Jack Grace – “All Lost” // Slava Semeniuta

What could have been a saccharine piano ballad becomes something else entirely due to clever production and a brutally honest performance from Jack Grace. “I shouldn’t love you” is the defining line here, and you feel every part of the emotional smoke-bomb as Grace tries to balance self-preservation, loneliness, genuine care for the object of his affections, and unadulterated heartbreak. It’s all driven by gritty boom-bap drums and hip-hop influences that mirror the speaker’s attempt to seem cool and collected – even as he wails “Please don’t tell me” as the song drifts away to nothing.