#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (25-1)

FKA Twigs’ exquisite vocal and electronica experimentation kickstarts the final and most important part of our Top 100 tracks of 2019 (Positions 25-1). For the first time ever 19 out of our Top 25 songs are performed by female musicians or female-fronted bands, including the whole of the Top 10. This only reaffirms 2019 as a year with strong feminine (and feminist) flavour.

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (50-26)

The multicultural, London-based indie quintet Vanishing Twin opens the third part of our favourite songs of 2019 (50-26), which also features classically trained R&B singers; Brazilian electronic DJs teaming up with some of Today´s biggest urban Latin stars; math rock revivalists; songwriters’ collaborative projects; the only three artists with more than a song in our list; the American superstar recently awarded as artist of the decade and a rather enigmatic musician whose songs were scheduled for a 2013 release, but did not see the light of day until now.

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (75-51)


The second quarter of our favourite songs of the year (75-51) features a 90´s legendary rock band remixed by a noughties legendary solo artist; transgender pop stars; acclaimed americana songwriters; top-notch hip-hop collaborations; the second singer off a popular R&B girl band starting her own career; jaunty indie numbers; a curious mix of Galician folkore and electronica plus a track from what´s perhaps the best rock band alive.

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (100-76)


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Kill This Love
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After the albums of the year, it’s time to look back at the 100 songs that we enjoyed the most during the last twelve months, following the tradition of beginning with the symbolic number 101; one of the year´s guilty pleasure of sorts that also represents the state of mainstream music in 2019. K-Pop quartet BLACKPINK with its infectious, R&B-filled ‘Kill This Love’ is the chosen one this time. It indicates two clear trends in Today´s pop, the fading predominance of the fatigued-looking Anglo-Saxon music industry, with both Asian and Latin American artists taking an increasingly biggest share of the world´s interest in pop.

It is also a symbol of what the latest edition of Primavera Sound festival, with its bold, gender-balanced bill, named “the new normal”, in which the industry is achieving a fairer parity between male and female musicians. In our case, 2019 is the year when female artists almost outnumbered the male ones, with for the first time ever a full Top 10 made of female solo artists or female-fronted bands. In the best albums, the 50/50 parity is also an historical one.

Although not a particularly innovative year, other trends our tracks of 2019 point at are the return or consolidation of both folk-rock and jazz, present behind some of the most creative music released. In the first quarter of our Top 100 tracks of the year recap you’ll find good examples of that jazz and folk-rock “comebacks” plus groundbreaking rising latin artists in surprise collaborations with mainstream superstars; electronica favourites; African idols; dance anthems and a teaser from the next album of the act who most critics have deemed responsible for the album of the decade. Check The Top 100-76 here: Read the rest of this entry »

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#Bestof2019 : Top 50 Albums

We begin our annual end of the year music review with our favourite albums. In the coming days we will be also checking the Top 100 singles, making a brief analysis of what’s been going on during the last twelve month and we´’ll finish with the announcement of our 2018 Rober Awards nominees. Then, with the new year, we´ll have a look at the last twelve months in film. Stay tuned!

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The Loop Sounds Like Sweet Dark Velvet Blues With Le SuperHomard

French Indie Quintet Le SuperHomard is the new #1 in our loop with ‘SDVB’ a new single off ‘Meadow Lane Park.’ ROSALÍA, fresh from her new artist Grammy nomination, and FKA Twigs, last week´s top position, complete the Top 3.

The new teaser from Grimes‘s long awaited fifth album is the highest debut, followed by new tracks by the likes of HAIM; Destroyer; Soccer Mommy; Neon Indian; The Galleria feat. Jessy Lanza; Bill Callahan covering Leonard Cohen; Bad Bunny; Pablo Und Destruktion; Nasty Cherry; Girl Ultra feat. Ximena Sariñana; James BKS feat. Q-Tip, Idris Elba & Little Simz; Sam Amidon; Hayley Kiyoko; Maggie Rogers… and a new track celebratin Hanukkah by Yo La Tengo. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sad Day For FKA Twigs, Not So Sad In The Loop

The ever inventive FKA Twigs reaches the loop’s peak position with ‘Sad Day,’ another standout from her rapturously received new album, ‘Madgalene.’ Destroyer and Magdalena Bay complete the Top 3.

The second teaser from Frank Ocean‘s next album is the highest debut, with other new entries by Dogleg; Vince Staples Feat. 6Black & Mereba; Wye Oak; Billie Eilish; Ms. Lauryn Hill; Beck; Wolf Parade; Bonnie “Prince” Billy; Le SuperHomard; Bill Fay; J Hus; Krystal Klear; Janelle Monáe and a lost track by Danger Mouse featuring the late Sparklehorse and MF DOOM. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Earl Sweatshirt Shows His Feet Of Clay

Acclaimed rapper Earl Sweatshirt takes on our loop this week with ‘El Toro Combo Meal,’ a standout track from his new EP ‘Feet Of Clay.’ Two other male solo artists, Frank Ocean and the late Leonard Cohen complete the Top 3.

The latest songs by FKA Twings and ROSALIA, respectively, are this edition’s top debuts. Among the rest of new entries, new songs by Squirrel Flower: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; clipping. feat. Shabazz Palaces; black midi; Britizen Kane feat. Popcaan; Róisín Murphy; MC Kevin o Chris feat. Drake; Mura Masa feat. slowthai; Fenella; Lucy Dacus and a solo track by Savages’ Jehnny Beth. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Look At Caroline Polachek Now!

Former Chairlift singer, Caroline Polachek begins her solo career with the album ‘Pang.’ She takes top position in our loop this week with ‘Look at me now,’ a slickly produced ballad that’s one of her debut’s standouts. Indie female artists seem to be thing on this edition, as Otha and Maria Taylor complete the Top 3.

A big week for hip-hop too, as new songs by Kanye West; Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples, respectively, are the highest debuts, next to new tunes by the likes of Tame Impala; Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron; 21 Savage; Toro y Moi; HAIM; Juana Molina; George Clanton feat. Nick Hexum; Joy Orbison feat. Infinite and Mansur Brown; Michael Kiwanuka; Steve Hauschildt; Ariana Grande with Normani & Nicki Minaj; Miguel… and the return of electroclash artist extraordinaire La Roux. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Thief Back On Top With ‘Forgotten Eyes’

For the third time this year folk-rockers Big Thief get to the #1 of our loop. The Brooklyn combo who have released not one but two of the best albums of the year is our song of the week with ‘Forgotten Eyes’. On a singer/songwriter-heavy edition Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron and Julien Baker round up the Top 3.

And right when his former album ‘Blonde’ has been named by some influential critics the best of the decade, Frank Ocean‘s return with a teaser from his new opus is the week’s highest new entry. Also debuting, another song by Leonard Cohen‘s posthumous new album, as well as new ones by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds;Pusha T & Swizz Beatz; Destroyer; Bill Callahan; The Comet Is Coming; Courtney Barnett; TNGHT; Soleá Morente con Las Negris; Black Lips; The 1975… and The Nationals’ Matt Berninger with Phoebe Bridgers on the first taster of his first solo album. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Haunted By Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds ‘Ghosteen’

When the band has just announced an extensive 2020 tour through Europe and the States, unsurprisingly, the return of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds has quickly gone to top our loop. ‘Hollywood’ one of the many standout tracks on their masterful new album ‘Ghosteen,’ the second after the tragic death of one of Cave’s sons, is our favourite track on this edition. Big Thief and FKA Twigs round up the Top 3.

Two indie electro-pop new singers, Maria Taylor and Otha, bring this week’s biggest entries. Also debuting the long-awaited first solo song by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, as well as the latest ones by Gang Starr; Caroline Polachek; Single y Family; Melii; Porches;Wolf Parade; Beach Slang; Beck; Cass McCombs; La Zowi con Bea Pelea y Florentino; Deerhoof… and another of the many unreleased gems by Arthur Russell. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lana Del Rey Swears Her Way Up The Loop

She has finally made it back to to the top, with the title track of her sixth album, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell,’ Lana Del Rey has crafted her best record to date and one of the albums of the year. Holding on after our fortnight away, Brittany Howard; Yves Tumor; Ariel Pink and Leonard Cohen round up the Top 5.

The biggest news during the last fifteen days was Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘ return with anoter mindblowingly personal album, which unsurprisingly is this week’s highest debut. Also debuting the latest tracks by Sleater-Kinney; Nilüfer Yanya; Danny Brown feat. Run The Jewels; Kim Gordon; Blood Incantation; Travis Scott; Anna Meredith; FKA twigs; Bonnie “Prince” Billy; Mikal Cronin; Mount Eerie feat. Julie Doiron; Julien Baker; Panda Bear…and a the comeback of the seemingly incombustible punk veterans Green Day. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Closes With Scorsese’s Impressive ‘The Irishman’

The 63rd edition of the BFI London Film Festival went out with a bang. After twelve days of such standout works as Pedro Costa’s Locarno winner ‘Vitalina Varela’; Robert Eggers’ gothic nightmare ‘The Lighthouse;’ Céline Sciamma’s masterful ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ and many more; its closing gala wrapped it up on a high note with one of the most awaited films of the year, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman.’

In the last few weeks, we had been reading about the many controversies surrounding its long and difficult gestation; the involvement of Netflix; the use of a new (and arguably revolutionary) technology to de-age its protagonists (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci on top of their game); the current, changing state of cinema… But perhaps the biggest headline we can take out if it is that ‘The Irishman’ is vintage Scorsese, called to rank among his finest works. The director; his two stars (De Niro -who also came for one of the LFF’s screen talks- and Pacino) and the film’s producers, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Jane Rosenthal, gave a crammed press conference to present the film. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: A Year of Notable British Debuts

One of the conclusions one can get from this year’s LFF is that, judging by the large number of notable first features premiered, a new generation of British filmmakers is making its way into the industry. Such excellent works as ‘Saint Maud’ by Rose Glass, which we already reviewed and was selected for the official competition; Fizal Boulifa’s depiction of working class life in ‘Lynn + Lucy;’ the psychological thriller ‘Make Up’ by Claire Oakley; the violence among a family of Irish drug dealers as told in Nick Rowland’s ‘Calm With Horses’ and, not exactly a debut but equally accomplished, ‘Nocturnal,’ the first narrative feature by former documentarian Nathalie Biancheri, show no shortage of fresh talent in UK cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

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