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.
When we first met DeJ Loaf, she was threatening to kill us. Since breaking out in 2014 with the murderous “Try Me,” she’s continued to hone her softer, more melodic side, and this year, the Detroit sing-rapper is finally getting around to following up her mixtapes with a proper debut album. And if its … More »
Shawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »
Judging by the first two singles from Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, the album will find him exploring more shades of retro cool than just the ’60s R&B that made his 2015 debut Coming Home such a sensation. “Bad Bad News” impeccably rendered smoky jazz and soul with a hip-hop pulse, reminding me of none … More »
Leon Bridges made himself into a big draw with the fully realized 2015 soul-revival debut Coming Home. He’ll follow it up next month with the new album Good Thing, and he seems to be pushing into some new directions on it. Last month, he shared two new singles, “Bad Bad News” and “Bet … More »
A couple of weeks ago, the young soul revivalist Leon Bridges announced plans to follow up 2015’s Coming Home, the debut album that made him a festival-circuit star, with a new LP. He also shared a couple of new songs that pushed his sound subtly in some new directions. And now he’s announced … More »
Leon Bridges made himself a minor star with Coming Home, his 2015 debut album. The project positioned Bridges as a studious revivalist specializing in retro gospel, soul, and R&B sounds certain nostalgists crave and just about anyone can enjoy. He’s back today with a pair of tracks from his second album, and they suggest … More »
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.”
There’s already been at least one star-studded benefit to aid those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. And tonight, musicians including Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and James Taylor are coming together for Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas, a concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin to benefit the Dell Foundation’s Rebuild … More »