Unique Modern Music

'There are no new ideas anymore'

I have a particular interest in musical innovation in recent music. So, I thought it would be important to showcase albums from the past 10 years that are truly innovative.
Apologies for maybe missing out on true 'first-of-their-kind' albums but that's very hard to ascertain - some new popular albums do seem to be doing something that those left in 'the underground', Soundcloud/Bandcamp etc keep well hidden. I have only chosen 10 (11!) years as a marker because, in my opinion, many albums already sound quite dated from the noughties!

The most innovative artists according to artists' albums being chosen by users:
Kendrick Lamar (for TPAB) 6
Kanye West - 5
Tyler, the Creator - 4
Travis Scott (for Rodeo) - 4
Farah Abraham (for her modern masterpiece 'My Teenage Dream Ended') - 3
Fiona Apple - 3
Swans - 3
Frank Ocean - 3


Please comment with recommendations for this list (and any thoughts on other user's choices).

Lil B - 6 Kiss
79
exception's first choice - Chosen for 'its production & lyrics' 'Lil B is a cornerstone of modern rap.'
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
84
Malneezy's choice

bigR's first choice - 'How he mixes IDM, jazz, dance and a lot of other elements on electronic music is unreal, it really shows a different way to make and interpret electronic music, and gets Flying Lotus as one of the most important electronic producers of all time imo.'
Grimes - Halfaxa
geidiprimes' first choice - 'i just don't think i have ever listened to something like this ever in my whole life'
Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
91
KIDWITHGUNs' first choice - '...perhaps (this is not) necessarily a project that make(s) the most provoking statements, but I have a gut feeling that (this) will leave an everlasting impact that the public ears will only catch on to years down the line.'

hellodecatur's second choice - For it's 'Sociopolitical Commentary'
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
97
KIDWITHGUNs' third choice - '...perhaps (this is not) necessarily a project that make(s) the most provoking statements, but I have a gut feeling that (this) will leave an everlasting impact that the public ears will only catch on to years down the line.'

AndreManfre93's first choice - 'in my opinion it is the benchmark for every rap artist, from Drake to Kendrick to A$AP Rocky, in terms of production and ambition'
Women - Public Strain
bigR's third choice - ' These guys knew how to get this punk/rock/pop vibes and twist it to infinity on odd yet satisfying offbeats, very interesting drone-y production, and be the weirdest yet most fun listen on all of this decade.'
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
BestTeef's first choice

tha138's first choice

Case's third choice - for 'the way it changed R&B and influenced many artists sounds'
Death Grips - Exmilitary
81
My first choice
Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu
37
JustSomeGuy's first choice - ' This is going to be a hugely unpopular opinion, but Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu. It has such a unique sound that nobody will ever be able to replicate'.
James Blake - James Blake
TreyLikesBands' second choice
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
86
bigR's second choice - ' The best plunderphonics album from this decade easily (and my aotd). Tbh, this album got such a way to make ambient music with TV commercial samples and get all of these different sounds, experiences and set of tensions that up to this day seems impossible to me.'
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
WildChameleon's second choice
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
94
WildChameleon's third choice
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
jkpyg's second choice -'production that has been mimicked and has influenced mainstream charts for almost a decade'
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
95
MasterCrackfox's third choice
Swans - The Seer
86
My second choice
Miracle Musical - Hawaii: Part II
Toasterqueen12's second choice - This album has a 'minimal electronic soundscape'
Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended
45
n o s t a l g i a's choice - 'Hilariously enough, I honestly have to say Farrah Abraham's 'My Teenage Dream Ended' deserves a mention because of how (completely unintentionally) ahead of it's time it was. Traces of its odd, harsh and overblown production style are still heard in artist in the bubblegum pop genre such as Charli XCX, Black Dresses, GFOTY, 100 gecs, etc.'

bart's first choice

okcomputer12127's first choice -'personally I don’t love the album but it has had an impact on PC Music overall [including Gupi, 100 Gecs, Jpegmafia, and Charli Xcx]'
Kanye West - Yeezus
93
geidiprimes' second choice - 'specially the electronic/minimalist production....this was a very risky move for an artist with such importance in the culture to do...this genius still did it and he did it amazingly'
DJ Rashad - Double Cup
tha138's second choice
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
ImplicitDoom's second choice
Swans - To Be Kind
94
JustSomeGuy's second choice

StanleyCCC's first choice
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
85
StanleyCCC's second choice
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
84
Doofy's second choice
clipping. - CLPPNG
TreyLikesBands' third choice
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
100
LM's first choice

BestTeef's second choice

e's second choice

Orangedroog65's first choice

ImplicitDoom's first choice

Case's first choice - 'for obvious reasons'
Tame Impala - Currents
AndreManfre93'S second choice - 'the perfect album to shift from beloved psychedelic rock project to pop master, with elements of electronic music and R&B, with immaculate production'
Travis Scott - Rodeo
86
realrealweasel's second choice ~ 'That's a tough question, damn... Very white of me to say but whatever'

snowman's first choice

BestTeef's third choice

Case's second choice - For 'the way it made trap more “artsy”(and) the production.
Death Grips - The Powers That B
exception's second choice - For 'everything'
SOPHIE - PRODUCT
DoubleZ's third choice - 'it's a compilation so I don't know if it counts (of course it does), but "revolution and pioneers" from Bubblegum bass/ Pc Music'
Björk - Vulnicura
geidiprimes' third choice - 'the mashup of strings and electronic sounds is astonishing and barely ever done before....just like any of her albums, this one is a hell of a rare album'
Frank Ocean - Blonde
92
DoubleZ'S first choice - 'game changing for R&B/Rap/POP'

StanleyCCC's third choice

e's third choice
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
87
DoubleZ's second choice - For its (unique?) 'album format (and) ambition to make the album live by adding updates'
Noname - Telefone
84
Toasterqueen12's first choice - '... with it's approach to lyricism'
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
84
TreyLikesBands' first choice
Matmos - Ultimate Care II
hellodecatur's third choice - For it's 'Use of Instrumentation'
Charli XCX - Pop 2
Flamingooooo's first choice
Algiers - The Underside of Power
75
CLJesse's first choice
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
88
LM's second choice

Flamingooooo's second choice

okcomputer12127's second choice - 'the aesthetic of this album influenced up and coming artists like Kali Uchis, Anna of the North, Clairo, Rex Orange County, Steve Lacy, etc. You can not deny the influence of this album on today’s music landscape.'
Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
84
MasterCrackfox's second choice
King Krule - The OOZ
83
snowman's third choice
Code Orange - Forever
83
CLJesse's third choice
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2w
Some expected ones, but it also gets me full of joy looking at Nicolas Jaar, King Krule and The Caretaker on this list, some of my favorite artists at the moment. Nice!
1mo
Like politicians, I can bend my rule on how many entries I can choose myself ;)
1mo
No, not at all it was just to make sense in the comment hehe
1mo
Oh shit. He even (fixed) my dumbass grammar. What a legend ❤
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