Best of CH 2015: ListenUp

Musical highlights from our soundtrack to the year

This year, musicians protested through shouts and rhymes, exposed painful wounds, gave the middle finger to haters and, most of all, perfectly captured the essence of the here and now through their songs. In no particular order, here are 12 musical highlights from our soundtrack to 2015, including everything from uneasy electronica to acoustic tearjerkers. Revisit the songs we noted in our Listen section (updated …

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Tame Impala remixed, Christine & the Queens' new English song, PC Music's epic film trailer and more in this week's musical round-up

Life Sim: IDL PC Music has stayed mostly quiet this summer but finally rewarded those patiently waiting with a new track, “IDL,” from the mysterious artist Life Sim (whose IRL identity has yet to be disclosed). The simple electronic instrumental channels early EDM with its ambition to transcend, but “IDL” continuously builds over six minutes, with no satisfying “drop.” Drawing nothing more than mere moments …

Tame Impala: Let It Happen (Soulwax Remix)

Unusually for a rock song, Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen” is a dancefloor jam in and of itself. But Soulwax turns down the lights and gets the disco ball spinning with drum machine breakdowns, arpeggiated synths and more—extending the song even further than its original eight minutes into a deep, sexy burner of a remix. The Belgian brothers behind Soulwax (and 2manydjs) also announced the …