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

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Episode 38: Limelight Leftovers

Christmas (…and 2016) have come and gone, however there are still a few albums that dropped late this year for the Low Lifes to sink their teeth into. In this episode we welcome the return of Ab-Soul with his new album Do What Thou Wilt, examine the funkdafied transformation of Childish Gambino on the new Awaken, My Love!,  post up with Post Malone’s Stoney, and finally debut a brand new segment at Light House with Trill’s Beef.

So let us dig into some new music, while you dig into some leftovers.

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Parmigiana Plays February & March

Oh, hello….I didn’t see you there.

To be honest, you haven’t seen around much me either. Only few are built for this lowlife my friends and it appears I need to work out a few kinks.

But no mattter! We back with some smooth jams to warm you up in this ridiculous weather us Torontonians like to call “spring”.

The last two months saw a lot of organisation and planning to prep for what is sure to be a glorious summer, but behind every pay off, is a lot of hard work. With summer on my mind and snow in my street, house music, which I vibe to quite rarely, has snuck in to dominate what people have become used to as the quintessential Cubosa sound (jiggy, gully stoner raps and anthem-y indie rock – with a little sprinkle of Swedish inspired pop).

Yes, I know. That’s not a thing at all. But regardless, the following jams helped grease the wheels of the hustle and got me through a long, dreary, not-quite-winter.

Parmigiana Plays December

What? You think the kid was gonna leave you hanging? To quote one Nasir Jones “I’m never on schedule, but always on time”.

December, as I can imagine for you all, was both a month of reflection and anticipation. Like a dolly zoom, time seems to collapse and rocket ahead simultaneously; a year’s worth of achievements and disappointments fading into background as a whole new one comes into focus. Already the road ahead has been paved with some incredible music, but think of this playlist as one last little glimpse in the rear vision mirror before we take the off-ramp to 2016.

Spurred by the time-tested tradition of correlating end of year lists, I found myself exploring Jamie xx’s “In Colour” album more often than not, which in turn, influenced my December playlist a great deal. Filled mostly with a bunch dizzying, progressive electronic numbers, with a sprinkle of melancholy-tinged indie tunes and yes, Future Hendrix – this playlist soundtracked the silly season of late nights at work, late nights at parties and daydreams of the new year. So relax, press play and join me as we take one late, last look back before we move forward into this millennium’s sweet sixteen.

Merry Christmas From The Limelight Lowlifes

Where did that year go? Seems like it was only the other day we were ushering in 2015 and now the new millennium is turning sweet sixteen. Time does fly kids. But, like a sixteen year old, it’s a time of maturation and growth and here at the Lighthouse we’re looking forward to the possibilities the new year will bring. This year had a lot of highs, and a lot of lows, but we’re focused to be even bigger and better in 2016.

In the meantime stay safe, be kind to one another and please enjoy the following gifts from our lowlife family, to your lowlife family.

First, we have a smooth two-steppin’ number from the R in R&B, R. Kelly, with “Christmas Party”.

Next up is a song for those of you who may feel a little down this holiday season. Don’t worry, James Murphy understands. In what seems like a gift to the world by reuniting, here’s LCD Soundsystem with the appropriately titled “Christmas Will Break Your Heart”. The fact they’re in turn breaking my heart by not reuniting for good is another story.

Finally we have the dirty sprite sultan Future and Toronto’s very own The Weeknd with a potential podcast anthem “Low Life”. I know this isn’t Christmas themed, but c’mon, it kinda seems like a gift tailored made for us.

Happy Holidays everyone! See you next year!

Episode 15: Never On Schedule, Always On Time

‘All things come to those who wait’ – Violet Fane

‘Real G’s move in silence, like lasagna’ – Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

They certainly do. After months of uncertainty, headaches and being a best man at a wedding – the exile is over. Your boy is back in the north. #QBFree

In this very special episode, we chop it up about Game Of Thrones marathons, biking in downtown Toronto, the launch of Apple Music and highlight some of the quality releases from last month; from Jamie xx’s In Colour to A$AP Rocky’s A.L.L.A to Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf.

Oh yeah, and we surprise the shit out of TTC with Cubosa’s return from Oz.

Reunited, and it feels so good.

Reunited, and it feels so good