When Berlin and Stockholm collided musically, it was pure magic. German producer KornÃ¨l KovÃ¡cs flipped “Order To The Senses” â€” a lovely house track by the Swedish duo Snacks â€” into one of the sexiestÂ and addictive deep house jams of 2017.
Although issued as a “vinyl only” album, Demujas Discos Cuts consisted of six well-crafted tracks that sampled (but not overused) some of the best disco sounds of the 70’s and 80’s. Dance floor worthy and flawless from start to finish.
Platforms like Soundcloud are overloaded right now with talented new artists. But Yaeji’s introduction to the world was easily able to standout with her unique tone and incredible use of Korean dialect mixed in with NYC street twang. It was hard not to come across someone who was trying to put you on to her. That says a lot and the buzz can only get stronger in 2018.
With so much chaos going on in the world, it was a song from Down Under with very few lyrics that gave me the most peace throughout the entire year. Released at beginning of January (right as shit was about to hit the fan in DC),Â “Head Held High” is a gentle but (((deep))) house gem performed by Australian matesÂ Magnifik and Andrea Kirwin.Â With its extremelyÂ intoxicating bassline the message in this song is simple; no matter where you are, keep your “Head Held High”… and dance. Sometimes that’s all you need to do in life.
For those who fell in love with SZA’s infused style of R&B a few years ago, seeing her receiveÂ so much hype in 2017 felt good and well-deserved. She’s the relatable voice of girls of all ages and colors with a keen ear for selecting sick beats that cross many genres.Â Her albumÂ CTRLÂ (though not as good as past work) showed that hard work can take you fromÂ being strictly an underground artist to a major one with a performance on SNL, a gang of your songs being featured on Insecure and a number 3 album on Billboard. Not bad.
Queen Badu proved to everyone in a jammed packed outside arena (on a very hot and sticky night) that 21 years in the game just means you’re a even better artist. With her badass outfits, killer hats, a band who never stopped dancing, and a knack for clapping back at audience members who got out of line, this show was entertaining in so many ways … just like her Instagram page. It was like one long InstagramÂ post, but live. Amazing!
Seeing her perform in her hometown to a sold out audience was a special event. DC embraces our own and even though it hurts that she had to bounce to L.A. in order to find success, she was still welcomed back with open arms.Â
Sooooo many labels from all over the world were killing it this year. But London’s SlothBoogie crew consistently pumped out quality singles, EP’s and mixes pretty much all twelve months. The labelâ€™s SBEDITZ001 EP released in late October features a hot edit of Heatwaves, â€œBoogie Nightsâ€ â€”Â a perfect song to dance into the New Year with.