July 1st is 'Second Half of the Year Day'. At Drift we have taken a look back at 2015 so far and highlighted fifty new releases that we have really enjoyed stocking. They are listed below alphabetically, there is no numerical order to them (that requires a huge amount more procrastinating in November...) just fifty pretty storming albums for your consideration released between January 1st and June 30th.
What an amazing set of titles they are. I know we are glass half full kind of guys, but the calibre of them is undeniable. To get you even more psyched, late summer and Autumn already has new albums booked in from; Beach House, The Chemical Brothers, John Grant, Mercury Rev, Dungen, Low, Beck, New Order, Foals, Ezra Furman, Ultimate Painting, FIDLAR, Girls Names, Yo La Tengo, Beirut, Tame Impala, Richard Hawley, Spiritualized, Ducktails, Mac Demarco, Omar Souleyman and a bunch more to be announced.
Have a browse through, see if there is anything you have missed and come take a listen... that's what we're here for you see.
With Lamar's previous album, 'Good Kid M.A.A.d City', lauded as one of this fledgling Century's best, the level of expectation...
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https://driftrecords.com/products/kendrick-lamar-to-pimp-a-butterfly445228952Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/4727091_large.jpg?v=1571438533//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0161/8690/products/4727091_medium.jpg?v=15714385337.99GBPInStockKendrick Lamar2015: Half WayEverything In Stock at DriftInterscope RecordsKendrick LamarMusic Released in 2015R&B & Hip HopThe Drift 2015 Records of the YearWith Lamar's previous album, 'Good Kid M.A.A.d City', lauded as one of this fledgling Century's best, the level of expectation on its follow up was sky-high. How do you proceed after such a triple A-rated straight-up hip hop smash? Get afflicted by the (P)funk, that's how. Channelling the psychedelic stew of Parliament / Funkadelic, 'To Pimp A Butterfly' positions Lamar along the higher branches of rap's genre-busting evolution (see also The Roots’ 'Phrenology', Common’s 'Electric Circus', Q-Tip’s 'Kamaal the Abstract', André 3000’s 'The Love Below'). The expansive scope of Lamar's vision also runs to a live studio band featuring Robert Glasper, Flying Lotus' fretless bass maestro Thundercat and producer /sax player Terrace Martin, who add free jazz backing, pulling the music in another direction.
Lyrically the album walks in the footsteps of the socio-political commentary of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, but in the post-Ferguson era of continued police brutality towards African-Americans, Lamar's anger burns bright. Less 'What's Going On', more ' The Predator'. He offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be a black man in America today, often introspective, but never naval-gazing.
Inspired and inspiring, 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is an adventurous and challenging album, and one that can be added to the essential hip hop list.
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