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$AP Twelvvy – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)
4. Schoolboy Q – That Part (Feat. Kanye West)
5. Brodinski – Us (Feat. Bloody Jay)
6. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
7. Amine – Caroline
8. Mac Miller – Dang! (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
9. GoldLink – Fall In Love (Feat. Ciscero, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD)
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
11. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
12. Majid Jordan – Make It Work
13. Barei – Say Yay! (Spain – Eurovision Entry)
14. Gryffin – Heading Home (Feat. Josef Salvat)
15. Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
16. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
17. The Smith Street Band – History Eraser (Like a Version Cover)
18. Sioux Falls – Copy Paste
19. Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
20. Frank Ocean – Nikes
21. Roy Woods – She Knows About Me
22. Drake – Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
23. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice
24. HOME – Decay
25. Flume – Free
26. Crystal Castles – Their Kindess Is Charade
27. Khalid – Let’s Go
28. Childish Gambino – Redbone
29. DJ Quik & Problem – You Are Everything
30. Nas – Nas Album Done
31. Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Feat. French Montana)
32. Young Thug – Webbie (Feat. Duke)
33. Curren$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

Listen to the episode:

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$AP Twelvvy – L.Y.B.B. (Resolution)
4. Schoolboy Q – That Part (Feat. Kanye West)
5. Brodinski – Us (Feat. Bloody Jay)
6. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
7. Amine – Caroline
8. Mac Miller – Dang! (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
9. GoldLink – Fall In Love (Feat. Ciscero, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD)
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
11. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
12. Majid Jordan – Make It Work
13. Barei – Say Yay! (Spain – Eurovision Entry)
14. Gryffin – Heading Home (Feat. Josef Salvat)
15. Flume – Tiny Cities (Feat. Beck)
16. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
17. The Smith Street Band – History Eraser (Like a Version Cover)
18. Sioux Falls – Copy Paste
19. Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
20. Frank Ocean – Nikes
21. Roy Woods – She Knows About Me
22. Drake – Too Good (Feat. Rihanna)
23. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice
24. HOME – Decay
25. Flume – Free
26. Crystal Castles – Their Kindess Is Charade
27. Khalid – Let’s Go
28. Childish Gambino – Redbone
29. DJ Quik & Problem – You Are Everything
30. Nas – Nas Album Done
31. Fat Joe & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Feat. French Montana)
32. Young Thug – Webbie (Feat. Duke)
33. Curren$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

Listen to the episode:

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.

At.Long.Last.A$AP

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

Drake

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/

September 2015: What I was listening to … and watching

I’m a sensory creature. I learn best through seeing and hearing things. I like to touch shit. Smell. Taste. I express myself in these mediums.

And boy do I consume media, so for this month, I’m offering you an upgrade to my monthly curation. I’m doubling it up for you. Rather than just giving you great audio for your ear drums, I’m including beautiful stories for your eyeballs.

Served.

This month in Movies & TV

You’re going to notice a bit of a trend here. 2 of my 3 recommendations have Tom Hardy. This man is an acting genius. Seriously.

Peaky Blinders

This series reenforces my belief that the British do television the best. 6 episodes per season and all twelve are high octane. Bit of a car pun there as the show takes place during the inception of cars …

The Drop

The storyline isn’t particularly innovative or new but watch right until the end. The very last scene.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The most visually stunning of the lot and your standard coming of age tale. The 14 year old Cornelius in me wept. But seriously, visually stunning.

Trailer playlist link →

The Music

Solid jams across all genres this month and probably my favourite list to date. I’m trying to remember what brought this music about but my mind was too focused on my #WeekOfDIY.

Music playlist link →

Clairmont The Second

With all the love the OVO camp got at the Apple WWDC, I thought it apt to keep the momentum of 6ix love going and discover who else in the city deserves some attention. The plan was to write one of those “guide to who’s rising in the north” type posts.

I started my search on the major outlets. Noisey, Complex, Pigeons and Planes, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz etc… You know the list. Unfortunately their rosters were virtual carbon copies of each other. Mind you, by no means am I throwing shade on any of the artists, they’re talented individuals and I’ve added several of them to my list this month. But a few of the blogs mentioned a name that intrigued me immediately so I added him to my follow-up list. Then I drilled down a bit further and hit the forums. His name started showing up much more frequently. I downloaded a copy of his latest project and sat down for a listen.

Clairmont The Second — Project II

Project II

I decided quickly to ditch my “best of Toronto” list and focus on Clairmont The Second. It was the opening bar on track two, “Accident”, that peaked my interest.

I’m an idiot for not going to sleep
Then complaining about being tired the next day

It’s a sentiment so simple yet one that I instantly dug. A lesson I too can’t seem to learn with age. But what I truly appreciated about this was that I knew he was speaking his truth rather than pantomiming the played out content the genre seems to be dogged with. I related to him.

As a whole the project is tight, honest and well thought out. The subtlety in production is refreshing and his delivery is a refined sound that has been perfected during the aforementioned nights.

But this post isn’t about critiquing his work.

Who is Clairmont the Second?

Full name Clairmont II Humphrey, he really is a true artist both producing and then rapping on top of his beats. A Toronto native and still in his teens, Project II is … his second project to date. His first being Becoming A GentlemIIn released in 2013.

Mr. Humphrey belongs to a family of talented musicians: his father hosts a gospel and spoken word network while his older brother Cola is the drummer for The OBGMs, a punk rock act who recently got some Budweiser love.

Twenty Fifteen seems to be his year, landing a spot at Canadian Music Week opening up for XXL Freshman Goldlink. Besides preforming more prominent shows, it also seems to be the year press is starting to pay attention to him. I’d be lying if I didn’t include myself in this list.

Clairmont The Second Playing Piano

Speaking to Clairmont about his work and the ultimate goal with all his efforts, he’s looking to inspire his peers. For them to get up and get to it. Ultimately, if they just think, there is so much they can do and change. Change for the better.

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There is something genuinely refreshing about him. At the pace he’s going I doubt it’ll last too long but he is currently offering $150 beats as per his Soundcloud page and besides being for hire, he’s also looking to upgrade his equipment. After all, every artist needs good tools to do great work.

Download his latest project →
Keep up with his music →
See what he’s up →
Show him some love →

May 2015: What I was listening to

Last month I was whinging a bit about working too much and not getting out enough. Well I got over myself and took initiative to enjoy life. For example, the second track in this month’s playlist — Worlds on Fire by Zerbin — is included because I went out on a whim one night with a friend and they were an opening act. There’s a bit of mention about this show at The Garrison on the last podcast. But before this post gets too long and once again self-indulgent, hit play and enjoy.