The Best Singles of 2016, #20


20. Sälen, “Copper Kiss”

Here’s a track that came from out of nowhere to surprise me late in the year. I happened to hear it while waiting for a BBC studio session to begin, and I was awfully impressed with its minimal synthpop arrangement, the playful vocal melody, and the weirdly violent lyrics: “You’re so gross you make me sick / I’ll lose your taste with my spit / When you crack your bones / I hope they snap in half.” It turns out they’re a London trio who has put out a series of singles this year, and if the sneakily steamy “Copper Kiss” is any indication, this is an act you should keep your eyes on. Just be careful not to bite your lip. (Spotify)