D’Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah
D’Angelo released an incredible new album, Black Messiah, and not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful, it’s also poignantly timely.
Dent May: I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas
Mississippi-based Dent May’s “I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas” is insanely catchy, with relatable lyrics for any smoker headed back home for the holidays and catching up with high school homies.
Joan Jett: Bad Reputation
This week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Joan Jett will join the class of 2015. She might consider herself to have a “Bad Reputation,” but the nomination echoes what we’ve known for decades: Jett is a legendary musician.
Mr Twin Sister: Lonely Disco Dancer Mix
As an end-of-year gift, Mr Twin Sister put together an uplifting hour-long mix—dubbed Lonely Disco Dancer—that shows off their music tastes (which involve a lot of YouTube crate-digging) and gets your entire body throbbing with under-the-radar gems.
Red Bull Music: 20 Before 15
Red Bull Music Academy has drawn together tracks from artists they’ve worked with over the past year. Spanning genres and notoriety, the “20 Before 15” list represents the diversity evident in today’s music scene where the line between mainstream and underground is increasingly irrelevant.