Yeah sorry everybody, this is another one of those "best of the year so far"-type articles every music critic does, but it's also an unabashedly personal one. All "best of" lists are subjective, but there will be no illusions that this is weighing in on anything other than my local and non-local music listening habits. Though I think this list ends up saying something about this moment, in music, and because I can still think of nothing other than the Baltimore Uprising, the world at large. I'm still processing the uprising and feel constantly unsettled—this is a good thing—and I see the uprising in everything, and it's been tough to listen to music or really enjoy much of anything that doesn't pertain to those events or related issues such as street violence, policing, racism, and white privilege just to name a few. I've gravitated toward music that addresses the concerns of the uprising, and when music doesn't do it explicitly, I end up contorting songs' meanings to fit what I care about. That's what I did with Grimes' 'REALiTi.' Whatever it's about specifically, 'REALiTi' remains a song about wrestling with the real, however wispy ("Every morning there are mountains to climb, taking all my time,/ When I get up this is what I see, welcome to reality"), so it's ideal for 2015, in the midst of a second civil rights movement, a momentous year inundated with realness.