We all had to submit our top ten lists of the year last week. As you might imagine, it's always difficult and there's always a bit of regret when you've realized you left this out or forgot about that. This is particularly tough around this time of the year when there's still so much good music coming out! Take this week's Top 20 for example.
With his third album dropping just over a week ago, it should be no surprise that Michael Kiwanuka tops the list this week. "Rolling" is a fun, driving rock 'n' roll song with melodies reminiscent of 60s soul and touches of 70s psychedelic pop.
Brittney Parks, better known as Sudan Archives, is a self taught violinist virtuoso who has absolutely charmed us since she burst onto the scene a couple years ago. She comes in at #3 this week with "Iceland Moss" from her debut full length Athena.
After 38 years of making music, Kim Gordon has released her first solo album and after nearly 40 years of being a part of a band, Gordon has seized the opportunity to reinvent herself. Trust me when I say, No Home Record sounds quite different from what you might expect. Prime example is the #9 song this week "Paprika Pony." Which sounds more like something you'd hear from Death Grips or JPEGMAFIA. Not from a former member of Sonic Youth.
Coming in strong this week is SAULT. Not much is known about this act except for he/she/they put out excellent music. With songs like "Why Why Why Why" and "Don't Waste My Time" and not one but two full lengths this year, SAULT has plenty to say. Never more evident than with this week's #18, which is a narrative on the harsh contradiction that is "Living In America."
Check out the updated playlist below.