Most publications under the sun are currently prepping or sharing their year-end wrap-up, ourselves included. However, we still feel it’s important to hit you with our favorite new material that’s dropped this month. With the holidays in full, you’ll have plenty of free time to bump these selections into 2015.
Christmas music isn’t usually of the highest quality, even when established acts get in the mix, but the Dum Dum Girls seem to be an exception with the excellent rendition of “On Christmas.” Twin Shadow returned with a sound harkening back to 2012’s Confess, with the very large sounding “Turn Me Up,” which is bound to get some “turnt up,” albeit very gently. We doubt Spoon fans ever envisioned hearing “Inside Out” remixed my anyone considered remotely “electronic,” but Tycho has just done that, and it sounds great.
Delroy Edwards gets the blood pumping with his own special sample-based twist to house music on “Can U Get With,” and Nicolas Jaar produced “Ghetto” for Chicago DJ Slugo. Brooklyn’s YMNO shared his own ethereal and futuristic vision of Azealia Banks‘ “Chasing Time,” while Shlohmo emerged from a period of relative radio silence with the fittingly titled “Emerge From Smoke.” A clue as to his recent whereabouts perhaps?
South Africa’s Petite Noir flexes his vocal chops on his latest track “Chess,” and in what is perhaps part of the most anticipated music this year (and the previous 13) groove guru D’Angelo finally released his new album Black Messiah, leading the big reveal of with the fancy single “Sugah Daddy.” Earl Sweatshirt and Lil Herb teamed up via Red Bull Sound Select for the track “Knucklehead,” which may or may not incite the urge to dust your knuckles off.
Kaytranada once again displays his dazzling remix skills on T.I and Young Thug’s hit “All About The Money,” and Young Thug also teamed up with en vogue producer Metro Boomin for the high energy cut “Warrior.” Portland’s Shy Girls channelled his inner The Weeknd for the surprisingly catchy “Renegade,” and recent Interscope dropee Chief Keef shared the highly anticipated Kanye West-assisted “Nobody.” Upstart Los Angeles artist Gnash hit it big this week, drawing much traction thanks to his minimal rework of OT Genasis’ smash hit “CoCo,” a delightful surprise.