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All music has collaboration baked right into it. No music is made in a vacuum. Even the most insular singers, songwriters, and producers are borrowing inspiration from their heroes. As a fan of music, I especially love collaborations because they open new doors to new music I may not have found otherwise. When I had to make a list of 5 of my favourite collaborations, I wanted each one to represent a sum greater than the parts, and also be on my current heavy rotation playlist. Anyway, here are 5 of my favourite songs right now that rely heavily on collaboration.
PC Music & Charli XCX
I think it’s safe to say that PC Music (especially SOPHIE and A.G. Cook) benefit from the exposure Charli XCX brings, and Charli XCX has changed from a fairly M.O.R. pop singer to one of the coolest kids in town by introducing “Bubble Gum Bass” to a wider audience.
Louis Cole & Genevieve Artadi
L.A.-based KNOWER are one of my favourite acts of the past few years. Louis and Genevieve are each involved in a handful of acts but KNOWER finds a transcendent bit of magic between the two.
Jonah Nilsson & Richard Bona
This one is more of a feature I’ve been obsessed with for a few months. Jonah Nilsson (the singer for Dirty Loops) has the incredible bassist Richard Bona on his first solo single since singing with Quincy Jones’ management company and it’s practically dripping with MJ goodness.
Anomalie & Rob Araujo
Anomalie is merging the worlds of jazz and electronic music in a way that I’ve rarely seen done so effortlessly. “Hang Glide” also brings one of my favourite young innovative neo-soul pianists into that mix.
Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar
I don’t trust any jazz radio station that doesn’t play Kendrick or Flylo since they’re at the forefront of the future of that all-too-often conservative music. “Never Catch Me” is a Kendrick feature on You’re Dead, but Flylo’s influence and even production are felt all over Kendrick’s work, especially To Pimp a Butterfly.
You can check out the music video for Pusher’s new track, BTDT with Caroline Kole.