Essential Tracks

best songs of 2020 P.E.

P.E. deliver a perfect post-punk summer jam with “Pink Shiver”

A pre-summer summer jam from members of Pill and Eaters.

Yves Tumor Gospel essential track

Yves Tumor’s “Gospel for a New Century” is pop with an added dose of kickass

The enigmatic singer/producer goes for broke in his massive new single.

Thundercat Dragonball Durag essential track

Thundercat’s “Dragonball Durag” is light-hearted genius

The bass maestro balances his instrumental prowess with a penchant for self-deprecating humor.

best albums of 2020 Hilary Woods

Hilary Woods finds serenity in violence on “Tongues of Wild Boar”

A gently destructive dirge from the Irish singer/songwriter.

Algiers new album There Is No Year

Algiers’ “Chaka” is a masterclass in tension and release

A Blade Runner synth jam interspersed with destructive noise sax.

Mamaleek’s “Eating Unblessed Meat” offers more strange, artful twists on metal

An artful, technologically enhanced and unpredictable direction for metal from the Bay Area band.

best songs of 2020 Khraungbin Leon Bridges

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges’ “C-Side” is road trip euphoria

A dub-influenced highlight from the two artists’ new collaborative EP.

Thundercat new album It is what it is

Thundercat’s “Black Qualls” has more bounce to the ounce

The funky new single features Slave’s Steve Arrington and The Internet’s Steve Lacy.

The Men new album Mercy

The Men evolve into seedy synth-rock on “Children All Over the World”

The Brooklyn shape-shifters find another new, exciting mutant form.

P.E. Top Ticket Essential Track

P.E.’s “Top Ticket” is urgent, unnerving, abrasive and dark

The new outfit from Veronica Torres (ex-Pill) dials up the intensity.

Stalley All So New

Stalley’s “A Main” is hip-hop that radiates soul

The latest heater from the former Maybach Music emcee.

Kerrie Essential Track

Kerrie’s “Before Calm” is hard-as-nails techno that’s extra funky

The title track from the Irish producer’s new EP GOES.

Thank Two Hour Lunch essential track

Thank’s “Two Hour Lunch” is a manic scream in the face of modern malaise

The Leeds band work through some therapy the loudest way they possibly can.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds new album Ghosteen announced

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ “Hollywood” is a masterful meditation on loss

The longest and most ominous track from Cave’s latest is one of his most stunning compositions to date.

Béret’s “White Hole” is a cutting punk anthem

A reflective highlight from the Seattle artist’s new album.

Danny Brown new album uknowhatimsayin

Danny Brown reminisces over a warm, organic beat on “Best Life”

The latest single from uknowhatimsayin¿ has a bright and earthy vibe about it.

The Hecks Essential Track

The Hecks’ “My Star” is a dancepunk earworm

The Chicago band are leaner, muscular and revved up.

rRoxymore Essential Track

rRoxymore’s “Passages” is a future-dub wobbler

The first single from the producer’s upcoming debut album is pure dystopian funk.

Moor Mother new album 2019

Moor Mother’s “After Images” is an empowering march for the darkest times

The Philadelphia artist pulls the bottom out from the comfortable and apathetic.