Sally Cinnamon is one of the nation’s premier DJs and party starters, here are her top ten tracks of 2020.
Little Simz – Point & Kill
Best track and video by a long shot from 2021 this totally blew me away. Little Simz has featured on a couple of previous top tens of the year for me, watching her go from strength to strength each year makes my heart sing, now she’s stepped up to the throne this year. She is truly iconic musical royalty. This queen is untouchable.
Tirzah – Send Me
Another young London favourite. This track is dark and creepy but so feckin’ cool. It’s a meditation of sorts. It just captured me when I heard it first and then I couldn’t stop listening. I love her.
CMAT – I Don’t Really Care For You
Another cool customer, but one of our own homegrown gals with more sass and talent than a pageant kid on a rodeo horse. This was a big fave for me this year and I finally got to see her perform in my favourite venue this year, Connollys of Leap. She’s magic.
Mara TK – Highly Medicated
I hadn’t heard much about this New Zealand artist when I heard this track this year but it slid directly into my heart and it was on heavy rotashe all year on my speakers. Son of the Mauri Psychedelic hero Billy TK, this groover has the chops of an old broken hearted soulster who knows how to put a tune together. It’s just gorgeous.
Poppy Adjuha – Weakess
Another artist this year I’d barely heard of but was hooked on this track all year too. I listened to it so much, give it a spin you’ll see why. It’s just a sexy cool soulful classic.
Aaron Frazer – Bad News
This timeless groove comes from the multi-instrumentalist from Durand Jones & The Indicators, the album is produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and it has every trademark sign of it. Every track is a groove on Aaron Frazer’s debut album, Introducing….Aaron Frazer. As well as co-writing some of the tracks, Auerbach plays on a couple of them also. This whole package, freshed faced star knows what he’s at. Voice like chocolate, he represents a timelessness you’d get from Amy Winehouse or Sam Cooke. He’s onto something. It’s very easy, very cool pop music.
Kojaque – Comin’ Up
Speaking of fresh faced lads born to be a star, our very own Kojaque brought out a very compelling debut album this year. He also brought us an incredible Olympia show which I will remember forever. This is the Kojaque track I played most this year. The video is just as slick. This boy genius is so much more than a rapper.
Saint Sister – Karaoke Song
One of my favourite memories of 2021 was working with the girls on Karaoke Song, assisting the wonderful Sal’O’Hal. We had such a funny and emotional two days getting to know each other and even after two full days solid of this track on a loop it still remains a stone cold classic for me. It’s got it all and it reminds me of good fun times in a weird long year. Their album Where I Should End is just magic, cover to cover. Treat yourself.
Baxter Dury & Fred Again – Baxter (These Are My Friends)
In the handful of gigs I did actually get to play this year this was a firm favourite for me, it’s a dirty banger that evokes all the “fuck it” you could throw at this dumpster fire of year.
Gemma Dunleavy – Up De Flats
As dizzazo as this year was the music out of Ireland was absolutely unreal and Dublin was representin’ to the max. Dublin’s favourite Sherrifer buzzer Gemma Duleavy had an amazing year. Hearts around the city were perpetually swelled with pride with this gem of a tune. In a year when things feel like they are falling apart, community was such a huge crutch for people and keeping it together was of paramount importance. Another precious highlight for me this year was introducing her Boiler Room performance. I got teary every time I saw her perform this then throughout the year. Check out the Sharda remix for extra roof raisability.
UP DE FLAAATS!
Sofia Kourtesis – By Your Side
Peruvian born, Berlin based Kourtesis is rumoured to have been introduced to music production by her ex-partner Derwin Schlecker aka Gold Panda. This track along with another absolute gem ‘La Perla’ suggest so much more from this very exciting and accomplished new producer. It’s got all the qualities you might find from her peers Gold Panda, Tourist and DJ Koze. In fact it sounds to me like a beloved Koze track. Gorgeous loops and clever samples. It was a firm favourite for me this year, sadly I never got to play it loudly on a dancefloor, so I recommend banging it at your next late night kitchen shuffle. It won’t disappoint!