BEST OF 2015

About three months ago I decided to thin down my vinyl spending. I’d been stung one too many times over the summer with dodgy pressings and I was fed up of being fed up about music when it wasn’t what I was listening to that was the problem. It made me little bit more selective, it made me hold fire and justify my purchases and it meant I enjoyed more new releases in one year than I have in some time. I say something similar every time I do one of these lists, but if you’re one of those people bemoaning the lack of decent music in the past twelve months, you’re really not trying very hard.

The notion that having instant access to the vast majority of, well, everything, makes it easier to find things to like is as amusing as it is ridiculous. Until the curators emerge and streaming services have unfiltered, unsponsored and entirely sincere music tips provided by consistently trustworthy sources, the indistinct melange is impenetrable and unnavigable. You still need people to find stuff for you and point you in the right direction. For me, that’s people like record shop types (Ash and Graf in Spillers, Paul and Adrian in Rise, Rupert in Drift), presenters like Gilles Peterson, Adam Walton and Gideon Coe and journalists like Laura Snapes and Pete Paphides. That’s a far from exhaustive list, but it represents how some of the records I have written about over the past month got into my ears, my mind and my world.

It is with similar intentions that I do this list. I remain amazed at how many people pop over to this site during December, particularly considering I do so little with it for much of the rest of the year. Each list prompts heartening comments from people who have tried out albums I’ve raved about and that‘ll do me. Essentially, music is ace and thirty reasons why can be found, explained at length, below.

All music tips gladly welcomed, either here or in the more instant realm of Twitter, should you feel I’ve missed anything. Thanks for reading!

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The Countdown in full…

30. Euros Childs – Sweetheart

29. Peter Broderick – Colours Of The Night

28. Jamie xx – In Colour

27. Sweet Baboo – The Boombox Ballads

26. Dungen – Allas Sak

25. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs

24. Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

23. Joanna Newsom – Divers

22. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

21. Max Richter – from Sleep

20. Lone Wolf – Lodge

19. Kathryn Williams – Hypoxia

18. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

17. Nils Frahm – Solo

16. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

15. Algiers – Algiers

14. Laura Marling – Short Movie

13. Martin Courtney – Many Moons

12. Floating Points – Elaenia

11. New Order – Music Complete

10. Bjork – Vulnicura

9. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

8. Blur – The Magic Whip

7. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

6. Nicolas Godin – Contrepoint

5. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

4. Evangelist – Evangelist

3. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

2. Low – Ones And Sixes

1. Daniel Knox – Daniel Knox

Click the lovely image below for a couple of hours worth of fine tuneage from 2015 to help you pick out your next purchase. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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