With summer quickly approaching, it’s now a good time to look back upon or search for some music to experience with friends and family or when you just need to relax throughout the season. Here are few artists who have released incredible albums over the past year that will provide you with the good vibes you are looking for.
Shortly after the release of Channel Orange in 2012, Frank Ocean seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. For years fans have been eagerly awaiting for another release from Ocean. With the hype reaching critical levels after the numerous rumours of a second album, Blonde was released in 2016. An album filled with beautiful melodies, catchy hooks, incredible production and songs of self-reflection whilst remaining very minimal, Blonde is a phenomenal album and just a pleasure to listen to.
commercial success with the release of his album Malibu early 2016 in which he draws upon his numerous musical influences (such as Marvin Gaye) and creates an hour of groovy, funky and soulful tunes to listen to. Following his widespread critical success, Anderson .Paak released another album, Yes Lawd!, in collaboration with producer Knxwledge. Staying true to his form, the duo created another album of chock-full of smooth, funky and soulful songs.
British singer-songwriter and producer Sampha invites you into the inner workings of his mind with his debut album Process. Although the content of the album at times is very somber, it is also uplifting in the beautiful vocals and melodies accompanied by subtle but well -crafted production that Sampha has created. Process is an extremely emotionally-charged album, which also presents listeners an artistic and beautiful insight of Sampha’s emotional state over the past year.sampha.com
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The third studio album by American indie-folk group Bon Iver marks a stylistic shift from their
usual acoustic sound. The group experiments with heavy electronic production and autotune, which at times feel very robotic,but still manages to give listeners an extremely heartfelt and emotional vibe
throughout the album. Bon Iver utilizes heavy synthesizers along with their usual acoustic instruments and vivid lyricism to deliver many beautiful ballads, which in turn provides a very satisfying listening experience.boniver.org/