Music of 2015

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Compiled across the year, these are my favourite tracks from the albums I liked in 2015. They’re not ranked; just ordered to keep a nice flow between genres.

Artist Title
SOUR SOUL Play Ghostface Killah Six Degrees (feat. Danny Brown) Explicit
Every Hero Needs a Villain Play CZARFACE Junkyard Dogs (feat. Juju of the Beatnuts) Explicit
Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons To Die II Play Ghostface Killah Get The Money
Shedding Skin Play Ghostpoet That Ring Down The Drain Kind Of Feeling
Blade of the Ronin Play Cannibal Ox Iron Rose Explicit
To Pimp A Butterfly Play Kendrick Lamar Institutionalized Explicit
Dillatronic Play J Dilla Dillatronic 32
The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam Play Thundercat Them Changes
Lustmore Play Lapalux Sum Body
White Men Are Black Men Too Play Young Fathers Old Rock n Roll
Till It's All Forgotten Play Farao Bodies
Tough Towns Play Nevermen Tough Towns
Algiers Play Algiers Blood
Vulnicura Play Björk Black Lake
Odyssey / Sonne (Bonus Track Version) Play Rival Consoles 3 Chords
Damogen Furies Play Squarepusher Baltang Ort
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP Play Aphex Twin diskhat1
Starfire Play Jaga Jazzist Big City Music
Same as You Play Polar Bear We Feel the Echoes
Elaenia Play Floating Points Silhouettes (I, II & III)
The Epic Play Kamasi Washington The Magnificent 7
Split EP Play Beak> The Meader
La Di Da Di Play Battles Tyne Wear
Irreal Play Disappears Irreal
Heyoon Play Landshapes Moongee
Everything Else Matters Play Pinkshinyultrablast Land's End
The Magic Whip Play Blur Thought I Was A Spaceman
Sound & Color Play Alabama Shakes Future People
Heavy Love Play Duke Garwood Disco Lights
Angels & Ghosts Play Dave Gahan You Owe Me
Sol Invictus Play Faith No More Separation Anxiety
Cortar Todo Play Zu Vantablack Vomitorium
II Play Fuzz Say Hello
Dodge and Burn Play The Dead Weather Rough Detective
Dust and Disquiet Play Caspian Arcs of Command
Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress Play Godspeed You! Black Emperor Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’
Solo Play Nils Frahm Circling

Surprise

Beak> were not a band I had never heard of, and I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon this EP (split with <KAEB, obviously). Spacious instrumental music has always been pretty appealing to me so it’s always great to find more.

Disappointment

The Dead Weather really impressed me with the first couple of albums but unfortunately this time around it felt a little formulaic. It’s one of those albums that just kind of you passes you by as it’s playing the background, with nothing to really grab you.