Best Releases Of 2015 So Far

Music

After writing my massive round up of last year’s releases I was intending on doing similar articles monthly going forward. As usual the beginning of the year was a bit slow so I thought I’d wait a little longer so I had more to write about. In that time things have really picked up and there has been a flood of great releases. Below I have listed all the releases I have been enjoying along with a genre description, a link to listen on Youtube (where available) and a link to buy/download the release. I have also put all the Youtube videos in to one playlist here.

Action Bronson – Mr Wonderful

Hip-Hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Azizi Gibson – The Last

Synthy underground hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

Modern jazz ensemble collaborating with hip-hop legend.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

The Black Market – VLME 1

Laid back and jazzy instrumental hip-hop.

Name your price download here

Boldy James – Trapper’s Alley 2 Risk vs Reward

East Coast gangster rap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Bones & Dylan Ross – SongsThatRemindYouOfHome

Dark, trappy, alternative hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Cakes Da Killa – #IMF

Gay rap bangers.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Cannibal Ox – Blade of Ronin

East Coast boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Chris Travis – Live From The East 2015

Lo-fi trap vibes.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Clear Soul Forces – Cheat Codes EP

Boom bap.

Buy here

Dawn Richard – Blackheart

Intricate neo soul / RnB.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

The Doppelgangaz – Rhyme Over Beats

Jazzy instrumental hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

EarthGang – Torba

Underground hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Esbe – Bloomsday

Smooth trip hop.

Listen on Youtube

Name your price download here

Fashawn – The Ecology

West Coast hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

The Four Owls – Natural Order

UK boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Future – Beast Mode

Smooth auto-tuned hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Future Brown – Future Brown

Futuristic grime / hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

FWUK Trax Eight

UK footwork / jungle label sampler.

Name your price download here

Gucci Mane – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Trap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here, here and here

Heems – Eat Pray Thug

Alternative hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Hodgy Beats – Dena Tape 2

High energy hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Homeboy Sandman – Tour Tape

Alternative hip-hop.

This album was only available on cassette tapes sold on Homeboy Sandman’s recent tour so you’ll have to do some digging to find it.

Infinite Livez vs Stade – Trans Europe Excess

Bizarre UK hip-hop.

Name your price download here

John Robinson – We The Prolific

Underground hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Johnny Rain – 11

Electronic RnB.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Jazzy hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Kenn Starr – Square One

Boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Kiings – WWYDF

RnB infused bass music.

Name your price download here

Knxwledge – Hexual Sealings Prt.8

Jazzy RnB remixes.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Knxwledge – WT.PRT.7.5

Jazzy hip-hop remixes.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Lil Scrappy – Merlo’s Way

Trap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Lofty305 X DJ Complex – Haitian Silk

Psychedelic hip-hop.

Buy here

Lxury – Into the Everywhere

Crazy electro vibes

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

DJ Madd – R&F Unlimited EP

Footwork.

Buy here

Mark Battles & Dizzy Wright – Lost In Reality

Hip-Hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

MC Eiht – Compton 2 Vienna Vol. 1

West Coast gangsta rap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Memory Man – Broadcast One

Gritty jazz sample based hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death – Stoned and Dethroned

Spacey hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy Here

Nell – The Screw Tape

Gangster raps over DJ Screw tracks.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Nneka – My Fairy Tales

Reggae infused soul.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

OG Maco – 15 EP

Alternative trap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Open Mike Eagle – A Special Episode Of

“Art Rap”.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Pharoahe Monch – Lost In Translation

Smooth hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Name your price download here

Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Jazzy RnB / hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

ProtoType – Lost Boy

Electronic RnB.

Name your price download here

Ratking – 700 Fill

Underground hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Raw Poetic & K-Def – Coll Convos in Quantum Speech

Smooth boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Rome Fortune X OG Maco – Yep EP

Alternative trap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

SD – Life of a Savage 4

Chicago drill.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Sinitus Tempo & The Regiment – S.O.U.L. Sound of us Living

Boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Skizzy Mars – The Red Balloon Project

RnB / hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Slim Thug – Hogg Life The Beginning

Pimped out Southern hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Substantial and The Other Guys – The Past

Boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

THEEsatisfaction – EarthEE

Experimental hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Theory Hazit – Fall Of The Light Bearer

Underground hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Toro Y Moi – What For?

Chillwave.

Listen on Youtube

Buy here

Traxman – Tek x Tar Vol. 5

Footwork.

Buy here

Tree – Trap Genius

Trap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Zion I – The Sun Moon and Stars EP

West Coast boom bap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Yeti (ZGRA) – Hip-Hop Collection VI

Bizarre instrumental hip-hop.

Name your price download here

Young L – Final Fantasy

Strange trap vibes.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

Yung Simmie – Yung Smokey

Smoked out trap.

Listen on Youtube

Free download here

ZeBaDee – The Way Forward

Scottish hip-hop.

Listen on Youtube

Name your price download here

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