Barack Obama has shared his favorite songs of 2018. The eclectic collection of R&B, country, indie, hip-hop, Latin, pop, and rock establish a melting pot of sounds and styles. From listening through, a theme of strong vocals seeps through the nearly hour-and-a-half showcase of taste.
Among the broad spectrum of selections, listeners are taken through a cultural journey from notable acts to lesser-known diamonds in the rough. More popular artist inclusions are The Carters, Hozier, Chance The Rapper, Brandi Carlile, Cardi B, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile, Prince, Tom Mesch, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Others include Jupiter & Okwess, Ashley McBryde, Tonina, Anderson East, Fatoumata Diawara, and Courtney Barnette.
Below, find Obama’s favorite songs of 2018 on Spotify.
Coming off another preeminent performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater this weekend, ODESZA just won’t stop showering their familial fan base with love. The Seattle-based electronic duo have now released a 6-track remix EP of their soulful single, “Across The Room” ft. Leon Bridges. The remix pack includes a soothing, ethereal rendition from Tycho, a left-field experimental take from Canadian newcomer Yung Heat, a shiny and shimmering remix from AbJo, and a two cuts from K-pop producer Durante.
Each contributor has done well at making the original completely their own, while maintaining its emotive integrity.
ODESZA has released a behind the scenes video illustrating the decisive events and artistic process that led to video accompaniment to their collaborative single with Leon Bridges, “Across The Room.” The breezy piano ballad, sung by Bridges, was released on ODESZA’s newest album A Moment Apart.
According to the video, Bridges had been a “dream collab” for the ODESZA boys for quite some time. Conversely, Bridges admits he had not heard of the duo prior to their reaching out to him; though later in the video he satisfactorily reports they are “the coolest cats” he has worked with thus far in his career.
Both ODESZA and Bridges emphasize the creative energy discernible between them in their first meeting, which incited the eight hour studio session resulting in “Across The Room.”