In no particular order, I've selected the favorite tracks from 2015's playlists for our fourteenth annual Choice Cuts end-of-year mix. The first four:
1. Overboard -- The Silver Lake Chorus
Ben Lee wrote
2. Wild Things -- Alessia Cara
I've been listening to a lot of top 40 radio toward the end of this year, and during a recent drive up to Sacramento, Alessia Cara's "Here" was in heavy rotation. I was drawn to the song's sample -- Isaac Hayes's "Ike's Rap II," which was the core of one of my favorite tracks of the 1990s, Portishead's "Glory Box." Cara's voice is remarkable, and "Wild Things" is a fantastic follow-up.
3. Don't Wanna Fight -- Alabama Shakes
Brittany Howard does it again -- that raw grit in her voice as she screams, "I don't wanna fight no more!" is powerful.
4. Flesh Without Blood -- Grimes
Claire Elise Boucher, better known as Grimes, has a sound that one magazine described as an "alien love-child of Aphex Twin and ABBA." I'm not sure if that's a good thing, but this song is.
The next four tomorrow!
Also on Franklin Avenue:
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2015, Part 2
Choice Cuts: Franklin Avenue's Favorite Tracks of 2015, Part 3