1.“BUSSIT (with Ari Lennox)” – Dreamville
Dreamville’s latest single “BUSSIT (with Ari Lennox)” is arguably the most sensual track to hit 2020. It offers simple jazz-soul production that is velvety, vibey, and oh so voluptuous. WARNING: Lennox’s smooth as butter vocals and sultry delivery can trigger enough pheromones to spawn the next baby-boom. Since the release of her 2019 album Shea Butter Baby, Lennox has been at the top of the R&B game and continues to produce soulful-bluesy tracks that confidently explore aspects of womanhood, sexuality and black female expression.
2. “Think Face” – Guest Singer
This is the ideal upbeat track to add some pep to your Monday step! “Think Face” possesses a space-age quality that draws from 80s electronic models to render both a feeling of nostalgia and futurism. Guest Singer’s latest synth-pop hit is about living in a digital world where everything is received at face value. The message is that we, as humans, are more complex than the fragments we post online to present an idealized version of oneself.
3. “suffer” – Son Little
“suffer” is the perfect soul food to comfort us through this cold Canadian winter. The track begins with simple acoustic chords that build to blend rhythms of gospel and Caribbean influences. The lyrics bring warmth to the cold realities of lost love. There’s something liberating about this track, as Little sings about letting go of a bad relationship with a kind of lackadaisical attitude. Stay tuned for Son Little’s upcoming album aloha set to release on January 21!
4. “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On” – King Krule
King Krule’s newest single is a lo-fi moody transmission of darkness and despair. The production hits a gloomy note with somber lyrics, ambient echoes and chord progressions that cast a dark shadow on the listener. Krule masterfully conjures the feelings of sorrow and hopelessness in this melancholic offering.
5. “Paper Cup” – Real Estate & Sylvan Esso
“Paper Cup” is a light and airy daydream track that will have you reminiscing about those long summer road trips. The lyrics contemplate the prospect of growing up and facing the realities that come with adulthood. It’s a call to suspend time and go back to the stress-free days of one’s youth. Look out for Real Estate’s 2020 album The Main Thing coming out on February 28!