Friday, July 24, 2020

McQ's Best Of 2019 Vol 5 - All Things Soulful!

2019's top R&B and hip hop efforts land here.  Set 1 has a much heavier R&B/upbeat lean.  Set 2 gets into edgier stuff, though still contains a lighter number or two.  High impact social consciousness/political statements dominate the encore. 

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

4. Old Town Road - Lil Das X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus):  From Lil Nas X's 7 EpMore coming soon.

5. This World Is Drunk - Raphael Saadiq: From Jimmy Lee (Solid Recommend). More coming soon.

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 debutMore coming soon.

9. Own It - Stormzy (feat. Ed Sheehan & Burma Boy): From Heavy Is The HeadMore coming soon.

10. MILES - Jamila Woods: From LEGACY! LEGACY! (Solid Recommend). 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.

12. Selfish - Little Simz (feat. Cleo Soul): From GREY Area (Strong 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 AthenaMore coming soon.

15. Sea Gets Hotter - Durand Jones & The Indications: From the retro-soul outfits second full-length release American Love CallMore coming soon.

16. Let Me Go - SAULT: From the anonymous electro-soul's fifth release 5More 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 FormMore coming soon.

18. Heaven Help Me - Lizzo: Another cut from Cuz I Love You (Solid Recommend). 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: MemphisMore 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.

22. Ricky - Denzel Curry: From his collection of uptempo bangers ZUUMore coming soon.

23. Doorman - slowthai (feat. Mura Masa): Punkish hip hop from the grime artist's provocative and humorous Nothing Great About BritainMore coming soon.

24. Boss - Little Simz: Another swaggering cut GREY Area (Strong Recommend). More coming soon.

25. WHAT'S GOOD - Tyler, The Creator: From IGOR (Mild Recommend). More coming soon.

26. Suge - DaBaby: One of the biggest hip hop hits of the year from breakout artist DaBaby's Baby On BabyMore 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.

29. Spongebob - Billy Woods & Kenny Segal:  From the album Hiding PlacesMore 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 EveMore coming soon.

31. Free Years Later - Kano: Impressive number from grime artist Kano's fourth full length Hoodies All SummerMore coming soon.

32. Pop Out - Polo G (feat. Lil Tay): From Polo G's debut Die A LegendMore coming soon.

33. Final Form - Sampa the Great: From the multi-talented Botswanan's multi-faceted debut The ReturnMore 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 CornballsMore 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 FunMore coming soon.

39. 1+1=13 - Malibu Ken: A logic perfectly suited to these Orwellian times, another number from the duo's self-titled debutMore 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

43. Jerome - Lizzo: One last hit from Cuz I Love YouMore coming soon.

44. Crown - Stormzy: Another moving grime number from Stormzy's Heavy Is The HeadMore 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 LessonsMore 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.

48 & 49. Rikers Island & Rikers Island Redux - Rapheal Saadiq: Raphael Saadiq closes out this mix with his Jimmy Lee meditation on an issue that couldn't be more topical today. More coming soon.

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