1.) The Avalanches – “Wildflower”
16 years later, the Avalanches are back and they are more creative than ever. Focusing more on going to a psychedelic trip with hip hop beats and ranging on R&B and rare samples, the Avalanches’ “Wildflower” is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that shows that they never lost their edge and fun. The main reason why this is the album of 2016 is not only because of their great return, it’s really because they stay true to themselves and embrace absurdity in music in the most cunning and intricate way. Welcome back to music!
Top Tracks – Subways, Frankie Sinatra, Because I’m Me, Harmony, The Wozard of Iz
2.) Kanye West – “The Life Of Pablo”
Say what you will about Kanye West. Yes, he’s a troubled artist who can really create classical and masterful albums. Yes, he’s a gifted producer. But “The Life of Pablo” is a fucking mess…and I mean this in the most honest way. Honest in a way that Kanye uses gospel beats and derogatory lyrics to create tunes that explore the absurdity of Kanye’s mind. Nonetheless, no one can shy way his memorable hooks on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” and “Famous” Henceforth, West’s artistic vision is forever changing and we can just flow like his rhymes.
Top Tracks – Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1, Famous, Waves, Ultralight Beam, Freestyle 4
By Gary Barton
A free child dancing with the winds
Of its own desires
A student of caution with the
Aura like an old sage
A significant shade of gold
As the sun shines on me
Ivory towers with fine limbs
The blueprint of my strength
The windows of my inner self
Reflections from outside
My ears, my nose, my hands, my feet
The finishing touches
The masterpiece of flesh and blood
Created by my God
Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly”
THIS…IS…THE…ALBUM…TO…END…ALL…ALBUMS…IN…2015…AND SO FAR…THIS DECADE!!! What’s more to say about this extraordinary masterpiece? It’s the modern day answer to Marvin Gaye’s “What Goin’ On” and its message is quite clear…AMERICA IS FUCKED UP! Lamar holds nothing back and lashes out the truth on black-on-black crimes, racism, police brutality, personal life issues, and how to cover all that with optimism. Infusing jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, and consciousness on “To Pimp a Butterfly”; and with a grand line-up with producers and collaborators as well as a short interview with the late Tupac Shakur (Mortal Man), K. Dot proved why he’s by far the greatest storytellers of our generation. And with 11 nominations for the 2016 Grammys, damn right K. Dot deserves the acknowledgement and damn right it gives his musicality and creativity justice.
Top Tracks: Buy or download the whole CD