Boots: "Howl"

Producer Jordy Asher (a.k.a. Boots) got the divine stamp of approval with his work on Beyoncé. The beat on this solo release – a symphony of wobbling synths, layered moans and crosscutting rhythm crack – is another fly résumé-builder. Asher, a recovering indie-pop singer, doesn't quite have the vocal thrust it demands. But that's what gods are for.