Here are 9 albums you need in your life right now – trust me, I have impeccable taste. Click here to have all the music in one place on Apple Music, or click on the specific album title to get a direct link.
PAGAN by Palmistry
Benji Keating, aka Palmistry, is a South London artist signed to Mixpak. He dominates the softer side of dancehall, and dare I say it – his music is lowkey romantic.
RECKLESS MINDS by Oyinda
Dropping her second EP, the singer/songwriter/producer/girl crush has returned with Reckless Minds. Her sensual voice, and original sound is the reason she has been referred to as “R&B’s best kept secret”.
FREETOWN SOUND by Blood Orange
Dev Hynes is back, and just as experimental and phenomenal as always. His third album adopts the use of vocal clips and spoken word poetry to emphasize themes inspired by Black Lives Matter. The album is named after Freetown, Sierra Leone – his father’s hometown.
MY WAY HOME by Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Carried by Reed’s raspy vocals, his fifth album adds him to the list of artists who have been inspired by gospel music in 2016. Mixed with his classic Brooklyn Soul style, it is perfect for a sunny day.
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE by Belly
The Ottawa-born artist made waves months ago as a protégé of The Weeknd. This album is packed with features including Travis Scott, Waka Flocka, Kehlani, Lil Wayne and more.
ECCENTRIC SOUL: SITTING IN THE PARK by Various Artists
Bob Abrahamian was a Chicago disk jockey and soul archivist that passed away in 2014. He left behind hundreds of radio programs from his years of documenting lesser-know music, including Sitting in the Park. This album is simply dreamy.
HOPE by Christian Akridge
More commonly know by his Vine username Christian Leave, this 16-year-old from California has a surprisingly beautiful little EP here. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know it was the same kid initially, but the simplicity of the music works to compliment his endearing vocals.
A/B by Kaleo
You probably wouldn’t guess from listening, but this band is straight from Iceland. A/B seamlessly creates a listening experience that flows from thunderous grit, to gentle easy-listening.
INDIGO by River Tiber
Tommy Paxton-Beesley, or River Tiber, is a good-old Toronto boy who started popping up everywhere early in 2016 after his track “No Talk” was sampled by the 6 God himself in “No Tellin”. This album is perfect for late-nights in the city.