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

Things You May Have Missed 2014 Part 2

Music

Click here for part 1, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6.

Blanco and The Jacka and Messy Marv – One Hunnid EP

Smooth West Coast gangsta rap. I don’t understand the relevance of the presidential sound bites but the tracks really bump.

Buy it here

Blitz The Ambassador – Afropolitan Dreams

Funky stylings from African MC Blitz.

Buy it here

Blu – Good to be Home

A lot of people have been disappointed with Blu since Below The Heavens which has played a big part in him falling out of the limelight. Those who haven’t been feeling his recent releases wont like this much either as the sound is really rough and lo-fi, but that is obviously what Blu is going for here. I love the rawness of this album with the crackly soul samples and relentless raps, it’s not for everyone but there is a real beauty to this kind of hip-hop.

Buy it here

Blueprint – Respect The Architect

Intelligent and very lyrical, Blueprint’s latest album provides some tunes for the thinking man.

Buy it here

Buckshot and P-Money – Back Pack Travels

Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Buckshot. Dope album that does what it says on the tin.

Buy it here

Bugseed and Pigeondust – 7th Wonder

Bugseed has been making some beautiful jazzy beats for the last few years and he continues with this new release.

Buy it here

Cakes Da Killa – Hunger Pangs

Le1f seems to be getting all the attention on the gay rap scene this year but Cakes Da Killa deserves some of that light with his new project. More consistent than his first release and catchy as hell.

Free download here

The Celestics – Supreme Laziness

Montreal hip-hop duo bring the funk.

Name your price download here

Chavis Chandler – Dark Skin Jermaine and The Legend Of The Leather Britches

Former member of Bruiser Brigade Chavis Chandler really brought his A game on this mixtape with an impressive flow and some smooth vocals. The mixture of golden age and trap style vibes throughout the tape are balanced greatly. It’s a shame he’s no longer a part of Bruiser Brigade because he complimented the rest of the crew so well.

Free download here

Cities Aviv – Come to Life

I’ve been obsessed with Cities Aviv since Black Pleasure and he’s been honing his style ever since. The tracks on this album sound fuller than ever, the abrasiveness is still there but it’s so much richer sounding now. Some of the most interesting and forward thinking hip-hop of the last few years.

Buy it here

Proceed to part 3.