In a year where Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter and Brexit have dominated headlines, our only solace has come through music and arts. The finest example of this was delivered by Solange Knowles and her surprise album ‘A Seat At The Table’ which dropped in September and provided the comfort blanket that we could drag through the final quarter.
Sonically pulling away from our technology dominated lives, ‘A Seat At The Table’ draws its organic sound from jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop, as Solange relates the female black experience in a way that listeners from any background can empathise with. ‘Cranes In The Sky’ is perhaps the most accurate description of depression applied to record this side of the millennium, and manages to empower in doing so. It’s a track that applies to humanity as a whole and will never go out of fashion.