American Teen : Khalid
Khalid, a 19-year-old from Texas who recently rose to fame after Kylie Jenner played his hit song “Location” on her Snapchat, is by far one of my favorite artists of 2017. His debut album, American Teen, is the perfect combination of R&B, pop, soul, and funk. Sing along to “Keep Me” while driving in the car with your friends with the windows down, and if you’re like me and have an essential “sleep” playlist, add “Shot Down” to it ASAP.
Memories…Do Not Open : The Chainsmokers
As much as I don’t want to like The Chainsmokers, you can’t deny their ability to release hit EDM track after track. We’re all singing “Closer” in our sleep by now, so hopefully with this new album, we get some new songs to jam to (Don’t Say is my favorite), and add to our “Workout” AND “Get Lit” playlists.
Pure Comedy : Father John Misty
If you’re a huge Elton John fan like I’ve always been, you’ll like this album. He gives off serious EJ vibes in his typical flawlessly-acoustic way. This album is great for listening to on a long road trip, because each song is unlike the last. Definitely should be played around some campfires this summer.
Only The Lonely : Colony House
I’ve only met a few people who have heard of this band, but they’ve been a favorite of mine ever since I saw them open for Bad Suns when I was a junior in high school. CHECK THEM OUT! The lead singer, Caleb Chapman, has the voice of a literal angel, which he amazingly displays in the track “This Beautiful Life” (I cried the first time I heard it – seriously, listen). Some fun tracks to jam out to from their second album include “Remembered For” and “1234.”
4 Your Eyes Only : J. Cole
I could have reserved the rap section for Drake’s More Life, but let’s be honest, we all know every song already. Just when I didn’t think anything could top Forest Hills Drive, J.Cole released this album with tracks like “Deja Vu” and “Immortal” that challenge the amazingness of his last album. He is nothing less than a storyteller – channeling inner emotions and recounting events from his past that got him to where he is today. Better yet, Cole writes and produces the entire project by himself, showing what a versatile, vital artist he is for today’s culture. While most rappers get a lot of their sounds from rap beats for sale made by somebody else, which is perfectly normal and acceptable, J. Cole just seems to work differently to most people.