Whew! 2015 was a GREAT year for music, and the four of us at Press Junkie PR decided we would sift through all of the greatness and give you our top 5 fave tracks from the year!
Ryan Romana, CEO and Founder
Ecuadorian mystical bass producer Nicola Cruz released his debut album Prender el Alma on the unshakable ZZK Records in October. His first single “Colibria” is a beautiful pulsing track that mesmerizes you over Huaira’s haunting yet infectious vocals. Rinse and repeat.
A great match here fusing Odesza’s wall of sound weaving in and out of Little Dragon’s Yukimi’s uplifting vocals. A perfect soundtrack to late night chill outs or long road trips.
Post Moombathon duo come correct with their self titled debut on Friends of Friends. The entire album is a front to back listen, but “Fallen Down” draws you into their album and locks you into the ride.
The new Jamaican roots reggae revival is upon us and Projote alongside Chronixx, Raging Fyah, Jesse Royal, and Kabaka Pyramid are leading the charge. Prepare for 2016 to be a big year for these artists which eventually will elevate the entire reggae scene.
OK – this hits all my guilty pleasures – Adele + Drum & Bass!
Alex Anderson, Publicist
This track has the funkiest of funky basslines that grabs you and demands you start moving along immediately! Somehow this is a perfect mood-booster for me despite containing the lyrics “Why in the world would I give my heart to you? / Just to watch you throw it in the trash.”
I honestly could throw just about any “Art Angels” track up here (“Kill V. Maim,” Realiti,” “Venus Fly” with Janelle Monae) are all amazing) but picked Flesh Without Blood for it’s deliciously weird and bloody video. #GirlPower
Oh, the Misty. I developed a slight obsession with this gangly fellow after seeing him and his uninhibited stage presence in the flesh at Stubb’s earlier this year. His live show is funny, intimate, sincere (or it is insincere? No one knows) and affecting. He has a great voice underneath his meta-showmanship – which is most explicit in his stage adornments: A giant pink neon sign that demands “No Photography.” But of course, he isn’t serious. After taking us through his excellent album “I Love You, Honeybear” and 2012’s cynical yet enjoyable “Fear Fun,” he took a selfie with the crowd using a front row fan’s cell phone.
I’m listening to the Texas-native’s cover of “Hotline Bling” over the original any day. Come for her inimitable loose, atmospheric vocals and stay for the hilarious mid-track hotline interlude (“…If you’re calling to book Erykah, to flip the first burger at your company BBQ, or to DJ at your little cousins slip-and-slide party, press 8…”)
The whole “But You Caint Use My Phone” mixtape deserves a listen, especially the closing track “Hello” ft. Andre 3000!
The opening track to the alt-country rhinestone cowgirl’s “Pageant Material” is another go-to feel good track for me – definitely of the windows down, cruising down Lamar (or most likely, inching along) variety. Kacey’s anthemic, inspiring tracks could crash under their own weight – but her casual delivery of biting-without-being-cynical witticisms and all too true societal observations pushes her into a new territory the country genre desperately needed.
Mercedes Romana, Operations Manager
My favorite because he is as good live as on the record. Also love the sound and style!
This song moves me. I can literally listen to it for hours on repeat.
The guitar intro in this song is the best.
This song gets stuck in my head for days.
Aside from the fact that Run the Jewels is awesome, I loved the concept of this album – dude it has cats! CATS!
Gabby Silva, Publicity Assistant
I love when A$AP Rocky gets really artsy and less hip-hop. This is a great soulful side of him – I didn’t know he could sing.
Every song on “Ego Death” is great, but I had to pick the one with my name. Ironic but still, this song is still amazing.
I was listening to this song a lot when it was flooding in Austin this year so the background rain sounds went perfectly at the time.
5. Falcons – “Flame” Featuring Stush
Falcons is a DJ out of Los Angeles signed to Fools Gold. For this track he teamed up with Stush, a female rapper with amazing vocal range. The duo has an electrifying effect.
Full Spotify Playlist here and below!