I am so happy this year is ending, I have mentally aged 10 years. Of course, that means I’ve had more time to mess up my Spotify recommendations. This list is three albums that I’ve had on repeat for weeks. They’re new releases because I like to be “hip.” I know I don’t have the best taste in music, let’s get that out of the way right now. These aren’t in any particular order either, I had to make this list before I got distracted and started watching Looney Tunes (or is it Toons?)
Ramirez’s Tha Playa$ Manual: I discovered Ramirez this year while WFH; I enjoyed this album because it reminds of the oldies I would hear growing up (e.g. Nate Dogg). “Brown Eyes” and “The Fo Five” are my top two favorite tracks. Easily an 8/10.
Joji’s Nectar: Okay, I’m going to be honest, Joji was my top artist for 2020 and I’m only a little ashamed about it. I’ve listened to his stuff since In Tongues, and Nectar just blew me away. “Run” is by far my most repeated song off this album. 10/10 but I’m biased.
Puscifer’s Existential Reckoning: What kind of person would I be if I didn’t mention TOOL or any of the singer’s side projects? It has kind of an 80’s feel with the synths but I dig it, as well as the themes this album explores (don’t ask me to dive deeper, I haven’t thought that far). My top track is “Bullet Train to Iowa.” 8/10
Some honorable mentions not included: TOOL, Dirty Heads, and that WAP song by Cardi B. What’s some of the music that’s helped you through this year?