Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Amidst “Roar” comparison controversies, Sara’s quiet third album manager to scoop a prestigious ‘Album of the Year’ nomination.
Bilal – A Love Surreal
Bilal’s latest may be his first effort without Solange’, but there’s still lots of good songs.
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
I’ve never really been a fan of his, but I was very glad that he worked with Diplo on two tracks (“Gorilla” and “Money Makes Her Smile”).
Chase and Status – Brand New Machine
Widely known for producing Rihanna’s “Wait Your Turn” and “G4L”, this production duo’s third album spawned a few international hits.
Robert Delong – Just Movement
After seeing the Washington native perform live at this year’s NYC Governor’s Ball, it’s clear that Robert’s beats are some of the best around.
Diplo – Revolution EP
Every Diplo EP is great, and this one continues his trend of modernizing the ‘bounce’ music craze.
Wynter Gordon – Human Condition: Part 2 Sanguine
Wynter continues her trend of feel-good soul on her second installment of her ‘Human Condition’ series.
Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go
On his third album, Mayer links up with Pharrell for an interesting (but somewhat successful) mix of genres.
Ian Isaih – The Love Champion
After declaring that he wanted to be the Tank of gay male singers, soul crooner Ian Isaih released an impressive debut mixtape.
Lady – Lady
Nicole Wray’s neo-soul project had no promotion and still made waves just because of her iconic name as a pioneer of early 2000s R&B.
Le1f – Tree House
Le1f’s definitely amongst the top when it comes to gay rappers, and his third mixtape ‘Tree House’ is a lyrical journey that deserves recognition.
Lenka – Shadows
The Australian singer-songwriter’s third album was wrongly overlooked by international charts.
London Grammar – If You Wait
Already Gold in the UK, London Grammar’s debut has spawned six hit singles in 2013 alone.
Paramore – Paramore
Self-titled albums are usually an artist’s best work (except for Ciara’s case), and Paramore’s third effort doesn’t disappoint.