Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

10. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experience

As savoury, early summer surprises go, Chance the Rapper's new album, Surf, released in late May as a free download via iTunes, is pretty hard to top. That the album is billed as a Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment project is fitting, given the true collaboration going on between Chance and his band across Surf, which blends rap, soul, gospel, spoken word, marching band-style horns and many other music tidbits, to wondrous effect. But that doesn't begin to reflect the long list of contributors both big and small that also feature on the record in some capacity, with Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, J Cole, Big Sean and Migos's Quavo being only the most prominent of the bunch.

Longtime supporters may be pleased and none too surprised with the Social Experiment crew's work here, but the iTunes move was no doubt aimed at a much wider audience, and this higher level shine is definitely resulting in many turned heads amongst the previously uninitiated.
Kevin Jones