It’s a been an especially colourful year for music in general, and a big part of that has been contributed to by the genres of hip-hop, R&B and soul. Big names have become more experimental, straddling pop melodies and alternative instrumentation, with lots of newer names pushing the envelope and leading the way into 2016 with staggeringly unique soundscapes.
Here’s 25 tracks that cover everything across the spectrum, from hazy R&B to British road-rap/grime, Stones Throw neck snappers to London-based 1970’s style throwback beats.
To help you digest it all in one go, we’ve collected them all into one Mixcloud mix, going for a sonic progression rather than an arbitrary order of preference. Grab the full tracklist inside the player and also listen to as many we could find on a Soundcloud playlist too.