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The only tracks you need to hear in December

CL says hello, Abra’s feeling sick and Bieber gets the remix treatment from London’s darkest producer

TextDaisy JonesIllustrationAlex Michael

Whether it was Ri-Ri’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” getting warped, melted and twisted by LA producer Total Freedom, Justin Bieber getting the remix treatment from London producer Dark0 or ATL oddball iLoveMakonnen auto-rapping about second chances over a DJ Mustard beat, this month saw pop get dark, deep and freaky. It wasn’t all about doom and gloom, though. Hip hop icon Missy Elliott dropped the catchiest song of the year alongside a now-iconic music video, while Korea’s “baddest female” CL teased her American debut with the uber-confident, dance-floor thud of “Hello Bitches”. And that’s without mentioning the fact that Antony Hegarty is back with a new moniker Anohni, and a new track “4 Degrees”, a glorious, string-soaked protest song against everything that’s shit in America. Turn it up, and see you next year!