Playing tracks by
Khalid, SZA, Yaeji, Sun-EL Musician, Drake and more.
Each year my go-to music blog, Said the Gramaphone, posts a list of "100 favourite songs" & this is my introduction to music I wouldn't otherwise know about. For the last several years, I've been making up my own mini-playlists from each year’s bounty; it's a task that causes me to listen intently & think about what I really like & why. It's my party.
(Check out the original list at http://www.saidthegramophone.com/archives/best_songs_of_2017.php )
This year I focused on 33 of the 100 songs on Sean’s list & then winnowed that down to 15 solidly impressive tracks, ranging thru hip hop, world music, pop & a few uncategorizable moments. A common thread seems to be impeccable production skills (the killer track being the FourTet Remix of Mura Masa's Lovesick ft A$AP Rocky) but there are many poets of the heart here as well. Familiar names like Drake, Selena Gomez & Lorde share emotional space with strangers like Leif Vollebekk, Yaeji, & Nilüfer Yanya.