Top Albums of 2015
My favourite albums of 2015
Talbot Fade - November Versions
Yamaneko by any other name, Talbot Fade trades in ghostly photographs and faded memories evoking a deep melancholy. Fans of The Caretaker and Leyland Kirby will revel in the downtempo tone of November Versions. Through orchestral passages, ambient textures and field recordings, the eerie music transports the listener into the past.
Heathered Pearls - Body Complex
Body Complex the sophomore effort from Jakub Alexander, an ambient album I often fell asleep to, despite the beats.
William Basinski - The Deluge
Another production with parallels to Leyland Kirby; this time a looped piano motif, drawn out, manipulated and drenched in murk.
Joker - The Mainframe
A blockbusting effort from the British producer Liam McLean, The Mainframe is packed with sweet moments of orchestral pop, reverberating bass and satisfying dubstep-style hooks.
DJ Richard - Grind
The perfect balance of ambient and murky tones of Techno. Richly textured and surprisingly relaxing.
King Midas Sound & Fennesz - Edition 1
Very tasteful ambient songs. Great collaboration work between Kevin Martin and Christian Fennesz with superb vocal contributions from Kiki Hitomi and dub poet Roger Robinson.
IPMAN - Depatterning
Self confessed tech nerd Jack Gibbons consolidates his influences, experimenting with modular synths and souped-up drum machines along the way, and produces a very classy debut album. Sports the best opening track of any album in 2015... NO ARGUMENTS!
DJ-Kicks: DJ Koze
Highly regarded as a fun and inventive (re)mixer, German producer DJ Koze never fails to stamp his own unique mark on everything he touches. So it's fitting that his brilliant and entertaining contribution to the long-running DJ Kicks series coincides with their 50th milestone. This one's been stuck on repeat since it came out.
CW/A - Words Unspoken, Acts Undone
Inspired by 90s drum-n-bass and tougher Warp-style electronica, two distinct forces combined efforts to become greater than their sum. Italian producers Clockwork and Avatism, previously purveyors of smooth Tech house, together make tough melodic Techno. With eleven individual tracks (and note: there's no filler whatsoever) that easily stand on their own yet work effortlessly together as a whole, Words Unspoken, Acts Undone is a resounding success.
Dasha Rush - Sleepstep
The bewitching beauty, exquisite variety of sounds and styles and extremely high production values of this album make it my number one. Sleepstep is beyond beautiful. I can't recommend it enough.