Birthday is the project of Oakland-based Duran Visek. Fusing classic-sounding melodies with glitchy beats, Birthday’s music sounds very “of the moment” in the best way possible. Visek released a slew of singles earlier in the year, including my favorites Le Drugs and Babyface, which served as a manifesto for the direction his music seems to be taking. Despite remaining in the same vein sonically, his releases have seen him explore different facets of that sound in a very exciting way. Birthday followed up with his debut EP, Subtle Love, in early December collecting most of his previous singles and unreleased track Cathedrals. Although this seems like the start of the journey for Birthday, I am already so impressed with what he’s done and extremely excited to see where he goes in 2017 and beyond.