Kirk Bowman

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01.01.21 2k2010.28.20 best of the 2010s s-y
10.20.20 best of the 2010s l-s10.03.20 best of the 2010s d-l
09.22.20 best of the 2010s #-D05.31.20 20 years
01.03.20 2k19 08.03.19 looking for emo/pop/folky recs
01.01.19 2k18 10.27.18 M5+
01.25.18 tear01.21.18 pump
01.19.18 glitch01.17.18 drift
01.01.18 mmxvii12.25.17 best songs of 2k17
01.31.17 sad FRIENDZONE news12.29.16 what I liked this year
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my favs of the year.
50A. G. Cook

An extremely expansive collection of bubblegum bass by one of the greatest producers working today.
49DJ Earl
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.
46Open 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.
43Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire
Confessions of a Sex Addict

Dense, wet raps that covers everything from horniness to post-nut clarity.
Miss Anthropocene

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.
40Nidia Minaj
Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes

Extremely rhythmic batida for the RA crowd.
39Master Holy
A Holy Journal

Extremely raw lo-fi hip-hop pushing the beat scene forward.
38Lauren Bousfield

Glitchy breakcore pop exploring trauma.
37Christine and the Queens
La vita nuova

Artsy, sad pop with an emphasis on strings and synths.
36Bad Bunny

Reggaeton with a handle on trap, the biggest album you haven't heard.
35Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World 2

Bubbly trap straight out of 2017.
34Peter CottonTale

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.
31Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia

Fun pop with a very heavy disco influence, the biggest popstar moment of the year.
30Julianna Barwick
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.
28Four Tet
Sixteen Oceans

Hebden continues exploring the midsection between folktronica and microhouse.
KiCk i

The most interesting glitch pop album you'll ever hear, occasionally reaching perfection.
26Jessy Lanza
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.
24Planet 1999

PC Music does shoegaze, with extremely promising results.
23Adrianne Lenker

Some of the most beautiful folk songs you will hear for years to come.
22Eris Drew and Octo Octa
fabric presents

Flawlessly mixed set of good old-fashioned breakbeat and house.
21Rav 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.
19Jessy Lanza
All the Time

Minimal, bubbly synthpop that has a taste for the weird.
18Kelly Lee Owens
Inner Song

Equal parts ambient pop and tech house.

The hardest trap album you will hear this year.
16Various Artists (Electronic)
did you mean: irish

Extremely cool new deconstructed club and ambient from Cairo.

Soft, sad indie pop and electronica exploring emotion.
14Sylvan Esso
Free Love

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.
12The Microphones
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.
10Hot Tub Boys
What's Your Damage

A jaunt through some of the best material outsider house has to offer.
9Demahjiae Bibbens
And, Such Is Life

Powerful, optimistic hip-hop for anyone who needs a boost on a tough morning.
8Jam City

One of the original deconstructed club artists drops a glam pop album.
7The Soft Pink Truth
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

Reassuring deep house with a spiritual bent.
6Ana Caprix
Trance Party 9

Mashups of everything from trap hits over ethereal instrumentals to R&B and deconstructed club.
5Space Afrika

Perhaps the most important album of the year, exploring black pain through sound collage.
4Charli XCX
How I'm Feeling Now

Crunchy hyperpop from the most consistently fantastic artist in the field.
3Sea Oleena
Weaving A Basket

Grouper-esque ambient for lying on a bed and feeling everything all at once.
2Elysia Crampton

Experimental electronica with significant ambient and spoken word elements, exploring colonialization and incarceration.
1The Avalanches
We Will Always Love You

Lovely journey of spacey pop, hip-hop, soul, and everything in-between.
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