The Best Singles of 2016, #13


13. Jessy Lanza, “VV Violence” 

Sounding at first playful but possessing an undercurrent of menace, “VV Violence” is the most confrontational track Lanza has produced to date, both lyrically and musically. Touching on being a marginalized woman, its sense of catharsis is palpable. “I say it to your face, but it doesn’t mean a thing,” she jeers, before punctuating the line with a teasing, “No!” The arrangement quickly lunches into a classic house groove, anchored by a bassline that warps, twists, and wavers underneath Lanza’s trademark falsetto. It’s the kind of track with the potential to attract indie listeners as well ignite a dance floor.