OUR TOP ALBUMS OF 2015
Well worth the wait. Every song addresses romantic relationships, which is always a sure way to reach many, and her voice is just glorious.
J. Cole: Forest Hill Drive
J. Cole is nothing if not a skilful wordsmith, and my favourite track, Tale Of Two Cities, has a second verse that goes so hard it’s not even funny.
Grimes: Art Angels
If you don’t know who Grimes is yet, it’s time. Art Angels is eccentric, catchy, left-field pop from one of the most unique producers and singers in the industry right now. Viva gurl, viva! This mix tape took SA music to a new level, infusing Zulu culture and old-school sounds into a space that is accessible to a younger audience. genre to earn the status of being more a piece of art than a mere trap record. The Biebs did something unexpected with Purpose. The production is fresh, the songwriting is better than it has ever been, and it doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is: a great pop album.
The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness
Take the silkysmooth Michael Jackson-like vocals, add some deeply macabre lyrical content and top it all off with a mix of synth and soul.
Nakhane Touré: The Laughing Son
It was the year of the EP for me. I loved Petite Noir’s angsty, dancey King of Anxiety and FKA twigs’ sumptuous, spacey M3LL155X. But Nakhane Touré’s The Laughing Son stole my heart. The broodiness has given way to uplifting vibes.
Leon Bridges: Coming Home
The soulsoothing romance of Leon Bridges in his debut album comes around once in a lifetime. Crooning crybaby melodies take you to a place inside you that’s reserved just for lovin’, a place you may have forgotten.