Episode 39: Sayonara, 2016

Another year, another meticulously curated best of music play list. Sure, sure – every one ELSE has moved on to 2017 and are feverishly beginning to mark down what new jams take their fancy, but here at the Lighthouse? Well, we move at our own pace and deliver only the best product to give back you….the people.

In this episode, the lads sit down and go through Cubosa’s Top 116 of 2016 playlist; singling out delicious highlights, egregious omissions and reminiscing on all the quality music that came out in the year of the Monkey. We may hate a little too much, but it’s because we care.

1. NxWorries – Suede
2. Phony PPL – Why ii Love The Moon
3. A$AP Twelvvy – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)
4. Schoolboy Q – That Part (Feat. Kanye West)
5. Brodinski – Us (Feat. Bloody Jay)
6. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
7. Amine – Caroline
8. Mac Miller – Dang! (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
9. GoldLink – Fall In Love (Feat. Ciscero, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD)
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
11. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
12. Majid Jordan – Make It Work
13. Barei – Say Yay! (Spain – Eurovision Entry)
14. Gryffin – Heading Home (Feat. Josef Salvat)
15. Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
16. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
17. The Smith Street Band – History Eraser (Like a Version Cover)
18. Sioux Falls – Copy Paste
19. Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
20. Frank Ocean – Nikes
21. Roy Woods – She Knows About Me
22. Drake – Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
24. HOME – Decay
25. Flume – Free
26. Crystal Castles – Their Kindess Is Charade
27. Khalid – Let’s Go
28. Childish Gambino – Redbone
29. DJ Quik & Problem – You Are Everything
30. Nas – Nas Album Done
31. Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Feat. French Montana)
32. Young Thug – Webbie (Feat. Duke)
33. Curren$y – Mallory Knox
34. French Montana – Lockjaw (Feat. Kodak Black)
35. Madeintoyo – Uber Everywhere
36. Post Malone – Deja Vu (Feat. Justin Bieber)
37. Wale – It’s Too Late
38. How To Dress Well – The Speed Dial
39. Anderson .Paak – Room In Here (Feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise)
40. Rihanna – Consideration (Feat. SZA)
41. GoldLink – Rough Soul (Feat. April George)
42. Isaiah Rashad – Free Lunch
43. A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program
44. Schoolboy Q – By Any Means
45. Future – Low Life (Feat. The Weeknd)
46. Flatbush Zombies – Bounce
47. Lil Uzi Vert – Money Longer
48. Joe Budden – Three
49. Danny Brown – When It Rain
50. Crystal Castle – Fleece
51. Julian Winding – The Demon Dance
52. Negative Gemini – Body Work
53. Drake – Feel No Ways
54. Shura – Tounge Tied
55. Bat For Lashes – Sunday Love
56. Blood Orange – Hands Up
57. David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away
58. How To Dress Well – Salt Song
59. Frightened Rabbit – Woke Up Hurting
60. DIIV – Loose Ends
61. Frank Ocean – Ivy
62. Frans – If I Were Sorry (Sweden Eurovision Entry)
63. The Cardboard Swords – Cardigan
64. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties – ’67 Cherry Red
65. Sioux Falls – 3 Fast
66. FEWS – 100 Goosebumps
67. White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
68. PUP – Sleep in The Heat
69. The Smith Street Band – Death To The Lads
70. Pinegrove – Old Friends
71. DMA’s – Delete
72. Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober
73. Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru
74. Elzhi – Hello!!!!!
75. Joe Budden – I Wanna Know
76. A Tribe Called Quest – Whatever Will Be (Feat. Consequence)
77. Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
78. Miguel – Come Through & Chill
79. Roy Woods – SKRT (Remix)
80. Dave – Wanna Know
81. Drake – U With Me?
82. Rihanna – Needed Me
83. Majid Jordan – Something About You
84. Mickey Kojak – Move Too Fast
85. Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Remix)
86. Kaytranada – You’re The One (Feat. Syd)
87. Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
88. Vybz Kartel – Fever
89. D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (Feat. Lil Yatchy)
90. Domo Genesis – DAPPER (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
91. Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong (Feat. Schoolboy Q)
92. Chance The Rapper – All Night (Feat. Knox Fortune)
93. Kaytranada – Together (Feat. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
94. Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edit)
95. Carly Rae Jepsen – Body Language
96. Era Istrefi – Bonbon
97. Rihanna – Sex With Me
98. Roy Woods – You Love It
99. Mac Miller – Stay
100. King – The Greatest
101. Gallant – Bourbon
102. NAO – Girlfriend
103. dvsn – Hallucinations
104. Maxwell – 1990x
105. Khalid – Location
106. Frank Ocean – Nights
107. Pearl – Private Party
108. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Come and See Me (Feat. Drake)
109. Drake – Fire & Desire
110. BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes (Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
111. Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes
112. Mac Miller – God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
113. Bon Iver – 29 #Strafford APTS
114. Dreamboy – Endings
115. Sioux Falls – If You Let It
116. Apologies, I Have None – Crooked Teeth (Acoustic)

Bonus #1 – Migos – Bad & Boujee (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
Bonus #2 – The Avanlaches – Bad Day (Feat. Freddie Gibbs)
Bonus #3 – Kranium – Rumours

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Episode 21: Black to .Paak

R.I.P. David Bowie

It is with a heavy heart we recorded this episode, as days after recording our last podcast a true talent passed away. David Bowie, 69, tragically lost his battle with cancer on January 10th. As a final gift from the Starman to the world however, he released what would be his goodbye album just two days prior – Blackstar.

In this episode the Lowlifes decipher this fantastic, yet difficult, final work from the Thin White Duke; discuss our predictions and reservations for Kanye’s next project So Help Me God SWISH Waves; fawn over bars from Gary Indiana’s finest, Freddie Gibbs; touch on a slept on release from a Limelight favourite with ZHU; and break down the potential album-of-the-year contender Anderson .Paak with his new project Malibu.

So whether you’re at home, in transit, on the beaches of Malibu – or even up in space – kick back and enjoy another episode from the Lighthouse.

Music in this episode:

David Bowie – Lazarus
David Bowie – Girl Loves Me
Freddie Gibbs – Cocaine Parties in L.A.
Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong?
Anderson . Paak – Come Down
ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. – Working For It

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The prince listened

You know how you can be really good at staying regimented at a task over an extended period of time but then struggle with the last mile? It seems I fell victim to the aforementioned. I’ve posted a monthly playlist every month over the course of 2015 but failed at month twelve of twelve. There is no December playlist from the Silent Prince.

I’m going to forego any excuses and instead run down the top five albums of twenty fifteen in no particular order and personal bias in full effect.


A$AP Rocky

At.Long.Last - A$AP RockyThis album came out at the beginning of the year but only got my love later on. There was such an onslaught of music early in the year that this album got lost in the fold.

There are two elements in this album that qualify if for my top five: Refinement and feature. Let me explain.

If you go through Rocky’s catalogue, you’ll notice a trend: a play on titles and much like the names of each project building on the last so his sound improves and refines with each project. When you listen to the first tape to this album, you notice a kernel of greatest in the first and by the last are listening to a beautiful sculpted piece of work.

By feature I’m referring to the heavy use of Joe Fox on the latest project. A complete unknown on the streets of London, he was able to recognize talent and use him properly. To me, this is the sign an an individual who will have longevity in their career because he can leverage what’s new but build on their solid foundation.

In Colour

Jamie XX

In Colour - Jamie XXProbably the most listenable of my list, this album is sonically beautiful. It seems simple on the outset but being able to craft simple requires the utmost of talent. Being able to pick away until you’re left with just the beautiful core of an idea.

Continue listening to this album over and over and you start picking up subtleties that will put this album on your spin list for years to come.

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late


If you're reading this it's too late. — DrakeThe most palatable of Drakes projects, this mixtape signalled his current domination. We’ve spoken endlessly about him throughout the year so there is no need for me to rehash previous thoughts but know he deserves to be on this list.

The Wanderings of the Avener

The Avener

The Wanderings of the Avener — The AvenerA french producer, I’d put his music in the vein of Daft Punk. He is the fresh wave of the French house music scene. His ability to take artists you wouldn’t expect and incorporate them into his sound seamlessly and still sound cohesive is his true talent. Take for example his use of Rodriguez, a “failed” talent of the Motown era and reimagines him in a new age. The video is stunningly gorgeous.

King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

Pusha T

King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The PreludeA late entry into this years list, it might seem to be unfair to add a project that’s only been out for a few weeks to a best of, but this opinion is based on previous work. I’ve been a fan of Pusha’s lyrical ability and this put him over the top for me. Having never had a favourite, I’d now put him at the top of my list as my favourite rapper. This album cemented him there.

He’s continued to do what makes him great and now added a refined style. He doesn’t clog his work with extra content that doesn’t need to be there and focuses on giving us just the goods. The beats bang absolutely on the latest release and I’ve found myself excited every time I give the full project a listen. I think it comes down to the energy I feel every time I give him my time.

Focused on coke raps, every project also gives you one joint that makes him human and ultimately why I kneel at the alter. On Fear of God II it was Alone in Vegas, on MNIMN it was 40 acres and on the latest it’s M.P.A.

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Am I crazy? Am I onto something? What’re your top of Oh Fifteen/

The Silent Prince Listens

Batten down the hatches, secure the rations tent and tie up the horses! The storm is coming …

… The storm is coming!

This months playlist is once again — just like almost every other month — a metaphor for what happened over the last 30 days.

We recorded an episode of the pod that we decided to intentionally lose because we’re (read I) struggling to find the fun we had when we started. So just like my playlist starts with some melancholy jazz, dips into the feels and ends up with fun vibes, so we are preparing for the storm of change the new year will bring. We plan on playing around with different formats, experiment with new ideas and seeing where we end up?

In the meantime, enjoy this playlist that reflects how I feel.

Here’s to weathering the storm and waiting for the rainbow on the other side.

Parmigiana Plays Back-to-Back: October & November

I’ll admit it. It’s been a bit quiet here at the Lighthouse. Too quiet. But every championship team needs an off-season. Right?

Regardless of our lazy busy lifestyles, we’re about to step it up again as we roll into 2016. But before we look forward let’s look back for second, because there has been some incredible music released this year, especially in these last few months. What’s interesting about these two lists in particular is the difference in styles. I think I got a little bit of hip-hop fatigue back in October (we all do), and have only recently rediscovered my love for the style this month. It may have to do with two of my favourite MC’s releasing projects soon, but also I think it’s because people are getting inspired again. Like who would of thought we’d see collaborations from Migos, Mac & Alchemist; Royce, DOOM, Phonte & Premo; and Juicy J, Pimp C & Nas all in one month?

It’s already been a stacked year for releases, but the hip hop landscape is starting to get really interesting again as the new year approaches. So whatever your taste – an eclectic October or a rippity rap November – be sure to enjoy these jams I was spreading the last few months. I know I did.

Corn’s October Monthly Musts

Folks, if I could get you all to join me at the table, I’ve refined another batch of delicious media for you to consume. Like any good chef, I’ve tasted everything I’m serving up to you, my lovely guests.

If we could all bow our heads and say grace.


It’s all about instrumentation this time around. Over the course of the year as I put together a list each month, I find a theme emerges. October has been all about the production and less about the vocals.

Souncloud playlist link →


I saw The Apartment a few years ago but re-watched it this month and realized just how great it is. I first discovered this film thanks to Ricky Gervais who used it as an example of how true comedy is based in empathy. When we go through struggle, it is in those moments we can create real comedy. Word.

It’s both a great comedy and tugs at the heart strings.

I fell in love with the young Shirley Maclaine because of this film.
The relationships between people make for the compelling stories.

Notable Mentions

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Thank you all again for joining me at the table. Thank you Lord for once again providing us with plenty to feast on.