Written by Lo-Tide.
1. Portishead – Dummy
Portishead’s 1994 debut is a masterwork of downbeat and desperation. They invented their own kind of virtuosity, one that encompassed musicianship, technology, and aura.
Lo-Tide Highlight: Glory Box
2. Black Kray – Ice Cream & Mac 10s
Important album in popularising cloud rap, dark, ambient, spacey but still easy to listen. Inspired by SGP but maybe even more repayable, outgoing and definitely ambient.
Lo-Tide Highlight: Iced out Castles
3. Yung Lean – Unknown Death 2002
Unknown Death 2002 is the debut mixtape by Swedish rapper Yung Lean. It was released on July 9, 2013 by Mishka NYC. It serves as Yung Lean’s first full length project, and his breakout mixtape, bringing more attention to both Lean and Swedish hip hop.
Lo-Tide Highlight: Princess Daisy
4. $uicide Boy$ – I Want to Die in New Orleans
I Want to Die in New Orleans is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Suicideboys. This album is packed with punchy instrumentals, hard hitting 808’s and triplet flows.
Lo-Tide Highlight: 122 Days
5. Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist – Alfredo
Alfredo is a collaborative studio album by American rapper Freddie Gibbs and American hip hop producer The Alchemist. Coupled with visually pleasing and impactful music videos, this album hits hard, start to finish.
Lo-Tide Highlight: 1985
6. Chavo – Hood Luva, Vol. 1
Sosshouse artist Chavo has shared his brand new mixtape Hood Luva Vol. 1. This project arrives just before his highly anticipated Chavo’s World album. Hood Luva Vol. 1 holds 14 songs with features and production from Pi’erre Bourne, Frazier Trill, Sharc, Perfect Cell and more.
Lo-Tide Highlight: Bend Block