If you’re into your genres that coalesce around the broad term Electronic Pop — synthpop, downtempo pop, independent R&B, Balearic, chillwave, lounge, soft rock, nu-disco, neo-funk, neo soul + beats and hip-hop influences — and want to hear the best that 2019 had to offer, the 900 or so fine musical exhibits we’ve playlisted during the year warrant your attention. Each was featured in our 30 track New Electronic Pop Playlist on Spotify at the time of their release and then transferred to the Electronic Pop edition of our Tracks of 2019 Series.
More than any other group of genres in independent music, the music created here tends very much towards the immediate and accessible despite its introspective, transcendental and experimental bent and the absence of strategy or grandiose intention. Tracks exist purely in and of themselves and as independent artist’s pen their own music (or do so through collaboration or an independent collective of like minds) much of the drive in this realm comes deeply from within. That allows degrees of freedom to stay true, take risks and push boundaries, to take that unlikely left turn on a pop track to create a whole new dimension to a style or approach in a genre of music. Whist that might not make most below a decent living, having the freedom, the scope and the space to create whatever, whenever is intoxicating, especially when it delivers on its creator’s efforts. That feeling is palpable on many of these fascinating songs which in 2019 were made by these musical luminaries;
January – March
Chromatics, Dawn Richard, Arlo Parks, RY X, Barrie, Pure Bathing Culture, Jai Wolf, BEA1991, Balthazar, Lydia Ainsworth, Sarah Buxton, L’Impératrice, Laure Briard, Elohim, The Japanese House, Janus Rasmussen, Lowly, Spellling, Methyl Ethel, Rina Mushonga, daste, Toro Y Moi (feat. ABRA), What’s So Hot (feat. Herizen), Lexie Liu, Clea Vincent, Twig Pigeon (feat. Vanessa Stacey), Bad Wave, Fanclub, Woman’s Hour, Yoste, Folamour, Rachel Chinouriri, Psychic Twin, Giungla, AKUA, SO.Crates, Nelson Dialect, Alnitak Kid, Kim Petras (feat. SOPHIE), Claud, Neu Balance (feat. Forever), Chymes, Helado Negro, Rejoicer, Mathilda Homer, Le Superhomard, Nilüfer Yanya, JW Ridley, Jordan Rakei, KING, Ouri, Morabeza Tobacco, Margot, beat sampras, MJ Cole, Saeyers, Sgura, Das Kope, Grace Ives, CLAVVS.
April – June
FKA Twigs, Sofi Tukker, Cannons, Maria Usbeck, Jackie Mendoza, Sports Coach, Magdalena Bay, Diane Coffee, Julia Rakel, Georgia, Christelle Bofale, Hatchie, Lou Rebecca, Wilma Vritra, Wilma Archer & VRITRA, Men I Trust, Hannah Cohen, Omar Apollo, Juno Disco, Cate Le Bon, Shikoswe, NOIA, Splash Addict, Avid Dancer, Silk Cinema, Sandra Kolstad, Portland, Sports Boyfriend, In Mirrors, Two Door Cinema Club, Japan, Man, LP Giobbi, Penelope Isles, Erika de Casier, Jordan Alexander (Mall Grab), Rhye, She Keeps Bees, MorMor, Pixx, Johari Noelle, Melis, Verdigrls, Maika Loubté, Someone, Ciara, Royal Canoe, Azure Blue, Bodywash, Los Retros, CARTAE, Dizzy, Loveday, Tycho (feat. Saint Sinner), OKENYO, Glass Candy, Justine, Mysie, Hanne Hukkelberg, Mndsgn, IRAH, Ava Luna, Fragrance, Spod, Baseball Gregg, Lisel, Hunter As A Horse, Laville, Dominic Sen, Great News, SHY Martin, Grace Acladna, Yokosawa Shunchiro, Sandy Hsu.
Carla dal Forno, Lower Dens, YACHT, SPARKLING, Remington Super60, Sui Zhen, K. Michelle Dubois, Missions, Miami Horror, Kalen, Marika Hackman, Tusks, DBK Project, Hot Chip, Jade Imagine, Anita Ramona, Maraschino, Sarah P., Blood Cultures, Known Shaz (feat. Jenny Penkin), Brijean, Giorgia Anguili, So Sensitive, Clairo, PINES, Grace Gillespie, Happypills, Ardency, yeule, Bat For Lashes, Four Tet, Westerman, Tallsaint, Tei Shi, MUNYA, Gothic Tropic, Poolside, India Sweeney, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes, Rosemary Fairweather, Cross Record, Slow Hollows, Refs, Chynna, Slum Sociable, LEISURE, Gold Panda, Gia Ford, Brett, Aurora Shields, JBXDR, Secret Attraction, Foliage, (Sandy) Alex G, Sam Tyler, CHAMPS, Joris Biesmans, Stella Emmett (feat. Half Waif), Sandunes Landslands, Blue Hawaii, Jenn Champion & Victor Le Masne, Greeen Linez, Anna Of The North, Durand Jones & The Indications, East of Oceans, Horse Meat Disco (feat. Kathy Sledge), Skream, Yoke Lore, !!!.
Oct – Dec
Destroyer, Stereolab, Hannah Diamond, Frank Ocean, TOPS, Metronomy, SASSY 009, Noah (JPN), Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Jonathan Bree, Sudan Archives, Sandy, Orchid Mantis, Astrolemo, yergurl, KARLITA, GINEVRA, Amber Lucid, Sorry Girls, COMA, Drauve, SHHE, Okay Kaya, Gus Dapperton, Blue Material, Austel, Litany, DRAMA, The Policy, Tessa Rose Jackson, Soften, Anna Meredith, Samantha Urbani, POLIÇA, Yomaez, Sorrey, Tennyson, La Neve, Kate Bollinger, Eartheater, deep tan, Otha, Club 8, Furguson, Alice Merton, Tobiahs, Special Guest, Últim Cavali, Navvy, Saint DX, Nautic, Kalen, Friday Night Plans, Vogue Dots, Fauness, TORRES, Chela, Greentea Peng, Hoops, Tennis, Sweetwood, Best Coast, Neon Indian, Jepe, PLÜM, PYNKIE, Divorce Court, Ten Fe, Tsar B, Ren Harvieu, GOLDEN, Kali Uchis, SwuM, Annie Hart, Asgeir, edapollo, Akacia, Pintandwefall, Cezaire, Cold Beat, KAYTRANADA.
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