Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”

TDE’s Kendrick Lamar gives us another taste of his forthcoming album with “The Blacker the Berry.” It’s a lyrically nuanced portrayal of one character’s reaction to the racial tensions that boiled over for much of 2014.

Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee

The latest installment of Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin series shifts the narrative down a drone-laden, cluttered pathway.

Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Glasgow indie pop veterans Belle and Sebastian release their danciest, punchiest album yet.

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

After 15 years of studio album silence, D’Angelo returns with a fantastic comeback record.

YUNOREVIEW: DECEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
The Neighbourhood – #000000 & #FFFFFF
Taylor Swift – 1989
Charli XCX – Sucker
Blockhead – Bells and Whistles
The Budos Band – Burnt Offering
Savages & Bo Ningen – Words To The Blind
Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
MONO – Rays of Darkness / The Last Dawn
Bent Knee – Shiny Eyed Babies
PRhyme – S/T
Theophilus London – Vibes

Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary

Despite their immense talents, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic orchestrate a relatively unrewarding esoteric lyricism slugfest on their sophomore album as Hail Mary Mallon.

Death Grips – “Inanimate Sensation”

Death Grips drop a new single to tease toward the second half of their yet-to-be-completed double album, The Powers That B.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Foo Fighter’s match this album’s ambitious concept with some generally uninteresting songs.

Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorow

The latest Wu-Tang record defies expectations, featuring even weirder experiments and hooks than the polarizing 8 Diagrams. Still, it should please at least some hardcore fans.

A$AP Ferg – Ferg Forever

Ferg Forever is one of the most off-the-wall mixtapes I’ve heard this year.