Oddisee – “You Know Who You Are” F. Olivier Daysoul
Oddisee constructs a lyrically tight narrative demonstrating his mastery as both an MC and a producer.
Odd Future – “Oldie”
The all-inclusive track is a perfect showcase of the group’s slick wordplay and family cohesion.
Shlohmo – “Wen Uuu”
Shlohmo’s style continues to evolve and blossom on shapeshifting cuts like “wen uuu”, his finest of the past year.
Angel Haze – “Cleaning Out My Closet”
Angel Haze delivers one of the bravest singles of 2012 by chronicling a childhood scarred by sexual abuse.
Gizmo – “Lift Me Up” F. Nick Hakim
For anyone who thinks jazz is dead or on life support, send them a link to this Gizmo tune.
Nas – “Daughters”
An unapologetic and honest depiction of Nas’ struggles as a father in a Twitter and Facebook-obsessed age.
THEESatisfaction – “QueenS”
Remember that whatever you do, don’t funk with THEESatisfaction’s groove.
Action Bronson & RiFF RAFF – “Bird on a Wire”
The most legit excuse to listen to RiFF RAFF ever. Also, that Harry Fraud beat? Flawless.
Onra – “L.O.V.E”
Undeniable ’80s dance grooves + the best elements of disco = “L.O.V.E”.
Four Tet – “Jupiters”
Four Tet’s foray into deep house on Pink proves its worth on thick, hypnotizing tracks like this.