01. Location - KHALID
Tuned into this Texan via my buddy Matt. Was sold on Khalid after checking out the fantastic (& jam-packed) gig at the East River amphitheater this summer. It was perfect. He employed choreographed cheerleaders.
02. Can I Sit Next To You? - SPOON
Consistently solid live and on record. How is it possible that they haven't appeared on one of my mixes since 2007? Seeing them perform with New Pornographers in Austin (Emo's) was a rare treat.
03. I Feel Free - KOMMODE
Eirik Glambek Bøe is the other voice in Kings of Convenience. So refreshing.
04. Blessed - FKJ
Happened to have come across this one while at they performed at Webster Hall. Even better live!
05. tonite - LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
YES. They sure are back! Care to dance?
06. DNA. - KENDRICK LAMAR
Important. Culture-changer. Also, DOPE.
07. Order of Operations - BIG BOI
Hey Big Boi, sweet album.
08. Slide - CALVIN HARRIS
Song of the summer? I'm still wondering if he'll buy the dang painting. (Looks a bit like a young Thom Yorke, no?)
09. Your Time - NICK MURPHY (Feat. KAYTRANADA)
Caught both of these guys live this year. Reminder, Murphy IS Chet Faker. Kaytranada grabbed Anderson .Paak to close out his set at the best music event of my year - Afropunk!
10. Summer Bummer - LANA DEL REY (Feat. A$AP ROCKY)
Moody AF. Real Portishead vibe.
11. bellyache - BILLIE EILISH
She was 15 when she made this.
12. Do You Want Love? - DAVE DEPPER
Thanks, Spotify Discover!
13. Total Entertainment Forever - FATHER JOHN MISTY
Such an entertaining performer. Witty, physically emotive, exciting. He's one that you ought to see.
14. Something About You - JAMIROQUAI
The funkiest dude on the block is BACK! Best hat.
15. New York - ST. VINCENT
Watch her video. I love NYC.
16. Best Friend - SOFI TUKKER
These two are reminding me a bit of HOLYCHILD. That's a good thing. So strangely satisfying.
17. Holding On - THE WAR ON DRUGS
At least someone out there is making solid guitar-based music these days. Great album.
18. Way We Won't - GRANDADDY
I've been a fan for so long, it's almost as if I had to include this just because. The sound stays true. Grandaddy brings me right back.
19. Lonsdale Avenue - TED LEO
He's an indie rock legend in my book. Last appeared on the 2005 mix.
20. 237 AM - SAM O.B.
Positive Noise is my Album of the Year. The sounds! The songs! Sam is the only artist I've ever included 2 years in a row.