What's this do? Born In the Echoes

Best Albums of 2015

Started by Ben_j, Nov 07, 2015, 00:47

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2015 is coming to an end and was a pretty good year, music-wise. What's your top 10 (or top 5, or top whatever number) ? Your top tracks ? What were your biggest disapointments ?

10. Two Fingers - Six Rhythms
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It's an EP, so not technically an album, but what the hell. It's a beast of an EP !

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09. Grasscut - Everyone was a bird
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Beautiful album

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08. Eskmo - SOL
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Eskmo always has some very interesting sounds, and this album on the theme of Sun is a gem

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07. Etienne De Crecy - SuperDiscount 3
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At long last, Superdiscount has been resurected in the form of a funky album !

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06. Jamie xx - In Colours
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Gosh is one of the best tracks I've heard those last years, and the whole album of Jamie xx is really refreshing

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05. Tame Impala - Currents
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Even if the whole album is not perfect, Let it happen is one of the best things I've heard in my life

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04. Phace - Shape the Random
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I like Drum'n'bass. I love Neurofunk. But often, drum'n'bass albums are boring and sound the same from start to finish (*cough* SPOR *cough*). Shape the Random is nothing like that and each track is better than the other.


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03. The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes
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Whaaaat ? Born in the Echoes is not number one ?
It's far from being my favourite Chems album, and it's not the album of the year in my opinion. It's pretty good nonetheless, and the first half is excellent.
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02. Paul Kalkbrenner - 7
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I'm not a huge Paul K. fan, but this album is pretty much perfect.

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01. Caravan Palace - <I°_°I>
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It might be a bit rushed, since it's only been a few weeks since the album is out, but I love it ! Great variety in the tracks, great "feel good" vibe, puts a smile on your face and makes you want to dance ! Much like Paul K's album actually...


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Runner-ups:
8:58 - 8:58
Leftfield - Alternative Light Source
Nadastrom - Nadastrom
The Shoes - Chemicals


Best tracks :
5. Two Fingers - Saint Rhythm
4. The Chemical Brothers - EML Ritual
3. Caravan Palace - Midnight
2. Jamie xx - Gosh
1. Tame Impala - Let It Happen

Biggest Disapointments :
The Prodigy - The Night Is My Friend
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What a mess, a parody of The Prodigy. I really hope Howlett will recover the inspiration he has always had before making this...
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Disclosure - Caracal
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After their awesome first album, I had high hopes, but again, just a travesty of everything good they brought in the first album. Still a couple of good tracks though.
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Rone - Creatures
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Too... meh...
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Last Edit: Nov 07, 2015, 00:51 by Ben_j

Some  of  my  favourite  tracks  i  encountered  in  2015 . . . .

8:58 (Paul Hartnol)  -  Broken Up

Ghost Culture  -  Giudecca  (dub mix)

Tinashe  -  The Last Night on Earth (Giraffage remix)

Toyboy  &  Robin  -  Motions

Leftfield  -  Bilocation

The Chemical Brothers  -  Go  (especially  live  versions  where  Tom  is  warping  &  bending  the fuck  out  of  it )   ;D

The Chemical Brothers  -  EML  Ritual

The  Prodigy  -  Wild  Frontier  /  Get Your  Fight  On  /  The Day is My  Enemy

Django  Django  -  Reflections

Blackalicious  -  Imani  Vol 1  (album)   


Last Edit: Nov 20, 2015, 14:44 by Fine Time
" Everybody  jumpin out of their mind  "

Album (in no particular order):
Leftfield - Alternative Light Source
Tame Impala - Currents
Noel Gallaghers HFB - Chasing Yesterday
(wasn't a good year in albums for me)

Songs  (in no particular order):
Leftfield - Bilocation
Chemical Brothers - Go
St. Vincent - Digital Witness (ok, it's from '14, but i've listened to it a lot this year)
Weezer - Back To The Shack (ok, it's from '14, but i've listened to it a lot this year)
Royal Blood - Figure It Out (ok, it's from '14, but i've listened to it a lot this year)
Kiko Bun - Where I'm From
The Prodigy vs. Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Up
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Falling Slowly (ok, it's from '07, but i've listened to it a lot this year)

Biggest disapointment:
Born In The Echoes
Sam Smith - Writings On The Wall
no idea, no idea

Everything Everything's Get To Heaven this year was huge for me.
Beat Connection's Product 3 is amazing, it's basically everything pop music should be and isn't, and is the most underrated album of the year.
8:58 was solid but a bit gothic and, I don't know, navel-gazey, a lot more vocal collabs than normal. Looking forward to the next from Paul, he's mentioned wanting to go more straightforward electronic.
And Born in the Echoes... yeah this deserves a full review now that I've had so long to think about it. Equally great and hugely disappointing.

I keep a running list of my Top 25 All-Time Favorite Albums In No Particular Order that I continuously change and lock in at the end of each year. Only a few of these are actually from 2015, but that's how I listen to new stuff anyway:

1. The Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust
2. Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants
3. Akron/Family - Akron/Family II (The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT)
4. The Postal Service - Give Up
5. Bombay Dub Orchestra - Bombay Dub Orchestra
6. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner
7. Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians (GVSU New Music Ensemble)
8. Orbital - Snivilisation
9. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
10 Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
11 Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
12 Cocteau Twins - Treasure
13 Karl Hyde/Leo Abrahams - Edgeland
14 Jagwar Ma - Howlin
15 BT - This Binary Universe
16 Caribou - Up In Flames
17 Neat Beats - Cosmic Surgery
18 Reptar - Lurid Glow
19 The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
20 Fatboy Slim - Better Living Through Chemistry
21 Arrested Development - 3 Years 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of...
22 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
23 David Crowder Band - Sunsets and Sushi (Experiments in Spectral Deconstruction)
24 U2 - Boy
25 Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
(and 10 just under)
26 Sasha - Airdrawndagger
27 Classixx - Hanging Gardens
28 Shinichi Osawa - The One
29 Soichi Terada - Ape Escape Originape Soundtracks
30 Fluke - Six Wheels On My Wagon
31 The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
32 Beat Connection - Product 3
33 Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful
34 I Break Horses - Hearts
35 Steve Burns - Songs for Dustmites

Quote from: WhiteNoise on Nov 22, 2015, 05:37

Everything Everything's Get To Heaven this year was huge for me.

LOVE this album. I caught their second set at Glastonbury where they played almost exclusively songs from the new album. They were great. I was pleasantly pleasantly surprised with this. Going to pop it on now actually.

Quote from: WhiteNoise on Nov 22, 2015, 05:37

26 Sasha - Airdrawndagger

THIS. Such an underrated album. Sasha owes a big debt to Charlie May for this. And the other collaborators. James Holden for example.
Still, a top top album.

Quote from: WhiteNoise on Nov 22, 2015, 05:37

30 Fluke - Six Wheels On My Wagon

Over Rissotto? Interesting.

For 2015 I'd have to go with (in no particular order):
The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes
BRAIDS - In The Iris
Chad Valley - Entirely New Blue
Tame Impala - Currents
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
Here We Go Magic - Be Small
Leftfield - Alternative Light Source
Panda Bear - Meets The Grim Reaper
샤이니 (SHINee) - Married To The Music
Various Artists - Anjunadeep 07
dancesoitallkeepsspinning

Editors - In Dreams
by far the best album of the year. Only 2 track are good, the rest is great. Album closer "Marching Orders" is superb perfection with a mantra I can listen endlessly to. Which also is my favorite track of the year.

(and this includes a year of new albums from my favorite bands Chemical Brothers and Prodigy and a re-issue of another dance classic Second Toughest in the Infants (which I haven't heard, just keep playing my 'original' one))

fav albums/EPs:

Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Slaves – Are You Satisfied
Jamie XX  - In Colour
Scuba – Claustrophobia
Vessels – Dilate
Odessa – Odessa
Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
Fuzz – II
Lion Babe – Lion Babe EP
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP (played on 45 rpm)

fav tracks:

My Favorite Robot - Glass To The End
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Manon Meurt - Untitled
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Special Request – Amnesia
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Chelsea Wolfe – After The Fall
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Slaves - Socket
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Decka - Escalation
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Odessa – Hummed Low
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Jamie XX – Seesaw
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Fuzz – Say Hello
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Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire
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Last Edit: Dec 07, 2015, 22:08 by Earthbound

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