Tag Archives: 2016

Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

‘Like clockwork, I blow it all/And get some more/Get you somebody that can do both’ – Rae Sremmurd, ‘Black Beatles’ (2016).

‘Raindrop (drip), drop top (drop top)/Smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox (cookie)’ – Migos, ‘Bad and Boujee’ (2016).

‘Who you put in your top five and claim they the saviour of rap’ – Big Sean – ‘No More Interviews’ (2016).

As time progresses, the ties between virality, specifically memes, and hip-hop become more and more synonymous. The artists become caricatured visions of the serious Continue reading Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 5-1

It all boils down to this. Vendor have sifted through viral hip-hop smashes, brooding contemplative folk, and of course, out-and-out sugary pop, to arrive at this moment. Here’s the Top 5 Tracks of 2016: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 5-1

Anna Of The North Release the Crisp ‘Oslo’

When the fragility of ‘Oslo’ is shattered by its brittle synths and thumping drums, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Nordic duo Anna Of The North for Continue reading Anna Of The North Release the Crisp ‘Oslo’

Jay Som’s Wallflower Blossoms into a Bold Extrovert on ‘The Bus Song’

Jay Som, the recording moniker of Melina Duterte, found her name via the infamous Wu-Tang Name Generator (a la Childish Gambino), but her first new track of the year, ‘The Bus Song’, demonstrates much more Continue reading Jay Som’s Wallflower Blossoms into a Bold Extrovert on ‘The Bus Song’

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 10-6

Vendor’s Best Songs of 2016 finally enters its Top 10. These next five tracks really advocate the value of artistic reinvention. Here’s numbers 10-6: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 10-6

Kaytranada’s Hot Streak Continues with the Alicia Keys Collaboration ‘Sweet F’in Love’

It’s no secret that Kaytranada had a stellar 2016. The Canadian producer’s debut album 99.9% found chart success in a number of countries and was shortlisted on a number of year-ending ‘Best Of’ compilations, even claiming the Continue reading Kaytranada’s Hot Streak Continues with the Alicia Keys Collaboration ‘Sweet F’in Love’

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 15-11

Despite just missing out on the Top 10 of 2016, these next five acts make a strong case for pushing the alternative. Here’s numbers 15-11: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 15-11

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 20-16

We’ve finally entered the Top 20 of our Best of 2016 list. Once more, the next five tracks are dominated by hip-hop and R&B, emphasising a truly stellar year for music of black origin. Here’s numbers 20-16: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 20-16

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 25-21

The next five tracks in our compilation of 2016’s finest features some welcomed returns, two emerging acts from Europe, and of course, one of the many beloved musicians that we lost over the course of the year. Here’s numbers 25-21: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 25-21

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 30-26

Amidst an ocean of ‘Best Of’ lists, it’s fascinating to see the differences in opinion and the leanings towards lesser know, more alternative genres. But at the same time, it’s good to honour the very best of the year’s pop, music’s bread and butter. The next five tracks in Vendor’s Top 50 celebrate some of the finest pop music of 2016. Here’s numbers 30-26: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 30-26