2015 was what it was. I’m not exactly looking back on the past 365 days and feeling particularly victorious or nostalgic. In fact, I’m quite keen for a fresh year to begin and am power posing in preparation. And let’s be honest here, 2016 just sounds way better (#EvenNumbersRule #OddNumbersDrool). 2015 came, it went, and I guess if we’re keeping tabs, it conquered. So what, who cares?! But 2015 wasn’t all bad. Great fashion, great fun, and above all else – absolutely dope tunez. So many wonderful albums sang their wonderful melodies to me that I feel it is my duty to return the favour and sing their praises before the clock strikes midnight.
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
This guy, mannnnn. Full of sass and wit and unbelievable musical skills to boot. I shall risk him calling me out for having ‘no self respect’ (as I have heard him do to fans who express their affection) and proclaim that I Love You, John Misty Bear.
The weeknd – Beauty behind the madness
A significant regret from 2105 was not having discovered The Weeknd earlier – all I can do is plead that I’m kind of lame. Can’t Feel My Face was my first tidbit of Weeknd love, but I quickly grew to love the entire album, not to mention absolutely everything off of his compilation album Trilogy. His vibe is endlessly cool, and with a voice akin to Michael Jackson, I believe the party that is The Weeknd will continue forevermore.
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Beach House has long been one of my all time favourites. Their dreamy sounds always chill me out and lull me into a tranquilly cool vibe. Depression Cherry offers up the sound you’ve grown to love over the years and will surely never tire of.
HOMESHAKE – MIDnight snack
Having only got wise to HOMESHAKE in the past month, I’ve been listening non-stop to Midnight Snack in order to make up for lost time. This album is rad as all hell, and I may be so bold as to say it is my 3rd favourite album of the year, and the song Give It To Me my 2nd favourite song of the year. A Mac Demarco contemporary and an absolute beaut – providing super chill vibes whenever you may need ’em.
FKA Twigs – m3ll155x
Equal parts haunting, equal parts beautiful – FKA Twigs is guaranteed to provide wonderfully unique tunez to drift into a hip daze with. Her artistry should definitely be something you experience in the very near future (New Year’s Eve Party Jamz?!)
jamie xx – In colour
To be honest, I never really jumped on The XX/Jamie XX bandwagon – until this summer. I was invited last minute to his show, which of course got me listening to his new album (I didn’t want to be a completely clueless goon amongst his greatest fans) and it instantly became a favourite. Excellent music to jam to (not exactly sure what I mean by that, but I know it’s a good thing).
Justin bieber – Purpose
I never – AND I MEAN NEVER – thought I would say this, but folks, here it is – I AM A BELIEBER. I resisted his catchy tunes for years and years, but his new album is just TOO good, I could resist no longer. Cool collaborations with Skrillex and Diplo, saucy burn tunes, and an endless supply of dance/singable beats – this album is now much beloved by yours truly (not to mention scrillions of fans around the globe)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a butterfly
I feel like any piece of profound music-centred writing I’ve come across in the past 3 years has mentioned – nay- PRAISED Kendrick Lamar – and for good reason. His music is thoughtful, powerful, and leaves an impression. While I’m less savvy when it comes to this genre of music, To Pimp A Butterfly makes me want to embark on an autodidactic journey in rap music.
Tame impala – currents
K – so I think it’s fairly common knowledge that Tame Impala are rad AF and that the man behind it all, Kevin Parker is an absolute genius. I’ve been a fan since 2010 and am always bewildered when their newest albums continue to increase in their brilliance. Currents was no exception – it is INSANE. It is amazing. It is gold. Listen to it immediately and dance it out to these exceptionally cool psychedelic jamz.
grimes – art angels
Is it any surprise that Grimes’ new album is my absolute favourite of the year? Probably not. I may be biased as in my eyes she can do no wrong – but I’m confident in saying that despite my opinion of her music – this album is fantastic. The more I listen – the better it gets. The more I dance – the less cool I get, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that Art Angels is a wondrous production of cool sounds that will make you happy. Listen immediately if you haven’t yet.