We’ve only just wrapped up Q1 but I’ve already been blown away by music dropped so far this year. Whoever says that there isn’t any good music these days isn’t looking in the right places. Here are a few favorites I can’t stop listening to.
10. Action Bronson, Mr. Wonderful
Bronsolino is back with more raps about food, vacations and obscure 80s sports stars, now with big money production (Mark Ronson), but maintaining his signature silliness.
9. Laura Marling, Short Movie
Prickly British singer-songwriter goes full Joni Mitchell.
8. Matthew E. White, Fresh Blood
Hushed vocals are paired with retro arrangements on this Richmond, Virginia-based musician’s followup record.
7. Tinashe, Amethyst
Filling in where Ashanti fell off; light-touch R&B mixed with The Weeknd-style darkness and carnality.
6. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
I was wondering what a post-marriage FJM record would sound like – turns out he’s just as acerbic, absurdist, and tripped out.
5. Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
A Philly R&B singer with a lot of soul, Jazmine explores her vocal range and a variety of characters throughout this album.
4. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass
Nashville singer with a dainty voice and intimate lyrics, backed by Matthew E. White’s lush strings and brass backing band.
3. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Delivering his slickest rapping yet, Drake plays around with new flows over signature murky, hypnotic OVO beats.
2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Australian songwriter focused on the quirky, banal everyday details that make life profound.
1. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
If Drake dropped a smart blockbuster, Kendrick put out the Oscar favorite: raw, powerful, and experimental, at once incredibly personal and furiously political.