We're coming to the end of the first quarter of this year. Somehow we jumped from New Year's Day to the end of March with barely the blink of an eye. It's gone by furiously. Very fast. Yet in this apparently short space in time there've been countless morsels of music created, released and written about.

How best to collate them into some cohesive grouping? A top 10 list of course. It's not an end-of-year-list, don't worry; it's an end-of-first-quarter-list. Whether you've been away for three months, or if you just haven't been searching for music for this first annual quadrant, we will point you in the right direction. Below are the 10 releases that have particularly caught our ears and made 2015 begin with fireworks and finery and flagons of flavour.

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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

"Kendrick clearly wasn't focused on retaining the considerably large audience he attracted with its predecessor, and the album's stronger for that. Proving that he'll keep us guessing for years to come, Kendrick has truly solidified his place in rap history with this album, even if it didn't end with a simulated conversation with his spiritual forebear, 2pac." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Björk - Vulnicura

"Whilst Vulnicura is a deeply personal record, its honesty, its savage beauty, its pure anguish offers a sense of cathartic relief for anyone who hears it. Great art takes pain and turns it into something that can help us heal. Vulnicura does exactly that." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

"As long as Stevens continues to pursue the unanswerable and chase down myths and ghosts, he'll continue to make incredible music. Carrie & Lowell is just the latest in a long line of unimpeachable achievements." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Viet Cong - Viet Cong

"So, despite the narrative we foist upon them, Viet Cong are keen to distinguish themselves from most other white guys with guitars by being, well, fucking excellent, basically. By having more passion, more energy, more imagination than most of the field combined." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - After

"She lives inside her songs, creating these pulsating, breathing vessels for her fraught and restless spirit. And for anyone willing to stick around long enough to listen, they are richly and endlessly rewarding." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

"Tillman manages to acknowledge his own myopia and doesn't feel the need to rectify it. If that isn't privilege, I don't know what is. Granted, Father John is no everyman, but in highlighting his own hypocrisy, he might illuminate others' along the way." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

"Fame, it seems, has somewhat ruined the appeal of the internet and foiled Drake's chances of having a normal relationship, but he wouldn't have it any other way. He was born to rule The 6, and knows it." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Zun Zun Egui - Shackles' Gift

"Tradition and modernity collide, as the band question the nature of home and our (perhaps misguided) allegiances to it. Shackles' Gift was born in Mauritius, yet constructed in London, it's as indebted to the past as it is to the present and it's to the band's credit that they understand that completely." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

"No Cities To Love certainly sounds urgent and necessary, but there's no way they sound like a band that's just started: they're just too good." Read our review of the album by heading here.



Mount Eerie - Sauna

"He wants to get back to his wilderness, to escape into his musical mindspace. When it's as gloriously complex, grandiose and naturally magnificent as what he's presented on Sauna and the couplet of albums that preceded it, you can entirely empathise. For us, listening to the albums will have to suffice, and fortunately for us Elverum has brought the place into almost-breathable existence in his inimitable music." Read our review of the album by heading here.