photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hop Along

We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't one of them, but they do post their Overlooked Records of the year. They write, "None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0 but all are records worth revisiting." They've got a couple metal albums (Bell Witch, Sannhet), that ambient Jeff Bridges album, and the no-longer-overlooked indie rockers Hop Along (who also made best-of-2015-so-far lists from Rolling Stone, AV Club, Stereogum, Paste, Flavorwire, Noisey, and NPR's song list).

The list is also interestingly heavy on relatively underground electronic records, including Lakker, Mbongwana Star, Mumdance & Logos, Anthony Naples, Pearson Sound and Smurphy. Check out the whole list below, and read their commentary here.

Sicko Mobb

In terms of rap, it has Joey Bada$$ (who plays NYC this week), and Chicago duo Sicko Mobb. Sicko Mobb will make their way over to NYC on July 25 for Warm Up with Baauer, Skepta and more (tickets); and a late show at Palisades that night with Taso, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain (tickets).

Sicko Mobb made the list for their Super Saiyan Vol 2 mixtape, which you can download for free at DatPiff and stream below...

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Pitchfork's Overlooked Records of 2015
Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
Jeff Bridges - Sleeping Tapes
Hop Along - Painted Shut
Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
Johnny Jewel - Lost River OST (Deluxe Edition)
Lakker - Tundra
Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
Mumdance & Logos - Proto
Anthony Naples - Body Pill
Pearson Sound - Pearson Sound
Petite Noir - The King of Anxiety EP
Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love
Sam Prekop - The Republic
Dawn Richard - Blackheart
Sannhet - Revisionist
Sheer Mag - II EP
Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan
Smurphy - A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show
THEESatisfaction - EarthEE