One of this generation’s hottest rappers, Kendrick Lamar continued his hot streak this year with the release of DAMN., which has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and named Rolling Stone’s Best Album of 2017.
British alt-pop duo Oh Wonder moved away from the minimalist, subtle sounds of their debut album and created lush, shimmering soundscapes on soulful sophomore record Ultralife. For fans of the xx and Chvrches.
Following sold out gigs and opening slots for the likes of Alvvays and Eagles of Death Metal, Toronto foursome The Beaches released their debut album this year. It’s filled with catchy-as-hell guitar riffs that recall the Strokes and the Pretenders.
The deluxe edition of Arkells’ 2016 album Morning Report features four new songs — including hit single “Knocking at the Door” — and three acoustic recordings. It’s pressed on two vinyl records, one blue and one orange. This year saw Kingston, ON crew The Glorious Sons play their biggest shows to date, selling out venues across the country while touring in support of their sophomore album, and with good reason: these guys are the real deal. Sit back, relax and let the War on Drugs take you into the shimmering soundscape that is A Deeper Understanding. Infusing the best of Bruce Springsteen with psychedelia, this record takes the band’s sound to stratospheric heights.
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