2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
3. The Internet – Ego Death
4. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
5. Floating Points – Elaenia
6. U.S. Girls – Half-Free
7. Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band – Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band
8. Tom Ward – Alfresco Love Songs
9. Pond – Man, It Feels Like Space Again
10. Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics – Jaiyede Afro
Craig Hollywood's Top 20 Tracks
1. AnD – The Surface Of Last Scattering (Zeitgeber Remix)
2. Takasi Nakajima – Solar System
3. Son.Sine – An Island
4. Vince Watson – Fragment VII
5. Vernon Felicity – Induce
6. Trevor Deep Jr. – Roba Rouge/Kreuzberg
7. Delta Funktionen – Phantom/Mutant Society
8. Phil Stroud – The Forest
9. Simoncino – Dreams Of Konders
10. Pris – Devil In The Detail
11. 30drop – Graviton/Spacecraft
12. Expander – Volta Forte (Vatican Shadow Remix)
13. Benedikt Frey – Scale – Feat. Chris Cox
14. Prurient – Dragonflies To Sew You Up
15. B12 – It’s My Blood
16. Natan H – Te Aro
17. Ike Release – Water Colours
18. Kovyazin D – Destiny
19. Hugo Gerani – About Face
20. Conforce – Realtime
Jade Nobbs' Top 10 Musical Discoveries
1. The Brazilian Boogie Connection: From Rio to Sao Paulo 1976-1983.
My pick for retro-compilation of the year is this release from Cultures of Soul. A revelation because, when most people think of Brazilian music you think of samba, bossa nova and tropicalia. But this compilation demonstrates the immersion of Brazilian artists in late 70s-early 80s disco, electro and boogie funk.
2. Ivan Rassimov – Lizard In A Wizard’s Skin
This mixtape came out late in 2014 but I discovered it in early 2015, scouring the web for Golden Apples picks. It’s an extraordinary compilation of horror and cult soundtracks and underground psych. Introduced me to Cindy Und Bert. Need I say more? And you can download it for yourself here.
3. Library of Sound Grooves: Obscure Psychedelic Manuscripts from the Italian Cinema (1967-1975)
A wave of re-issues of cult Italian soundtracks is in full swing, and for an enthusiast of that sound, it’s actually pretty hard to keep up. But this compilation from Library of Sound Grooves brings together some of the cream of the crop as well as a number of tracks that have never before seen the light of day.
4. The Clientele – Alone and Unreal/The Sound of Young Basingstoke
I’d always been a casual fan of the Clientele, but it’s only been this year with the release of their best of anthology that I have realised the full majesty and importance of the Clientele. The release also features an early live set from the band, which is rich with texture and history.
5. WLDV – Secondo Incantesimo
Giallo Disco records has been rocking my world for the last couple of years with their hybrid of Italian cult and horror soundtracks blended with modern dancefloor sensibility. And this release from WLDV in 2015, Secondo Incantesimo, encapsulates everything that is great about the Giallo Disco label.
6. French Rockets – Arc
Hardly a new discovery, as French Rockets have been one of my favourite local bands for a while. However, it’s satisfying to note that they released my favourite album—local or otherwise—of 2015, Arc. The album’s aesthetic vision is so singular, determined and fully realised, it’s hard to think of another recent album that so completely accomplishes the task of creating its own fully self-enclosed sound world.
7. Cat’s Eyes – The Duke of Burgundy OST
Being a big fan of the Horrors, I’d always been somewhat aware of singer Faris Badwan’s side-project with Italian-Canadian soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. But it wasn’t until I saw the film The Duke of Burgundy, to which Cat’s Eyes provide the soundtrack, that I was alerted to their brilliance. The score brims with classic pastoral motifs and cult soundtrack knowledge.
8. Prins Thomas – Paradise Goulash
Prins Thomas is well known for his work in the realms of Norwegian and Scandinavian disco, but this mix put out in 2015 has redefined the way I see Prins Thomas, and even the way I see the whole concept of a mixtape and DJing itself. 56 tracks make up an 80-minute mix that encompasses everything from Gabor Szabo and Brian Bennett, to Sun Araw and Actress, to Robert Hood, Marcellus Pittman and Kurt Vile. Jaw-dropping.
9. In A Moment – 10 Years of Ghost Box Records
Describing themselves as a “record label for artists exploring the musical history of a parallel world”, Ghost Box Records have for 10 years been integral to the definition of what has variously been called “hauntology”, “new weird”, “folktronica” and “occult library” sounds. This compilation marks their 10 year anniversary and is populated by all the artists that have contributed to the label’s distinctive sound, in particular The Focus Group, The Advisory Circle and Belbury Poly. Recent signing The Soundcarriers also make an appearance. Joy.
10. Battles – La Di Da Di
I sort of lost touch with Battles beyond Mirrored in 2007, but this new album has put me fully back in touch. Pulsating, textural, kooky and unbridled sheer rhythmic experimentation. It’s definitely one of the most intriguing rock albums—of sorts, it’s still rock music I reckon— I’ve heard in 2015.