1. Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment Surf
Chance the Rapper’s mixtape career has propelled him to the top of the summer musical festival line-ups, but instead of signing to a major record label and released a proper solo album, Chance takes a supporting position with The Social Experiment–a band of buddies featuring horns, a sea of vocals, and non-traditional/non-rap song structures. The best parts, however, are Chance’s appearances along with the other rap features likes Kendrick Lamar, Migos, and Busta Rhymes.
Standout Track: “Sunday Candy”
2. A$AP Rocky AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
The A$AP Mob is home to Trap Lord’s A$AP Ferg and it’s multi-talented front man A$AP Rocky. The rest of the roster is forgettable thus far. Rocky’s debut album was a poppy record with some great club singles, and now we get the rapper’s other side: a moody, melancholy man racked with the loss of his friend and label-head A$AP Yams. The sophomore LP is beautiful and ranks near the top of great hip-hop albums already released in 2015.
Standout Track: “L$D”
3. Django Django Born Under Saturn
Featuring 1960s style vocal arrangements and effects, Born Under Saturn serves as the season’s first great summer road trip sound track. Another great addition to the list if Best Coasts’ California Nights.
Standout Track: “Pause Repeat”
4. Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect
The Killer’s last album, Battle Born, seemed a little too dependent on Bruce Springsteen’s existence and discography to stand on its own merit. Moreover, it didn’t really sound like a Killer’s album save for Flower’s vocals. This is the singer’s second solo album, and this time the sounds pull together to create a cohesive bundle of tracks.
Standout Track: “Never Get You Right”
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