Favorite Songs of 2014: BBC Radio One Chart Show Edition

When we got our first computer as a kid, I used it to keep a running list of all the top songs on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40. (#nerdalert) Some things haven’t changed. Each week, I update a playlist on my Rdio account to keep track of all the songs that make it on BBC Radio One’s Chart Show. The Chart Show is basically the UK version of AT40. Some of the tracks end up on the American charts, but many do not.

Here are a bunch of my favorite songs of the year that I learned about through The Chart Show. Some became US hits, some didn’t, but all are awesome: Continue reading

Favorite Songs of 2014: Studio, Schoolboy Q featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and 2 On, Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q (NSFW)

Welcome to the Schoolboy Q edition of my favorite songs of the year! I fell for Q when I caught his set at Pitchfork Fest in 2012. Admittedly, I knew nothing about him. I hadn’t even heard Hands On the Wheel. But that’s why I love festivals–you catch artists you might’ve otherwise missed. Q was at Pitchfork again this year–although on a bigger stage much later in the day Continue reading

Favorite Songs of 2014: Waiting Game, Banks and Tremors, SOHN

From now until the end of the year, I’ll be sharing two songs a day that made my list of favorite songs of the year. Conveniently, there were 40 songs that fit on two CDs and 20 days to share them.

To kick off the list–here are two songs that feature work by Christopher Taylor—first as a producer–and then as the artist, SOHN. Continue reading