In an impressive debut effort, Berhana takes the listener on a guided flight with HAN, an alternate universe Pan Am that serves as a decidedly more polished version of Madlib’s Flight to Brazil concept. What you get is the most cohesive project Berhana has ever released. It is a multi-genre effort that seamlessly spans funk, dance, R&B, and rock (especially in a particularly impressive three-track run with “HN 004,” “Health Food,” and “G2G.”) A substantial amount of HAN was recorded in Japan — which you can hear both in the production and in the lyrical content of the record. Ranking as one of the grooviest albums of the year, HAN is a soundtrack that perfectly accompanies any activity — but especially travel. —Alex Berenson
You can buy the Vinyl Me, Please edition of this album right here.