JUICE takes a gander at this year’s amount of songs and arbitrarily awards them with best of titles (and ridicule some)…
BEST DANCE SINGLE
‘THIS WASTED HEART’
TENDERFIST FEAT. HANA
‘This Wasted Heart’ is the kind of song you dance to with a broken heart worn proudly on your sleeve like you were a character from a John Hughes teen flick. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a hazy Saturday night out at Daikanyama where you look to feet-tap your blues away to dreamy electro pop.
BEST ROCK SINGLE
‘UNDER THE RED SKY’
THEY WILL KILL US ALL
“Selagi ada nyawa, jalan aje!” declares frontman Edwin Raj during one of the band’s shows. This battle cry rings truest on their latest single ‘Under the Red Sky’, an almost instrumental track for half the song before Edwin pierces your soul with Brandon Flowers-inflected vocals.
BEST HIP HOP SINGLE
TYLER, THE CREATOR
Love him or hate him, Tyler, the Creator’s ‘Yonkers’ is a paradigm shift all the same. ‘Yonkers’ is today what ‘The Real Slim Shady’ was back in 2000 – albeit being the dark cult comedy to Em’s slapstick. With ominous beat that is equal part John Carpenter and equal part N.E.R.D, you wouldn’t expect anything less.
BEST R’N’B SINGLE
‘THINKING ABOUT YOU’
Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’ has risen to classic status even without it being on any official record. The track is Frank’s songwriting skill at its finest, littered with subtle reference to Wizard of Oz and sarcastic quips, ‘Thinking About You’ is a restrained meditation on the longing for lasting love.
BEST SINGLE BY A MALE ARTIST
An autotune epic that would shame Yeezy’s coda to ‘Runaway’, ‘Lindisfarne’ contains elements of folk and soul by way of vocoder effects. It’s the digital age’s equivalent of a singer-songwriter’s heartache melody.