#5. Yuksek Feat. Breakbot & Irfane – The Only Reason
The French connection is real. French legends Yuksek & Breakbot re-unite (along with Irfane, who may also be a French legend but not as known to me so infinite apologies if this is my bad) on Yuksek’s newest album drop. This track really brought me back. When I first started blogging years and years ago, Sebastian Tellier was one of the very first artists to be heavily marketed as someone to feature from promoters. I eventually caved, and boy was I glad I did. He was fantastic, and opened up my eyes to the world of French DJs. Breakbot and Yuksek have both been heavily featured in my shuffle playlists ever since.
#4. Roddy Ricchy Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Bacc Seat
The Roddy Ricch tour continues (and finishes) with Bacc Seat, featuring the man who is featured in basically every hip hop track ever, Ty Dolla $ign. Still blasting this album daily. So good.
#3. Benji Lewis – Fast Forward
Benji Lewis has always had a voice that demanded attention. However, this may be the first track that has felt really mature… a sound that belies how long he’s been around. Also I’m a sucker for a good falsetto… so there’s that.
#2. Sza & Justin Timberlake – The Other Side
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I mean ok, this song is great. It’s fun, danceable, catchy… really it’s just a nice time. But what is JT doing. Why is he exclusively making music for unusual movie soundtracks. Can we just have a new album please and thanks. (but legit, nice track).
#1. Lady Gaga – Stupid Love
Lady Gaga has really cemented herself as the new generation’s Madonna. This track just screams Madonna to me, and frankly it’s a brilliant track. I’ve never been a huge Gaga fan, but I can recognize quality when I hear it.
#5. Justin Timberlake – Breeze Off The Pond
Seeing JT perform all his old hits at the Superbowl made me realize how much I miss his old music (and in the same vein, how not into his new album I actually was). The only track that kinda gets me going is Breeze Off The Pond, and even then it takes 2.5 minutes to really get going. That said, the last 2 minutes are pretty damn nice.
#4. Ashdown – Can You Tell
Love the vocals on Ashdown’s Can You Tell.
#3. Rosewood Bape – Savage
Always pumped when I come across a new hip hop track that tickles my eardrums. I seem to have a really niche taste in hip hop, as the majority I find impossible to listen to (frankly the ‘skrrt skrrt’ in this one almost made me hate it out of principle, but it’s subtle enough that I can live with it). Smooth stuff.
#2. Dijon – Stranger
Ok so I know Dashboard Confessional is still making music (he actually released a new album this past week I think). That said, his sound has really changed and I wasn’t too into it. Now, if you were to take his magical emo tracks that paved the way for a majority of my generation’s high school years and gave it a new name and updated sound, Dijon’s Stranger is EXACTLY how I’d picture that would sound. I’d love to see a new style of high school emo come out that has this feel to it.
#1. Exo – Monster
I blame Jack Black. Somehow I came across the Korean gameshow where they get non-Koreans to sing famous kpop songs and have Koreans guess what track it is… so there was Jack Black doing his darndest and boy was it amazing. Naturally I wanted to see what the actual songs were, and 4 hours later I had listened to the entire Exo catalogue (which is hilariously long). I’m a full on kpop fan now. Please send help. I can’t stop.