🏆 2020 - Tracks Of The Year (So Far - pt.2) 🏆

Isn’t it funny I really love the HAIM album but that’s my least favourite track.

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  1. The Light (Rostam Remix) - Metronomy
  2. I’ve Been Down - HAIM
  3. Take Back the Radio - Katie J Pearson
  4. Detonate - Charli XCX
  5. Babies & Fools - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  6. Prisoner of Love - NZCA Lines
  7. might bang, might not - Little Simz
  8. Mud - Nicolas Jaar
  9. Simmer (Caroline Polachek Remix) - Hayley Williams
  10. Goonies vs ET - Run the Jewels

Yeah, I’d concede that it was a tough choice - it’s a really consistent album, incredibly well made and I could have picked almost any song.

Couldn’t say for sure why Los Angeles edged it, but I really love the vocal arrangements, how it knits together a bunch of different elements, and I’m a sucker for songs rooted in a certain place (which may be why Key West got on my list too). I enjoyed the East vs West coast revival in the lyrics too!

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The Daniel Romano track in my list is on Spotify, so will swap that with Language by Midwife.

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I’m going to stick with a one per artist rule and fill in the few extra spots with Q1 releases I ran out of room for the first time. No idea how to rank them, 4-10 especially could basically be in any order. Seeing Eye Dog by Happyness is by far #1, and picking only one off of Midwife and Trace Mountains was really hard.

  1. Happyness - Seeing Eye Dog
  2. Midwife - Language
  3. Trace Mountains - Fallin’ Rain
  4. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  5. The Strokes - Why Are Sundays So Depressing
  6. Jeff Rosenstock - Honeymoon Ashtray
  7. Empty Country - Marian
  8. Strand of Oaks - Think
  9. Zoon - Vibrant Colours
  10. Lars Blek - Lars Blek 2.0

And a link to everything since I know for me it increases the chance of trying something:

Happyness - Seeing Eye Dog
Midwife - Language
Trace Mountains - Fallin’ Rain
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
The Strokes - Why Are Sundays So Depressing
Jeff Rosenstock - Honeymoon Ashtray
Empty Country - Marian
Strand of Oaks - Think
Zoon - Vibrant Colours
Lars Blek - Lars Blek 2.0

I also treated Neil Young and 2/3rds of the Lars Blek album as prior year albums, FWIW. Lots of great ones on those.

  1. Out of Reach - Bananagun
  2. We - The Soft Pink Truth
  3. Time (You and I) - Khruangbin
  4. Free Gloss - Holy Fuck
  5. Gimme More - Kiwi Jr.
  6. In / Out - En Attendant Ana
  7. I Wanna - The Lovely Eggs
  8. Mark Zuckerberg - Nap Eyes
  9. Something In Your Way - Grimm Grimm
  10. Don’t Forget About Me - Alice Bowman

Lovely song.

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  1. Bonny Light Horseman - BLH
  2. Lilacs - Waxahatchee
  3. Graceland Too - Phoebe Bridgers
  4. Key West - Bob Dylan
  5. Yankee and the Brave - RTJ
  6. Murder in the Cathedral - Kiwi Jr
  7. Nonphysical - Moon Hooch
  8. Routine Pain - Spanish Love Songs
  9. All of my Love - Nadia Reid
  10. Vincent - Brian Fallon
  11. Only the Strong - Laura Marling
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Final bump - will leave this open until midnight tonight. It would be good to get a few more lists today :wink:

  1. Yves Tumor- Kerosene
  2. Lorenzo Senni- Canone Infiniti
  3. Otik- Clairvoyant
  4. DJ Python- Mmmmm
  5. Galcher Lustwerk- Got to slow it down
  6. Jassss- Turbo Ole
  7. White Poppy- Memories
  8. Aurora Halal- Joey
  9. Jenny Hval- Bonus Material
  10. Cs + Kreme- Mountain warning

Sticking to (I think) Q2 releases and not re-picking anything from my last list I’ll go with the following contribution off the top of my head…

1 Phoebe Bridgers - I know the end
2 Jeff Rosenstock - Ohio Tpke
3 Dua Lipa - Don’t start now
4 Bob Dylan - I contain multitudes
5 The Beths - don’t go away
6 Haim - don’t wanna
7 Charli XCX - forever
8 Fiona Apple - fetch the bolt cutters
9 do nothing - contraband
10 Laura marling - for you

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Boris - 06.HxCxHxC -Parforation Line-
Nova Twins - Taxi
Guerilla Toss - Human Girl
Run the Jewels - Yankee and the Brave
Doves - Carousels
A.A. Williams - Melt
Crack Cloud - Post Truth
Bob Mould - American Crisis
Deerhoof - Damaged Eyes Squinting into the Beautiful Overhot Sun
DABDA - Light Comes Back

  1. Jonathan Bree - Waiting For A Moment
  2. Austra - Risk It
  3. Evening Hymns - My Drugs, My Dreams
  4. Spirit Fest - The Snow Falls On Everyone
  5. NNAMDI - Flowers To My Demons
  6. Braids - Here 4 U
  7. SAULT - Wildfires
  8. Jockstrap - Acid
  9. Twain - Love, Go Lightly
  10. Kamaniu Silelis - Dykuma

I think mine are all Q2. Although the Jonathan Bree album was released in July, but it’s so good I’ll keep it in.

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Crocodile by Melt Yourself Down is track of the year by a long way imo.

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1 berwyn- trap phone
2 jayda g- both of us
3 rdg & dubape- drift
4 dj lycox- jam
5 run the jewels- a few words for the firing squad (radiation)
6 sault- don’t shoot guns down
7 khruangbin- time (you and i)
8 novelist- stay with with me
9 lorenzo senni- canone infinito
10 roisin murphy- murphy’s law


Tough to order again tbh. Also tried to keep it to one track per artist but could have had 3 or 4 Jessie Ware or Phoebe Bridgers tracks.

  1. Jessie Ware - What’s Your Pleasure
  2. MIKE - Nothin’ 2 Say (Never Forget)
  3. Jamie xx - I don’t know
  4. Phoebe Bridgers - Chinese Satellite
  5. Park Hye Jin - Like This
  6. Lianne La Havas - Weird Fishes
  7. Freddie Gibbs - Something to Rap About
  8. SAULT - Wildfires
  9. Khruangbin - Time (You and I)
  10. Yaeji - In the Mirror

The playlist is now updated with all selections from Q1 and Q2

377 songs suggested so far, loads of great stuff in there to discover :slight_smile:

In terms of the top 25 for Q2 - I think we need a handful more lists or will need to do some sort of tiebreaker. As such, I’m going to leave this open until the coming weekend.


Just heard this, absolutely blown away

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XS - Rina Sawayama

might bang, might not - Little Simz

Juro Que - Rosalía

Don’t Start Now - Dua Lipa

Beaten Down - Sharon van Etten

Riding Solo - Hinds

View From Nowhere - Warm Digits

Gemini - Princess Nokia

Crocodile - Melt Yourself Down

Stella - Sink Ya Teeth