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  • Max Welford

For the lack of partying last year: 20 bangers you missed in 2020

Updated: Nov 17

As we now proceed to the next year, we are more than ready to leave behind what some would mildly describe as an uneventful year. This was especially the case in the world of music. Cancelled gigs, scrapped festivals, closed nightclubs and even a limit to social gatherings deprived us of our need to enjoy and explore new music. Understandably, this also caused artists to postpone not only concerts, but also highly anticipated album releases [https://www.vulture.com/2020/10/events-cancelled-coronavirus.html].


Nevertheless, a few generous voices took the liberty to write, produce and record some cracking tracks for us in these dull times. This allowed us to spare a moment for a good groove in our bedroom, as an alternative to going wild in clubs. But what about discovering exciting new tunes in the bar? What about the listening parties?


Because of all this malarkey, I adjure us to head to a spacious floor in your apartment and get down to the BEST 20 BANGERS that went over our heads in 2020.


Apple Music / ITunes Playlist: https://beta.music.apple.com/library/playlist/p.9oDKQbaurMbQEN


Spotify Playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2AYaStEHzqrSoU3gYta8Ig


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1. HOT 44 – Baauer


Electronic music producer and banger expert, Harlem Shake dude is back at it again. With HOT 44, Baauer hits us with thick synth leads backed by a heavy bass that eccentrically switches up with every drop. A thrilling blockbuster of a track that has a unique cinematic atmosphere, setting Baauer apart from more conventional contemporary producers the likes of DJ Snake, Calvin Harris and especially the Chainsmokers.


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2. My High – Disclosure (feat. Slowthai & Aminé)


2020 was a year some would describe as weird. This is also the case with the unlikely cross-over between UK house / garage duo Disclosure and rappers Amine and Slowthai. Driving house drums kick this tune into action, with Aminé immediately hopping onto the beat with bars one could describe as: punchy, sassy or just downright cool. This is starkly contrasted against a manic, mazy and expressive Slowthai performance, which altogether results in an exceptional banger. Unfortunately, we cannot hear it in the club.



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3. BALD! REMIX – JPEGMAFIA (feat. Denzel Curry)


Peggy was, as expected, out and about in 2020 and gifts us an infectious and catchy flow on his single “BALD! REMIX” The cute and glittery instrumental is complemented with a charismatic lyrical sentiment about… baldness. Florida man Denzel Curry also makes an appearance and nearly steals the show entirely.



Image sourced from: Fiji Online News


4. 24K // Shook - Tkay Maidza


Zimbabwean-Australian rapper Tkay Maidza earns the privilege of landing 2 tracks in this list, as “24K” and “Shook” from her 2020 Mixtape were equally enthralling. Whether it’s for the witty Tetris references, the bouncy house-flavoured instrumentals or Tkay’s technical rapping prowess, we are unwaveringly stimulated by these bangers.



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5. Captain Hook – Megan Thee Stallion


Upon landing features with the legendary Beyoncé and megastar Cardi B, people knew Megan is here to stay. Despite it being less popular than her other singles, “Captain Hook” stands out as a hilariously raunchy banger that solidifies Megan’s position as the one in charge.


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6. Yankee and the brave (ep. 4) – Run The Jewels


Run the Jewels returned in 2020 with a bang. This is also the case in their opening track “Yankee and the brave (ep. 4)” where blazing machine-gun snares fire off as we are thrown into a whirlwind of head-spinning lyrical flows. The braggadocious and exaggerated lyrics almost aid as a re-introduction to El-P and Killer Mike, in case we needed a reminder over how creative, confrontational and extravagant they are.



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7. OHFR? – Rico Nasty


Rico Nasty hits us with one of the nastiest and most eccentric bangers of the year. Badass vocals and confrontational bars putting haters in their place calls back to Rico’s hyper-aggressive style that burst her into the then so-called “Soundcloud rap” scene.

Only this time, Rico comes through with a more refined sound reminding us why she has been able to transcend the viral trendy internet movement to become one of the most creative and boundary-pushing rappers working today.


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8. KLK – ARCA (feat. Rosalía)


Arca teams up with Rosalia with the most crazy, futuristic piece of reggaeton ever to be brought public attention? This is absolutely strange, yet the pulsating banger is leaving us wanting more. Whatever ARCA is doing in the future, more of this, please.


Image sourced from: Melómanos Magazine


9. Nada – Lido Pimienta (feat. Li Saumet)


Mystical, enchanting, wonderous – these are the words that come to mind when I play Lido Piminenta’s “Nada”. Despite it being one of the smoother cuts in this list, Lido delivers an intensity and composure like no other that deserves the description “it slaps”.