First Loop Of The Year: 2021 Preview

After the Christmas gap, our first loop of 2021 is a mix of a few important releases we missed during our absence and tasters from some of the most anticipated albums of the next months. Taylor Swift is our first number one of the year with ‘Dorothea,’ one of the standout tracks from ‘evermore,’ the surprise album she released before Christmas from the same sessions of her acclaimed and Rober Awards multiple nominee ‘folklore.’ She is followed by Bad Bunny, another of last year’s most notable artists, who also released another album, and Playboi Carti in a duet with Kanye West from his strong comeback work.

Among those new records expected to see the light of day during the next weeks, the long awaited returns of Sleaford Mods; Burial; Arab Strap; Los Planetas; Moor Mother; Lykke Li; SZA; Troye Sivan; Kelsey Lu; Gal Costa; Darkside; The Weather Station.., tracks from much anticipated debut works from the likes of p4rkr; Arlo Parks; Pia Mia; Channel Tres; Virgil Abloh; Saweetie… and a bunch of surpise collaborations such as JPEGMAFIA feat. Denzel Curry; Litte Dragon & Moses Sumney or Bill Callahan & Bonny Prince Billy, who have continued unveiling their joint covers album, with extra guests in each tracks, the latest of which is Ty Segall. Not a bad start for a year we deeply hope will help rebuilding most of what 2020 took away. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Hidden Gems From The Top 50 Albums of 2020

Before both the announcement of this year’s Rober Awards nominations and the Christmas break, this week we have a special edition of our weekly chart with lesser-known gems from our Top 50 albums of 2020. 51 great tracks as the Number one is shared by the two albums released from our favourite mysterious British collective Sault.

Among our selections, Fiona Apple‘s career-best return; Taylor Swift embracing indie and giving us the unlikely album of the summer with the black and white, nostalgy-filled vignettes of ‘folklore’; Lido Pimienta exploring her Colombian roots with astonishing results; Bad Boy cementing his status as the Latin world’s number one superstar and Phoebe Bridgers delivering the indie, if that still exists, album of the year. Check The music that made this year a bit more bearable here. Read the rest of this entry »

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#BestOf2020 : Top 50 Albums

After the ranking of our favourite tracks, the time has now come to have a look at the albums that helped us made this year a bit more bearable.

And the Rober Awards Best Albums of 2020 are… Read the rest of this entry »

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (25-1)

And the fourth and final part of our favourite 100 songs of the year (25-1) features the cream of Puerto Rico`s bad boys of rap; Britpop-grunge revival; anti-racism protest songs; a prolific enigmatic British collective; country’s biggest comeback; female sexuality rap anthems; k-pop bubblegum; America´s sweetheart gone indie; Spanish urban rumba; a song from Miss Colombia; future nostalgia with big collaborations; the top streamed song getting a last minute remix with surprise guest; the missing link between Britney and Korn; the song described by some as reggaeton’s own ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and at #1 ‘…The End.’

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (50-26)


The third pàrt of our favourite songs of 2020 (75-51) features, among others, the hottest female rapper of the year in a duo with the biggest R&B star of our times; three alt. americana legends covering Hank Williams, Jr.; glitchcore’s finest; the eeriest live gig of the year; k-pop sensations; moving confinement songs; Soweto jazz via London electronica; an ex Disney star recovering the mash-up; a hardcore veteran recovering his rage against Trump’s America; an Antifa anthem from Chile; the current most popular UK pop star…

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#BestOf2020: Top 100 Tracks (75-51)


The second pàrt in the countdown of our favourite songs of the year (50-26) features a track from the longest-awaited hip-hop debut album ever and another by one of the genre’s recent breakthrough artists who sadly passed away; reggae’s latest female revelation; Colombian/American electronica; two of Africa’s brightest young pop stars; an Aussie diva gone all disco; electronic post-punk dance revisionists; US folk rock and the debut song by the second member of The xx who begins a solo career…

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (100-76)


101-KAROL G. FEAT. NICKI MINAJ
Tusa
(Universal Music Latino)

We begin our end of the year review a little bit early, but considering how it has unfolded no one could blame us for wanting it to finish asap, hopefully moving from the year of the pandemia onto the year of the vaccine. A time marked by the social distance needed to keep the bug at bay has meant an almost total lockdown of presential cultural activities, tours cancelled, clubs and bars shut down, all on top of the pain and anxiety this situation has inflicted upon us. Good news is that, perhaps due to the confinements, many of us had more time to explore what music had on offer and this has been a surprisingly good year for it in which streaming and online activities came to the rescue, offering some relief amongst the harsh circumstances.

And although the growing concerns of recent years about the creative decadence in most traditional genres such as rock, electronica, hip-hop and even urban, whose denomination had to be sacrificed due to political correctness and changed to progressive R&B, music has proven resilient and looks to be in a state of, how Dua Lipa would put it, future nostalgia, where everything is revisited and repurposed to be enjoyed by new audiences.

Not the best year for innovation then, but the popular music landscape in 2020 showed both a perfect way for escapism and a voice for cultural and social concerns. On the escapist front, pop stars from Asia and, above all, Latin America -beating records in streaming platform and making of Puerto Rico a new cradle for music talent to rival London, Brooklyn, Tokyo or Seoul- kept on stealing the traditional anglo-saxon predominance. On the socially conscious one, the aboundance of new forms of protest song fighting the big political battles of our time, either police brutality, racism, totalitarism, white supremacism, female and LGBTI inequalities… as well as some rather brilliant works recorded during or dealing with this confinement have brought renewed energy and relevance to the much maligned and uber commercialized state of pop.

In terms of what is new and groundbreaking, Jazz seems to be again the sound that is experienced the biggest expansion. It´s influence being felt everywhere, not just in R&B and hip-hop records, but in a new generation of brilliant musicians becoming popular. Afro-pop got the honourable silver medal, after Beyoncé´s latest videoalbum extravaganza introduced some of the biggest pop stars of the black continent to the world, many of them suitably having their go at international recognition. In other order of things, a few -perhaps fewer that it should have been- of our favourite artists proved their good shape, with a few new others knocking at greatness’ door. All of which has created an incredibly diverse year for music which we will further discuss about when we publish out Top 50 albums.

Now it’s time to look back at the 100 songs that we enjoyed the most and, following the tradition, we begin with the symbolic number 101; usually reserved for one of the year’s guilty pleasures representing the state of mainstream music. This year is by Latin female star KAROL G and her international breakout hit ‘Tusa,’ which features Nicki Minaj, who has lended her rhyming talents to some of the year’s biggest hits, happily ending the streak of bad luck her career endured in 2019.

Here’s the countdown of our favourite songs of 2020. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did compiling it.
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Nubya Garcia & Makaya McCraven Jazz Our Loop Up

In the last edition of our weekly chart, before we begin with the end of the year recap, one of the most promising contemporary jazz musicians, British saxophonist Nubya García, remixed by another of the genre’s big renovators, Makaya McCraven, is the number 1 with the title track of her great new album ‘Source.’ In a thoroughly diverse edition, Aussie superstar Kylie Minogue embracing the retro memories of disco music and Canadian indie rockers Kiwi Jr. complete the Top 3.

Two of the UK´s most acclaimed new artists Shygirl and Pa Salieu bring, respectively, the highest new entries. Other strong debuts are the new tracks by Gal Costa feat. Seu Jorge; Bad Bunny feat. ROSALÍA; Arlo Parks; Saba; Arab Strap; shame; The Weather Station; Ozuna; Dogleg; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; Perfume Genius; La Femme; Mush; M. Ward; Rina Sawayama… and Christine and The Queens who collaborates with veteran French band Indochine in her new single. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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C. Tangana Conquers The Loop

Spanish urban star and former Rosalía collaborator, C. Tangana, featuring new flamenco singers Niño de Elche y La Húngara, hits the top our chart with ‘Tu me dejaste de Querer,’ the biggest hit of the year in Spain. Angelo De Augustine and Bree Runway feat. Missy Elliott complete this week’s Top 3.

Rising African pop star Amaarae feat. Kojey Radical & Cruel Santino is the highest new entry. Other strong debuts are the latest tracks by Routine with Annie Truscott & Jay Som; Ariel Pink; Phoebe Bridgers feat. Rob Moose; Jhay Cortez; Tierra Whack; Nicholas Lens feat. Nick Cave; Drakeo the Ruler; Meek Mill; Califato ¾; Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy feat. Bill MacKay; María José Llergo; Kali Uchis feat. Jowell & Randy; slowthai feat. James Blake & Mount Kimbie; Teenage Fanclub… and Bleachers who features Bruce Springsteen in their new song. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fiona Apple Tops The Loop With ‘Cosmonauts’

‘Cosmonauts,’one of the standout tracks in Fiona Apple‘s latest opus ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters,’ is the new number one in our chart and serves as a reminder about the annual best of the year recaps being just round the corner. King Princess and Nilüfer Yanya complete this week’s Top 3.

One of the indie rock discoveries of the year, Canadian band Kiwi Jr. is the highest new entry, alongside new tracks by Nubya Garcia feat. Makaya McCraven; Rico Nasty; Kylie Minogue; Your Old Droog; Bad Gyal feat. Juanka; Goodie Mob feat. Chuck D; Camila Fuchs; Fleet Foxes; Sophia Kennedy; Miley Cyrus feat. Stevie Nicks; System Of A Down; Nicholas Lens feat. Nick Cave; Loyle Carner… and a surprising collaboration between hip-hop revelation Jay Electronica and French chanteuse and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ohmme New #1 Of The Loop With ‘Mine’

The female rock duo from Chicago Ohmme climbs to the top of our loop this week with their infectious, new-wave sounding new single, ‘Mine.’ The Weather Station and SAULT complete the Top 3.

The return of Nottingham electropunks Sleaford Mods is the highest debut, followed by the latest tracks by C. Tangana feat. Niño de Elche & La Húngara; Bree Runway feat. Missy Elliott; Angelo De Augustine; Fiona Apple; Oliver Coates feat. Malibu; Sea Oleena; Tierra Whack; Saweetie feat. Jhené Aiko; Erika de Casier; Dua Lipa feat. Angèle; Khruangbin; Ólafur Arnalds… and the first song from L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S, a new opera composed during confinement in collaboration between Nicholas Lens and Nick Cave. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nick Cave New #1 In Our Loop With ‘Euthanasia’

In the week when, for one day only -Thursday the 5th- his new documentary concert, ‘Idiot Prayer,’ premieres in cinemas around the world, Nick Cave is the new number one in our chart with his brand new track ‘Euthanasia.’ Part of that same concert, the lead singer of The Bad Seeds played solo piano renditions of selected songs from all their back catalogue, broadcast online from an eerily empty Alexandra Palace in London. A powerful statement for music and art in the COVID era. Female duo from Chicago Ohmme and Julia Holter complete the Top 3.

Iranian/Dutch electronica female artist Sevdaliza is this edition’s highest new entry, followed by new songs by Bull; Rico Nasty feat. Gucci Mane & Don Toliver; Vermú; Bad Bunny feat. Jhay Cortez; Hot Chip feat. Jarvis Cocker; Empress Of feat. Amber Mark; MIKE; Guided By Voices; Cakes da Killa feat. Proper Villains; Mdou Moctar; War On Women; Freddie Gibbs feat. Big Sean & Hit Boy; Jeffrey Lewis…, and another cover by Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, helped by The High LLamas’ Sean O´Hagan on their cheeky rendition of Billie Eilish’ “Wish You Were Gay”. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soul Glo ’29’ New #1 In Our Loop

Afropunk band fro Philadelphia Soul Glo take the top position in our chart this week with their track ’29.’ Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy with Matt Sweeney, covering Hank Williams, and The Cool Greenhouse complete the Top 3.

Young songwriter from Brooklyn King Princess is the highest new entry, followed by new songs by SAULT; Salem; The Weather Station; Nilüfer Yanya; Julien Baker; BADGERS; RAY BLK; Claud; Osees; Pirra feat. Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas; Under Tears; Omar Apollo feat. Ruel; Lambchop…. and Local Natives feat. Sharon Van Etten , who is in our charts with another two songs this week, her collaboration with Deep Sea Diver and a new solo one. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fleet Foxes Reach #1 In Our Loop

‘Can I Believe You?’ a standout track from Fleet Foxes‘ triumphant comeback album, ‘Shore,’ is the new #1 in our loop, with the latest tracks by Spanish artists Nacho Vegas and Ruiseñora completing the Top 3.

A new track from the latest live show by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘Idiot Prayer,’in which the Aussie songwriter played solo piano renditions of songs from his illustrious back catalogue, broadcast online from an eerily empty Alexandra palace, is the week’s highest new entry, followed by new songs by Julia Holter; Lana Del Rey; Touché Amoré; James Blake; The Knife; Julie Byrne feat. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma; Anderson .Paak; Viagra Boys; beabadoobee; The Mountain Goats; Deep Sea Diver feat. Sharon Van Etten; Jane Weaver; Sada Baby feat, Nicki Minaj; Julia Jacklin…. and queer pop artist Dorian Electra teaming up with both Village People & Pussy Riot on his latest track. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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