Top Songs Of 2016, Part 4

Part 4 of my series of my favorite songs of 2016 is similar to the previous three parts. If I’ve written about a song previously on the blog, I will link to the post that features it. I am featuring five songs every day from Monday to Friday; the complete series will list the songs in alphabetical order. The previous three parts can be found in the following spots:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Kindred The Family Soul, “Never Know”: Fatin and Aja Dantzler, the husband and wife duo known as Kindred The Family Soul, have been recording now for almost fifteen years. Every album has been solid, and their latest, Legacy Of Love, continues the tradition that they have set on their previous releases. Their music focuses on positive uplifting messages and a view of romance that is more adult oriented than most of what passes for current R&B. “Never Know,” the track I’ve selected for my list, is a song about being ready for what might come, because you never know when something good is around the corner. That’s a message I can get behind.

Euge Groove, “Push It Forward”: From his album Still Euge, the former Tower of Power horn man known as Euge Groove has another winner on his hands. “Push It Forward” was featured in a Smooth Jazz Sunday post back in August. At that time, I made note of Euge Groove’s facility with songs that were based on his love of R&B and gospel music, and this song fits the bill in that regard. It’s perfect for chilling, and it’s one of my favorites from his album, which I have kept in heavy rotation since its release.

Bop Alloy, “The Sub Way”: Maryland rapper Substantial teams up with producer Marcus D to form the group Bop Alloy. The duo released an EP entitled Present over the summer and this lead track caught my ear instantly. I also featured this song on the blog back in June. I’ve been a fan of Substantial for years, and it was nice to hear his rhymes grace my ears again. I like this song because of the way he flows over the track, and his listing of Metro stops and Maryland locations brings a smile to this local guy’s face. Substantial is scheduled to release a new album early next year; you can bet I’ll be looking out for it.

Kandace Springs, “Thought It Would Be Easier”: 2016 was a breakout year of sorts for Kandace Springs. After releasing an EP of R&B styled music two years ago, Springs decided that she wasn’t singing or playing the music she wanted to play. After signing with Blue Note Records, she scrapped the songs she was working on for her debut to write, perform and produce the music that was in her heart. From her album Soul Eyes comes this gem of a song about how she thought life would be easier after an ex-lover’s departure. Her style of music is more in a jazzy vein than the R&B she had previously performed; the decision to switch has given her lots of acclaim in the music press. She recently performed in the local area, and I’m so sad that I missed her. Maybe I can catch her the next time she comes around.

Drake featuring Rihanna, “Too Good”: Perhaps the most unlikely song to land on this list. I’m not a huge fan of Drake, and my feelings about Rihanna I’ve mentioned before, most recently in this post. Yet, this collaboration works for me. The second of two songs the pair released in 2016, I find this one to be markedly better than “Work,” which appeared on Rihanna’s album Anti. Unfortunately, I can’t find the exact version of the song on YouTube; the version I have posted below appears to be at a faster speed than the album version of the song.

That’s the end of Part 4; for those of you that have followed along, thanks for your comments and your patience. Part 5 will conclude my list tomorrow. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

16 Replies to “Top Songs Of 2016, Part 4”

  1. Hello Tracy, hope your day is good. I’ve had more time to listen to the songs you posted today. I enjoyed these. I was trying to find the lyrics for the Kindred Soul song, I enjoyed it. I’m also a Euge Groove fan but need to catch up with this Album. Thank you for all the effort and passion you put into collating these collections .
    I found this version of the “Too good” not sure if it’s the version you were looking for. I’ll be catching up with the songs I haven’t heard before.
    Best Wishes. Chevvy

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    1. Thank you Chevvy! I think the version you have is a bit different than the one I am familiar with. It actually sounds like the one I posted, just not as high pitched, or as fast. The rumor is that because Drake has signed an exclusive content deal with Apple music, his actual songs can’t be featured on YouTube. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but whatever…

      As for the Kindred song, that is one of the best from their new album. They sing what is called around here “grown folks music.” Meaning they deal with adult concerns and situations, and don’t try to “dumb it down” for the younger people. It’s one of the reasons I love their music. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find lyrics for “Never Know” either. I hope you had a great day, and thanks for following along and listening. 🙂

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      1. I like the “grown folks” music – explains why I like the song ha!ha! As for the Drake song, if the version I posted is illegal ( not sure which aren’t) You are welcome to remove it.
        Talking about lyrics – I remember those days when we would replay the record or rewind the cassette to write down the words😀 Best. Chevvy

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    1. Thank you Susan! Although I will say things about Rihanna like “my eyes love what my ears despise,” or “as a singer, she’s a good looking woman”, I can’t deny that she has a truckload of hits; a good number of which I actually like. I just think that “Too Good” is a better song than “Work,” which I found to be just annoying. I heard a band try to play it in a go-go style and it wasn’t much help. LOL.

      I’ll be looking forward to your insightful comments for the last five tomorrow! Thanks so much for your support.

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