Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best Albums of 2015: Honorable Mentions

Not every record I loved this year could make the top 50. Here is a short list of a few excellent records that didn't quite make the cut, but deserved some recognition.





1000 Palms
Surfer Blood
May 12th, 2015


A quick turn around from 2013's slightly disappointing Pythons, Surfer Blood seem to have regained their footing and with gusto.


(Favorite Tracks: I Can't Explain, Point of No ReturnSaber-Tooth & Bone)

90059
Jay Rock
Sept. 11th, 2015


When people think of Black Hippie, Jay Rock is usually the last of the group to come to mind (which isn't a surprise when you're other group members are Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul), but with the arrival of 90059, Jay Rock becomes a household name.


(Favorite Tracks: Easy Bake, Vice City, Money Trees Deuce)



Are You Alone?
Majical Cloudz
Oct. 16th, 2015


The second LP from the Canadian electronic art-pop duo proves to be their best yet. A beautifully composed record, filled with smooth melodies and heartbreaking lyrics.



(Favorite Tracks: Control, So Blue, Downtown)


The Beyond / Where the Giants
Roam EP
Thundercat
June 21st, 2015


At only 16 minutes, this EP still managed to be one of the years best collections of music. With one half of the songs produced by Flying Lotus and the other half by Thundercat, himself, the record is immediately set up for success.


(Favorite Tracks: Song for the Dead, Them Changes, Where the Giants Roam / Field of the Nephilim)



Emotion
Carly Rae Jepson
June 24th, 2015


Carly Rae Jepson gets overlooked often. Even by my self. I wrote off her 2012 record Kiss, which features Call Me Maybe, because of it's the top 40 appeal. The same almost happened with Emotion, until I finally gave in, and what a mistake I almost made. Emotion is shining, exciting, glittery/gleaming pop that you can't ever get enough of. Oh, and did I mention the track Warm Blood was produced by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglji???!!


(Favorite Tracks: Run Away With Me, I Really Like You, Warm Blood)




Fading Frontier
Deerhunter
Oct. 16th, 2015


Deerhunter jumps from 2013's garage, lo-fi, crunchy Monomania into Fading Frontier's pop infused rock, and they do so effortlessly.



(Favorite Tracks: Living My Life, Duplex Planet,
Snakeskin)





Kindred
Passion Pit
April 21st, 2015


It's difficult to call this record a disappointment, because it is very well put together and enjoyable, but when it comes from an artist who also put out two of the best electronic pop albums in recent memory with 2009's Manners and 2012's Gossamer, you're gonna have high expectations. Kindred doesn't quite hit like his first two records, but it is by no means a record you should sleep on.


(Favorite Tracks: Lifted Up (1985), Whole Life Story, Where the Sky Hangs)





Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes
April 21st, 2015


If you thought 2012's Boys & Girls was groovy, you're in for a treat. Lead by Brittany Howard's powerful, stunning vocals and sexy riffs, Alabama Shakes produce yet another solid record.



(Favorite Tracks: Sound & Color, Don't Wanna Fight, Gimme All Your Love)





Slime Season
Young Thug
Sept. 16th, 2015


Young Thug puts out a lot of music. I mean a LOT of music.
So, it can be hard to keep up sometimes. But one thing you can't forget is he is consistant as hell. The production is always on point, the flows are always impressive and the word "pussy" is always said at least six times per song, but
rarely is his stuff this nasty. Slime Season just stood out against the rest (except for Barter 6, which is way better).

(Favorite Tracks: Rarri, Stunna, Best Friend)




.Wav Theory
Towkio
April 28th, 2015

Towkio, formerly known as Towkio Shawn, formerly
known as Preston San is a Chicago rapper and member of
Save Money, a rap group that includes Chance The Rapper
and Vic Mensa, who have both recently exploded onto the
music scene, which has upped Towkio's popularity, in turn.
So, with an almost entirely new audience, .Wav Theory was
the opportunity he needed to prove himself and he
did not waist it. At the end of track eleven Heaven Only
Knows, Chance The Rapper exclaims, "why you about to have the hottest tape of 2015, it's stupid?" Couldn't have
said it better myself.

(Favorite Tracks: Involved, Free Your Mind, Heaven Only
Knows)

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