Below you’ll find the list of songs that stood the test of time, for being the best releases of the month. Two songs for each of the week, with a couple of bonus songs throw into the mix. All songs are compiled into CTRL’s Best Songs of 2019 Playlist available on Apple Music & Spotify.
Gesaffelstein - Orck
Mike Lévy, also known as Gesaffelstein, embodies the sleek personification of how he has electronic music in the palm of his hands. Despite releasing a new album earlier this year titled, Hyperion, Lévy returned to his roots with the glorious new EP, Novo Sonic System. Fully committed in satisfying exactly the sound that he wants, Lévy doesn’t play by the rules, instead he rewrites them, continuously evolving while succeeding in doing so. In need for some speed? Opening track, Orck provides the intensity with a chanting headbanger, guaranteed to knock your socks off!
Danny Brown - Savage Nomad
Danny Brown revived rap music in 2019 with the release of uknowhatimsayin? Utterly bizarre, yet completely unique, Savage Nomad is witty, all of the place, but yet simply phenomenal. With a electric, and diverse range of musical capabilities, each Danny Brown release is equally different and interesting, this album and song is no different.
Sabrina Claudio, Zayn - Rumors
If there’s one thing Sabrina Claudio knows how to do right, it’s mastering sultry r&b unlike any of her contemporaries. Despite being a more upbeat, poppier sound compared to the previous hits in her discography, Sabrina approaches Rumors with a fantastic interplay between her and Zayn.
Cigarettes After Sex - Don't Let Me Go
Completely atmospheric Cry, the sophomore LP by Cigarettes After sex, is a cinematic daydream. Crooning over a lover that you just don’t want to let go, album intro, Don’t Let Me Go, is a heavenly inspired outcry that captures the calm, setting pace of the rest of the album. Soothing yet emotionally revealing, the song is a total sweet escape.
Tinashe, Ms. Banks - Die A Little Bit
Ignoring the fact that the songstress is arguably one of the most underutilized talent of the decade, Tinashe revives the interest on the reason why everyone had their eyes on her in the first place. On her first independent release, Die A Little Bit, is head-knocking club banger, with a hypnotic chorus. This experimental tune knocks! Do you want some more? Yes we do!
Rex Orange County - Always
Rex Orange County grew up right before our eyes, and suddenly he’s become more fascinating that way. With his new release, Pony, Rex improves on his instrumentation, and showcases a new and improved, and mature counter opposite to his pst self. Standout track, Always, is a soaring horn backed song that highlights all the qualities to a feel good Rex song.
Anna Of The North - When R U Coming Home
Sure, most (hip-hop) fans associate Anna of the North with her standout performance on Tyler, The Creator’s 2017, Flower Boy, but she is so much more than that. The star on the rise is ethereal. With the release of her sophomore Dream Girl, the synth pop sculpted mega-hit, When R U Coming Home, nails the perspective of the singer-songwriter, displaying exactly why she’s alt-pop’s dream girl.
Guapdad 4000, KEY!, Maxo Kream, Denzel Curry - Izayah
Guapdad’s 4000 debut album, Dior Deposits, is absolutely bonkers. Stacked with 3/4’s of the album being collaborations, the highlight of them all is Izayah. The ultimate new school posse cut, is a hard hitting banger with each rapper going back-and-forth, that it's hard to keep up.
Take A Daytrip - Louis
The follow up to Stressed, their single released earlier this year, Take A Daytrip returns with another easy listen. Dedicating songs to luxury designers seems like a dated concept but when it’s as infectious as Louis by the duo, than it makes it seem fresh again. A simplistic, “Louis on Louis” chorus instantly hooks you, and doesn’t leave your head. Don't be surprised if this ends up being a hit!
Kanye West - Follow God
Despite the creative intentions behind songs like Selah, and Use This Gospel, Jesus Is King standout, Follow God hold’s its own as not being a gospel parody of what was originally the vision behind Yandhi. Immediately capturing the attention of listeners, Kanye West nails accessibility on the album’s least off-putting song.
Other notable highlights of the month:
Summer Walker, Usher - Come Thru
The most interesting track on a safe, generic R&B album thats been done tons of times before. A early 2000's nostalgic R&B gem.
Tame Impala - It Might Be Time
Blending the various soundscapes of the electronic, psych-rock, and synth-pop, Kevin Parker is sort of all over the place, stuck in a comfort zone. Cool tune, heavy hitting lyrics, but a sound that hasn't really evolved. But, Kevin Is King, so an ode to Tame Impala with this placement.
CTRL's Best Song's Of 2019 Playlist: