What turned out to be a quiet month in music – well, quiet relative to the frenetic opening to the year – February 2015 was not without some wonderful new tracks and albums. But the month really belonged to live events such as the Super Bowl, SNL 40th Anniversary Special, the Grammys, and Oscars. And from Missy Elliott’s much deserved return to the spotlight, to the Grammy snoozefest, John Legend & Common’s stirring Oscar performance of “Glory,” to Kanye West’s blistering unveiling of “All Day” at the BRIT Awards, there was certainly a lot to talk about.
But even in a slow month of recorded material, we were blessed with new singles from Chromatics, Kendrick Lamar, and Sufjan Stevens, along with some unexpected jams from Kotomi, Meek Mill, and Róisín Murphy.
And, oh, yeah. Some dude named Drake dropped a new record on iTunes and Spotify out of nowhere.
Here’s the best of February 2015.
On their debut single “Hold On,” all Brittany Howard could do was fight. Fight for relevancy. Fight to be heard. Now, after the critical and commercial success of their debut LP, Alabama Shakes are back, and aren’t interested in fighting for the respect they deserve.
2. Chromatics, “Just Like You”
3. Drake, “Energy”
4. Father John Misty, “True Affection”
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