Despite being out of action in April, I’ve managed to catch-up on everything that I need to in the world of new music. I’ve listened to every album and song I can get my hands on and collated it all. There’s been so much to love, and surprisingly so little to hate. Music has left me feeling very positive thus far this year.

Especially coming out of a dangerous operation which could have taken away my ability to hear, having so much great new music to explore and find has made my successful recovery much easier of the past few months. It’s been a challenging time for me and I know it sounds kind of corny, but music has helped me through it so much.

I wanted to take a bit of time to list off some of my favourite albums of the year so far and list some of my favourite songs so far. As we hit the half-way point of the year, here is my favourite albums so far, from the 220 I’ve heard.

Top 50 Albums
50. Sylvan Esso – What Now
49. Mastadon – Emperor Of Sand
48. Formation – Look At The Powerful People
47. J-Hus – Common Sense
46. Sohn – Rennen
45. Alison Crutchfield – Tourist In This Town
44. Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick
43. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
42. Migos – Culture
41. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
40. Nines – One Foot Out
39. Dude York – Sincerely
38. Sundara Karma – Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect
37. Jamiroquai – Automaton
36. DJ Khaled – Grateful
35. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
34. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
33. Hey Violet – Hey Violet
32. White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band
31. Life – Popular Music
30. Paramore – After Laughter
29. Lorde – Melodrama
28. Kendrick Lamar – Damn
27. Cashmere Cat – Nine
26. Wiley – Godfather
25. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
24. SZA – Cntrl
23. Sampha – Process
22. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
21. Fleet Foxes – Crack Up
20. Pond – The Weather
19. The XX – I See You
18. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
17. Code Orange – Forever
16. Joey Badass – All Amerikkkan Badass
15. Big Sean – I Decided
14. Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer
13. Logic – Everybody
12. Khalid – American Teen
11. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
10. Idles – Brutalism
9. They – Nu Religion: Hyena
8. Jidenna – The Chief
7. Thundercat – Drunk
6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin
5. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ___ As You Think
4. Muna – About You
3. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
2. Brockhampton – Saturation
1. Drake – More Life

Drake comes out on top for me by turning in a lengthy, genre spanning and career spanning album. There’s cuts on it that throw back to Take Care and Thank Me Later but also tunes on it that throw forward to current and future trends. His mastery over understanding on what people want to listen to is so impressive, so it’s an easy decision for me. It could well be the best album he’s ever made.

Moving onto my favourite tracks, the past few months have really picked up. The start of the year left me with Stormzy and Father John Misty ahead of the pack. After April through June, this is where the list currently sits, top to bottom.

With their modern Disco perfection, it’s Arcade Fire joined by the slick sounds of Calvin Harris’ Slide out in front of the rest of the pack. So far though, 2017 is shaping up gorgeously. I’ll be back with you in Q3!

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