Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
You knew this was coming. He is number one once again. After couple of years from his black opus album “To Pimp A Butterfly”, K-Dot schools us again with his more personal and radio-friendly album, DAMN. Now don’t get me wrong. From his last album we had hard jazz and prolific storytelling. But now we get deeper into his world and wondering why God is leading him to a world of no promise. The only question that comes to mind is, what concept is he going to pick up next and how is he going to top his previous work. One thing’s for sure, it will be better than his last and all we will be saying is…DAMN.
Top Tracks: Just by the DAMN. album. It’s really worth it!
Lorde – “Melodrama”
The concept of going to and coming out of a party may seem simplistic at first; but with Lorde putting her on twist of the concept, the results are breathtaking. Her most daring and bravest album to date. Melodrama is the milestone from a teenage dream to a respectable artist in our generation. The originality of this album is just enough to be the best and smartest art pop album of 2017.
Top Tracks – Homemade Dynamite, Liability, Perfect Places, Sober II
Sampha – “Process”
Riveting. Stunning. Stellar. Sampha finally has given us a debut that is beyond this world. Winner of the 2017 Mercury Price, Process reaches out and will take your breath away. It’s so human and yet so inventive. From the opener “Plastic 100C”, you will feel like you are floating away and touching the stars through the voice of Sampha. And songs like “Timmy’s Prayer”, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano” and “Blood On Me” are just as captivating. Hands down, the best R&B debut in 2017.
Top Tracks: Plastic 100C, Timmy’s Prayer, (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Amber Coffman – “City of No Reply”
The former singer of the Dirty Projectors steps out of her own and creates one of the year’s diverse debut albums of 2017. Each track of No Reply has a taste of doo-wop, reggaeton, experimental, R&B and pop rock. Coffman puts everything in her debut: love, loss and learning how to let go and keep on moving.
Top Tracks – Brand New, City of No Reply, No Coffee
The xx – “I See You”
“I’ve been a romantic for so long,” sings Romy as she and Oliver profess their emotions and let loose on their 3rd album. Because of Jamie xx’s debut album, I See You’s concept is based on growth and being open to forward ideas. Thus, this gives the group one of their dance worthy albums to date.
Top Tracks – Lips, Dangerous, I Dare You, On Hold
SZA – “CTRL”
The debut album of 27 year-old Solána Imani Rowe a.k.a SZA from Maplewood, NJ. Claiming that music isn’t her first interest, CTRL sounds like one of K-Dot’s masterpieces and the volumes of love on her debut is poetic as well as effervescent. With 5 Grammys nominations tied to her name, SZA has more to offer in the future with her music and CTRL is her blueprint.
Tyler, The Creator – “Scum Fuck Flower Boy”
Tyler’s most revealing and forward album in his music catalog. The rawness of his vocals as well as his brutally honest lyrics really propel him to be an artist to keep an eye out. Songs like “See You Again” and “I Ain’t Got Time” are the true examples of his signs of great artistry as well as his maturity in life.
Top Tracks – See You Again, Boredom, I Ain’t Got Time