The B Tribe’s Music Correspondent, B.Roz, on ear-candy. She also writes here. When she’s not thinking tennis.


Welcome to Beats at The B Tribe, where we discuss, dance, sing along and rock out to music from around the world.
I know, it’s already the end of April, but it’s the weekend, and we’re declaring our ten must-listens from the first quarter of 2016.


Closing Shot” – Lindstrøm

SPACE>DISCO>SHIMMERY>SYNTHS>HANDCLAPS> It’s never too early for summer dancing.

Formation” – Beyoncé

I like how “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation” could just as easily be heard as “now let’s get information”.

Drone Bomb Me” – ANOHNI

ANOHNI finds beauty in darkness, in this song written from the perspective of a girl seeking death after her family was killed in a drone attack.

Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón” – Alex Anwandter

Like his 2012 single “Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo?” (“How can you live with yourself?”), Chilean popstar Alex Anwandter’s latest serves as both personal account and a metaphor for a wider struggle against homophobia.

“It’s Always Friday in My Heart” is, in many ways, a joyous tribute to the weekend, but it’s also a call for the destruction of inert cultural and political institutions. Heavy subject matter for this glittery disco track.

Rinse & Repeat” – Riton ft. Kah-Lo
Just do what it says.
The Pop Kids” – Pet Shop Boys
I’m generally ambivalent about gratuitous nostalgia (looking at you, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) but it can be nice sometimes – like when PSB releases a song that sounds as good as anything they released 20 years ago.

Galaxy” – Ladies’ Code

It’s not easy to come back after losing two of your members in a tragic road accident, but Korean girl group Ladies’ Code shows us how it’s done with this stylish, yearning number. Those jazzy phrasings in the chorus alone! Anything more upbeat – or worse, a ballad – would have rung false.

Girl Next Door” – Brandy Clark

“So baby, if you want the girl next door, go next door”

A propulsive and defiant kiss-off, and an excellent addition to the sassy Southern girl canon.

Waves (remix)” – Miguel ft. Kacey Musgraves
Miguel’s original from 2015 gets a sultry rework.
I didn’t know I wanted a smoky steel guitar R&B/country duet in my life.
Flashbacks” – Emika
One of the things that make Emika’s music stand out from the current crop of dark, gothy, female-produced electronica is how menacing it sounds. Tremendous sound design.