Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

sawdustandgin: Bouncy bars travel along smooth terrain before reaching a mystical destination. Get electrocuted by love, courtesy of Def Sound and Zhao.  Best Songs of 20201. def.sound – “STRUCK!” produced by Zhao The friendships I forged with both def.sound and Zhao stoke the fire of my love for this track—”STRUCK!“ is energized by life, love, and art. My relationship with these artists may have been eroded by … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

Best Songs of 2020: 2. Matt FX

sawdustandgin: Matt FX Emulates Mexican Cowboys on Debut Single “Vaquero” Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The debut single from Matt FX was born in lockdown. It comes after years of other gigs around the industry, including as a DJ, producer, music supervisor (Broad City), and TV host (In The Mix with Matt FX). Now the New York-based artist has embarked on an exciting solo music … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 2. Matt FX

Best Songs of 2020: 3. Khuê

sawdustandgin: Recent Synthwave Singles Push Khuê Into Pastel Bedroom Pop Territory Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  With the turn of the calendar comes new goals and fresh experiences. For Khuê, 2021, or more specifically the next album he releases, will serve as a milestone in his career. The SoCal musician has made music for years, but his recent singles are the only he has released … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 3. Khuê

Best Songs of 2020: 4. Chloe Foy

Best Songs of 20204. Chloe Foy – “Song for D” It was a tough decision to include just one of the tracks from Callous Copper on this list, but “Song for D” gripped me too tightly to be forgotten. This voice and string ballad needs little else to convey its deep well of vulnerability. Chloe Foy | order Callous Copper EP | website | Facebook | … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 4. Chloe Foy

Best Songs of 2020: 5. Coping Mechanism

Best Songs of 20205. Coping Mechanism – “The Internet Makes Me Feel Ugly” 2020 was the definition of sensory overload, but Coping Mechanism, aka Phillip Jon Taylor, offers a salve. Nothing like serene glitch-pop to drown out the darkness of the world (and one’s own thoughts). Coping Mechanism | order Coping Mechanism | website | Twitter | YouTube | Bandcamp Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 5. Coping Mechanism

Best Songs of 2020: 6. Tolliver

Best Songs of 20206. Tolliver – “Drugs in College”  Though the production on “Drugs in College” is understated, Tolliver’s message is heard loud and clear. Grab a glass of water because partying and fucking are the only items on the agenda tonight. And maybe a misdemeanor (or three). Tolliver | SnG coverage | order ThinBlackDuke EP | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 6. Tolliver

Best Songs of 2020: 7. Henry Hall

Best Songs of 20207. Henry Hall – “John the Dog” As far as silly music goes, “John the Dog,” and frankly the rest of Neato, ranks among the best of all time. The tale of Henry Hall’s imaginary dog pal leads us down a path to frightening self-awareness and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Henry Hall | listen to Neato | website | Facebook | Twitter … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 7. Henry Hall

Best Songs of 2020: 9. Cut Worms

Best Songs of 20209. Cut Worms – “Sold My Soul” I needed the crooked twang of Cut Worms in 2020, and I sing along to “Sold My Soul” like I myself have made a deal with the devil. Nobody Lives Here Anymore is a comforting alt-country experience, but the Sold My Soul EP is even cozier.  Cut Worms | SnG coverage | order Nobody Lives Here Anymore … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 9. Cut Worms

Best Songs of 2020: 10. Alina Bea

Best Songs of 202010. Alina Bea – “Never” You Will Learn was a long time coming, and when I finally sat down with it, “Never” knocked me over like a ton of bricks. One thing I can always expect from Alina Bea is the unexpected. Alina Bea | SnG coverage | order You Will Learn | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 10. Alina Bea