Baltimore has been rather uniquely blessed with defying a pigeonholed genre that exemplifies it’s success. Because of that we have thriving communities and successful artists in almost every genre. And since I listen to so many different styles of music, Baltimore has always felt like home to me. That said, these are my favorite records from Baltimore this past year!
Lower Dens – The Competition: It took 4 years for this record to come out. And it’s spetacular. Lush and vibey and in all the right places.
Joy Postell – Back & Forth: While indie and hip-hop and club usually overshadow other genres, Joy Postell is killing it in the r&b world. Always wished she had collaborated with Prince.
Eze Jackson – Fool: When MCs step outside their group sometimes it can fall flat, but this solo effort is insanely strong and it’s been in heavy rotation for months.
Outer Spaces – Gazing Globe: Indie darlings and simply really nice people. Wonderful lazy Sunday jams over coffee and cold windows.
Chaunter – Dream Dynamics: A wild genre bending record. Excellent guests including, Dan Deacon, Sam Herring from Future Islands and Super City.
Al Rogers Jr. – SwoozyBaby: I love all the nods to 90s hip hop. But with the dense production.
Micah E. Wood – Micah E. Wood: Baltimore’s favorite kid next door. He’s the East Coast’s Calvin Johnson.
Hunter Hooligan – Child of Venus (Act 1): Pop at it’s finest.
Kotic Couture – Diary of a Dreamer: I dont know what it is about this record, but it keeps coming back. Great words and great production.
DDm – Beautiful Gowns: If anyone is more proud of being from Baltimore it’s DDm. Excellent features from Holly Ann and stellar beats, production and lyrics, as always.
J. Robbins – Un-Becoming: While J. will always be from DC in my heart, he’s definitely a staple here in Baltimore and his solo records are still angular and jagged yet are slightly kinder and gentler (and with tambourines) and this record is no exception.
Matmos – Plastic Anniversary: I love that Matmos is from Baltimore. They almost epitomize the musical diversity that our city has to offer. This record is no exception. It’s weird in all the right weirdness.