'21 Jam Street

Previously on Adam Riff™:


Adam Riff™'s 2021 retrospective festivities conclude with Rhyme Variance, our mate Ben's 15th year-end audio pastiche:


cover art by our mate Jon Wilcox


  1. DJ Benny C Rhyme Variance 1:09:49

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Aaaand the unmixed version with 19 bonus tracks at the end that Ben wanted to include but couldn't fit in:


Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Update:

JON
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart"
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good"
17. Kanye West – "Ultralight Beam"
18. GoldLink – "Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)"
19. Panic! at the Disco – "High Hopes"
20. Labrinth – "Still Don't Know My Name" [2019]
21. Bartees Strange – "Boomer" [2020]
22. Bo Burnham – "That Funny Feeling" [2021]

Jon: Not a particularly inspired choice, I know, but it's the song that stuck to me the most in 2021. The "this is fine" meme in song form.


ADAM ROBOT
1. Snapcase – "Typecast Modulator" [2000]
2. Rival Schools – "Travel by Telephone" [2001]
3. City of Caterpillar – "And You're Wondering How a Top Floor Could Replace Heaven" [2002]
4. Every Time I Die – "Ebolarama"
5. Codeseven – "All the Best Dreams"
6. Comeback Kid – "Wake the Dead"
7. Jesu – "Silver"
8. Rob Crow – "Up"
9. Russian Circles – "Campaign"
10. Coalesce – "Wild Ox Moan"
11. Deftones – "Rocket Skates"
12. Touché Amoré – "Home Away From Here"
13. Torche – "Kicking"
14. Coliseum – "Fuzzbang"
15. Violent Soho – "Covered in Chrome"
16. Baroness – "Chlorine and Wine"
17. Joyce Manor – "Last You Heard of Me"
18. Charly Bliss – "Westermarck"
19. Daughters – "The Reason They Hate Me"
20. Angel Du$t – "Want It All" [2019]
21. Higher Power – "Seamless" [2020]
22. Turnstile – "Holiday" [2021]

Adam Robot: From its opening, soft bass-plucking dropping straight into full-on, picking-up-nickels-from-the-floor-in-your-mesh-basketball-shorts riffs, this song really made me nostalgic for my younger hardcore roots.


BEN
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. "Trapped in the Closet" Bloc Party – "This Modern Love"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [feat. Outkast]"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk – "Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)"
15. Duke Dumont – "I Got You (feat. Jax Jones)"
16. Major Lazer × DJ Snake – "Lean On (feat. MØ)"
17. G.L.O.S.S. – "Give Violence a Chance"
18. Kendrick Lamar – "DNA."
19. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – "I Like It"
20. Lil Nas X – "Old Town Road – Remix (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)" [2019]
21. Dua Lipa – "Physical" [2020]
22. AJR – "Way Less Sad" [2021]

Ben: Built on a Simon and Garfunkel sample that was originally intended for Cardi B, my song of 2021 is an ode to feeling better than before, which is exactly what 2021 was – crappy, but less crappy than 2020.


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