Gathering 25 of our favorite releases so far in a year of pain, growth and unity.
Online music chat and forum Album Book Club details their top 100 albums of the 2010s by way of an extensive poll and weighting system.
To commemorate the end of the 2010s, we gathered a collection of essays from various writers encompassing the music of the past ten years and the artists who gave it to us.
The albums we heard this year were powerful, moving and undeniably incredible. Including words from ten talented writers, artists and creatives, here are our favorites of 2019.
Every introduction to any "best of" type post must make some sort of attempt at quantifying the greatness (or lack thereof) of any given 12 months, but being that this particular year marks the end of the 2010s, it is understandable that these kind of write ups may carry a little more significance this time … Continue reading The Best Albums of 2019 (so far)
One of music's most transcendent qualities is its timelessness, its ability to exist outside of the parameters of minutes and hours, days and nights, years and decades. It can be as beautiful 50 years from now as it was yesterday. Equally, it can take on a completely new life of its own when absorbed in … Continue reading Best of 2018: Top 10 Special Releases
Some of my favorite music this year came in the form of EPs, which for the sake of time, I guess you could consider very efficient. Nevertheless, this year's best short albums gave us some outstanding debuts from new faces, notable sidesteps from well-established veterans and so much more. Here are 10 of my favorite … Continue reading Best of 2018: Top 10 EPs
In 2018, I had the pleasure to come on board at Riffs and Rhymes and give my opinion about multiple artists and styles of music. With that being said, 2018 was such a great year for music! The amount of music that was covered this year was very constant and diverse. No matter what week … Continue reading Best of 2018: Matthew’s Top 10 Albums
By this point, I suppose 2018 hardly needs an introduction. There's a lot going on outside and today's music reflects that, as art always tends to do. If there's one positive thing we can all agree on is that there is truly an infinite amount of great music being released into the world on a … Continue reading Best of 2018: Roberto’s Top 10 Albums
I’ll never forget the first time I heard a song by Tash Sultana. I was scrolling through Instagram and one of my friends posted a video he’d made using Sultana’s song “Notion” in the background. Although I had never heard of this artist, it all sounded somewhat familiar to me. I don’t know what you … Continue reading Tash Sultana – Flow State
What defines a classic record? For a lot of people, it varies. Some people think it comes down to strictly the music and that it needs to be exceptional to be called a classic but in today’s increasingly short attention span and lifespan of an album’s relevancy, it’s hard to really call anything a classic. … Continue reading Best of 2018: Potential Classic Rap Albums
When looking back over the past several years, so many pop punk artists have gone from being upcoming artists to one of the bigger names in the game, and Boston Manor is no exception. In 2016, the boys from Blackpool, United Kingdom decided to draw their line in the sand with their debut LP Stop … Continue reading Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood
To put it plainly, 2018 was a lot. Parts of my self and sanity were tested because life came around so fast and I didn’t know how to cope in healthy ways. I finished my last semester of undergrad and graduated, got into the best relationship of my life, moved to a new city, and … Continue reading Best of 2018: Tyler’s Top 10 Albums
Artists and writers from around the globe chime in on their favorite records of 2018 (so far).
From Kendrick Lamar to Fleet Foxes, here are my favorite albums of 2017.
Kelela, a second generation Ethiopian-American, stealthily asserted her way on the music scene in 2013. I remember getting hip to her music around 2014 while scouring Spotify’s many playlists for new deep cuts to add to my ever growing playlist. Kelela’s musical roots are influenced by the styles of popular UK genres including grime, house, … Continue reading Kelela – Take Me Apart
At only 23 years of age, Archy Marshall has made a name for himself in music circles across the world despite his modest catalog. The ambitious London based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has developed a unique blend of jazz infused punk rock that features elements of trip-hop. Since his humble beginnings of recording under … Continue reading King Krule – The OOZ
When people think of Paramore, they’ll probably associate with them in one of two ways, the emo punk-rock band who made a name for themselves in the early 2000’s with their alternative, Warped Tour vibes, or as the pop-rock band with super catchy hooks and cheerful sound. Needless to say, this Tennessee originated band has … Continue reading Paramore – After Laughter
Best known for their breezy smash, summer-hit, “Pumped Up Kicks”, Foster the People have done it again with a heavy hitting record. The Los Angeles group is led by a musician who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Foster credits the ultimate California band, The Beach Boys, with first piquing his interest in music and … Continue reading Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club
P.O.S. (Stefon Alexander) is one of the founding members of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective known as Doomtree. The group is well-known as one of the most staunchly independent groups, and they formed their own record label and publisher (Doomtree Records and Doomtree Press, respectively) in the 2000s. With each successive release, P.O.S. gained more momentum … Continue reading P.O.S – Chill, dummy
Exceptional albums too good to overlook in our Best of 2017 series.
It's finally December, which means for the next couple weeks every publication will be unveiling their favorite songs and albums of the year. Even though so many of these lists are watered down with mainstream releases and big name artists, they are still a fun way to reflect on the year that was and have … Continue reading Announcement: Best of 2017 Series