Monday, January 7, 2019

Pop Candy Arcade: The Songs of 2018, Pt. 5 (101-135)

We've reached the end of the list, folks. Though I'd originally planned on allowing this to go up to 150, I managed to pare things down to a slightly neater (but admittedly much odder) 135. If you've missed all the links on Twitter, the Spotify link to the whole list is at the end of this post.

This year's extensive tweet documentation was a way - or at least an attempt - to offer up solid links and mentions of the artists and draw attention back their way. It was weird to tweet at so many celebrities and record labels (this is not something I do on social media), and it was weird to thread a conversation with that many tweets. While I'm not sure it was actually worth it given the ratio of tweets to actual responses, it was fun enough and now I'll get back to yelling about awards shows. Thanks for reading, and hope you discovered a new song or artist along the way.

101: "Girlfriend" / / Christine and the Queens: a pop-funk proclamation, "Girlfriend / Don't feel like a girlfriend / But lover / Damn, I'd be your lover."

 102: "Days of Dust" / / Molly Nilsson: Let's just take a quick stroll into the apocalypse, shall we?

103: "Drumatise" / / Prime Minister of Doom: Another one for the enigmatic Rime Minister AKA Traumprinz AKA DJ Healer AKA Prince of Denmark.

104: "Bad Boy" / / Red Velvet: Slow-groove k-pop on one of the most timeless of pop topics.

105: "Skipping School" / / Amen Dunes: A second track from Damon McMahon's spectacular 'Freedom' sees a glue-sniffing kid and raises him to mythic levels.

106: "Outer Space" / / John Maus: I like to imagine that we all have a sense of who this song is directed at, and that's part of why we start dancing.

107: "Disarray" / / Preoccupations: That riff, tho.

108: "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)" / / Peggy Gou: A touch of tropicalia, a hefty portion of house, and an instant trip poolside.

109: "Oh the Drears" / / Happy Rhodes: An enigmatic artist resurfaces. Do you like Kate Bush? Have you heard of Happy?

110: "Ace" / / Noname ft. Smino + Saba: A Chicago artist continues to arrive, and trust me when I say it's damn hard to decide which track on Room 25 to put on a list like this.

111: "Anna Wintour" / / Azealia Banks: Runway ready. Banks' talent remains undeniable.

112: "Eighties With You" / / Rebekah: UK techno that's either inviting you in or jumping up to slap you, can't decide, but it's great.

 113: "Offence" / / Little Simz: A fight song from a force to reckoned with.

114: "My Queen is Harriet Tubman" / / Sons of Kemet: High-energy jazz that takes off sprinting and keeps up the pace for miles.

115: "Heat 2" / / Shinichi Atobe: Glassy, warm techno that bubbles and boils.

116: "Immaterial" / / SOPHIE: Coming at old pop with an 8-bit hammer, SOPHIE continues to rethink and imagine what bubble pop sounds like.

117: "In My View" / / Young Fathers : a dark, delirious whirlwind of a track.

118: "Overtime" / / Jessie Ware: A sleek track that reminds us Ware is one of the best house divas in the game.

119: "Roll (Burbank Funk)" / / The Internet: A song that arrived feeling like a once and future summer classic.

120: "softcoresoft is the softest" / / Machine Woman: Anastasia Vtorova continues to slay

121: "Incisors" / / Rrose: Like traveling through the belly of a monster.

 122: "Tha Ball" / / DonMonique: Why doesn't this have a video yet?

123: "Careless" / / Blawan: Alchemical techno that swerves like a swarm of killer bees. That makes sense, right? Look. I'm tired.

124: "Like Sugar" / / Chaka Khan: Chaka Khan blessed us with this banger in 2018 and it should be playing everywhere human beings go to have a good time.

125: "Skylarking" / / FACS: Rumbling, minimalist art rock that hits all the right notes.

126: "Feels Like Summer" / / Childish Gambino: Likely one of the more controversial picks on this list as we all know "This is America" was easily the best video of the year. This breezy song, though, was somehow everything.

127: "Short Court Style" / / Natalie Prass: A glitzy, disco-punctuated affirmation.

128: "Flyaway" / / Kero Kero Bonito: A work of grunge-touched dream pop working towards escape velocity.

129: "Hangout at the Gallows" / / Father John Misty: It's like someone tasked Radiohead with writing a new, late-era Beatles song

130: "Raw Silk Uncut Wood" / / Laurel Halo: Billowing ambient textures in a pristine frame.

131: "Just the Same" / / Empress Of: Lorely Rodriguez's sophomore album went more in the direction of full-pop introspection than many expected, and I'm 100% here for it.

132: "FUN!" / / Vince Staples: A slippery track that slaps even as it offers a subversive, deep commentary on its own consumption.

133: "Jeannie Becomes a Mom" / / Caroline Rose: A big, hook-filled song about some of the mundane horrors of adulthood.

134: "Love Me Right" / / Amber Mark: The only reason this wouldn't be on a best of list is because someone found it too perfect. A song that sounds, instantly, like it's always been with us (in the best way).

135. "A$AP Forever" / / A$AP Rocky ft. Moby: Easily the best - and most unexpected - use of sampling this past year. A track that breathes new life into an already great song while redefining its whole context.

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