Singles Cub: Jan '19
I’m back! It’s been a bit of a hiatus but a much needed one after the frenetic year of music that 2018 was. But 2019 is already proving to be both busy and promising in terms of the quality of music. With albums from Sharon Van Etten, James Blake, Deerhunter, anaïs, Toro y Moi and more already released, we’ve seen strong efforts in electronic music, pop-rock, soul and R&B. But the real winner of the month has to be Lizzo and her energetic, give-no-fucks anthem “Juice.” This is my favorite single of 2019 not only because it’s inspirational but also because it’s hard to get out of your head. (Plus - if you’ve seen her flute playing, you really know what I’m talking about.) 2019 also is continuing a trend I noticed seriously in 2018: remixes that are standalone efforts and among the best singles and/or albums of the year, with a particularly haunting effort by Perfume Genius and Empress Of.