Our Favorite Albums of 2015 So Far

We present you our list. 

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett

For fans of: Bob Dylan, Angel Olsen, Mac Demarco 

In a nutshell: If we were judging this album on its poeticism alone, Barnett is the Bard of Melbourne. Every breath is followed by a string of train-of-thought musings rolling in truth, sadness, and wit. Listen here. 

Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes 

For fans of: The Black Keys, Jack White, J Roddy Walston And The Business

In a nutshell: Brittany Howard’s magnanimous pipes alone are enough to draw you in, and her band’s punch-drunk, retro-soul rock, bolstered by electric chords and an overall punk-y attitude, are the honey that keep you stuck. Listen here. 

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside - Earl Sweatshirt 

For fans of: the Odd Future crew, Kendrick Lamar 

In a nutshell: At first glance, you might want to write off the sneering title of Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore album - but take a real listen and find I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is a gripping tale of paranoia, depression, and trying to make sense of the changing dynamics of family and a shrinking friend circle in the face of fame and wealth. His stark delivery style garnered the respect of Kendrick Lamar, who lauded Sweatshirt as his favorite rapper of late. Listen here. 

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, SZA

In a nutshell: With his much-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar delivered not only an album but a social commentary in response to our nation’s broken justice system. From the powerful album artwork to the allegorical narrative in his songs, there is no doubt that Kendrick Lamar is one of the most aware rappers out there. Listen here. 

Ratchet - Shamir 

For fans of: tUnE-yArDs, Hot Chip, Perfume Genius 

In a nutshell: Las Vegas singer Shamir Bailey’s off-the-wall dance music is glamorous, weird, and dream-like, not unlike the city he comes from. If you’re a fan of futuristic pop and can hang with a falsetto, Shamir will charm you socks off and even make you cry. Listen here. 

White Men Are Black Men Too - Young Fathers

For fans of: LCD Soundsystem, Death Grips, Kanye 

In a nutshell: These Mercury Prize winners gave one of the most enraged and enlightening performances we’ve seen all year. They walk a fine line between brilliance and straight up madness, and since coming out the gate Young Fathers haven’t stopped serving daring, distorted pop and hip-hop for our eager ears. Listen here. 

Coming Home - Leon Bridges 

For fans of: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding

In a nutshell: Soul music has come back in full swing thanks to Leon Bridges and his dedication to old school soul and doo wop. The Ft. Worth native’s debut is filled to the brim with faithfully old-timey tracks reminiscent of the latter half of the 20th century. There’s a reason that type of music struck a chord back then, and its obvious in the way Bridges is striking it big now. Listen here. 

In Colour - jamie xx

For fans of: SBTRKT, the xx, Disclosure

In a nutshell: Jamie xx described the music from his new album as music to come in and out of the club to. We take that to mean warm, irresistably dance-y music. Listen here. 

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