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Noteworthy First Quarter Check-In (Jan. – Mar. 2019)

Posted on March 28, 2019

Ivan from Noteworthy here again (Mondays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). I’m back to share some of my favorite songs from the first quarter of 2019.

It might be too early for some to start thinking in terms of “best of the year” when we’ve barely hit spring. For those who listen to the show, it’s no surprise that I consider the first three months a great opportunity to discuss the year in music so far. In today’s era, each week brings its own set of buzz-filled music that dominates our attention and it’s blessed us with a bounty of great tracks so far. Here is what I’ve enjoyed the most so far.

10. Charly Bliss – “Capacity” Don’t let the new coat of electronic polish they’ve added to their sound fool you: this Brooklyn band hasn’t forgotten how to deliver a crunchy chorus drenched in wit.

9. Noname feat. Phoelix – “Song 31” Room 25 was one of the best albums of 2018 and the fact that this track could have fit in perfectly with it should clue you in to the level of quality we’re dealing with here.

8. Lizzo – “Juice” Confident, neon-colored funk that further makes the case that Lizzo is one of the smartest candidates to breakthrough to a larger mainstream audience in 2019.

7. Tame Impala – “Patience” The haze has cleared up some in the studio, if only to remind you that groove and melody, not splashy production, has always been the most essential part of their sound.

6. Honeyblood – “The Third Degree” The girl group-esque chant of “No, no, drama, drama, baby” gains steam with each refrain as we realize it’s not just a self-help mantra, but an expression of relief.

5. Billie Eilish – “bury a friend” I look forward to the sonics of this song scaring many unassuming children as it gains in popularity.

4. Sunflower Bean – “King of the Dudes” This is the track that’s blaring out of the Camaro of the high school burnout in your power pop-driven, late-70s teen flick.

3. Arin Ray – “Roses” First, check out Platinum Fire, which was one of last year’s most underrated albums. Then circle back to this new track that doubles down on his brand of wavy, dramatic R&B and join me on the bandwagon.

2. Anderson .Paak – “King James” For those who were hoping for more Malibu vibes from Oxnard, this consciously funky lead single from Ventura might be more appealing.

1. Zaska feat. Louise Gaffney – “It’s Ridiculous” The daily rat race is a grind that this song empathizes with. Life is made that much easier to get through when this horn-heavy, soulful effor is your soundtrack.

Listen to Ivan every Monday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at radio.uic.edu and on the Radio FX app. Keep up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

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