I frequently have been surprised by the quality of music this year and was finally feeling like there was a chance to process everything but that is not yet the case. SOPHIE, an electronic music producer who has given hip hop its recent house and techno-influenced sound, released an anthem about being able to express emotion, showing their identity publicly for the first time and inspiring a new wave of queer musicians in the process. Also included are a strong 80s influenced single by my longtime favorite tune-yards, a live track from transgender soul pioneer Jackie Shane, Fever Ray (who I describe only with !!!), and Fortunes., an Australian electro-pop group whose latest single responds to the marriage equality debate that is dominating the country right now.