Possibly the most original album to come out of the initial wave of British punk, Pink Flag sounds like punk went to art school and refined itself down to its core, forgoing the predictability of groups such as the Ramones for oversimplified chord progressions and a strong message.
During his rise as one of hip hop’s leading producers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, J Dilla became known for his colorful and vibrant beats created for rappers such as Common and A Tribe Called Quest. His beats sound effortless, combining hip hop and soul to create some of the best tracks in the history of rap.
On The Lumineers’ new album, Cleopatra, singer Wesley Schultz begins by telling his lover to “pack yourself a toothbrush, dear,” immediately setting the tone for the tracks that follow. The record is a journey, and this song is just the beginning.
After the band’s first release Isn’t Anything, My Bloody Valentine’s status as a cult favorite was enough to establish themselves in the scene, but it wasn’t until their next album, Loveless, that the band’s legacy was cemented as a pioneering rock group.