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Brostep's Very Official Last Ever List

Probably not, but I did go emeritus a few weeks ago. Wish I had more time to contribute to the esteemed sputnikmusic dot com, but unfortunately life gets in the way. I'll still be around, and hopefully will re-staff myself this summer when school isn't too much. List is albums I enjoyed this year, unranked except for #1. Much love all
1Anderson .Paak
Malibu


My #1 on the year. Smooth, fluid, wonderful grooves from the most exciting young face in hip-hop. An electric album, highly recommended
2Carly Rae Jepsen
E MO TION Side B


Queen of pop album of the year two years running...
3Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman


...if this hadn't come out. A near-perfect pop album, half of which are legitimate contenders for Song of the Year. Special shoutout to "Greedy," the second-best song of the year...
4Charli XCX
Vroom Vroom


...behind the t/t of this one. Fight me.
5Rihanna
ANTI


Never vibed with full albums from this one before, but Rih absolutely knocked this one out of the park. First half of this album especially is some of the best music of the year. Props to Mustard for making his best ever beat on "Needed Me"
6Frederic Robinson
Flea Waltz


Med School is the DnB label of the year, exhibit A. Takes the format (loosely) and makes it so playful and light. A worthy follow-up to Mixed Signals, one of my favorite albums three years ago
7Keeno
Futurist


Med School is the DnB label of the year, exhibit B. The most underrated pop-heavy album on the year. "Lifeline" is a perfect song
8Richie Brains
Who is Richie Brains?


Med School is the DnB label of the year, but Exit gives it a run for its money. The most exciting producers in the scene making the most exciting music in the scene. Shit is wild
9Pusher
New Laces


The whole "future bass" bullshit has gone on too long, but this EP is real good regardless. "Clear" is the best of the bunch - what a chorus
10SHADES
XLR8R Podcast 424


Disappointing recorded material, fire mixes. "There Are No Penguins In Alaska" is an absolutely fire track and I'm eternally grateful to this mix for introducing it into my life
11Alix Perez
Ghosts


Perez is quietly one of the best in the DnB/halftime game, and this is why. Absolutely stunning mixes, guaranteed to pop off
12Elohim (US-CA)
Elohim


Solid pop from an exciting (and *checks smudged writing on hand* "mysterious"? "enigmatic"?) new LA artist. We've got quite enough of inscrutable young pop singers from the Promised Land, but this one's good nonetheless.
13Dawn Richard
Redemption


Criminally underrated music from yet another singer who's made an incredible career out of her talents post-manufactured-girl-band (not that the Pussycat Dolls were bad, because they were fucking amazing, but y'know). Lush, bassy arrangements that dive deep
14Kaytranada
99.9%


Some of the best hip-hop on the year from an album that steadfastedly refuses to take on that label (thanks Potsy). "Bus Ride" is the underrated jam of the year
15Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition


This man can do no wrong. He's arguably gotten better on every major-label release he's put out, which is impressive given that the first of these will likely be considered essential early-2010s hip-hop twenty years from now. Everything here is astounding. Essential listening
16NxWorries
Yes Lawd!


Leave it to Anderson .Paak to be the co-conspirator behind one of the best albums of year six months after dropping the best album of the year himself. Knxwledge is hitting his stride, and it'll be fun to see the two of them take over the world in the next few years, whether together or otherwise
17BASECAMP
In Stone


OWSLA has made itself into a phenomenal label, and this one's ample evidence of that. Downward-facing dubstep in the vein of Submotion Orchestra or Bonobo's moodier shit
18Mark Johns
Molino


Same as above. iTunes describes this as "left-field pop," which isn't terribly accurate as this is about as center-field as you'll get, but it's a beautifully moody collection of #sadbangers. Moving Castle for life
19Noname
Telefone


Blissfully chilled-out R&B with quite a few sharp edges hidden inside. Highfalutin' concept be damned, this one's pretty solid
20Jamila Woods
HEAVN


Despite one of the worst P4K reviews on the year (kris ex cannot write about music for shit), this one's excellent. Luscious and flowing, with enough lyrical snags to keep the listener on their toes
21Heirsound
Merge


Decent debut post-hardcore from the ashes of Love, Robot. There's a lot to be improved here, but it's an excellent foundation - excited to see how these folks continue on
22Abra
Princess


The best off-center R&B of the year and it's only 15 minutes long. Tantalizing taste of what's to come, keep an eye on this one
23dvsn
Sept. 5th


The best on-center R&B of the year and it delivers in full. Don't like it as much as I did on first listen but it's still nearly ineffable in its magnificence
24Baauer
Aa


Baauer was never a one-trick pony, which is why it was a bit of a shame that Harlem Shake took off like it did given that it's one of his worst songs. This shit bangs, particularly "Kung Fu" and "Sow"
25Kiiara
low kii savage


Pop music that fits Instagram captions better than Serious Music Journalism Websites, which is an attitude I love and think we need more of. Props to "Gold" for being one of the best tunes on the year
26Submotion Orchestra
Colour Theory


Not going to be Finest Hour Part 2, but that's fine. Also not going to be as good as Finest Hour, but that's also fine. This is aight, and "Amira" is smooth as fuck
27Flume
Skin


Some perfect songs ("Say It"), some less so ("Never Be Like You"), altogether a pretty solid package. Wish he'd go harder more of the time - "Wall Fuck" is brilliant - but you can't have everything, I guess
28Lance Skiiiwalker
Introverted Intuition


Not the best, but still underrated - fingers crossed that this kid goes places. "Speed" is niiice (get it?!?!?)
29Kanye West
The Life of Pablo


yep
30Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book


most overrated album of the year goes to!
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