Number one this week is Untitled Unmastered., the surprise release from the devastatingly talented hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. This eight track album is a collection of unreleased material from the past two years, much of it created during the time that the masterful funk and soul imbued social commentary of To Pimp A Butterfly was being written and produced. In places, Untitled Unmastered is akin to To Pimp A Butterfly, but there are breakaway moments as well. In particular, “Untitled 7 2014-2016.” This latter half of this eight minute track is a loose, laughing Kendrick freestyling and chatting with unknown voices over plucked acoustic guitar.
Following up Kendrick are releases from Animal Collective, Wild Nothing, Adrian Younge, and Eerie Wanda. Painting With has seen weeks of top 5 action here at KJHK, while Life Of Pause, Something About April II, and Hum are all new to the top 5!
New to the chart this week: Wild Nothing with Life Of Pause, Charles Bradley with Changes, Fullbloods with Mild West, Mothers with When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, Yuck with Stranger Things, Pet Sun with Pet Sun, Toughies with Sweet Dream EP.
|1||KENDRICK LAMAR||Untitled Unmastered.||Interscope|
|2||ANIMAL COLLECTIVE||Painting With||Domino|
|3||WILD NOTHING||Life Of Pause||Captured Tracks|
|4||ADRIAN YOUNGE||Something About April II||Linear Labs|
|6||HINDS||Leave Me Alone||Mom And Pop|
|7||DIIV||Is The Is Are||Captured Tracks|
|9||DR. DOG||The Psychedelic Swamp||Anti|
|14||NAP EYES||Thought Rock Fish Scale||Paradise of Bachelors|
|15||JULIA BROWN||An Abundance Of Strawberries||Joy Void|
|16||TY SEGALL||Emotional Mugger||Drag City|
|18||DJDS||Stand Up And Speak||Loma Vista|
|19||BASEMENT||Promise Everything||Run For Cover|
|20||FULLBLOODS||Mild West||High Dive|
|21||CLOUD CULT||The Seeker||Earthology|
|22||MICHAEL NAU||Mowing||Suicide Squeeze|
|24||BIBIO||“Town And Country” [Single]||Warp|
|25||M. WARD||More Rain||Merge|
|26||PET SUN||Pet Sun||Sleepless|
|27||OVARIES-EEZ||I Saw You In My Dream||Whatever Forever|
|28||EMILY WELLS||Promise||Thesis And Instinct|
|29||MOTHERS||When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired||Grand Jury|
|30||TOUGHIES||Sweet Dream EP||Self-Released|
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