Standout Songs: SZA – “CASTLES,” Gallant – “Sirens,” OnCue – “Never Do Better”
Felix Snow seems to have taken it upon himself to carve out the trademark sounds of artists like SZA, Gallant and Chippy Nonstop this year, producing hefty amounts of surreal music for the three artists, including a full EP by Chippy, four singles for Gallant, and four tracks for SZA. He covers TDE’s songstress with shivering, icy production while filling out Gallant’s ghostly R&B sound with strings, blips and other atmospheric touches. The L.A. producer has found a way to delicately meld trap with more downbeat, Weeknd-esque aesthetics, landing him in a highly desirable crossover zone that more artists are starting to catch on with. He’s worked with rappers like Bukkweat Bill and Deniro Farrar, but whoever harnesses his wintry sound will make an lasting impact in 2014.