“Chemtrails at the Country Club” is the Lana Del Rey album for people who don’t like Lana Del Rey.
“Promises,” Pharoah Sanders’ new album with Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra, is a marvel.
Sly & the Family Stone’s “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” the best funk album ever made, turns 50 this year.
Ghostface Killah’s “Supreme Clientele” is the Trout Mask Replica of rap—the work by which difficulty, impenetrability and the rewards of repeat listening are measured in its genre.
Bunny Wailer, the reggae legend who passed away last week at 73, delivered an argument for the genre as pop’s most vital religious tradition with 1976’s “Blackheart Man.”
If you haven’t heard Team Dresch’s 1995 Portland punk classic Personal Best, the 24 minutes it takes to listen might change your life.