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 5

Music

Click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 6.

Mello Music Group – Mandala Vol. 1 Polysonic Flows & Mandala Vol. 2 Today’s Mathematics

Two compilations from one of today’s finest record labels.

Buy them here and here

Meyhem Lauren and Buckwild – Silk Pyramids

Hardcore underground East Coast vibes.

Buy it here

Mr. Carmack – Dimebag

The variation in sounds on this instrumental album is sublime, from banging trap to funky head nod tracks.

Buy it here

Mumdance – Take Time

Taking grime in to a twisted future.

Buy it here

Nacho Picasso – Trances With Wolves – The Prixtape

Nacho continues his string of strong releases with is best to date.

Name your price download here

Nell – Boyz ‘n’ The Hood

As the name suggests this EP takes a lot of influence from West Coast gangsta but steers it in a fresh direction.

Free download here

Ohbliv – Blk Love Frequency (a)

Ohbliv has a similar sound to Knxwledge, producing instrumental tracks packed full of clattering beats and soul samples.

Buy it here

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy

Hellfyre Club have had a phenomenal year in 2014 and this album was probably the strongest of the 4 that they produced. A wonderfully eclectic album that somehow manages to stay coherent despite switching between funny, insightful, macabre, pessimistic and silly. But most importantly this album sounds magnificent.

Buy it here

People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program

The B-boy’s favourite hip-hop legends come back with more fun tracks to get you dancing.

Buy it here

Plus – Rapid Eye Movement

17 year old duo drop a fantastic album full of jazzy vibes and complex flows. These guys are going to be really amazing with a few more years of experience.

Name your price download here

Prince Po – Animal Serum

It’s a travesty that Prince Po is so forgotten. Having been part of the esteemed Organized Konfusion and releasing the exceptional “The Slickness” Prince Po should be cemented as one of the greats but even when teaming with super producer Oh No, the wily veteran still gets slept on. If you know who Prince Po and Oh No are you need no convincing here but if you haven’t then stop what you’re doing and get educated.

Buy it here

Proceed to part 6.