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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Sweeter Dreams, the EP

Ramriddlz Sweeter Dreams EPIt’s a Tuesday afternoon, I’m working away and then I hear someone knocking at my door. “We’ll isn’t this just curious,” I think to myself, “I’m not expecting any packages in the mail.”

I peep through the little door viewer and the guy looks familiar but I just can’t put a name to face. I open the door anyways. Say yes to life … am I right?

“Hellooooo?!” I say, going up in tone with all those o’s.

“Good Sir,” replies the stranger “I am aware that this unexpected visit of mine is rather creepy, but I could surmise no other method to garner your attention. You’re major leagues now, Big Nemo.”

Then he hands me a copy of his album with a bunch of swag and it clicks for me. It’s fellow Torontonian Ramriddlz. “If I give you all this swag, can I get that stimulus package?” says Ramrod as he makes prayer hands.

I respect the hustle.

“Listen, keep your stuff. I don’t do merch and I’ve got a premium Spotify account so I don’t need the album but keep your eyes peeled on the Lowlife’s site.”

I close the door & get back to work. Time to move!

This tactic worked for the Sweeterman but to all you other musicians, I will not answer the door again. Respect my agency!

Listen to the Sweeter Dreams EP →

Starboy EP by The Weeknd

After the visuals for the new Weeknd album were released, I was excited. They. Are. Beautiful!

But like most albums this year it was bloated because, well, streams. We’ve voiced our dissatisfaction countless times on the podcast, so this time I’ve done something about it!

May I present the Starboy EP, a 10 track stellar piece of work.

Starboy EP by The Weekend.

The reorganization.

First, I swapped I Feel It Coming to the front and Starboy to the end. You feel it coming on the last track?! No, you feel it coming on the first track and then end out a star …. boy.

I left False Alarm because at least it’s divisive and evokes emotion.

Then I got rid of Stargirl Interlude with Lana Del Ray because it’s as entertaining as her career trajectory.

Finally, I got rid of everything from Love to Lay onwards. They’re boring, generic Weeknd tracks. What does Love To Lay even mean? I get it, it’s a fun alliteration for sleeping around, but come on, it’s as lazy as the remainder of the album.

Have a listen. I’m putting our platform in great peril posting a copy of this EP, so get it before they get us.

Download EP »

No Squares in this Circle

Ringside 3

In the spirit of Wrestlemania XXXI (currently going down right now) Harlem’s very own Smoke DZA has released an EP going in over wrestling themes both new and old. Including a speial shout out from the Iron Sheik, the boy DZA keeps the references poppin’ to get you in the mood for the superbowl of sports entertainment.

Download: Smoke DZA & 183rd – Ringside 3 EP

Sober Up

When Childish Gambino dropped the STN MTN/Kauai Mixtape last fall I was very interested to see how this blended mixtape/ep concept would come to fruition. While the mixtape side ranged from average to bad, the EP was something else. Very musical, conceptually sound and a more palatable style of Gambino – greatly appreciated after the pseudo-thug posturing he tries and fails at on so many tracks on the mixtape side.

Well after letting that project marinate for a few months he’s dropped the video for the lead single Sober and with it, keeping Gambino’s recent streak of visually distinctive videos alive. Them dances moves though? I think someone’s jocking ya boy…

Toronto Talent: Zane

Zane from Juice TorontoZane and I met in college. If hazy memories serves me correctly, it was because of his friendship with a gentleman who lived a few rooms down from me. Coming up in the Jazz program, he is part of a rather funky outfit called Juice. But recently when he released his first Hip-Hop track my interest was truly piqued. A few months later he offered his EP: 6ix Love.

The title really says it all. The love is strong in Toronto right now, the Raptors are on top and because it borrows heavily from a term popularized by Drake, it’d be easy to sweep up this effort in that tidal wave. However, I see this as more of an evolution of the idea. 6ix Love is less about the physical space and more about the people here. A diverse group of urban citizens collectively interested in creating and moving forward.

Hit play below to check out the triple track effort below.

You can catch Zane performing with Juice or spinning at 3030. Watch out for music videos in the future.