Best of CH 2021: Listen Up

From house-inflected nu disco to experimental indie, 20 tracks that moved us this year

Whether buying records, sharing songs, making collaborative playlists or seeing live performances, our voracity for music seems to be never-ending. Our favorite releases from this year vary and, like the year itself (unsteady, unpredictable, at times joyous and others disquieting), follow no clear theme. While genres continue to be less important and harder to define, we found ourselves grounded by elements of neo-soul, loosened up …

Listen Up

Jazzy hip-hop, trippy avant-pop, moody R&B and more new music from the week

Rejjie Snow: Arigato Irish artist Rejjie Snow’s new track “Arigato” shape-shifts several times over its five minutes. Incorporating jazz elements, spacey bleeps, soaring synths and a sample of The Voices of East Harlem’s “Giving Love,” the three-piece suite conveys a lounge energy—thanks in part to the rapper’s laidback, effortless rhymes. DAVIE: Express New York-based recording artist DAVIE’s third single off his recently released All in the …

Mr Twin Sister: Beezle

From the upcoming album Al Mundo Azul, Mr Twin Sister has released “Beezle” (a song that evokes ’80s art-pop) along with an off-kilter video directed by the band’s singer, Andrea Estella. Featuring 3D animation and graphics by Diego Sánchez Barceló, the trippy video appears in mostly earth tones and shades of blue. Estella says the video is “a reinterpretation of a story I love and …