Best of CH 2020: Listen Up

Genre-defying music that shaped our year

Every day in our Listen Up section, we share our favorite new tunes and, while our collective taste in music is varied and vast, every song we share makes us feel something—whether it’s joyful, heartbreaking, provocative or revolutionary. The artists we highlighted this year (like years previous) are of all ages, genders, races, nationalities and backgrounds—and their diverse music styles are often beyond categorization. But …

Listen Up

Atmospheric electronic, laidback hip-hop and robotic rock in this week's music

MF DOOM: Lunch Break A new song on the FlyLo FM station featured in the updated Grand Theft Auto V, “Lunch Break” opens with MF DOOM’s inimitable voice over a beat by Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison, founder of Brainfeeder). The laidback tune is accompanied on the station by music from Dilla, Thundercat, Freddie Gibbs, Shabazz Palaces and Channel Tres. DARKSIDE: Liberty Bell Electronic duo …

DARKSIDE: Liberty Bell

Electronic duo Darkside—aka Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington—will be releasing Spiral in 2021, their first album together since Psychic came out seven years ago. From it comes the dark, downtempo “Liberty Bell,” which blends jangly, twangy elements with atmospheric electronic, tinges of psychedelia and Jaar’s mellow vocals.