Singles have been the front runners to albums as well as polished demos to give an impression of an artists vision. Here are some songs that we felt were distinct and fresh and represent artists that we love!
POTATO SALAD - Tyler, the Creator & A$AP Rocky
Words by / JR Torres
A surprise track released in July of this summer, Hip-Hop icons A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator dropped a couple of quick witted verses over the classically produced Kanye West and Missy Elliot song “Knock Knock” by Monica. Linking up in Paris to shoot the music video, viewers were treated to the duo rapping about their newest heights of fame and fortune achieved and in part A$AP Rocky manages to take some shots at the younger generation of mumble rappers swarm in the hip-hop scene. Both artists have been flying high in their recent musical endeavors and for fans, a blazon flash of the duos possible upcoming collab project entitled “WANG$AP” was a great sight to see.
"Time Today" - Kero Kero Bonito
Words by / Daniel Matteson
One of the best singles of 2018 was Kero Kero Bonito's "Time Today," off their just-dropped album Time 'n' Place. After making waves with their TOTEP EP earlier this year, "Time Today" is a bit of a return to form for KKB. Filled with adorably retro synths and delightful vocals, this laid back shuffle is the perfect summer song.
This Is America - Childish Gambino
Words by / Henry Anthony-DuScheid
I think an easy choice is ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino with a video racking up millions of plays, news coverage, and social media engagement. And its catchy. And its got an interesting message (exemplified through the video, discussing issues of class, race, and violence in media and politics, and maybe most importantly, music) that was taken by the internet and was meme’d into oblivion. Some people wanted the message to really impact the youth or something. I think those same people don’t understand twitter very well. To wrap this up, the social impact was huge but it doesn’t compare to the song’s quality: beautiful vocal melodies and expressive beat changes make for the song of the summer and maybe single of 2018.
My Honorable Mention: Emerald Rush - Jon Hopkins
The Chicagoan prodigy has continued to reinvent the ambient atmosphere from his first project Opalescent into the realm of progressive house. One element of Hopkins’ sound that has alway stood out is the experimental textures that he incorporates into the base lines and swelling waves which blend together over enticing ‘4 on the floor’ kicks. Emerald Rush just represents all of this to me. The varied vocalizing synths provides a warm background for a building chord progressions into the lead bass where the song takes off into outer space. Another high quality song to Hopkins long discography. His new album ‘Singularity’ is a great listen, although at times repetitive.