CONTRIBUTOR'S CHOICE: TOP ALTERNATIVE R&B ALBUMS OF 2016
Solange blessed all of our ears this year, with this album and her aesthetically pleasing visuals. A Seat At The Table was completely unapologetic and spoke volumes of self love and acceptance. Something we all truly needed in the chaos that was 2016.
Toronto based duo, Majid Jordan released their self titled debut album back inFebruary. Majid Jordan succeeded in creating the ideal atmosphere for their music to prosper in. Majid Jordan isn’t an album full of just singles or those dreaded "filler" songs you can't help but skip over, instead it’s a carefully thought out selection of songs accompanied by Majid Jordan's signature underlying moody tone filled with mid-tempo deep house beats, and stories of old loves and new romances.
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Hands down one of the most anticipated albums of the year... well the past four years really. Frank Ocean finally decided to give us all what we were begging for. In addition to releasing visual album "Endless" Frank blessed us all with "blond," the singers second studio album. Also providing fans with a pop-up shop for his exclusive "BOYS DON'T CRY" magazine
Probably the most unexpected album in our opinion for 2016. Childish Gambino really showed us just how diverse his sound can be with "Awaken, My Love!" We love that he brought us amazing 70's funk vibes to close out the year.
KAYTRANADA released his debut album 99.9% back in May and we haven't stop listening to it since. If you're all for the feel good, melodic funk, throwback house music vibes this album captures that perfectly. The name "99.9%" is intended to hint at a sense of lacking, but KAY did nothing close to that. KAYTRANADA truly did not disappoint with this one.
2016 was a big year for multitalented musician, Anderson Paak. From being listed as one of XXL's freshmen to releasing two amazing albums. One being, Malibu, where Anderson took us back to a time when music was sexy and fun.