Zhu ft. AlunaGeorge
Grammy nominee ZHU kicks of the selection with the seductively groovy dance track “Automatic”, teaming up with AlunaGeorge the combined vocals ride the deep basslines and drums of this track so well you wonder just what more this collaboration could bring. If that’s not enough to make you feel this one, the saxophone solo at the end will.
Disclosure’s highly anticipated sophomore album produced numerous expected hits and didn’t disappoint. This time around they brought bigger production, a stellar supporting cast, showcasing their musicianship and willingness to push their iconic sound further. Molecules is the perfect blend of the Disclosure we fell for in Settle, with the new sounds and production of Caracal.
Crayon & Gramatik
Next up, TAOP Team favorites Roche Musique artist Crayon provide the perfect track to get you out of that winter slump with a drive down the coast (for my fellow Californians), or to relax on your commute home. Gramatik follows suite with “Chillaxin’ by the Sea”.
Maryland native Logic, coming off a strong debut album, “Under Pressure”, had only doubters to prove with his sophomore attempt. Amongst other singles, “Fade Away” dropped and he performed on Jimmy Fallon and is kicking off his “The Incredible World Tour” this month.
Luke Christopher, at 22, gives a tasteful shoutout to Big Pun on his single “They Know”, for his “TMRW” EP. The LA rapper is on the rise and released this EP in conjunction with “YSTRDY” which showcased the best of his past releases.
Sango & Erykah Badu
The next two selections slow things down with songs by Sango and Erykah Badu. Sango combined is signature sound with hip hop influences and Brazilian vibes as part of his Da Rochina 3 experimental album.
Erykah Badu released her mixtape “But You Caint Use My Phone” almost out of nowhere but delivers with guest appearances from Drake and Andre 3000. Along with a tribute to Texas in “What Yo Phone Number”, Erykah bless her fans with a hip hop inspired mixtape with a phone-related theme we can all recognize.
Eats Everything & Patrick Topping
The selection closes out with two dance floor tracks from the likes of Eats Everything and Patrick Topping. I caught them performing back-to-back here in San Francisco at Mezzanine thrown by Kaluki Musik. These two dropped the selected tracks, along with hours of proper techno & tech house music.
Justen Barber is a Houston, TX native. He studied Mass Communication and Spanish at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Living in Puerto Rico as a kid solidified Spanish as a part of his life. Former Marketing/PR intern for Pacha NYC. Advent festival goer. San Francisco resident. Music. Travel. Fuego. For more, view Justen’s LinkedIn or follow him at @JustenBarber.