2019: tracks of the year
Kenny Bobien – Why I Sing (Tama Sumo Edit of Louie Vega Expansions NYC Version)
Unsure if I have the right version of this bit of gospel house perfection, but I strongly suspect this is an edit by Tama – what a simple groove, what a simple pad, what a set of vocals, and what a set of moments.
FKA twigs – Cellophane
Folks, this is a demo vocal (to say nothing of the lovely production, that one FX hit, and more)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Want You In My Room
The most ridiculous bop from an album full of them. Party For One was an early leader here, but Want You In My Room is both the least mature, and secretly has a pretty sick drum track.
Tuarrah – Almost Invisible
What a vocal, my friends, what a line.
Four Tet – Teenage Birdsong (Avalon Emerson Scrub Jay Remix)
Prog breaks are back, which we knew, but I was not expecting this sort of multi-stage rocket to the stars.
Honorable mentions to KH – Only Human, Daphni feat. Paradise – Sizzling, and Sophia Kourtesis – Trains & Airports, and Eddie Flashin’ Fowlkes – Goodbye Kiss