A$ap Rocky: Love Live A$ap
I have become a big fan of this guy over the last few months, mainly because he is in a lane all by himself. I enjoy what his movement represents. He's a little light on the lyrical side, but the beats are hypnotic and his dedication to art is a joy to experience.
Joey Bada$$: 1999
If you miss 90's era hip-hop this album will satisfy your appetite for nostalgia. Dope beats and rhymes for days and the kid is only 17. Impressive debut.
Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel....
What can I say about Fiona that hasn't already been said a million times. She is arguably one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. This album isn't an easy listen, but it's not supposed to be. Fiona is emotionally intense and melodic as always.
Jack White: Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss is tasty musical smoothie blended with all the right ingredients.
Stalley: Savage Journey to the...
Stally is the most talented member of Rick Ross' MMG empire in my opinion. No tales about crime, hoes, guns and drugs like his label mates, just introspective meditations on life over a soulful bed of beats.
Robert Glasper: Black Radio
This is an enjoyable record that features some of the brightest stars of soul music. Bilal's rendition of Bowie's Letter to Hermoine is a stand out on a stellar album.
Daley: Those Who Wait
British blued-eyed soul strikes again. Great album!
Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey
The most influential dub album of all time. Deep drops and liberation lyrics.
Santigold: Masters of my Make Believe
I loved Santigold's first album it was an ecclectic mix of everything. This album is more of the same, but the songs sound more polished in my opinion which makes it a better album. She is dope live too.
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust
Ever wonder where Madonna and Lady Gaga and so many other thematic based performance artists got their style from? Look no further than David Bowie's seminal album, arguably the greatest concept album of all time.
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Seeds
This woman is crazy underrated. Funky, prolific and cosmic, Georgia is carrying on the tradition of funkateers and soul soldiers that came before her. Buy any of her albums, trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Beach House: Bloom
Bloom is a wonderfully crafted album full of enjoyable songs.
Buika: Nina De Fuego
This woman's voice is dripping with seduction. Concha Buika was born on the the Spanish island of Mallorca. This album is full of sensual and addictive songs sung in her native language. Her voice is so beautiful no translation is necessary.
The Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
A great collection of songs that sound great as a complete body of work.