skating through the pandemic: Stephanie Clark

Hi Stephanie! It’s such a pleasure to meet you in real life. You’re the first person I’ve met on Instagram and then brought to a real-life photo shoot. I’m such a fan of your joy and plant exuberance and kindness. First question: tell me about your paintings! I just found out you’re also an artist (in addition to all your other amazing hobbies and career pursuits). How did you get started? Why is painting your favorite medium?

Drawing and painting are things I’ve done for as long as I can remember, but I started using my current style of acrylic painting when I entered high school. I started experimenting with a lot of different mediums around that time, and acrylic paint turned out to be my favorite. I can usually produce some pretty bold, solid colors with it, and I love that it dries quickly. My favorite thing about painting is that it allows me to observe and reproduce colors that may not be immediately obvious when you look at something. There’s a whole rainbow of colors even in items that appear to have only one! 

What experiences have you been able to enjoy because of art?
There are so many treasured experiences that being a part of the West Michigan art community has given me, but my most recent favorites have been doing murals for the city of Grand Rapids this summer, hosting my first in-person art sale during the May 2021 Art Hop (I was sponsored by the lovely Kalamazoo State Theatre), and seeing my work get tattoed. There is truly no feeling like seeing something I drew immortalized on someone’s skin, and several really cool people gave me that joy this year! I am deeply honored that my art is a part of some people’s daily lives.

I‘d love to know about your research projects and experiences.
I started my first round of field research in the summer of 2018 right after my junior year of college. I had recently decided that I wanted to be an Ecologist instead of a Veterinarian, and I knew that spending a summer deep in the woods of rural Michigan would help me figure out if this was the right path.

My research partner and I were studying an invasive plant species called Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) at the gorgeous Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, and since I’d lived my entire life in the city of Grand Rapids, I felt like I was entirely out of my depth at first. I was battling a pretty intense phobia of insects at the time (which is ironic given my current research), so there was definitely an adjustment period. I ended up conquering my fear by learning as much as I could about the insects I frequently encountered, and eventually I became very comfortable with them and the outdoors by the end of that summer.

That’s awesome!

I graduated with my B.S. in Biological Sciences at the end of 2018 and immediately started working for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) as an Environmental Education intern. This experience allowed me to develop a passion for science communication and sharing my love of plants and insects with different audiences. In the second half of 2019 I began working for both Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners and The Plant Parlor in Grand Rapids. I was able to develop my skills as an entomologist by trapping and identifying ants in the lab while also strengthening my skills as a botanist by memorizing everything I could about the plants I tended.

I’m currently in the second year of my PhD, and my research centers on how butterflies and moths are affected by climate change and human activity. There’s a massive and very concerning insect decline happening worldwide, and I want to do my part to help figure it out. Although plants are not the main focus of my research anymore, I still get to feed my inner botanist by raising thousands of them for my caterpillars to demolish each summer. Since my entire graduate school experience has been during the pandemic, it’s certainly been difficult in some unforeseen ways, but I am forever grateful that I get to study and interact with the organisms I love all the time. 

Absolutely! I imagine that it’s incredibly satisfying to combine so many of your interests and loves in your studies. New topic: what advice can you offer someone wanting to “make peace” with their body and their way of moving?
I started roller skating a few months before entering a very painful time in my life, and it was the only activity that helped me feel anything other than turmoil for a long time. When I was at my worst, skating was the only thing that got a genuine smile out of me due to the sheer joy of what my body could do. Whether its skating or any other type of movement – my best advice is to let it transcend your thoughts and become a form of meditation. Use it as a way to celebrate and check in with your physical body since we live our whole lives in these strange little meat suits. Even if we never make peace with all parts of ourselves, movement can help us make incredible amounts of progress.


What’s your favorite thing about living in Michigan? Your least favorite?

Due to the oddity of my profession, I get to live in the woods and observe some incredibly beautiful wildlife every day. Living in rural Michigan has given me so much insight into who am without the convenience and bustle of a city. My spiritual beliefs are entirely nature-based, so being immersed in the seasonal changes of the woods around me has been insightful and comforting in ways I didn’t know I needed. My least favorite things about Michigan are the cold and the racists.

Ugh, yep, both of those things suck in very different ways. Thank you for your honesty! Last question: where do you draw inspiration? What art, books, music, etc. bring you joy and/or insight?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my dreams and nature. I have had extremely vivid, meaningful, and intense dreams since I was a child, and I’ve found that documenting them over the past year has given me endless fuel for my artistic endeavors. My favorite animals, snakes and crows, are often in my dreams and in my art. When drawing or painting organisms, I almost always reference natural science field guides for anatomy and color. The artists whose work is featured in these books have my undying respect due to how detailed and realistic their craft is required to be. I have several insect, plant, and bird field guides in my personal library and am always looking for more! 

Follow Stephanie’s adventures on Instagram and check out her art here!

The 2021 hyypelist of books

POETRY

1. Burying the Mountain by Shangyang Fang

2. Water I Won’t Touch by Kayleb Rae Candrilli ($14.72 at Bookshop.org)

3. Tortillera by Caridad Moro-Gronlier

4. Yellow Rain by Mai Der Vang

5. Embouchure by Emilia Phillips

6. My Darling From The Lions by Rachel Long ($15.59)

7. Goldenrod by Maggie Smith

8. Hex & Howl by Simone Muench & Jackie K. White (Black Lawrence Press)

9. The Echo Chamber by Michael Bazzett

10. The Vault by Andrés Cerpa

11. Waveland by Ösel Jessica Plante

12. No Ruined Stone by Shara McCallum

13. Sawgrass Sky by Andrew Hemmert

14. Peach State by Adrienne Su

15. Philomath: Poems by Devon Walker-Figueroa


FICTION

  1. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

    This novel is intense and delightful and grief-laden. Angeline Boulley weaves 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine into a story of loss, drug addiction, and familial bonds. I couldn’t put it down after the fourth chapter. I don’t want to spoil it too much so just trust me, you’ll be swept up in the drama and beauty of this story.
  2. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid ($16.99 at Bookshop.org)

    Wow! If you’re familiar with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previous works, — particularly The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six — it’ll come as no surprise to you that Malibu Rising knocks it out of the park again. This story follows a family living in Malibu from the 1960s through 1983; four siblings throw an annual party and unlock secrets of their parents’ past, grapple with financial strains and gains, and learn how to become their own persons, separate and lively outside of the expectations of others and the eyes of the public.
  3. The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

    This novel is perfect for those whose hearts are tugged at the slightest mention of soil quality deterioration, water pollution, and pesticide overuse. The Seed Keeper details the homegoing of Rosalie Iron Wing, a farmer who retraces her Dakota roots; then, the novel turns and begins retelling the slaughter and displacement of the Dakota peoples in the 1800s, tribal recollections rich with wisdom and yearning. Through the weaving together of generational stories, this book reminds readers of the importance of seeds, Indigenous worldviews, and each other.
  4. Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo 

    This haunting novel-in-verse follows young Nima as she decodes the truth behind her birth and chases a higher self-esteem and sense of belonging. Outstanding story and gorgeous writing, although I’d expect nothing less from Safia Elhillo!
  5. Tell Me How To Be by Neel Patel

    I was completely unfamiliar with Neel Patel before picking up Tell Me How To Be, so I’ll admit I judged it by its cover and was blown away by the intricate prose and quick-paced narration. The story follows two narrators: Renu, an immigrant mother who has just lost her husband and is figuring out where her life will go after his passing; and her son Akash, an amateur music producer and lyricist who has never come out to his family as gay and is struggling to love and live and find freedom. A five-star read. Such a fantastic and emotional journey.
  6. The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado
  7. Imagine a Death by Janice Lee
  8. Heartwood by Nikky Finney
  9. Mixed Company: Stories by Jenny Shank
  10. When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

NONFICTION
Memoirs, Essays, Politics

  1. Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Ladau

    Hello! Disabled reader here! This book is truly amazing and a MUST-READ for everyone. @emilyladau has done a fantastic job of explaining, empathizing with, and encapsulating what it’s like to be a disabled person in an ableist world.

    I learned so much about my own experiences and gained vocabulary to discuss barriers to access. Pain and chronic illness is something that ALWAYS exists in my functioning and living. I’m never not-disabled. I’m never in a situation where my disabilities and pain aren’t affecting my experience. I also learned how much of my language is still stuck in ableist patterns (particularly the words stupid and dumb, which I’m now actively trying to replace).

    I also learned about the history of disability activism and the fight for rights, which extends into today and will continue to be a major fight for years to come (unfortunately).

    This book is hella important, hella wise, and hella necessary. As Emily points out, disability is the only identity that anyone could take on at any time (especially right now with so many folks experiencing severe long-term effects from covid).
  2. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner ($24.79)

    Michelle Zauner, the voice and musician behind Japanese Breakfast, writes through her childhood and teen years, exploring both the closeness and standoffishness of her relationship with her mother. When her mother becomes sick, she and her partner change their lives to pause their creative pursuits and make the last months of her mother’s life memorable and lasting; this memoir is grief-heavy in the best way possible.
  3. Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sun ($18.39)

    Outstanding mini-essays that can be both meditations and discussion starters. Both written and illustrated by Jonny Sun, Goodbye, Again offers insight into his life and anxieties that is sharp and relatable. I highly recommend this collection, especially for the busy reader.
  4. Space-Time Colonialism: Alaska’s Indigenous and Asian Entanglements by Juliana Hu Pegues
  5. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell
  6. New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims edited by Kazim Ali
  7. Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab
  8. The Precipice by Noam Chomsky

    Fantastic political writing that’s helped me personally understand what the $*%)# is going on in the minds of many I care about who are misguided and trusting in an ideology that harms everyone but the rich.
  9. Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and Grief by Victoria Chang
  10. Sexual Justice by Alexandra Brodsky
  11. Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing by Andrew Ross
  12. A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris
  13. I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream by Richard Antoine White
  14. The Unseen Body: A Doctor’s Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy by Jonathan Reisman
  15. Being a Human by Charles Foster

Nonfiction: Nature Writing

  1. The Atlas of a Changing Climate by Brian Buma
  2. The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy
  3. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
  4. Our National Forests: Stories from America’s Most Important Public Lands by Greg M. Peters
  5. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Additional Mentions

Book of the Other: small in comparison by Truong Tran

The 2021 hyypelist of music

Don’t just read the rankings! Listen to the Spotify playlist here:

2021’s best emerging artist

PawPaw Rod

2021’s best albums

Call Me If You Get Lost
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. Liquor Store by Remi Wolf
  3. Drayan! by Kai Whiston
  4. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  5. Loving in Stereo by Jungle
  6. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  7. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, the Creator
  8. Friends That Break Your Heart by James Blake
  9. LP! by JPEGMAFIA
  10. WINK by CHAI
  11. Vince Staples by Vince Staples
  12. Long Lost by Lord Huron
  13. By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Injury Reserve
  14. Screen Violence by CHVRCHES
  15. Scaled and Icy by Twenty One Pilots
  16. a liquid breakfast by AUDREY NUNA
  17. The Rise & Fall of Loverboy by Sir Sly
  18. Mood Valiant by Hiatus Kaiyote
  19. Elephant in the Room by Mick Jenkins
  20. All Day Gentle Hold! by Porches
  21. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power by Halsey
  22. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings by Various Artists
  23. Mother by Cleo Sol
  24. DEACON by serpentwithfeet
  25. Super Monster by Claud
  26. if i could make it go quiet by girl in red
  27. Hotel Surrender by Chet Faker
  28. Floatin’ by Cool Company
  29. I Know I’m Funny haha by Faye Webster
  30. A Woman by Qveen Herby
  31. CHROMATOPIA by NoMBe
  32. And Then Life Was Beautiful by Nao
  33. Any Shape You Take by Indigo De Souza
  34. The Fight (Remixed / Extended) by Overcoats
  35. Butterfly 3000 by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  36. I’ve Got Some Living To Do by Jelani Aryeh
  37. Big Femme Energy Volume 1 by Femme It Forward
  38. Today We’re the Greatest by Middle Kids
  39. Smiling With No Teeth by Genesis Owusu
  40. A Woman by Qveen Herby
  41. Ostinato, by Xavier Euphory
  42. Fun House by Hand Habits
  43. Harmony House by Dayglow
  44. Going Mainstream by Coast Modern
  45. Letter Blue by Wet
  46. The Million Masks of God by Manchester Orchestra
  47. Sunny Boy by Ritt Momney
  48. Out in the Ether by Kevin Devine
The Rise & Fall of Loverboy

2021’s best EPs

  1. A PawPaw Rod EP by PawPaw Rod
  2. Sad Night Dynamite by Sad Night Dynamite
  3. Full Circle by Hamzaa
  4. SG8* by Duckwrth
  5. LUNO by Blood Cultures
  6. Civilisation by Kero Kero Bonito
  7. Hallowqveen by Qveen Herby
  8. parallel universe pt. 1 by Alaina Castillo
  9. Are You Happy by NNAMDÏ
  10. Scout by Samia
  11. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Deb Never
  12. AZEB by Mereba
  13. NEGATIVE by EKKSTACY
  14. Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 by Tkay Maidza
  15. MONOPHOBIA by Reality Check
  16. MOTOR FUNCTION by binki
  17. Four° In Winter by Rachel Chinouriri
  18. The Witness by SUUNS
  19. Voyager by Valerie Broussard
  20. Digital Meadow by Dora Jar
  21. A Piper for Janet by Cosmo Pyke
  22. Stein $200 by Louis Prince
  23. And Friends by Jae Stephens
  24. Ode by Kwaku Asante
  25. Table for Two by Lucky Daye
  26. See The Hue by Atlantic Canyons
  27. Fragments of a Dying Star by Dispirited Spirits
  28. Masquerade by Darren Criss
AZEB by Mereba

The Endangered Mussels of Eastern North America Rise Up

Green blossoms blanket the streambed and white
and purple cat’s paws tread among them.

All are welcome to the rebellion of filtration.

Mussels, if they had eyes,
Would see only through the shifting light
Of flowing water so they don’t discriminate for looks.
Wartybacks and threeridges,
Pimplebacks and tubercled blossoms,
Monkeyfaces and sheepsnoses
Are all there.

A purple bankclimber scouts the way

And a pale Lilliput and littlewing pearly
Shall lead them.

Even those that sound like fighters—
Snuffboxes, cracking pearlymussels,
Pink muckets and scaleshells—
Aren’t.

Theirs is a bottom rebellion.
Filtering runoff,
Rebounding after dams come down.

For years they have
And for years they will
Flail their unprotected flesh
Outside the spectacle cases of their shells
And lure a fish to bear their offspring upstream.

Some future generation will do so without
The names of industry or exploitation.


Andrew Blok is a freelance environmental journalist and writer living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is slowly but steadily learning all he can about Michigan’s native plants and animals. Despite growing up on the west coast, he has come to love the Great Lakes.

things I did not inherit from my mother

The green thumb that stems from her palm,
dredging up plants and settling them into the earth
like children tucked into beds. I can’t help
the envy I have for these roots being nurtured.
I wish I too could bloom
from the underground.

The way she pulses magic through her palmistry,
she creates without having to
lift a finger.

I did not get the patience of my mother:
a beautiful virtue which makes her seem saintly.
I collapse,
I deconstruct,
while she in all her years has learned
to build
from

nothing.


Emily Ferrera is a professional writer in Grand Rapids. Poetry is her passion, but she loves all things creative and does photography, illustration, and sewing projects in her spare time.

head full of bees

I think my head is full of bees.
And they’re just buzzing,
And buzzing
And buzzing
And they won’t shut up.

They aren’t buzzing extra loud.
And they definitely aren’t doing it quietly.
But they just won’t stop.

I’ve tried to make them go away,
Or even just be quiet.
I’ve tried, and tried,
And tried.
But nothing ever happens.

I think the bees just don’t care.
So I guess I’ve learned to accept,
That the bees will always be here.


Kaydence is a tenth-grade student at City High Middle, they often find themselves writing poetry alone, only to then want to share it with the world. They enjoy drawing, cooking, fantasy world-building, and listening to music. They’ve found that they have always been drawn to the arts and have no plans on changing that about themself.

Phases

If you thought
the moon was missing
one piece this morning,
like a bone-white china cup
carelessly dropped
by someone

please remember:
the moon is always whole—

It’s just sometimes
she will show you
her whole shape,
her roundness, her grace
when she is reflecting
hot light from the sun.

Other times

she won’t.


Colleen Alles is a writer living in West Michigan. Her first full-length poetry collection, After the 8-Ball, is forthcoming in March of 2022 from Cornerstone Press (The University of Wisconsin). When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys distance running and spending time with her family. You can find her online at www.colleenalles.com, on Instagram at ColleenAlles_author, and on Twitter at @ColleenAlles.

laura armenta: breath & Movement

Hi, Laura! Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! I look up to you so much — taking a belly dancing class while in university changed my life and self-esteem and creative goals. And I’m positive that many of your other students have had profound experiences in your dance studio as well.

What experiences have you been able to enjoy because of dance?  
Dance has given me freedom of expression, both artistically and personally. Through the power of dance I have been able to travel and perform, as well as teaching. I have met many wonderful humans and my dance friends from my youth are now my chosen family. Dance is everything

I’d love to know about the response from the communities you’ve danced in and taught in— how have others used your wisdom in their own lives? 
My Dance repertoire as performer and teacher is vast, therefore my exchange and experiences are also diverse. I have worked with groups with various disabilities, and that probably is my most rewarding experience, when I bring a smile to kids faces or adults that are visually impaired and they experience freedom or joy and excitement with movement in my classes. Another favorite of mine is, bringing some of my world dance performances to communities where the audience would not normally be exposed to West African, West Asian or Indian outfits, instruments or rhythms. I think It is awesome to show folks that we have more in common than not across cultures. Another one is, (pre-pandemic) I have created multiple Contemporary Dance Performances in small venues as fundraisers for domestic violence programs. Being able to express the topic artistically is wonderful. I have had audience members in tears telling me how much they appreciate the message, the awareness and the way to present such a difficult topic.

What advice can you offer someone wanting to “make peace” with their body and their way of moving? 

Oh! Humm! (thinking!) Besides the art of dance, my expertise extends into holistic disciplines as well. So, my belief is that our physical body holds our history, our memories, our experiences. Sometimes we are aware of it, sometimes we might not be. But, truly the natural wisdom of the body is majestic. The Translation of the word Yoga from Sanskrit language is: Union – bringing together. When –in a gentle way, we begin to develop that UNION with ourselves (and from within), and understand that we are ONE entity. Energetically and Physically. Our thoughts become emotions, and emotions turn into a physical manifestation. Therefore, “peace or war” with our body is “peace or war” with everything that constitutes our existence. Micro steps into positivity, will always be better than none! Our body sings or screams to us daily! it is a matter of…. are we listening. Focusing on our breath, which is another separate topic, the magnificent experience of breathing. that by itself is movement. we move daily subtly or largely, but we move. Breathing expands our chest, our ribs, breathing keeps us alive. Letting the natural rhythm of life guide us is the best way to become one and in peace. Touch your chest, focus on your breath and let that natural rhythm guide you/us into gratitude for being alive and whole. Letting that rhythm expand into a larger spine undulation and now we are dancing. Dancing from the inside out.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Michigan? I am madly in love with Mishigami (lake michigan). I think it is a superb privilege to have access to such beauty. 
Your least favorite? I can say plenty of dislikes, but I am here to change things. Since 1998, I have been creating and giving, in order to transform and contribute rather than object.

Thank you so much for your wisdom and honesty! It can be really difficult to remember that we’re also responsible for helping change things instead of just criticizing the way things are. Last question: where do you draw inspiration? 
I get inspired by a lot of items. I love learning. I have an ambitious brain. Multigenerational friendships and collaborations is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. I also love reading and learning about female stories of endurance, strength, survival and such. And, Film, I love film – in fact I want to become a film director sooner than later. I also like collaborating with artists of other media like musicians, poets, or painters and create movement, create choreography from what their colors or voices make me feel. Also nature! I guess everything can be an inspiration; I tend to be dramatic, and I chose to be a dancer to express my sorrows, my joys, my dreams. Dancing is my language. Movement and Dance is how I see the world.

Visit Laura online on her website and Instagram or book a class in-person at Armentality Movement Arts Center, located downtown Grand Rapids in the Masonic Building!

THE 2020 MUSIC HYYPELISTS

The Top 50 Albums

  1. Dreamland by Glass Animals
  2. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez by Gorillaz
  3. SuperGood by Duckwrth
  4. Ugly is Beautiful by Oliver Tree 
  5. Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otro Demonios) by Kali Uchis
  6. Ceremony by Phantogram
  7. The Ascension bySufjan Stevens
  8. Nightmare Vacation by Rico Nasty
  9. RTJ4 by Run The Jewels 
  10. Heavy Light by U.S. Girls
  11. Have You Lost Your Mind yet? by Fantastic Negrito
  12. how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX
  13. SUGA by Kyle Dion
  14. The New Abnormal by The Strokes
  15. Shabrang by Sevdaliza
  16. BRAT by NNAMDÏ
  17. THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW by Amaarae
  18. WOMB by Purity Ring
  19. Heaven to a Tortured Mind by Yves Tumor
  20. It Is What It Is by Thundercat
  21. The Slow Rush by Tame Impala
  22. Hold Space For Me by Orion Sun
  23. Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between by Man Man
  24. SAWAYAMA by Rina Sawayama
  25. Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle
  26. Bubba by KAYTRANADA
  27. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  28. Burrows by Caro
  29. BMO’s Mixtape (Gilligan Moss Remix) by Adventure Time
  30. Black Hole Rainbow by Devon Gilfillian
  31. New Me, Same Us by Little Dragon
  32. Set My Heart On Fire Immediately by Perfume Genius
  33. Free Love by Sylvan Esso
  34. THE ANXIETY by THE ANXIETY
  35. Women in Music Pt. III by HAIM
  36. Black Pumas by Black Pumas
  37. Shore by Fleet Foxes
  38. 3.15.20 by Childish Gambino
  39. Purple Neon by Washed Out
  40. graæ by Moses Sumney
  41. Cape God by Allie X
  42. Untitled (Rise) by SAULT
  43. Myopia by Agnes Obel
  44. We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches
  45. Essence by Simon Sez
  46. Miss Colombia by Lido Pimienta
  47. K.G. by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  48. Superstar by Caroline Rose
  49. Fetch The Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
  50. folklore by Taylor Swift



The Top 30 EPs

  1. I’m Allergic to Dogs! by Remi Wolf
  2. Drop 6 by Little Simz
  3. Nüdes by Moonchild Sanelly
  4. ROSETTA by Dua Saleh
  5. CYCLE/S by MIA GLADSTONE
  6. Life on Other Planets by Moon Hooch
  7. Rise by WILLOW
  8. A Long Walk by Chong the Nomad
  9. Side A by TENDER
  10. Growing Pains by Inner State 81
  11. In The Darkest Of Nights, Let The Birds Sing by Foster the People
  12. Born Ready by Frank Waln
  13. The Circus by Mick Jenkins
  14. Parachute by Petit Biscuit
  15. NATURAL CHAOTIC by Dounia
  16. 5EPs by Dirty Projectors
  17. EP9 by Qveen Herby  
  18. Alien by Morgan
  19. Friend Goals by Tank and the Bangas
  20. 2020 by SBTRKT
  21. Blue Bird by Jasmine Cephas-Jones
  22. At Sixes and Sevens by Tiana Major9
  23. Do The Damn Thing by The Soul Motivators
  24. What’s Going On by Devon Gilfillian
  25. Covers by James Blake
  26. Chasing the Golden Hour, Pt. III by GRiZ
  27. That’s All For Now by Lady Ace Boogie
  28. Anyway by May Erlewine and Woody Goss
  29. Side A by LEISURE
  30. Taaqtuq Ubluriaq: Dark Star by Piqsiq

Editor’s Note: A special thank you to the following people for their invaluable input and recommendations: Robert Fraser, Schyler Perkins, John Akers, Jess Martin, Ian Seasly, Nicole LaRae, Jack Dawdy, Issac Powrie, and Devon Cunningham.