While we might be two months into 2017, that hasn't stopped Toronto-based DJ and producer Skratch Bastid and New York City's Cosmo Baker from sharing the fifth installment in their genre-spanning Songs We Listened To A Lot mix series. For the past four years, the duo have compiled their favourite records of the year, ranging from electro-pop to dancehall to jazz and more.
Their latest two-and-a-half hour mix is no exception, balancing contemporary cuts by A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and Thundercat, with classic hits by iconic artists who passed away in 2016 (Prince's "Little Red Corvette," Peter Gabriel's cover of David Bowie's "Heroes").
Other standouts include Pastor T.L. Barrett's "Father Stretch My Hands," which was notably sampled on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, a brilliant rework of "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" courtesy of the Reflex, and Andre 3000's "Solo (Reprise)" from Frank Ocean's album Blonde.
Check out the tracklist below, and read our interview with Skratch Bastid and DJ Jazzy Jeff here.
Joey Dosik - The Night Before
Andy Shauf - The Magician
Invisible - Ruido de Magia
A Tribe Called Quest - Dis Generation
Mr Eazi & Juls - Shitor
Gilberto Gil - Toda Menina Bahiana (Tahira Re-Edit Edit)
Heidi Leonore - Everybody Loves The Sunshine (The Reflex Edit)
Solange - Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
Tinashe - Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
Chance The Rapper - All Night (feat. Knox Fortune) (Kaytranada Extended Joint)
DJ Stuart - Re-Work
Housemate - Always Here For You (Stro Elliott Mix)
Maxwell - NoOne (UnCut)
Prince - Little Red Corvette (12" Mix Edit)
Foals - Night Swimmers (Mura Masa Edit)
Bird Peterson - Funky For You
Troyboi - And Wot
Rudimental - Healing (feat. Joseph Angel)
Aminé - Caroline
Z-Ro - Legendary
Christian Rich - Still (feat. Tunji Ige, High Klassified & Kris Bowers)
Isaiah Rashad - Wat's Wrong (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Zacari)
Andre 3000 - Solo (Interlude)
BADBADNOTGOOD - In Your Eyes (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Wings - Arrow Through Me
The Sylvers - What's It All About
Chronixx - Spanish Town Rocking
Marsha Ambrosius - Have You Ever?
Dennis Brown - Revolution
Cassiano - Onda
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades - Plastico
Mbongwana Star - Malukayi (feat. Konono No. 1)
Thundercat - Bus In These Streets
Pastor T.L. Barrett - Father Stretch My Hands
Peter Gabriel - Heroes
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