The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2019, So Far (Honorable Mention)

As promised, here is the rest of my favorite tracks of the year that didn’t quite make the cut for my main list.

Songs are in no particular order.

Chromatics
“Time Rider”
bahahahahah (Italians Do It Better)
“Dear Tommy” is obviously never coming out. But I did get to hear this slinky new track and see the legendary quartet live in Brooklyn, so I can’t be too angry at Johnny Jewel and co. “Time Rider” is exactly the kind of track that makes the “Dear Tommy” thirst so strong. Sleek, stylish, and sonorous, Jewel weaves a taut, tasty arrangement for Ruth Radelet to effortlessly strut across. They really do it better, don’t they?

FKA Twigs
“Cellophane”
Digital Single

On her first single in three years, the South Londoner paints an evocative portrait of her struggle to maintain a relationship under an unrelenting spotlight. It’s unclear whether it was penned for either of her famous exes (Robert Pattinson, Shia LaBeouf), but you can feel the weariness and strain in her voice, which is beautifully magnified by the skeletal arrangement. There’s still no word of an upcoming project to go with it. But once there is, it will quickly become one of the most talked-about of 2019.

Queen Key
“Hey”
Eat My Pussy Again (Machine Entertainment Group)
Find me a song that bangs harder than this. Seriously. Find it and send it to me because I cannot wait to hear it. The only thing that hits harder than the ridiculous sub-bass is the Chicago native’s raw, unapologetic bars. Though she is still insanely slept on, tracks like this should wake people up quick.

Duendita
“Magdalena”

Direct line to My Creator (The Vanguarde Craft and Creative)
Though it originally appeared on her 2018 debut, this stunning single’s re-release is too good not to mention. A breathtaking goodbye ballad to her late aunt, “Magdalena” surrounds the Queens native’s affecting vocals with careful pianos and warm synths. And that video. 😭

Joey LaBeija
“Dry Your Eyes” (f/ Nina Sky)
Tears in My Hennessy (coming for blood)
We all need a positive affirmations every once in a while, especially when we’re going through a break-up. Though much of the Bronx producer’s post break-up project is heartsick club music, late in the record he enlists Nina Sky to help remind him that everything will be ok in time. It might be a simple sentiment, but it’s an important one that is perfectly delivered here.

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