still bops.
doubt she’ll win the best new artist grammy but i’m pulling for her. title track goes tf off.
such an angry but fun album. knows how ridiculous it is at points but goes for it anyway and shines.
wasn’t into his stuff before this one. now i’m devastated by the loss of so much potential. “good news” crushes my soul every time.
|14||Kota The Friend|
just a nice summery jam. you could consider it safe, but sometimes kinda background-type music can be great.
“thos moser” had to lead to something more, and i’m glad it did. so many bangers. love these two.
love the aggression mixed with well-crafted but clearly small budget production. distortion is so fun.
Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
how’d they put chai and jpegmafia on the same track and make it work? great production throughout.
this had me hooked for a good while. “cat scratch” was on loop for a couple weeks.
15 years old. absolutely insane. love the pretty much constant harmonies. wish he put “clover” and “arsenic” on it too but what can you do.
he’s finding his lane and starting to thrive. can’t wait for what comes next.
|7||Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats|
denzel can really do no wrong. soundscapes and flows are different from his and kenny’s normals and they more than pull it off.
didn’t like all of the songs at first but god did they grow on me. dude knows how to craft earworms.
How I'm Feeling Now
perfect soundtrack for struggling to find joy while in quarantine.
|4||1 800 PAIN|
BEST HOUSE ON A BAD BLOCK
most insane album of this year. makes me wanna burn shit tbh. perfect catharsis music.
he shows up again. two great albums so close to one another. the angst on this is immaculate. 2020 was a hell year and this was more catharsis.
Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
there’s no real through-line to this album, but it doesn’t need it. it’s banger after banger. no skips.
future of pop. at least i hope so. distortion on the 808s and vocals and pretty much everything is so so good. again, no skips. all hits.