This hasn’t been a good year for Music so far. Yes, your faves probably dropped something and it was probably underwhelming. Amidst the over-hyped and overrated crap (who wants to guess which visual album I’m subbing?), these are a few projects that deserve your attention.
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Death Grips came back, still noisy, still punk. Still able to create interesting music.
King – We Are King
Non-pretentious, melodious RnB that did not have to do the most TM to get a altBro co-sign
Denzel Curry – Imperial
Claustrophobic raps from a ‘new’ cat who still pays attention to his rapping
Animal Collective – Painting With
Animal Collective made their most accessible album yet without abandoning their sound.
Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D + Revolution
Esperanza expanded the “Jazz that rocks” concept she’s been toying around with on her live performances and it’s sounds tight.
Tweet – Charlene
If I had to recommend one RnB album released in the last five years it will probably be this one. Not only is Tweet’s voice majestic (The best Voice in RnB, in my opinion), the live instrumentation on this works so well. It’s a crime that after three solid albums she’s still overlooked.
Anderson.Paak – Malibu
The RnB that the AltBros like but less pretentous.
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
It’s Radiohead,what did you expect?
James Blake – The Colour In Anything
This album exudes warmth which is weird since it’s mostly about a relationship failing
Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
Dying friendships, social isolation, disillusionment with mental health treatments, and a cat. Those are some themes on Aesop Rock’s new album (his best since 2001). Less esoteric but still dense in wordplay. Production handled entirely by him. A great album to listen to if you’re still into words.