The Alphabet // December Edition
Happy New Year!
You may have questioned why you didn't receive December's edition on the 31st, and the answer is: I was on vacation. And yes, that means a vacation from everything. But lo and behold I have some great new music for your ears!
December was quite a month, and 2016 was quite a year. Amidst all of the gorging and drinking, I was able to reflect on the past 12 months and the epic journey it has been. Despite the legends we lost and the people we voted for, 2016 was an insanely great year for music. My love for hip-hop was reinvigorated by the releases of Anderson .Paak's Malibu, Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book, A Tribe Called Quest's We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service, and Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo.
2016 also marked the year of artists pushing boundaries and breaking down walls between genres. Kaytranada's 99.9% was the perfect fusion of electronic and hip-hop, and Blood Orange's Freetown Sound merged raw, artistic expression with the nostalgic and commercial sounds of the 80s. There were also artists who redefined the very concept of an album and what it entails. Beyoncé's Lemonade premiered in the form of a visual album, and Frank Ocean's Blonde was delivered in the same vein. The aforementioned Pablo became a living, breathing entity capable of multiple iterations even after it was released to the public.
In sum, I couldn't be happier with the music that was released this year. I've been going back and revisiting my top choices one by one to give them the extra listens they deserve. Great music is like a fine wine - they only get better with time.
The December edition of The Alphabet is full of wonderful choices, too - but the music of the past year is even better. There will be no Album of the Month this time around as I encourage you to revisit your favorite EPs and LPs of 2016. I have not indulged in my own "Top" list, but here are a few that I (mostly) agree with:
Pigeons And Planes
Enjoy and see you next month.