Song of the Week

I listen to a lot of music, and I'm personally interested in seeing how my taste in music changes over time. As such, I've started this very small pet project: I document my favourite song of the week.

This project is definitely still a work in progress - I think there's a lot of cool statistical analysis I can do here. For now, give the artist count a look.

Oh yeah, and here's the Spotify playlist, for your convenience. And, a compact version, if you're into that.

うっせぇわ album cover

Week 205: November 25 - December 1

うっせぇわ | Ado

Absolutely out of this world vocal range and production! I’m much too late to this bandwagon.

japanese electropop 2020

King's Disease III album cover

Week 204: November 18 - November 24

First Time | Nas

Nas & Hit-Boy run it back on KD3 and the quality is still there. Unparalleled.

rap 2022

SMITHEREENS album cover

Week 203: November 11 - November 17

Die For You | Joji

And I hope it’s true

pop 2022

Bad Contestant album cover

Week 202: November 4 - November 10

As The World Caves In | Matt Maltese

It’s hard to reconcile how absurd this song premise is with its beauty; I love both Matt and Sarah’s versions. Does feel like things are caving in :/

pop 2018

The Melodic Blue (Deluxe) album cover

Week 201: October 28 - November 3

patience interlude | Baby Keem

a stellar deluxe

rap 2022

The Loneliest Time album cover

Week 200: October 21 - October 27

Sideways | Carly Rae Jepsen

crj crj crj

pop 2022

HEAD album cover

Week 199: October 14 - October 20

HEAD | Devon Again

in my head

pop 2022

Cilvia Demo album cover

Week 198: October 7 - October 13

Heavenly Father | Isaiah Rashad

rap 2014

Tyron album cover

Week 197: September 30 - October 6

i tried | slowthai

rap 2021

KAZINO album cover

Week 196: September 23 - September 29

KAZINO | BIBI

How did I miss this when it came out?

pop 2020

damnshestamil album cover

Week 195: September 16 - September 22

Forgot About | Priya Ragu

how could

pop 2021

Maggie Valley album cover

Week 194: September 9 - September 15

Stoked | Weston Estate

huge weston estate week

indie pop 2022

LOUIE album cover

Week 193: September 2 - September 8

Still | Kenny Beats

I’ve loved following Kenny ever since The Cave and his Twitch stream. LOUIE is his raw creativity, love of the art, and playfulness all bundled in a tight beat pack. Stellar.

instrumental hip-hop 2022

The Forever Story album cover

Week 192: August 26 - September 1

Crack Sandwich | JID

JID dances around the beat like it’s ballet, doesn’t pull punches like it’s boxing, and tackles tough subject matter like it’s football - entrancing.

rap 2022

Traumazine album cover

Week 191: August 19 - August 25

Budget | Megan Thee Stallion, Latto

I don’t know what’s more killer: Megan’s flow or the sample.

rap 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK album cover

Week 190: August 12 - August 18

SAN FRANCISCO SIDEWALK | Tiffany Day

Close by, a different production style, and introspective noise. Love.

pop 2022

Renaissance album cover

Week 189: August 5 - August 11

Shatter | Beyoncé, Beam

This album has an energy out of this world - everything the Drake album wanted to be.

dance pop 2022

Surrender album cover

Week 188: July 29 - August 4

Shatter | Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers is back with a fiery passion. Love every minute of this album.

alt pop 2022

Timeless album cover

Week 187: July 22 - July 28

Timeless | Ambar Lucid

An admittedly subpar album cover hides one of the smoothest hooks I’ve heard this year, and probably, ever.

alt pop 2022

Beware of the Dogs album cover

Week 186: July 15 - July 21

Beware of the Dogs | Stella Donnelly

Something about this album and this song just hit different. There’s a pain and timbre in her voice that’s patently unique.

indie pop-rock 2019

TAKE A CHANCE album cover

Week 185: July 8 - July 14

TAKE A CHANCE | DOMi & JD BECK, Anderson .Paak

It seems like just yesterday that I saw DOMi and JD hang out with Kenny Beats on stream. There’s something unique about their music. They make me feel old.

jazz r&b 2022

hollaback bitch album cover

Week 184: July 1 - July 7

hollaback bitch | Mura Masa, Shygirl, Channel Tres

Absolute earworm from three artists perfectly in their zone.

alt r&b 2022

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? album cover

Week 183: June 24 - June 30

Sorry | Deb Never

Surprised this is Deb’s first appearance!

alt rock 2021

Glimpse of Us album cover

Week 182: June 17 - June 23

Glimpse of Us | Joji

Fast week, slow song.

ballad 2022

Cash In Cash Out album cover

Week 181: June 10 - June 16

Cash In Cash Out | Pharrell Williams, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator

Infectious hook, but the standout feature is the music video.

rap 2022

Harry's House album cover

Week 180: June 3 - June 9

Music For A Sushi Restaurant | Harry Styles

What an awful week to wrap up. This song was a highlight, though.

pop 2022

Love Junkies album cover

Week 179: May 27 - June 2

Listening To Me Sing | Jacklen Ro

Great seeing them (and Dark Dazey, Even Kevin, Lola Rice) live. This song in particular was stellar; the Spotify mix doesn’t do it justice.

alt rock 2019

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers album cover

Week 178: May 20 - May 26

Auntie Diaries | Kendrick Lamar

It is remarkably good that one of the largest names in the music industry centers an entire song on transphobia and trans support. Time will tell how this will age, and there are some things I’m not qualified to comment on; nevertheless, impactful.

rap 2022

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers album cover

Week 177: May 13 - May 19

Father Time | Kendrick Lamar, Sampha

An astounding portrait of toxic masculinity.

rap 2022

The Heart Part 5 album cover

Week 176: May 6 - May 12

The Heart Part 5 | Kendrick Lamar

IT’S HAPPENING.

rap 2022

Days Are Gone album cover

Week 175: April 29 - May 5

Forever | HAIM

In-person HAIM was a completely different vibe - congrats on 15 years to them!

indie rock/pop 2013

It's Almost Dry album cover

Week 174: April 22 - April 28

Dreamin Of The Past | Pusha T, Kanye West

Push on Pharrell and Kanye is a murderous combination.

coke rap 2022

AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS album cover

Week 173: April 15 - April 21

END OF THE WORLD | MICHELLE

A stellar album front to back - the personality of someone who’s always the wholesome life of the party.

indie pop 2022

SAWAYAMA album cover

Week 172: April 8 - April 14

Love It If We Made It | Rina Sawayama

Everything I love about a good cover - innovating on the core identity of the song with a very novel, Rina-like twist.

alt pop 2020

THE RENEWAL PROJECT album cover

Week 171: April 1 - April 7

BROKEN PLATES | Tiffany Day

“LOVE. LOVE! SICK. SICK!” hits different live.

pop 2022

Random Access Memories album cover

Week 170: March 25 - March 31

Instant Crush | Daft Punk, Julian Casablanca

Wow, I’ve forgotten just how stellar this album is. Daft Punk really are legends.

electronic 2013

TURN OFF THE LIGHT album cover

Week 169: March 18 - March 24

Close Your Eyes | Kim Petras

Cursed song enters the rotation.

electronic pop 2019

Since I Left You album cover

Week 168: March 11 - March 17

Since I Left You | The Avalanches

Since I Left You was on constant rotation during an otherwise terrible finals week.

dance 2000

Antisocialites album cover

Week 167: March 4 - March 10

Your Type | Alvvays

Antisocialites returns to SOTW in great fashion!

indie pop 2017

HAZARD DUTY PAY! album cover

Week 166: February 25 - March 3

HAZARD DUTY PAY! | JPEGMAFIA

I’m so glad this song is finally on streaming; Peggy weaves his flow through a stunning sample.

rap 2022

Illmatic album cover

Week 165: February 18 - February 24

Life's a Bitch | Nas, AZ, Olu Dara

title

rap 1994

Magic album cover

Week 164: February 11 - February 17

MAGIC | Vince Staples, Mustard

Beat and flow feeling like magic.

rap 2022

Silver Into Rain album cover

Week 163: February 4 - February 10

Silver into Rain | Luna Li, beabadoobee

Stellar combo.

dream pop/rock 2022

Championships album cover

Week 162: January 27 - February 3

Going Bad | Meek Mill, Drake

Been saying “lot of Murakami in the hallway” too frequently as of late.

rap 2018

Walkin album cover

Week 161: January 20 - January 26

Walkin | Denzel Curry

Denzel murders a stellar sample.

rap 2022

Surround Sound album cover

Week 160: January 13 - January 19

Surround Sound | JID, 21 Savage, Baby Tate

Please give us the new JID album!!

rap 2022

Chaise Longue album cover

Week 159: January 6 - January 12

Chaise Longue | Wet Leg

What a song!

alt rock 2021

Go Away album cover

Week 158: December 31 - January 5

Go Away | Omar Apollo

Chromeo and Omar Apollo is an absolutely stellar production collab, and it shows.

r&b 2021

Happier Than Ever album cover

Week 157: December 24 - December 30

Happier Than Ever | Billie Eilish

In love with the mood and build-up of this song. The “that shit’s embarassing” hits different.

alt pop 2021

Luv is Rage 2 album cover

Week 156: December 17 - December 23

Neon Guts | Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell Williams

I’ve been obsessed with Pharrell’s 4-count recently, and this song is a prime example.

rap 2017

burbank house album cover

Week 155: December 10 - December 16

burbank house | tsubi club

Brain tickling.

indie/noise rock? 2021

Futon album cover

Week 154: December 3 - December 9

Futon | Ūla

How can you make a futon cute?

bedroom pop 2020

Howdy Blue album cover

Week 153: November 26 - December 2

Blue Gatorade | Dark Dazey

This is my “other people’s Spotify Wrappeds” find of the year. This song is so serene and beautiful.

psychedelic rock 2021

PISTOLWHIP album cover

Week 152: November 19 - November 25

PISTOLWHIP | spill tab

Live spill tab was stellar, as was this song. Love Claire!

indie rock 2021

Jam & Butterfly album cover

Week 151: November 12 - November 18

Jam & Butterfly | DPR LIVE, Crush, eaJ

Haven’t gotten around to really listening to Silk Sonic or Red; still riding the HITC high.

k-r&b 2020

?depacse owh album cover

Week 150: November 5 - November 11

Fairy Tale | Seori

Hearing this live (or even on a loud speaker) is absolutely insane. Prob my fave find from HITC!

k-r&b 2020

TWOPOINTFIVE album cover

Week 149: October 29 - November 4

Charmander | Aminé

I’m down for hyperpop Aminé.

rap 2021

shut the fuck up talking to me album cover

Week 148: October 22 - October 28

get off my dick | Zack Fox, Kenny Beats

It’s times like these that I reconsider making this a public blog.

rap 2021

Faces album cover

Week 147: October 15 - October 21

Diablo | Mac Miller

This Faces re-release is absolutely nuts. Has made my week and will likely dominate my 2021 rotation. Diablo is so smooth.

rap 2014

Grade A album cover

Week 146: October 8 - October 14

Grade A | spill tab, JAWNY

Super excited to see spill tab soon!!

indie pop/rock 2021

Lucy album cover

Week 145: October 1 - October 7

Lucy | Yenkee

Something special!

lo-fi pop 2020

MONTERO album cover

Week 144: September 24 - September 30

DOLLA SIGN SLIME | Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion

Lil Nas X is on a roll, and he deserves every single bit of it.

rap 2021

The Melodic Blue album cover

Week 143: September 17 - September 23

scapegoats | Baby Keem

Album has surprisingly been in heavy rotation for me. Keem is such a breath of fresh air for this new age of rap.

rap 2021

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert album cover

Week 142: September 10 - September 16

Miss Understood | Little Simz

Easily AOTY material for me. Little Simz cements herself as the best of the best, no contest.

rap 2021

CLPPNG album cover

Week 141: September 3 - September 9

Story 2 | clipping.

The changing time signature on this song is so nuts.

experimental rap 2014

family ties album cover

Week 140: August 27 - September 2

family ties | Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar

Smokin’ on top fives, stop playin’, I’m that guy

rap 2021

the sky is pink album cover

Week 139: August 20 - August 26

the sky is pink | jenny nuo

it’s been a slow music week for me, so i’ll join the http://jennyfan.club

bedroom pop 2019

Every Summertime album cover

Week 138: August 13 - August 19

Every Summertime | NIKI

Did I impulse buy Head in the Clouds tickets? Mayhaps.

pop 2021

Shame, Shame album cover

Week 137: August 6 - August 12

Where'd All the Time Go? | Dr. Dog

Reminded of this song by a friend. Title’s true!

psychedelic rock 2010

Break It Off album cover

Week 136: July 30 - August 5

Break It Off | PinkPantheress

something something too much time on music note app

drum and bass 2021

Obviously album cover

Week 135: July 23 - July 29

Hypotheticals | Lake Street Dive

Hypotheticals is insanely catchy. Rachael Price’s voice layers over a beautiful medley of keyboards and strings. The bassline is so groovy. And, above all, the song’s progression is perfectly timed. Immaculate.

indie pop 2021

Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 album cover

Week 134: July 16 - July 22

High Beams | Tkay Maidza

Tkay is absolutely killing it (and one of my fave rising stars) - she effortlessly blends innovative beats, graceful singing, and absolute bars. Can’t wait for a full album.

rap 2021

Vince Staples album cover

Week 133: July 9 - July 15

ARE YOU WITH THAT? | Vince Staples

I have enjoyed streaming VINCE STAPLES by VINCE STAPLES. Truly, VINCE STAPLES by VINCE STAPLES has been one of my favourite Vince Staples projects.

rap 2021

CINEMA album cover

Week 132: July 2 - July 8

Little by Little | The Marías

The Marías knock it out of the park with their debut studio album. They blend together dreamy synths, a powerful but mesmerizing bass, and María’s hypnotizing voice to paint their signature sound.

psychedelic soul 2021

Under Pressure album cover

Week 131: June 25 - July 1

Metropolis | Logic

A friend reminded me of this song, and other than the slightly-cringe outro on Tarantino movies, the flow is still as smooth as it was seven years ago.

rap 2014

BOY ANONYMOUS album cover

Week 130: June 18 - June 24

HEAVY METAL | Paris Texas

A late shoutout, but HEAVY METAL deserves it and more. Paris Texas tie up noise rap in an aggressive yet palatable package.

rap 2021

Far Away album cover

Week 129: June 11 - June 17

Far Away | EASHA

I did end up going Far Away! But beyond that, EASHA is definitely someone to look out for - her groove is so springly and joyful.

pop 2021

CALONE album cover

Week 128: June 4 - June 10

CALONE | Tiffany Day

Tiffany Day is just so catchy. Bop after bop after bop.

pop 2021

cypress grove album cover

Week 127: May 28 - June 3

astrid | glaive

I think I’ve played this song over 30 times in the past two weeks?

hyperpop 2020

SOUR album cover

Week 126: May 21 - May 27

good 4 u | Olivia Rodrigo

Officially joining the Olivia Rodrigo hype train. SOUR is joining AOTY contention for me.

pop 2021

Good Morning Say It Back album cover

Week 125: May 14 - May 20

Runnin Runnin Runnin | Biskwiq, YBN Nahmir

Biskwiq has one of the best trap-to-lo-fi flips that I’ve heard in a while!

rap 2018

durag activity album cover

Week 124: May 7 - May 13

Durag Activity | Baby Keem, Travis Scott

durag activity

rap 2021

Cilvia Demo album cover

Week 123: April 30 - May 6

Shot You Down | Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q

One of my friends says that this song makes them feel invincible, and I can’t disagree.

rap 2014

OK album cover

Week 122: April 23 - April 29

OK | 6 Dogs

I’m not sure exactly why, but after watching this Lyrical Lemonade video this song played on repeat in my head. RIP.

rap 2018

Rogue Waves album cover

Week 121: April 16 - April 22

waves - Tame Impala Remix | Miguel, Tame Impala

Something about this remix just sticks.

psychedelic r&b 2016

ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE album cover

Week 120: April 9 - April 15

CHAIN ON | BROCKHAMPTON, JPEGMAFIA

I’m not entirely sure if we’re at SATURATION levels, but I am never one to complain for more BROCKHAMPTON. Peggy is a great addition too!

rap 2021

Big Boss Rabbit album cover

Week 119: April 2 - April 8

Big Boss Rabbit | Freddie Gibbs

I’ve been on an absolute Gibbs binge these past few weeks; his flow is speedy but buttery smooth in this song.

rap 2021

Smiling with No Teeth album cover

Week 118: March 26 - April 1

Don't Need You | Genesis Owusu

Quirky, but a vibe.

rap 2021

Dinner Party album cover

Week 117: March 19 - March 25

Freeze Tag | Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington, Phoelix

Slow week, slow song. An amazing team creates an amazing blend of jazz, soul, r&b, and rap.

soul 2020

Leave The Door Open album cover

Week 116: March 12 - March 18

Leave The Door Open | Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak

What a duo, smooth af. Don’t want to get too hyped, but this could be AOTY …

r&b 2021

Scary Hours II album cover

Week 115: March 5 - March 11

Whats Next | Drake

It’s like clockwork. The culture vulture drops another banger, and I begrudingly put it into the playlist.

rap 2021

Piñata (Deluxe) album cover

Week 114: February 26 - March 4

Cocaine Parties | Freddie Gibbs, Madlib

Freddie absolutely bodies one of Madlib’s best beats. If only we got Madlib, Freddie, and Kendrick … (note: this song was taken off of Spotify shortly after, presumably from sample clearing issues)

rap 2021

Skegee album cover

Week 113: February 19 - February 25

Skegee | JID

JID cements himself as one of the best of the new wave: conscious lyrics, buttery smooth flow, and unique production.

rap 2021

Durand Jones & The Indications album cover

Week 112: February 12 - February 18

Is It Any Wonder? | Durand Jones & The Indications

Continuing the Black Pumas-adjacent trend. Serene.

neo-soul 2016

Morning Coffee album cover

Week 111: February 5 - February 11

Morning Coffee | Chevy, Nalba

A bright-ish song for a not-so-bright-ish week.

bedroom pop 2020

Black Pumas album cover

Week 110: January 29 - February 4

Colors | Black Pumas

Black Pumas is a huge find for me; along with the Alabama Shakes, they have this entrancing approach to modern soul, blues, and rock that’s rare to find.

soul 2019

Punching Bag album cover

Week 109: January 22 - January 28

Punching Bag | Wallice

I use this word a lot, but this song is really an earworm. Super excited to see their second song!

bedroom pop 2020

channel ORANGE album cover

Week 108: January 15 - January 21

Super Rich Kids | Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt

It’s been a huge Frank Ocean kinda week for me.

alt r&b 2012

Marinate album cover

Week 107: January 8 - January 14

Marinate | Zack Fox

I have no justification. This song is just hilarious.

rap 2020

Crush album cover

Week 106: January 1 - January 7

Crush | Duckwrth

The groove and bassline for this song is just so danceable. I know I’ve said this a lot, but I really mean it.

rap 2019

Madvillainy album cover

Week 105: December 25 - December 31

All Caps | Madvillain, MF DOOM, Madlib

RIP to a legend. All Caps when you spell the man name.

rap 2004

80's makeout session album cover

Week 104: December 18 - December 24

80's makeout session | dacelynn

It’s been a slow-ish week, so here’s a slow-ish bedroom pop song.

bedroom pop 2019

FM! album cover

Week 103: December 11 - December 17

Don't Get Chipped | Vince Staples

Finals gave me little time to listen to new music, and I ended up leaning back on some Kenny Beats production. Giving FM! the shoutout it deserves!

rap 2018

82 92 album cover

Week 102: December 4 - December 10

82 92 | Statik Selektah, Termanology, Mac Miller

Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this song before! Vintage Mac, Statik Selektah brings his best. And look at that album cover.

rap 2011

OVERDRAMATIC album cover

Week 101: November 27 - December 3

YOU'RE SO FUCKING MEAN TO ME | Tiffany Day

Is Tiffany Day OVERDRAMATIC? Maybe. Is this song a bop? Yup.

pop 2020

Pocket Park album cover

Week 100: November 20 - November 26

真夜中のドア〜Stay With Me | Miki Matsubara

A fitting 100th song. A bubbly, danceable, melodic voice and groove. A perfect example of jazz-infused city pop. A reminder of my (artificial) Japanese roots.

jpop 1980

FOOL'S GOLD album cover

Week 99: November 13 - November 19

FOOL'S GOLD | Aries

Aries is my guilty pleasure, and FOOL’S GOLD is my pyrite. The pieces just come together so well on this song.

pop 2020

Beautiful Havoc album cover

Week 98: November 6 - November 12

Sangria | $NOT, Denzel Curry

Production is absolutely insane, $NOT definitely punches above his weight, and Denzel absolutely kills his verse. Amazing flute sample.

rap 2020

ALL OUT album cover

Week 97: October 30 - November 5

MORE | K/DA, Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, Lexie Liu, Jaira Burns

I can’t believe it, but I’m actually stanning a virtual kpop group from Riot Games. What a time to be alive.

kpop 2020

Positions album cover

Week 96: October 23 - October 29

positions | Ariana Grande

stream positions

pop 2020

Before album cover

Week 95: October 16 - October 22

I Keep Calling | James Blake

A new type of serene.

alt pop 2020

LAX album cover

Week 94: October 9 - October 15

LAX | Vulfpeck

Oh my, this song is just so catchy and danceable. Joey Dosik brings some great vocals to an immaculate bassline.

funk 2020

SAVAGE MODE II album cover

Week 93: October 2 - October 8

Runnin | 21 Savage, Metro Boomin

This album? Absolutely nuts. Best trap release front-to-back this year, and 21 + Metro is always a lethal combination. Love the innovation here.

rap 2020

What a Time to Be Alive album cover

Week 92: September 25 - October 1

Scholarships | Drake, Future

What a Time to Be Alive. 5 years!

rap 2015

Women In Music Pt. III album cover

Week 91: September 18 - September 24

Don't Wanna | HAIM

Damn. This album is awesome. HAIM maintains catchy pop bops (like Don’t Wanna) but also playfully explore their boundaries.

indie rock 2020

pop songs 2020 album cover

Week 90: September 11 - September 17

You Can Get It | BUMPER

This is something that I never knew I wanted but absolutely blew me away: Japanese Breakfast with happy-go-lucky production and vocals makes my day.

electropop 2020

dusk album cover

Week 89: September 4 - September 10

ok on your own | mxmtoon, Carly Rae Jepsen

Two pop queens absolutely kill it. Song has only been out for a day or so, and it’s already dominated my week.

pop 2020

THE BADDEST album cover

Week 88: August 28 - September 3

THE BADDEST | K/DA, (G)I-DLE, Bea Miller, Wolftyla

Hm, this is awkward. Am I ashamed? Maybe. Am I really ashamed? Absolutely not. Love the addition of Bea Miller too!

kpop 2020

Limbo album cover

Week 87: August 21 - August 27

Woodlawn | Aminé

Aminé continues being an interesting and unique voice in the rap game. Great confident banger.

rap 2020

CUT EM IN album cover

Week 86: August 14 - August 20

CUT EM IN | Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross

Paak just … doesn’t miss. Running circles on the game.

rap 2020

No Pressure album cover

Week 85: August 7 - August 13

Soul Food II | Logic

I can’t believe I actually enjoyed a new Logic release. A fitting end to his career, though I doubt he’s done for good.

rap 2020

Ungodly Hour album cover

Week 84: July 31 - August 6

ROYL | Chloe x Halle

This album is just straight bangers and anthems from front to back. Absolutely nuts for a sophomore album with this much creative control; definitely want to hear more.

r&b 2020

folklore album cover

Week 83: July 24 - July 30

exile | Taylor Swift, Bon Iver

This song is by two undergound indie artists, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver. You probably haven’t heard of them, I can’t blame you.

pop 2020

The Light Pack album cover

Week 82: July 17 - July 23

Shine | Joey Bada$$

Need some Shine. Joey is back.

rap 2020

Politics & Violence album cover

Week 81: July 10 - July 16

Politics & Violence | Dominic Fike

At this point, they seem to be one and the same. Smooth AF song though.

pop rap 2020

Heat Waves album cover

Week 80: July 3 - July 9

Heat Waves | Glass Animals

Late nights in the middle of June.

alternative 2020

Drive Like It's Stolen album cover

Week 79: June 26 - July 2

North Pole | Injury Reserve

RIP Groggs.

alt rap 2017

Lockdown album cover

Week 78: June 19 - June 25

Lockdown | Anderson .Paak

Still topical. Still relevant. .Paak is back.

rap 2020

Song 33 album cover

Week 77: June 12 - June 18

Song 33 | Noname

Noname x Madlib is insane, and this is by far the smoothest, chillest call-out I’ve ever heard. Still topical, still relevant.

rap 2020

To Pimp A Butterfly album cover

Week 76: June 5 - June 11

Institutionalized | Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg

Still topical, still relevant.

rap 2015

Straight Outta Compton album cover

Week 75: May 29 - June 4

Fuck Tha Police | N.W.A.

Seems topical. Black Lives Matter.

rap 1988

Drop 6 album cover

Week 74: May 22 - May 28

damn right | Little Simz

Little Simz never ceases to drop quality track after quality track. One of the few rappers that I’m still excited about.

rap 2020

Shanti album cover

Week 73: May 15 - May 21

If Only | Raveena

If silk had a voice, Raveena has it. Absolutely absurd.

r&b 2017

Sweetener album cover

Week 72: May 8 - May 14

goodnight n go | Ariana Grande

It’s funny, because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep, and I can’t go anywhere. Still, a dreamy song - if too dreamy.

pop 2018

with you album cover

Week 71: May 1 - May 7

with you | seth arlan

This song hits harder than I expected it. Nice summer vibes, laid-back instrumentals, and cute lyrics.

indie pop 2018

SAWAYAMA album cover

Week 70: April 24 - April 30

Tokyo Love Hotel | Rina Sawayama

Rina’s new album is superb, a debut that she’s definitely deserving of. A solid AOTY contender for me!

pop 2020

Gimme Love album cover

Week 69: April 17 - April 23

Gimme Love | Joji

Joji’s very hit-or-miss for me, but this one is definitely a hit. An absolutely infectious nighttime hook.

pop 2020

Dream Girl album cover

Week 68: April 10 - April 16

My Love | Anna of the North

A super uplifting, danceable, all-around feel-good song. Shoutout to Jessica for the rec!

pop 2019

The Beautiful Game album cover

Week 67: April 3 - April 9

Animal Spirits | Vulfpeck

The Beautiful Song. Reminds me of going outside with people, which is something I miss.

funk pop 2016

After Hours album cover

Week 66: March 27 - April 2

Faith | The Weeknd

I’ve been on a Weeknd binge all week (and Weeknd); After Hours is like a perfect period piece.

r&b 2020

XS album cover

Week 65: March 20 - March 26

XS | Rina Sawayama

Another bop from Rina, no surprise here.

electropop 2020

Built On Glass album cover

Week 64: March 13 - March 19

Talk Is Cheap | Chet Faker

One of the best songs of the past decade, and written/performed/produced by only one person. Nick Murphy is a polygot with his vocal range, serene and gripping production, and impactful lyricism.

electronica 2014

Dragonball Durag album cover

Week 63: March 6 - March 12

Dragonball Durag | Thundercat

Thundercat is an amazing bassist. This song just has good vibes, and that’s something I think we all need right now.

funk 2020

ringtone (remix) album cover

Week 62: February 28 - March 5

ringtone (remix) | 100 gecs, Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito

This is peak internet.

gec 2020

death bed album cover

Week 61: February 21 - February 27

death bed | Powfu, beabadoobee

A pretty creative spin on Coffee that’s been stuck in my head for the past two weeks. Lyrics are a melancholy kind of sad.

alt rap 2020

Nothing in Return album cover

Week 60: February 14 - February 20

Nothing in Return | Monsune

I’ve been on a Monsune binge this week! Definitely looking forward to his concert this spring break!!!

alt pop 2017

Torches album cover

Week 59: February 7 - February 13

I Would Do Anything For You | Foster The People

A catchy, danceable, feel-good bop. Classic Foster The People, but without the dark undertones.

indie pop 2011

Die Lit album cover

Week 58: January 31 - February 6

Shoota | Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert

I’ve listened to this song more than 20 times in the past two weeks. It’s mind-numbingly infectious.

rap 2018

Watch The Throne album cover

Week 57: January 24 - January 30

Gotta Have It | JAY-Z, Kanye West

Kanye chops up this sample beautifully and absolutely kills his first verse. WTT is slowly moving up my Kanye rankings.

rap 2011

Circles album cover

Week 56: January 17 - January 23

Blue World | Mac Miller

A painful, but well-deserved sendoff. Cements Mac’s legacy. RIP.

rap 2020

Lost In Yesterday (single) album cover

Week 55: January 10 - January 16

Lost In Yesterday | Tame Impala

Have you ever heard of Tame Impala? They have this one song, “The Less I Know The Better”, but you probably haven’t heard of it.

psychedelic rock 2020

Antisocialites album cover

Week 54: January 3 - January 9

Dreams Tonite | Alvvays

I don’t think I’ve gotten tired of the “saw you in a dream” trope yet, and Alvvays makes one of the best of the genre.

indie pop 2017

Is He Real? album cover

Week 53: December 27 - January 2

Digital | IDK

Shit slaps. Entire album seamlessly alternates between banger and introspection.

rap 2019

- Ugh, those feels again album cover

Week 52: December 20 - December 26

Toronto | Snoh Aalegra

It’s good to be back.

r&b 2019

Sugarplum Elegy album cover

Week 51: December 13 - December 19

Sugarplum Elegy | NIKI

Just, wow. NIKI keeps on blowing my mind. Super happy this finally got released to Spotify, just in time for the holiday season.

pop 2019

Watch The Throne album cover

Week 50: December 6 - December 12

Otis | JAY-Z, Kanye West, Otis Redding

JAY-Z is back on Spotify - what more can I say.

rap 2011

Blinding Lights - Single album cover

Week 49: November 29 - December 5

Blinding Lights | The Weeknd

Excited for our resident Toronto sadboi to be back!

pop 2019

OUTTA MY MIND album cover

Week 48: November 22 - November 28

OUTTA MY MIND | Monsune

I can’t get this melody outta my mind. Absolutely infectious, smooth & sweet.

alt pop 2019

Heard It In A Past Life album cover

Week 47: November 15 - November 21

Alaska | Maggie Rogers

This week has been a Maggie Rogers kinda week.

art pop 2019

LORD$OFDOGTOWN album cover

Week 46: November 8 - November 14

COMMA$ | LORD$OFDOGTOWN

A posse cut with an infectious flow and beat. Reminds me of SWEET in the best way possible.

rap 2019

DAYTONA album cover

Week 45: November 1 - November 7

The Games We Play | Pusha T

After a disappointing Kanye release, I needed to be reminded that Kanye still could make good music. Pusha T’s solid-as-always lines never hurt.

rap 2018

1000 gecs album cover

Week 44: October 25 - October 31

ringtone | 100 gecs

I really can’t explain why I like 100 gecs, but they’ve been stuck in my head this past week. Probably the weirdest music I’ve heard this year. gecgecgec.

gec 2019

BLOOD HARMONY album cover

Week 43: October 18 - October 24

I Don't Miss You At All | FINNEAS

Maybe the most unconvincing song of all time. Kinda nuts how much young talent this family has, between FINNEAS and Billie - it’s almost unfair.

pop 2019

Head In The Clouds II album cover

Week 42: October 11 - October 17

La La Lost You | NIKI

NIKI is absolutely killing it.

pop 2019

Uninvited album cover

Week 41: October 4 - October 10

For Real | Mallrat

An adorably cute, positive song. “And you didn’t even wanna die once this week” is a strange but graceful hook.

pop 2016

Vossi Bop album cover

Week 40: September 27 - October 3

Vossi Bop | Stormzy

Punchy one-liners, solid flow, and a very catchy beat. Stormzy brings the bread and butter of a chart-topping rap song.

rap 2019

Charli album cover

Week 39: September 20 - September 26

White Mercedes | Charli XCX

Charli’s back baby.

pop 2019

Anak Ko album cover

Week 38: September 13 - September 19

Tenderness | Jay Som

Anak Ko has been on repeat for me this past month. Jay Som is definitely an underrated gem, and I’m excited to hear more and more from her!!!

indie rock 2019

Indigo album cover

Week 37: September 6 - September 12

Indigo | NIKI

Wow, I’m just addicted to this song. Love the sugary-sweet synths and the colourful chorus.

pop 2019

the masquerade album cover

Week 36: August 30 - September 5

dream of you | mxmtoon

I am unbearbly excited for the masquerade. maia hasn’t disappointed yet!

bedroom pop 2019

GINGER album cover

Week 35: August 23 - August 29

SUGAR | BROCKHAMPTON

The BROCKHAMPTON boys are back, and they’re sad.

pop rap 2019

suburban wonderland album cover

Week 34: August 16 - August 22

suburban wonderland | BETWEEN FRIENDS

I’m glad that I’ve left the ‘burbs, but there is something special about it that I miss.

indie pop 2017

Immunity album cover

Week 33: August 9 - August 15

Closer To You | Clairo

Some of this album is just… so sad. Clairo rips out emotions with minimal production and vocals.

indie pop 2019

Where The Light Is album cover

Week 32: August 2 - August 8

Sunday Best | Surfaces

This is just such a feel good song. It’s got me feeling blessed, never stressed. And you bet it’s got me on my sunday best.

r&b 2019

diary 001 album cover

Week 31: July 26 - August 1

4EVER | Clairo

I’ve fully become a Wallows and Clairo addict at this point. 4EVER will tide me over until I listen to Immunity.

indie pop 2018

Nothing Happens album cover

Week 30: July 19 - July 25

Are You Bored Yet? | Wallows, Clairo

Wallows x Clairo is like the Ed Sheeran collab album for softbois. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence.

indie rock 2019

Hands Down (Reprise) album cover

Week 29: July 12 - July 18

Hands Down (Reprise) | The Greeting Committee

The original is one of my favourite songs, so I can’t believe that I discovered the reprise so late. Hands down my favourite cute song.

indie pop 2017

GREY Area album cover

Week 28: July 5 - July 11

Selfish | Little Simz, Cleo Sol

GREY Area is one of the only rap albums where I’ve added every single song to my playlist. Little Simz hits hard, but most importantly, she hits consistently.

rap 2019

Acid Rap album cover

Week 27: June 28 - July 4

Cocoa Butter Kisses | Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Twista

rap 2013

SALES - EP album cover

Week 26: June 21 - June 27

Chinese New Year | SALES

Chinese New Year was a long time ago, but I’m still down. SALES sells me on an amazing hook and a raw sound.

pop 2014

Dedicated album cover

Week 25: June 14 - June 20

Feels Right | Carly Rae Jepsen, Electric Guest

You thought I wouldn’t be rocking new Carly? She doesn’t stop embracing core elements of electro pop to keep on making bops.

pop 2019

Don't Forget About Me, Demos album cover

Week 24: June 7 - June 13

3 Nights | Dominic Fike

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this absolute earworm. I want more Dominic x BROCKHAMPTON.

alt pop 2018

I Need to Start a Garden album cover

Week 23: May 31 - June 6

Oom Sha La La | Haley Heynderickx

I Need to Start a Garden.

indie folk 2018

IGOR album cover

Week 22: May 24 - May 30

EARFQUAKE | Tyler, The Creator

IGOR is unabashedly raw, emotional, and personal. Tyler presents a fresh take in an oversaturated rap scene, and a possible AOTY.

rap 2019

Grilled Cheese album cover

Week 21: May 17 - May 23

Grilled Cheese | Peach Face

Grilled Cheese is an absolute earworm; I’m surprised that this is Peach Face’s only song on Spotify, ‘cause it’s so damn catchy.

bedroom pop 2018

I Like (the idea of) You album cover

Week 20: May 10 - May 16

I Like (the idea of) You | Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet drops another summer bop, filled with lovesick lyrics and production that makes you wanna dance.

indie pop 2019

the masquerade album cover

Week 19: May 3 - May 9

prom dress | mxmtoon

New mxmtoon? Emotional vulnerability? Minimal production? Beautiful vocals? Instant banger.

bedroom pop 2019

ARIZONA BABY album cover

Week 18: Apr 26 - May 2

Boyer | Kevin Abstract

The BROCKHAMPTON boys do it again. Energetic production, vibrant vocals, and personal slices of Kevin’s life.

rap 2019

Distant album cover

Week 17: Apr 19 - Apr 25

Distant | Wayllo

Someone I went to high school with dropped a single, and it’s fire. Reminds me of Snakehips, Major Lazer, and Louis the Child, in the best way possible.

electro pop 2019

Whack World album cover

Week 16: Apr 12 - Apr 18

Hookers | Tierra Whack

Tierra brings a refreshing and whacky take on contemporary rap, delivering a deeply emotional and passionate performance in just one minute.

rap 2018

Golden Hour album cover

Week 15: Apr 5 - Apr 11

Butterflies | Kacey Musgraves

I’m a bit late to the party, but Kacey Musgraves weaves together a beautifully melancholic pop-country album - chock full of tearjerkers and “aww” moments.

country 2018

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? album cover

Week 14: Mar 29 - Apr 4

bad guy | Billie Eilish

Billie brings a unique, consistent, and pretty spooky sound: a welcome addition to a pop scene filled with bland mediocrity, and from a 17 year-old no less.

pop 2019

Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George album cover

Week 13: Mar 22 - Mar 28

Upside Down | Jack Johnson and Friends

Was surprised that this wasn’t a Metro Boomin’ collab, because this shit slaps.

pop 2006

Lush album cover

Week 12: Mar 15 - Mar 21

Pristine | Snail Mail

Pristine is yet another addition to simp session bedroom pop and indie rock - as cliché as it sounds, you really do feel her pain.

indie rock 2018

Now That I Found You / No Drug Like Me album cover

Week 11: Mar 8 - Mar 14

No Drug Like Me | Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly’s back with more bops. What else can I say.

pop 2019

Locket album cover

Week 10: Mar 1 - Mar 7

Locket | Crumb

Locket is a tantalizing earworm, a combination of smooth rock and jazz-like elements that’s been stuck in my head for the past few weeks.

indie rock 2017

Forever Always album cover

Week 9: Feb 22 - Feb 28

Forever Always | Peter Cottontale, Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, YEBBA

A surprisingly star-studded feel-good song - something that definitely helps with a rough week of work.

indie pop 2018

Ready To Die album cover

Week 8: Feb 15 - Feb 21

Gimme The Loot | The Notorious B.I.G

Considering the prominence of “Gimme The Loot” as a producer tag and adlib, I thought it’d be nice to take it back to the OG. Biggie is just a straight killer on this track.

rap 1994

Astroworld album cover

Week 7: Feb 8 - Feb 14

5% TINT | Travis Scott

Travis weaves together a spooky vibe with a haunting piano chord, barebones beats, and his signature eerie autotune.

rap 2018

You Only Like Me With The Lights Out album cover

Week 6: Feb 1 - Feb 7

You Only Like Me With The Lights Out | Avid Dancer

Strong, raw guitars and an equally raw voice addictingly convey a truth that nobody wants to hear.

alt rock 2016

The Head and the Heart album cover

Week 5: Jan 25 - Jan 31

Rivers and Roads | The Head and the Heart

A much-too-relatable emotional ballad about missed friends and love songs - bread and butter for any university student.

indie folk 2011

French Exit album cover

Week 4: Jan 18 - Jan 24

Lovers Rock | TV Girl

Lovers Rock is entrancing, smooth pop at its best - something I imagine in the background of an upscale restaurant.

indie pop 2014

Ruin Your Night album cover

Week 3: Jan 11 - Jan 17

Ruin Your Night | Sorcha Richardson

This is the catchiest sanger (sad banger) I’ve heard so far. The lyrics are so simple, yet so depressing.

indie pop 2016

Crush album cover

Week 2: Jan 4 - Jan 10

Crush | Tessa Violet

Crush is what I love about modern pop: innovative and flashy production backed by simple but effective lyrics.

indie pop 2018

Loving Is Easy album cover

Week 1: Jan 1 - Jan 4

Loving Is Easy | Rex Orange County, Benny Sings

Rex Orange County makes another catchy and relatable love ballad.

indie pop 2017