Currently working on my top 50 list, but for now, here is a list of albums I really enjoyed this year that I thought deserved some more love.
  1. The Deslondes- The Deslondes
    The debut record from NOLA-based outfit The Deslondes packs country, folk, blues, rock and gospel into one outstanding album. Blended together excellently and topped with genuine, soulful lyrics, The Deslondes has me excited to hear more from this refreshingly uncontrived Americana group.
  2. Knxwledge- Hud Dreems
    The production of Glen Boothe, aka Knxwledge, is featured in Kendrick Lamar's standout 2015 release To Pimp A Butterfly. His full-length showcase, Hud Dreems, proves why he was a trusted contributor in the making of the best hip hop album of the year. This is a must-listen for fans of hip hop instrumentals, and a very strong recommendation to any fan of hip hop in general.
  3. Hop Along- Painted Shut
    Simply put, this is a fantastic indie rock record. Frances Quinlan's one-of-a-kind voice and poetic lyrics, though, which alternately flutter and bellow atop the playful, punky instrumentation, are what set it above the rest of the indie rock crowd. Whether you're playing it recreationally or giving it a more intimate listen, Painted Shut works, and works very well.
  4. Seven Davis Jr.- Universes
    Universes finds producer/singer/songwriter Seven Davis Jr. largely playing around with an upbeat brand of electro-funk, but while the album is littered with infectious grooves, it ultimately avoids becoming one-note. Back-end track "Fighters" offers a necessary break in the action as Seven examines the subject of war from an alien perspective. While a bit cheesy in theory, it is still poignant and works well to keep the fun tracks sounding fun rather than monotonous.
  5. Beach House- Thank Your Lucky Stars
    Easy to overlook, this album was Beach House's second full-length release in a period of 2 months. But while the delivery seemed rushed, this was hardly a "put it out just because we can" project. Thank Your Lucky Stars, which features more stripped-down and personal songs than its 2015 predecessor, Depression Cherry, is a great LP in its own right. Though, if you are familiar with the band, you probably don't have trouble believing that they made something great.