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Angel Haze is our favorite Brooklyn-based rapper, probably, and her straight-up mean debut EP, Reservation, makes you feel like a tough guy when you listen to it on the subway.
“Hey! Kids! You’ll never get it back!” Mocking the chillaxed millenials, or just sarcastically waving bon voyage to their own 90s youth with an extended middle finger, this was Brooklyn's best blast of In Utero worship this year.
Slimming down to a duo and moving well past their cutesy blog hit, “Bruises,” Chairlift’s 2012 record Something was a significant upgrade, full of snappy but cerebral new wave hits like this swell single (which might be even better as a Japanese karaoke jam).
This year, Here We Go Magic’s Teeny Lieberson debuted her new band TEEN. Their best songs favorably recalled the odd, catchy post-punk everybody was making around here in the early 00s.