Lots of good stuff in the genre this year, especially on the female R&B side. Here's the Spotify link. Enjoy.
SET 1 (Fun, Lively, Smooth)
1. Rocket Fuel - DJ Shadow (feat. De La Soul): Just a super fun, super old school hip-hop number with an assist from some golden era greats to start things off from DJ Shadow's 2019 release Our Pathetic Age.
2. Cuz I Love You - Lizzo: Title track From Lizzo's debut Cuz I Love You (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
3. You Ain't The Problem - Michael Kiwanuka: We're tapping three more songs from the marvelous first half of Michael Kiwanuka's third full-length effort and second album in his and Dangermouse's distinctive spaghetti-soul vein KIWANUKA (Strong Recommend), starting with the critics favorite song off the album, the Richie Havens-ish opener You Ain't The Problem.
6. History Repeats - Brittany Howard: From the Alabama Shakes' frontwoman's experimental solo debut Jamie (Mild Recommend). More coming soon.
7. Come Home - Anderson .Paak (feat. Andre 3000): From .Paak's sophomore full-length Ventura (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
8. Shea Butter Baby - Ari Lennox (feat. J. Cole): Title track from Lennox's major label debut. More coming soon.
11. Super Zodiac - The Comet Is Coming: From Sons Of Kemmet's acid-jazz alter ego The Comet Is Coming's Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
13. Pearl Cadillac - Gary Clark Jr.: From the Austin bluesman's politically minded third album This Land (Mild Recommend). More coming soon.
14. Limitless - Sudan Archives: One of the most likeable songs on this mix, from the LA-based violinist and beat-maker's 2019 full length debut Athena. More coming soon.
15. Sea Gets Hotter - Durand Jones & The Indications: From the retro-soul outfits second full-length release American Love Call. More coming soon.
17. Can't Believe The Way We Flow - James Blake: From the soulful electronic producer's more hip-hop leaning fourth release Assume Form. More coming soon.
SET 2 (Bangers, Art and Edge)
19. All Humans Too Late - Kate Temptest: From the Irish spoken-word artist's third full-length The Book Of Traps And Lessons (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
20. Her Mighty Waters Run - Matana Roberts: From the avant-garde soul artist's highly experimental COIN COIN Chapter 4: Memphis. More coming soon.
21. Corn Maze - Malibu Ken: From the self-titled debut (Solid Recommend) of experimental hip hop duo comprised of Aesop Rock and multi-instrumentalists Tobacco. More coming soon.
23. Doorman - slowthai (feat. Mura Masa): Punkish hip hop from the grime artist's provocative and humorous Nothing Great About Britain. More coming soon.
26. Suge - DaBaby: One of the biggest hip hop hits of the year from breakout artist DaBaby's Baby On Baby. More coming soon.
27. MUDDY - Jamila Woods: Another musical legend gets his props on Jamila Woods LEGACY! LEGACY! (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
28. Giannis - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib (feat. Anderson .Paak): And now one of our greatest contemporary hoopers gets his due on Freddie Gibbs & Madlibs second collaborative album Bandana (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.
30. Cleo - Rapsody: One of Phil Collin's best tunes gets a glitchy reworking on this fine hip hop number from veteran North Carolina rapper Rapsody's latest full length Eve. More coming soon.
31. Free Years Later - Kano: Impressive number from grime artist Kano's fourth full length Hoodies All Summer. More coming soon.
33. Final Form - Sampa the Great: From the multi-talented Botswanan's multi-faceted debut The Return. More coming soon.
34. Papi I Missed U - JPEGMAFIA: Edgy Digible Planets-like effort from former US soldier JPEGMAFIA's critically lauded but difficult latest All My Heroes Are Cornballs. More coming soon.
35. Time (is) - Solange: My favorite cut from Solange's 2019 effort When I Get Home (Mild Recommend). More coming soon.
36. Dirty Laundry - Danny Brown: Another oddball number from hip hop's oddest gangsta rapper's 2019 effort uknowwhatimsayin?. More coming soon.
37. Therapy - Little Simz: One last cool number from Little Simz' GREY Area (Strong Recommend). More coming soon.
38. The London - Young Thug (feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott): Closing track to Young Thug's 2019 full length So Much Fun. More coming soon.
39. 1+1=13 - Malibu Ken: A logic perfectly suited to these Orwellian times, another number from the duo's self-titled debut. More coming soon.
40. sad day - FKA twigs: Another highlight from FKA Twigs stunning MAGDALENE (Strong Recommend). More coming soon.
41 & 42. Rolling & I've Been Dazed: We lead off our encore with a joined pair of tracks, one funky, one deliciously chill, that perfectly communicates the intoxicating, seamless flow of the first half of KIWANUKA.
44. Crown - Stormzy: Another moving grime number from Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head. More coming soon.
45. BALDWIN - Jamila Woods (feat. Nico Segal): This tribute to the sixties writer and activist is the moving penultimate cut from Woods hero-honoring LEGACY! LEGACY! More coming soon.
46. Hold Your Own - Kate Tempest: One more for Tempest's impassioned The Book Of Traps And Lessons. More coming soon.
47. Environment - Dave: We've already heard the devastating Lesley on our Vol 2 - Best Albums Left. Now here's another empathetic number from Dave's excellent debut Psychodrama (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.