Patrick Jarenwattananon Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, "Of a New Cool" Drums on the left, drums on the right, a tapestry of winds and rhythmic colors up the middle.
Hip-Hop, r B, electronic, latin, global, classical m/ _ m alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight".Otis Hart Boots, "I Run Roulette" This is the most contagious tune from boots' debut album Aquaria, mixing spare and muscular beats that are chilling and revealing.Felix Contreras A-WA, "Habib Galbi" A super-catchy song fusing folk and electronic, sung in Arabic, from a trio of Yemenite Israeli sisters.Mark Wheat, The Current Stephan Mathieu, "April im Oktober" One of the digital avant-garde's most respected composers gets zen for Kompakt's Pop Ambient series.Patrick Jarenwattananon Jose James, "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" Never mind the moonlight; it's more about what James can do to the phrase "peepin' through." Rachel Horn Kamasi Washington, "The Rhythm Changes" A stand-out track from Washington's The Epic, incorporating R B into.Kiana Fitzgerald Prince, "Baltimore" The Purple One's tribute to Freddie Gray fits right into the last half-century's tradition of protest music even as it feels particularly immediate this year.Ann Powers Circuit Des Yeux, "Do The Dishes" Built around samples from a Laotian ethnographic record, this is an targus universal 33-in-1 card reader writer driver arpeggiated meditation on the feminism of the everyday.Mbene Diatta Seck, "Yermande (Kick Bass Mix The former member of Basic Channel and Rhythm Sound dubs out some excellent Senegalese mbalax.Beauty Pill, "Afrikaner Barista take a surreal funk song, work it, then flip it and reverse it into a kaleidoscope of sound.Felix Contreras Ibeyi, "Ghosts" A tender and bittersweet elegy from this twin duo, on a track that's rendered in tones of R B and Afro-Cubanismo, and raw with their honesty and their hurt.These are the best songs of 2015, the ones we couldn't stop playing, the ones we shared, the ones we kept close all year long.
Towkio and Joey Purp hammer it home with the captivating hook Bobby Carter Vince Staples, "Senorita" Beside a triple-time sample of Future's "Covered N Money Vince Staples unpacks his gangland past with portrait-painting slant rhymes that stagger and strike in surges.
Ann Powers Jason Isbell, "24 Frames" "You thought God was an architect, now you know / He's something like a pipe bomb ready to blow" are the best lyrics anyone has come up with in a long time, rivaling Bob Dylan in his prime.