It’s that time of year again. The time when we start making those “best of 2015” lists. So let’s get right to it. In any genre, what was your favorite album of 2015?


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I’ll have to go with Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment’s “Surf”. I briefly mentioned it in a previous article about Chance The Rapper, but this is hands down my favorite album of 2015.

The Artist

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment. They’re actually pretty new to the music scene. The group consists of Donnie Trumpet, Nico Segal, Peter “Cottontale” Wilkins, Nate Fox, Greg “Stix” Landfair Jr., and Chancelor Bennett aka Chance The Rapper. The group has a great mix of talent and doubles as Chance The Rapper’s touring band.

Along with the depth of talent in the group, “Surf” features some great guest spots from the likes of J. Cole, Erykah Badu, Raury, Janelle Monae, Noname Gypsy and more.

Watch: “Sunday Candy” – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

The Album

The album itself was a combination of Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B and many other musical influences sprinkled in. Donnie Trumpet’s horn can be heard on most of the tracks giving it an overall Jazzy tone.  To fully enjoy the album you need high quality audio equipment capable enough to capture all the intricacies within the songs. Beats won’t cut it for this album. While I stand by beats when it comes to bass heavy music like Hip Hop or Dubstep,  I found my Studios weren’t getting the full spectrum of audio on Surf’s variety of musical styles. However, my pair of Sennheiser IE 80s did a great job of capturing the complete sound through the entirety of the project.

Lyrically, Surf may not feature complex song writing or concepts throughout the album, but sonically it’s nothing short of amazing and that’s where the album shines. Simply put the music just makes you feel good. I wouldn’t say that there is a standout song on the album either, but rather the collection as a whole becomes a stand out album.

Listen: Surf – Donny Trumpet & The Social Experiment


So that’s my pick. Leave a comment and let me know what you thought of “Surf” and what albums topped your list for 2015.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Jamie XXX – In Colour
  • Grimes – Art Angles
  • Vince Staples – Summertime ‘o6
  • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  • Adele – 25
  • Tame Impala – Currents
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometime I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit