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    Starrah

    Starrah had already worked on two of our favorite songs of 2016 before she released her own brilliant single "Rush." The Los Angeles-based artist is a songwriter as well as solo act, and she has credits on songs like Rihanna's "Needed Me" and Travis Scott, Young Thug, and Quavo's "Pick Up The Phone." The levels are very high.

    For all those big name credits, it's "Rush" that has us mesmerized. It's the perfect balance of bubbly electronics, sticky pop hooks, and contemporary R&B style. There’s a long history of songwriters becoming stars in their own right, from Missy Elliott to Sia, and we wouldn’t bank against Starrah making a similar transition. Whatever she decides to do next, she certainly has our full attention.—Constant Gardner