|McQ's #1 Album of 2019|
We're going with fewer, longer mixes this time out, and as will become quite clear to those who dive in, it was a singer-songwriter dominated year, with the R&B and edgy art rock genres also making strong showings, but a subpar year just about everywhere else.
But even with that, and whatever your tastes, I'm sure you'll find something new to love amongst the many tunes and albums profiled here.
So without further delay, I present to you the best music of 2019!
Nancy gets us started this year with her most expansive collection yet of stirring singer-songwriter efforts and an upbeat rock, pop, hip hop, soul, blues and international hits.
Next up, McQ highlights representative cuts from twenty more excellent 2019 releases Nancy missed.
Indie may have been the worst performing genre of 2019 overall, but given wide swath of sounds the genre produces - from folk to psych-rock to shoe gaze to Brit rock to jangle pop to new wave to alt-country, it still led to one of our most varied and best 2019 mixes. Includes efforts from Helado Negro, Beirut, Sundara Karma, W.H. Lung, Lower Dens, Deerhunter, Chai, Metronomy, Bat For Lashes, and many, many more.
If it had room-clearing potential in 2019 - be it metal, noise rock, hardcore punk, bleak IDM, depressing art rock, weirdly experimental or in-your-face with taboo subject matter - it goes here. 2019 produced a lot of fascinating music with room-clearing potential.
Several of 2019's best R&B, hip hop, and grime efforts get their due here. Includes tracks from Little Simz, Lizzo, Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, Rapheal Saadiq, Rhapsody, FKA Twigs, Da Baby, Malibu Ken, Jamila Woods, Dave, Kate Temptest, Kano, Anderson Paak, DJ Shadow, and many more...
Southern fried rock, garage, blues rock, melodic punk and hard-charging indie lead the way on our highest energy mix of the 2019 collection. Includes tracks by Thee Oh Sees, Fontaines D.C., Amyl & The Sniffers, Steve Mason, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, Rival Sons, Queen Zee, Wilco, Sturgil Simpson, and several more.
Electronica and contemporary pop make up the bulk of this synth-driven mix. Includes cuts from Billie Eilish, Normani, Jai Paul, The Chemical Brothers, Four Set, Taylor Swift, Sigrid, Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy, Charli XCX, Clairo, Sault, Galcher Lustwerk, Mark Ronson, and several more.
We close with a look back at the year's best performing genre, teeing up several of 2019's top singer-songwriter highlights. Runs at a lower wattage level than the other mixes, but along with All Things Offputting, has the highest overall quality of our six 2019 niche specific mixes.
Volume 9 - The Next 100
In no particular order, here are the next 100 tunes I was considering for these 2019 mixes.