Let’s be real: most people consider themselves a music lover. YOU consider yourself a music lover in some way, seeing as you clicked on this post in the first place (WOO clickbait) but if you haven’t heard these albums, you need to, and if you don’t like them after hearing them… that’s fine, point is you gotta hear them, and even if you don’t like them, you just can’t help but appreciate them.

In alphabetical order, here are 5 albums from the last 2 years that’ll give you some aural pleasure.

1. Snarky Puppy – Culcha Vulcha

Not everyone is a fan of jazz fusion, but everyone that likes fusion likes Snarky Puppy. They’re the cannabis of the jazz world: a gateway to everything else, and one hell of a gateway at that. I dare you to not feel outrageously sophisticated while listening to Culcha Vulcha. I dare you to not say that title out loud and feel a weird satisfaction in doing so. I double dare ya.
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2. Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being

Flipping heck. This is one crazy ride. Every single song on this rollercoaster of a listen is based off of true stories about real people. The production is slick, the lyrics are in places damn weird but even slicker. This one simply cannot be missed.
Go-to track: Cane Shuga

3. Anderson .Paak – Malibu

You may already know this grossly talented human being by virtue of him being grossly talented. Capable of both singing and keeping a drum beat at the same time, Anderson .Paak has made an impact recently not just in the hip-hop world but in the entire music world itself. He flits in and out of various genres and owns them all with captivating soul. He’s so good that even if you hate his music, you just can’t hate his talent.
Go-to track: Come Down

4. Too Many Humans – Who’s in Charge Here?

If you’re after some hard-hitting, full steam ahead, all systems go rock music, Too Many Humans has all that and more to offer. Even if that’s not your vibe, you will find yourself pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable these guys are to listen to. This debut is in fact SO good that you might think it can’t possibly be surpassed. Time will tell, but until then, this album is essential.
Go-to track: Crouton Pony

5. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

In England’s hip-hop scene it’s very, very rare to find something substantial that isn’t grime-influenced. Loyle Carner is the ultimate form of rare. The up-and-coming artist just released his debut album and it’s one of the most captivating hip-hop debuts of recent times. It deftly circumvents a lot of mainstream rap lyrical content as well as showing the finger to the over-produced hip-hop that is all too prevalent these days. Instead it offers something raw, emotional and oh-so-very passionate. If you haven’t heard of Loyle Carner, you have now, so there’s no excuse not to listen to this album. Epic.
Go-to track: Ain’t Nothing Changed

There you have it! These great albums should keep you busy until more groundbreaking material comes along, but if not, here are some honourable mentions:
Raury – All We Need
Sampha – Process
Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

Tasty.

Thoughts?