Best Music of 2015
Dear Music Lovers,
As another year draws to a close, we present our list of Best Music of 2015. All 10/10 music. Most available on vinyl. Many were part of our Record Of The Month Club. Sign up to get the best releases delivered direct to your door for 2016!
Hear them all at once while you read... and please for the love of music, listen on a good pair of headphones or better yet a full stereo!
Or, to hear the tracks individually, click the album covers.
Kate Bush with a twist of Patti Smith.
His best LP yet. Particularly nice piano work.
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Proving rock anthems can come in lite versions too.
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Perhaps the best jazz record since 1970. A must own for every music lover.
Joanna Newsom - Divers
One of Newsom's most dense records yet. The addition of drums adds pace and intensity to her characteristic meandering vocals.
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Tongue-in-cheek genius not heard since Nilsson.
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Hip Hop's Charles Mingus. Angry and extremely intelligent.
TI - Da Nic
Still one of the smoothest flows in rap. 5 songs should be the official length of all hip hop albums.
Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad
Art rock in the best 1977 way.
Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
An homage to Suicide by one of the new school of electro wizards.
St Germain - St Germain
The restaurant soundtracker grows up after visiting Mali.
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Still up to the same old tricks, but still so cool.
My Morning Jacket - Waterfall
70s style album rock at its best.
Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like that There
After 20 years, Yo La Tengo brings out an album of inspired covers and reworks some of their own songs.
Battles - La Di Da Di
The greatest live band playing today. The precision is captured on this record but can anything capture their energy? Play it very loud and hope your stereo keeps up.
L'Orange & Kool Keith - Time? Astonishing!
Hip Hop that's 20 years ahead. Kool Keith doesn't even play in the same universe as today's rap artists.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years
Thank god for Neil Young. Still banging out catchy tunes and doing his part to unabashedly take down the bad guys screwing up the world.
Ratatat - Magnifique
Ratatat's best and catchiest record to date.
The Greg Foat Group - The Dancers at the Edge of Time
Mixes downtempo hip hop with cool jazz in the best way possible.
FFS - FFS
Collaborations do work.
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
Powerful vocalists are rare today. Alabama Shakes has that and a band to match.
Will Butler - Policy
Grungey pop rock with a dash of Talking Heads.
Arthur Russell - Calling out of context
Originally released in 2004, this compilation of unreleased songs spans 20 years. Reissued in 2015 on vinyl. This guy invented modern indie dance music.
Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
An unusual voice with incredible depth and maturity.
Floating Points - Elaenia
Atmospheric electronic album of the year.
Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
Although he died more than 10 years ago, these old vocal recordings mesh perfectly with new backing tracks by Jeff Tweedy and son.