50. Road Blaster - M83
Cool sax!

49. Kirby - Aesop Rock
A rap song about a cat, and it's real good. Catchy!

48. Borders - M.I.A.
Seriously though... borders...whats up with that?

47. Recess - Brett Klassen ft. F.I.X., Creo, Thad, Lex Leosis, & Scribe
Yea. My friends and I made one of my faves of the year. If we didn't make a great song about this classic show, who would?

46. Feel No Ways - Drake
I don't need to pretend. I like Drake. Especially when he works with Majid Jordan. 

45. Blicka Blicka - Rome Fortune
I listened to this on repeat when it came out. I think the beat and the flow are really innovative. 

44. Lonely Lonely - Jamila Woods ft. Lorine Chia
Feist? I think Jamila likes all my fave artists.

43. Tell Me - Corrine Bailey Rae
v nice song v v nice

42. Cosmic Perspective - Mndsgn
oooooh cosmic

41. You're The One - Kaytranada ft. Syd
Vibe pop. Pop funk. 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6q0Uon8nio5ubTAdSPlXh4

40. The Light - A Tribe Called Red ft. Lido Pimento
realizing I really like big reverb...
 

39. untitled 03 - Kendrick Lamar
Remember when he performed this on Colbert and the whole world stopped and you watched the video 8 times in a row on the bus? 

38. Free Love - Vic Mensa, Le1f, Lil B, Halsey, & Malik Yusef
let that boy rock a dress. free love

37. Bakkah: History of Humankind - Emay
Bars. Knowledge. Poetry. Originality. Marxism.

36. Life of Peder - Lido x Kanye West
http://lifeofpeder.com/
TLOP was a huge disappointment. Lido made this ridiculous 8 min version and I can't get over the first 3 mins. 

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6q0Uon8nio5ubTAdSPlXh4

23. How I Feel - A Tribe Called Red ft. Leonard Sumner, Shad, & Northern Voice
Flames lyrically, flames production

13. E.V.P. - Blood Orange
80s Funk styles. Blood Orange shows up 4 times on my top 50 of the year. I think he had the album of the year. Each of the 4 on this list are so different but in the context of the album they make a cohesive sound. 

12. Cranes In The Sky - Solange (KAYTRANADA DJ EDIT)
I know the original is probably better, but I like this one. What an absolutely cathartic song. thank you solange & kaytra

11. Hadron Collider - Blood Orange [& Nelly Furtado]
the keys, percussion, and reverb on this are transcendent. Nelly Furtado & Dev Hynes are the match up I didn't know I needed, but I really hope they have a project in the works. 

10. HEAVN - Jamila Woods
I flipped when I heard the flip. There's a version of this on Youtube that says (Produced By The Roots!). Jamila is forever in my good books for this. In case you dunno, she's singing over Eve by The Roots from their album Dilla Joints. All that said, I don't just love this cause my fave band is playing, this could have been a huge disappointment. She elevates this track and brings it to a whole new beautiful place.

9. Episode - Gallant
Falsetto. This song could probably be higher on the list. Blues Funk? pheeeeeeewwww. I love this song so much.

8. 8 (circle) - Bon Iver
sax & vocal. sounds pretty nice. Also I don't think these are the lyrics but this is what I hear and sing:
"PHILOSOPHIZE AND FIGURE
What I have and haven't heard"
That speaks to me, ya know?

7. Sandcastles - Beyonce
You cry? Feels good to cry sometimes. 

6. 20:17 - Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Dreams come true. These two making an album together was a highlight of the year for me. Probably my most listened to song of 2016. The soundtrack to my studies.

5. Neocolonial Blues - Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion ft. Kojo Easy Damptey & New Era Neisha
In case you've been asleep, let Mother Tareka, Kojo Easy Damptey, & New Era Neisha wake you up with a lush instrumental backing from the Rebel Funk. Violins, Harp, Horns, Drums, Guitars, Organ, it all works together for an unforgettable jam in the face of neocolonial forces.   

4. Augustine - Blood Orange
Poetry. Minimal and gorgeous. 

3. Good as Hell - Lizzo
Infectious tune. Super fun. Plus she samples (or replays? not sure) my all time favourite break beat from Fuzz & Da Boog by Fuzzy Haskins. 

2. Freedom - Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
Just Blaze brought a ridiculous beat for this, this whole song works so perfectly.

1. Gimme My Vote Back (C.P.C.D.) - Seun Kuti & Egypt 30

 

  1. Gimme My Vote Back - Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
  2. Freedom - Beyonce ft. Kendrick Lamar
  3. Good As Hell - Lizzo
  4. Augustine - Blood Orange
  5. Neocolonial Blues - Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion ft. Kojo Easy Damptey & New Era Neisha
  6. 20:17 - Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
  7. Sandcastles - Beyonce
  8. 8 (circle) - Bon Iver
  9. Episode - Gallant
  10. HEAVN - Jamila Woods (& The Roots)
  11. Hadron Collider - Blood Orange & Nelly Furtado
  12. Cranes In The Sky - Solange (Kaytranada DJ EDIT)
  13. E.V.P. - Blood Orange
  14. The Spirit - Fatima
  15. Particles - Olafur Arnalds ft. Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir
  16. Diddy Bop - Noname ft. Raury & Cam O’bi
  17. Me & Your Mama - Childish Gambino
  18. GOT IT GOOD - Kaytranada ft. Craig David
  19. The Bird- Anderson.Paak
  20. Pink + White - Frank Ocean
  21. Breadcrumbs - Jamila Woods ft. Donnie Trumpet
  22. New Day - Malcolm London
  23. How I Feel - A Tribe Called Red ft. Leonard Sumner, Shad & Northern Voice
  24. untitled 08 |  09.06.2014 - Kendrick Lamar
  25. Am I Wrong - Anderson.Paak
  26. Places to Go - Yuna
  27. Same Ol’ Mistakes - Rihanna
  28. Brushing by Heaven’s Shoulder - Kimmortal
  29. Worlds Apart pt. II - Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion
  30. Weight In Gold - Gallant
  31. The Mind - Fatima
  32. Best To You - Blood Orange
  33. Have Some Love - Childish Gambino
  34. Conrad Tokyo - ATCQ ft. Kendrick Lamar
  35. Laugh Clown - Xenia Rubinos
  36. Life of Peder - Lido x Kanye West
  37. Bakkah: The History of Humankind - Emay
  38. Free Love - Vic Mensa, Le1f, Lil B, Halsey, Malik Yusef
  39. untitled 03 | 05.28.2013 - Kendrick Lamar
  40. The Light - A Tribe Called Red ft. Lido Pimento
  41. You’re the One - Kaytranada ft. Syd
  42. Cosmic Perspective - Mndsgn
  43. Tell Me - Corinne Bailey Rae
  44. Lonely Lonely - Jamila Woods ft. Lorine Chia
  45. Blicka Blicka - Rome Fortune
  46. Feel No Ways - Drake
  47. Recess - Brett Klassen ft. F.I.X., Creo, Thad, Lex Leosis, Scribe
  48. Borders - M.I.A.
  49. Kirby - Aesop Rock
  50. Road Blaster - M83