Wow 2015! A year of phenomenal music. Here is a look back at the albums we could not get enough of:
Future + Drake: What a Time to Be Alive; Collaborations can be tough. Different styles, different sounds, they sometimes just don’t mix. That is why this album gets the nod. Future’s slow drawl, mixed with Drake’s clarity and signature melodic raps, work wonders. Whether you feel like Drake came out on top or you’re a die hard Future fan, what makes the album work is just that; they both killed it while allowing each other to shine. All in all, it feels cohesive and down right raw.
Jah Cure: The Cure; What can we say about this record that we haven’t already (The Cure was named reggae album of the year by the KingstontoLA crew)? Jah Cure redefined the roots reggae revival, with his phenomenal record. This album is a seminal project in Jah’s career and really shows off his virtuosity as a singer. It’s up for a Grammy, and we say it should snag the award. The nomination basically says it all.
Miguel: Wildheart; Miguel crafted a sound all his own on this record. Foregoing a more R&B lane, Miguel takes Prince Rock, a Parliament Funkadelic-West Coast riding feel, and brings it to the forefront to create the feel of this record. It is as romantic as it is introspective. A great all around record for those looking for a cool, down.
Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly; Kendrick is King. It sure feels that way when you explore his current creation filled with revolution, g-funk era salutes, and always on point lyricism. You can’t beat Kendrick at his craft. You can only join him in the celebration of his vision.
Jamie XX: In Colour; This album took us by surprise a bit. We have always like Jamie XX’s sound, but the album’s best moments are embedded deep within songs. Their changes, tempos, and constant drive. In fact, it’s a bit like an 2015 Drive soundtrack, woven with purpose. Nothing is out of place. This album just rocks.
Vybz Kartel: Viking (Vybz is King); Nothing can keep this man down. Vybz was back this year, despite being behind bars, and produced another memorable record for the dancehall crowd. His signature sound is present, while he continues to produce melodies that are unmatched in dancehall today. We agree. No matter where Vybz calls home, he still wears the dancehall crown.
Wild out to Vybz Kartel’s “Dancehall” and keep feeling blessed in 2016: