Raury “Cigarette Song”
Building from an acoustic jam, exploding middle and soothing end, Raury demonstrates versatility beyond his limited catalogue.
Royksopp & Robyn – “Do It Again”
Royksopp’s EDM coupled with Robyn’s emotional lyrics made for a dynamite single.
Ryan Adams – “My Wrecking Ball”
A re-energized Adams writes one the year’s most soulful ballads.
Ryn Weaver – “Octahate”
An instantaneous pop hook from a virtual unknown that’ll perk your ears.
Spoon – “Inside Out”
Spoon find tranquility in drifting for an eternity.
St. Vincent – “Prince Johnny”
Annie Clark’s textured percussion co-star on her gorgeously tense “Prince Johnny.”
Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami”
Deep, smart, seductive, cool and playful.
Tala – “Serbia”
Yearning vocals, moody production and heady drums, an impeccible debut.
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Love Swift/Hate Swift, is clever self-aware pop from Pop’s biggest name.