OMG. I never do playlists, radios and similar algorithmic music selections, I listen to albums almost exclusively. I still consider the album to be the complete musical statement. A single is just a slice, a mere taste of the whole thing. If I like a song, I'll spin the whole album. If it holds up, into rotation it goes. If that song is the only standout with rest made up of fillers, I pass.
A selection of a couple of albums that got my attention lately follows.
If you're into non-standard, non-boring rap with actually something to say:
Somewhere at the intersection of jazz, funk, and rock, you'll find The Budos Band:
If you're into straight-up r'n'b, something to cheer you up and make you move, you can't go wrong with The Bamboos:
If you're into electronic music, I had this on heavy rotation lately:
And to whet your hard bop appetites, here is a remaster of the rather obscure 1960. Lee Morgan album. This blew me away:
And, finally, if you're really adventurous try this one for size. This is drone metal, certainly an acquired taste, but quite meditative once you get into it: