Best of CH 2018: Listen Up

From synthpop to indie, disco-inflected bops and more, our favorite songs of the year

Each day, our editorial team listens to new music and shares favorites in the Listen Up section. Be it synth-pop, indie, experimental or beyond, the discoveries are always powerful. This year provided plenty of ammo—from the ferocious to the poetic, political and personal, delicate tunes, bops and more. While some artists represented are long-standing CH favorites, we were pleased to discover that many of our best-loved …

St Vincent: Slow Slow Disco

Stripping away all the original synths to effortlessly morph her track into a piano-led ballad, St Vincent has offered up yet another version of her glorious “Slow Disco.” The song—from 2017’s MASSEDUCATION—has been renamed “Slow Slow Disco” and it’s a seductively melancholic take. St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) says, of her rework, “Songs are living things. They grow, they evolve, they change their moods and personalities over …

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A psychedelic party with PNAU, Matthew Dear joins forces with Tegan and Sara, new music by Wolf Parade and more

Matthew Dear feat. Tegan and Sara: Bad Ones The seamless creative process behind “Bad Ones”—wherein Matthew Dear discovered a loop that he thought would be a great fit for Tegan and Sara, and they returned a verse and chorus within a day—beams brightly through the track. There’s a beautiful ease to this electro-pop tune. Matthew Dear wears many hats in the music world—from artist to …