The Weeknd: Enemy
The sexiest song that Abel Tesfaye put out after High For This and boy does he sound so eerily like MJ in parts
Electric Guest: Under The Gun
I love Electric Guest and for me they had a quieter year than they should have. Under The Gun is a testament to that view and a criminally overlooked pop gem.
Dirty Ghosts: Ropes That Way
Tasty, head nodding new wavey electro punk or thereabouts by Allyson Baker, with a little help from hubby Aesop Rock.
Grizzly Bear: Gun Shy
Finally got into Grizzly Bear this year and Gun Shy was one of the major reasons for my coming around.
Divine Fits: Would That Not Be Nice
Two words: Britt Daniel :).
Breton: Governing Correctly
Spacey, groovey and brilliantly constructed electronic rock from the UK.
Lord Huron: Ghost On The Shore
From the opening strains of the harmonica and the gentle strumming of the guitar Ben Schneider and company take you on a mystical journey. Gives me goosebumps every single time :).
Usher + Diplo: Climax
The collaboration of the year; Usher brought the pipes, Diplo the beats
The Neighbourhood: Sweater Weather
Extremely infectious & hummable coming together of hip hop & pop-rock from these new comers from California
Quiet Hounds: Calling All Gamma Rays
Soaring, goosebumps inducing, folksy indie pop by a mysterious Atlanta band. The force is strong with these hounds indeed.