40. Foster The People – Supermodel


39. Avi Buffalo- At Best Cuckold

38. Glass Animals – ZABA

37. The Colourist – The Colourist

36. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

35. Atmosphere – Southsiders

Back in 2011 when Atmosphere released The Family Sign, I’ll be the first to say it was my least favorite LP from my favorite Rhymesayers act. They were striving to challenge themselves by creating a rap album with a full live band, except for producer Ant who was still on the “drums”. While it was unique, and a novelty within their live performances, it just didn’t feel like Atmosphere. On this year’s release of Southsiders, Slug and Ant have returned to their roots – just beats and raps.

While this album is safer, it reaches into nearly everything the Minneapolis duo has ever released. Many of the tracks sound like they could fit on past albums – shades of Lemons…, God Loves Ugly, and even the To All My Friends double EP. Ant’s samples are on-point as usual, taking us through the album like a ride on the light-rail (he actually uses sound bytes from a few of the stops throughout) and Slug is still one of the best story tellers in hip hop.

Highlights from this album include the singles “Bitter” and “Kanye West” but some of the deeper cuts like “Arthur’s Song,” “Flicker” which pays tribute to the lateEyedea, and the album’s closer “Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now” really bring Southsiders together. While it’s not dangerous or “weird”,Southsiders is vintage Atmosphere getting back to the sound that got many of us excited about them in the first place.  –Koltes

34. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

33. TV on the Radio – Seeds

32. Jenny Lewis – Voyager


31. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots