This year has seen a resurgence in music after a somewhat underwhelming 2020 release list. It looks like the fruits of the pandemic pandemonium are starting to bear fruit in 2021. That being said, here are the top five songs that have emerged from this year so far.
5. Little Simz – “Introvert”
The extraordinary British Femcee Little Simz is back with her second album Sometimes I could be introverted early September. “Introvert” is a battle cry of an opening track that ushers in its stylistic change from the darker, more introspective songs from its 2019 album, Gray area. Simz opts for epic horns instead of rippling basslines to hit the listener with the help of bars on female empowerment, social disruption, and her own personal struggles to deal with current issues.
The massive sound of this song, with its fanfare drumbeats and war horns topping a classic boom-bap beat, is derived from Kanye’s earlier work; this is the maximum jazz-rap of Dropout from college with dopamine highs from My beautiful twisted dark fantasy. If you’re a fan of classic ’90s and 2000s hip hop, this is one track you should definitely check out.
4. Magdalena Bay – “You lose!” ”
Synthpop duo Magdalena Bay presents one of the weirdest pop songs of the year in “You Lose!”. The song’s title reveals the video game aesthetic it achieves, such as psychedelic 8-bit flourishes and muffled vocals echoing lyrics such as “You aim, you attack, you lose,” openly celebrating the virtual shine of this otherwise synthpop song in numbers. He reveals his own kitsch lyrics and creates a creative shock of form and texture that plays with and dismantles a sort of stereotypical top 40 sound by incorporating experimental distortions, a lo-fi guitar pinch, and a shoegaze-y fuzz into them. margins.
3. Lil Ugly Mane – “Benadryl Sub”
Ever enigmatic rapper, producer and songwriter Lil Ugly Mane surprised listeners with a full outing titled Volcanic Bird Enemy and the concern expressed in October, after seven years of absence since his last album. “Benadryl Submarine” appears at the beginning of the album, and as the name suggests, is a wonderful downer, immersed in a languid atmosphere of depressing lyrics. As Ugly Mane retains the song title in an empty echo, he drags you under the surface.
This track blurs genre lines with grunge guitar chords that hold the song together, while the shimmering synth keys keep the whole thing from being a single note downer. For fans of the experimental side of the trap that we find in artists like Bladee or even, strangely enough, rock fans of the 90s; try this song, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Noon black – “John L”
Everyone’s favorite avant-garde rock band at the moment presented their latest sound in the form of Cavalcade, a chaotic and utterly brilliant record that marries progressive rock with noise music and what sounds like a million other things. Black Midi is proof in the pudding that rock is not dead.
“John L”, which launches their latest album, is a vicious display of musicality. If at any point you feel confused about what exactly is going on, and more importantly, How? ‘Or’ What it continues … congratulations, you have entered the creative genius of Black Midi.
This piece disorients, subverts, collapses completely with assaulted pianos and time signatures in constant disagreement; then immediately discipline himself for an excess of indulgence, returning to extremely tight grooves and carefully balanced textures. It’s hard not to feel like Black Midi is laughing at you, but at the same time themselves. The message is clear: don’t be discouraged, come join the mess.
1. Injury reserve – “Superman That”
The Arizona-based hip hop trio are back with their second full project: By the time I get to Phoenix. It’s no wonder this album rose to instant popularity over the month and has changed since its release. With the unfortunate passing of member Stepa J. Groggs (Jordan Groggs) on June 29, 2020, everyone was waiting to see how the group would turn out following this loss. Needless to say, the album is a serious masterpiece, pushing the boundaries of what Rap means in today’s landscape. There is no better testimony to this than the second song on the record called “Superman That”.
Describing this track is difficult but that’s why, like the rest of the album, it’s clearly an envelope pusher. It’s an unstable and depressing trail. You will wonder if this is some kind of glitch-hop piece from hell. It might be early to tell, but there’s something so 2020 about this song; the overwhelming and sadness that creeps through this otherwise anxious digital overload. It is a sound collage of transfigured voices that assail you from all sides; There is no escape from the pain that is woven into every vocal shooting, stretching and scratching effect that bludgeons you.