With our 2019 part one playlist, Qwest TV offers the chance to revisit and refresh the musical moments that have stood out from the rest. The quality of a great song, while it hits us hard the first time we hear it, always grows and changes over time. To take stock at this mid-way point is to celebrate the freshest and most infectious new music. Wrap your ears round these.

Best tracks of 2019 (so far)

Narrowing down the tracks of 2019 into a definitive playlist has been a challenge for many reasons.

Firstly, we’ve been blessed with a rich selection of sounds since January, one that has served as an expansive, genre-bending journey for fans of Qwest TV and for all music lovers.

Our twenty-track playlist tells a part of this story, offering vibrant snapshots into the state of modern jazz, hip hop, fusion, soul, r&b, electronica and more.

On the face of it, the pieces form a broad, wide-ranging list, but they are all unified by the sense of multiculturalism and eclecticism that lives within each one.

The first part of 2019 has traced these blended pathways, forming new offshoots along the way. From the cross-continental neo-soul of Seba Kaapstad to the nationless rhythmic pathways drawn by Christian Scott’s jazz, press play and join the qwest.

To read more about these artists, dive into our coverage below:

International Soulman: Q&A with Carlton Jumel Smith

Self-Love and Struggle: Jamila Woods

Listen: Jordan Rakei Releases Introspective New Track

First Listen: Ezra Collective Drop Track Ahead of Upcoming Album

Kelly Finnigan: In the Name of the Father and Soul Music

Watch: Flying Lotus Shares Sci-Fi Visuals with Anderson .Paak

Rosalía – El Mal Querer

Louis Cole – Live Sesh and Xtra Songs

The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka Hutchings Declares


To watch incredible concerts, documentaries and archive footage featuring these 2019 trailblazers, head over to the Qwest TV platform now!

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