Every once in a while, a song will come along that is so perfectly irresistible that it demands to be played repeatedly, on a loop, for an obnoxiously extended period of time; think Daft Punk and Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” back in 2013, for instance. Since the moment of its release in February, “Slide” has been that type of song, combining effortlessly-cool vocals from Frank Ocean with an upbeat, Auto-Tuned interlude from Quavo and a witty verse from Offset that opens with the endlessly quotable, “Offset! / Good gracious / Starin’ at my diamonds while I’m hoppin’ out the spaceship.” And we haven’t even talked about the beat yet – spliced together by Harris, this chameleonic groove fits into every type of setting or playlist, whether dropped during a laid-back weekend afternoon or at the height of a packed party. “Slide” manages to capture some of music’s premier innovators at the height of their powers, and the result is the best song of the year so far. – D.R.
Apple Music Algorithm: Okay, indie, alt, and a splash of hip-hop and pop! Easy & done. Here’s some playlists for you.
Apple Music Algorithm: Oh! I see you’ve added some music from our “Trashy EDM” genre! That ties pretty well into pop so I’ll just recommend you some dance-pop.
Apple Music Algorithm, mildly confused: That’s…… a lot of French music, friend. Here’s a Muse song that has French in it?
Apple Music Algorithm, putting together a haphazard board with red string: Wow okay so we got some classic funk being played, and a lot of French DJs, and a lot of French DJs take cues from classic funk, so I guess we can recommend….. Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell again? Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft. Pharrel again.
Apple Music Algorithm, thoroughly confused: What the fuck is a Fallout and why do I suddenly have a dozen 1950’s songs gumming up a fine tuned algorithm.
Apple Music Algorithm, on the verge of an emotional breakdown: What the fuck is an electroswing.
Apple Music Algorithm: I’m only giving you playlists with 8 songs on them because I hate you.
Apple Music Algorithm: Oh hey I see you like Ed Sheeran, ever heard of Taylor Swift?