Kendrick Lamar was the man of the moment in 2015. To Pimp a Butterfly was a masterclass of conscious rap addressing the extreme racial discrimination that continues to play out in the US, and beyond. Untitled Unmastered isn’t a follow-up: it’s a collection of polished demos and experiments that are powerful and additive in their own right.
AlunaGeorge’s second album doesn’t truly take off until 14 minutes in, when the head-jerking, rhythmic slides of ‘Mean What I Mean’ reach your ears. I Remember is a break-up-and-put-yourself-back-together album. But, objectively, it’s hard to recommend this outpouring of mixed emotions and strained sounds over the electro-pop duo’s phenomenal debut, Body Music, whether you’re nursing a broken heart or well on the rebound.
From across the galaxy – or the Atlantic ocean, at least, comes this dramatic pop anthem from Rihanna: ‘Sledgehammer’. It sounds like post-Chandelier Sia song, feels like a Sia song, and, yes, was co-written by Sia.