So I started writing this list on the bus to Sydney from Orange, where Biddy and I have just moved. I was heading down to meet my Mum and my sister and her two kids. All was going to plan until I started to feel a little car sick, and that’s my story.
Now that all the friends and family have left us after the holidays and the working year has started again, I thought I’d better put the lid on last year’s music. I gotta say, 2015 was AMAZING for new music. So many bands, so little time, and super hard to whittle down to a manageable list.
This list is mainly the albums I found myself listening to the most whilst drawing.
Hope you enjoy.
Tame Impala – Currents
After Innervisions, Elephant left me a little flat. Lo and behold, Kevin Parker almost ditches the guitar and makes the best Tame Impala record yet.
Drake – If You’re Reading This Its Too Late.
The album where Drake toughened up.
The Holy Soul – Fortean Times.
We love the Soul. We’ve worked with these guys since their first EP and to see how much their music has progressed is amazing. Fortean Times is the record where all the magic parts of this band align, and under the watch of Gareth of The Drone, they’ve made the best record of their career.
Torche – Restarter.
I LOVE Torche and Restarter might be my favorite album of theirs since Songs For Singles. Harder and more focused, good times all round.
Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower.
I might have completely missed this if it wasn’t for Arik Roper. Arik did the cover for this amazing record and I pretty much bought it from Bandcamp 10 seconds into Twin Urns. I love metal and doom and this record is the shit. I need a little groove in amongst the sludge, and holy shit, Dorthia Cotrells’ vocals… Windhand delivers. Thanks Arik.
Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
Its very rare that I use the phrase ‘ Stunning return to form’. I fact, I’ve never used that phrase. But that’s all that comes to mind with MM new record, in my opinion its the most focused record he’s made since Golden Age, and in some ways, a delayed follow up to Mechanical Animals.
Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love.
This record was part of this string of amazing January releases. I’ve never been a big fan, and to clarify, that’s just because I’ve not really listened to them. Oh Well. This record, wow, just wow.
Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
What a dark masterpiece, thats all I’ve got. Jump Of The Roof was one of the big jams leading up to Mind Intern at Mondo.
Dr Dre – Compton.
I thought there would never be another Dre record and then, boom! Compton! Such and amazing mixed bag of beats and rhymes and, oh, only one of Snoops best verses in years! And K Dot!
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
I loved the build up to this album. The website, the alien, all of it. The music of OPN is some of my favorite to draw to. I love records that suck you in and take you a journey. I might need to check the last couple of years’ best-ofs, I’m pretty sure I say that every year.
Jamie XX – In Colour.
This record is everything I love about dance/electronic music. Its touches all the right bases and, seriously, anyone who can pull off sampling Studio is alright in my books.
Turnstile – Non Stop Feeling.
You know when something comes along you didn’t realize you were missing? Well, Turnstile was the missing piece to my musical landscape in 2015. I came across them by accident on some metal site’s best-of list. This record makes me feel like I’m sixteen. I just bought tickets to their show here in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait. I’ve heard complaints about the hype around this band and constant comparisons to 90’s bands. Who knows about the hype? And who cares? These guys sound like quite a few bands, yes, obviously. I’d rather get hyped on a new band that reminds me of some of my favorite older bands than get stuck grumbling about how good the 90’s were.