BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 | The WEEKID
It’s this time of the year again.
Music critics are thrilled to receive their self-evaluation of how important their elitist point of view was and how they’ve managed to influence and shape the music industry by monopolizing the reader focus on “critically approved” only albums. Music aficionados and geeks around the world all gather to check and compare their end-of-the-year lists and catch up on any music they’ve missed; while music snobs are seeking the next under-the-radar band to brag about how they discovered an artist before anyone else.
The WeekID welcomes all people regardless subcultural background, interest or Grindr tribe. However, if you are wondering where the new Madonna or Fetty Wap’s album has ranked in our list then you might be looking at the wrong place, but we apologise nonetheless for the disappointment. This list is based only on our personal taste and reflects the music we represent. There is nothing more subjective than music anyway – so cliché. We’ve created some lists of our favourite albums, tracks, artists and remixes of the year, starting with this one:
Here is a streaming link to listen to the albums via Spotify.
1. Bjork – Vulnicura | One Little Indian
“When I’m broken I am whole and when I’m whole I’m broken.” What distinguishes a great artist from the rest of us is the ability to create something beautiful out of personal problems and pain. Bjork’s unhappy divorce resulted in her best album in the last decade. Arca and Haxan Cloak by her side helped her deliver by far the best album of the year. An instant classic that can proudly sit next to Vespertine and Homogenic.
2. Jamie XX – In Colour | Young Turks
Oh, my Gosh! This is definitely the best dance album of the year. “In Colour” has already its own place in the modern history of dance music.
3. Grimes – Art Angels | 4AD
“Boucher has collapsed her passions into a pit of confidence, and blasted them out with maximum force, ensuring that these songs will have an impact far beyond the context of the internet-cycle. Nobody died for the sins of this art angel.” – Jeppe Pettersen
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4. Floating Points – Elaenia | Pluto
“Elaenia” is certainly the most sophisticated albums of the year. The devil is in the details and if you pay close attention to the craftsmanship of Sam Shepherd’s melodies, you’ll be rewarded from his hard work. His best album yet.
5. Gwilym Gold – A Paradise | Brille Records
The long awaited debut album of Gwilym Gold finds him in paradise. A triumphant debut album of raw emotion and astounding electronics, that could even challenge Thom Yorke’s status quo.
6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell | Asthmatic Kitty
“Carrie & Lowell is a yearning to illuminate the confusion that has haunted Stevens throughout his life, lifting the shade from the shadow of the cross he is carrying.” – Jeppe Pettersen
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7. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl | Sacred Bones
“On her newest record Apocalypse, girl, the Norwegian musical auteur confronts her personal conservatisms through the language of transgressive pop music, while searching for the boundaries of herself and the world around her.” – Jeppe Pettersen
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8. Jack Garratt – Synesthesiac EP | Island / Universal
Four tracks, one EP, one singer with amazing capabilities. Jack Garratt’s unique charisma runs through the Synesthesiac EP and makes you understand why he is one of the most hyped artist of the year.
9. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete | Warp
Daniel Lopatin was never the one to conform to easy listening music. The master of abstract – experimental music returns with his new album about the traumatic experiences of his puberty years. Uneasy listening music at its finest.
10. Father John Misty – I love you, Honeybear | Bella Union
“The astounding boldness of Tillman’s lyrics paired with a sensible orchestration, makes ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ a powerful artistic statement in the face of modern pop-culture.” – Jeppe Pettersen
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11. Kelela – Hallucinogen EP | Warp
12. Clap! Clap! – Simple EP | Black Acre
13. NAO – February 15 EP | Little Tokyo Recordings
14. Kathryn Joseph – Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled | Hits The Fan
15. FKA twigs – M3LL155X EP | Young Turks
16. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern | Warp
17. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam EP | Brainfeeder
18. HÆLOS – Earth Not Above EP | Matador
19. Lianne La Havas – Blood | Warner
20. Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots | Broadwalk Records / Sony Music
21. Shlohmo – Dark Red | True Panther Sounds / Wedidit
22. Romare – Projections | Ninja Tune
23. Archy Marsall – A New Place 2 Drown | XL
24. Arca – Mutant | Mute
25. Max Richter – from Sleep | Deutsche Grammophon
26. Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Vincent Epplay – Antigravity | Blackest Ever Black
27. Ibeyi – Ibeyi | XL Recordings