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sadmanbarty
10-12-2015, 01:09 PM
Favourites and general musings on the music of 2015 as a whole.

I’ll kick things off with my favourite albums and EP’s of the year, I’ve restrained myself to absolute favourites, I could have included a lot more. In no particular order:

90’s Bambino- Online Crush

Black Kray- Still Struglin Still Shinin

Black Kray - Thug Angel

Lofty305 x F1lthy- Elise

Goth Money Records- Tech Palms 3

Father- Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First

Narf- Sick

Young Thug- Barter 6

As my list suggests, my favourite labels/collectives in 2015 are Awful Records, Goth Money Records and Divine Council.

Leo
10-12-2015, 01:51 PM
thinking back to what i listened to and enjoyed most this year, only a few of them were actually released in 2016, most were either things i discovered from past years or reissues/compilations. and the few new things i did like were perhaps a little too uncool to admit to in our little music snob/hipster haven. ;)

sadmanbarty
10-12-2015, 02:12 PM
thinking back to what i listened to and enjoyed most this year, only a few of them were actually released in 2016, most were either things i discovered from past years or reissues/compilations. and the few new things i did like were perhaps a little too uncool to admit to in our little music snob/hipster haven. ;)

Major Lazer's 'Lean On' and Jack U & Bieber's 'Where Are U Now' are definitely two of my faves this year. Not in an ironic way but in a genuine emotional way, so I'd be interested in hearing you're non-hipster certified picks.

Benny B
10-12-2015, 03:03 PM
baby plus masters degree has left little time for keeping up this year. i've had the bjork album sitting on my hd since it came out and i still haven't got round to listening yet :(

the young thug mixtapes are all excellent of course. quite enjoyed the vince staples and kendrick albums, but not enough to keep going back to them much.

susanne sundfor's ten love songs is a very impressive abba-meets-italo disco scandipop album that i recommend highly.

probably my top pick is the miguel album, coffee in the morning is def one of the singles of the year. couple of weak tracks but i kept sticking it on again so its a winner

oh yeah, J Hus lean and bop and dem boy paigon are both essential. not following it as closely as before but afrobeats in general has had a good year again.

looking forward to shift k3ys album judging by his output this year.

DJ Q show on kiss...always gives me the impression that house and garage is thriving as strong as ever

got bored of deep tech ages ago, but the grime revival has been quite fun. lols at the blink-and-you'-miss-it funky revival though

trza
10-12-2015, 03:50 PM
i dont listen to rap but i heard kendrick lamar and future had a good year. adele sold a boatload of records when nobody else seems to be able to give away albums. vinyl market continues to get crazy with presses working round the clock to deliver beattles and oasis represses into the stores for christmas. kamasi washington had a good year too. the same reissue labels reissuing the same music like it ever went out of style.

Woebot
10-12-2015, 03:54 PM
Major Lazer's 'Lean On' and Jack U & Bieber's 'Where Are U Now' are definitely two of my faves this year. Not in an ironic way but in a genuine emotional way, so I'd be interested in hearing you're non-hipster certified picks.

loved "lean on" too. that's in my boomkat top 10. also "cheerleader" in a non-hipster vein.

Leo
10-12-2015, 03:58 PM
Major Lazer's 'Lean On' and Jack U & Bieber's 'Where Are U Now' are definitely two of my faves this year. Not in an ironic way but in a genuine emotional way, so I'd be interested in hearing you're non-hipster certified picks.

Ha. Well, ok then...

My favorite one, pre-2015:
- Paranoid London s/t -- originally out as a 2x12" vinyl-only release at the end of 2014 and just released on CD/digital, really good dark and dirty acid/electro.

Other pre-2015 ones:
- Being a longtime Coil fan, I thought it was nice to finally get the official release of "Backwards" and there are some decent tracks among the eight reissues/collections recently released by Threshold Archive.

- And the moderately priced "Sources" series of 3cd 80s/90s dance music label comps on Harmless are great handy collections for seminal dance labels from the golden era of Chicago, particularly the ones for DJ International and sister label Underground Records.

The uncool ones:
- Bob Moses "Days Gone By" -- commercial indie-dance that's probably the audio equivalent of a "chick flick" but good songwriting.

- James Ferraro "Skid Row" -- yeah, those in the know feel he's been all downhill since the Skaters but I find myself going back to this on the iPhone when walking the city streets. I've spent little time in LA but this is how I imagine it sounds.

droid
10-12-2015, 04:28 PM
Major Lazer's 'Lean On' and Jack U & Bieber's 'Where Are U Now' are definitely two of my faves this year. Not in an ironic way but in a genuine emotional way, so I'd be interested in hearing you're non-hipster certified picks.


loved "lean on" too. that's in my boomkat top 10. also "cheerleader" in a non-hipster vein.

Thats funny. Lean on was a low point for me. An absolute nadir. Would rather listen to Ke$ha.

But what do I know. My top ten is entirely drone.

CrowleyHead
10-12-2015, 04:50 PM
Bieber & Skrillex def. had a a great year with "Where Are U Now" and then their collabs.

Grime "revival" was OK but raised more questions than anything? Glad to have a whole new wave of MCs coming into their own, all the different instrumental branches than before at the very least.

Def. cosign on the Susanne Sundfor album, so much good work there.

Rapwise it was all over... I def. think Road Rap has a lot going on that kind of goes nowhere and instead people are focused more on obvious crossovers mistaking it as quality. Odd Future are dead but Earl finally made a strong album and Tyler's last one was still good; and Vince by distant association as well made a decent LP. Atlanta has a ton of rising talent still, and even though I didn't feel particularly overwhelmed with glee with a lot of what people focused around (for example I hated most of the Future album???), there's a lot going on for people there.

D'angelo album was cool, Carly Rae Jepsen album was sweet, lot of good K-Pop stuff *hipster vox*

It was alriiiight man.

Oh and that Pastorious doc finally came out so I'm hoping it gets a theater release by me.

trza
10-12-2015, 10:43 PM
Luke Bryan and the rise of Bro Country?

sadmanbarty
11-12-2015, 10:14 AM
Forgot to add LuiDiamonds- FLA to album and EP list.

Favourite Rap tacks that weren’t on my album list entries. In no order:

Lord Linco- Lateisha

Lord Linco- Always Friends

Black Kray- Mask Up

Black Kray- Miranda

Ethereal- Free Your Mind

LuiDiamonds- Deep Twerk

Slug Christ- Herron

Ol Dirty Bastard- Obey Me

Nef The Pharoah- Come Pick Me Up

K Camp- Lil Bit (GTA Remix)

Sicko Mobb- Robin Jeans

Sicko Mobb- Jaguar

Sicko Mobb- Drugs In Me

Missy Elliot- WTF

droid
11-12-2015, 10:29 AM
Ive admired the FKA Twigs EP & the Arca/Oneohtrix albums. Not really engaged by them. Thought the floating points was a real disappointment.

Liked that Elf Kid thing. Queen's speech 4 was the best not-grime-grime Ive heard in years. JME pokemon thing was a laugh.

Really glad to see Phineus 2 finally get some stuff onto vinyl. Green Bay Wax really getting their shit together still need to kick the amen addiction though:

https://greenbaywax.bandcamp.com/track/gbw-004-aa2-phineus-ii-everything-on-earth-test-press-clip

rubberdingyrapids
11-12-2015, 11:28 AM
i felt like i didnt have time to really keep up this year.

albums i liked/loved - dangelo, rustie, miaow the jewels, kendrick was obv good but i dont really care to keep going back to it, i liked the future album more than honest (though ive always been suspicious of all the crit-love he get and how so many music writers seem to like him just cos he sounds like hes crying into his beer), the logan sama fabric mix was an achievement but again i dont really care to listen to it much, which is how i feel about a lot of nu grime (does anyone really like little simz?), jmes album was good but more for a few amazing singles it had, and a lot of the instrumental stuff just seems boring, IDM-ish, or reheated. tame impalas album might be my favourite. i liked young fathers though only cos i miss what tv on the radio used to sound like. jlin made the best footwork album. i thought the kode 9 album was the best album hes made to date. the reissue of lone's lemurian is amazing (i never heard it the first time round), and if anyone likes BOC and dilla, you need to hear it. i sort of came round to the first arca album. not heard the new one.

singles wise, i think i liked pretty much all the bieber singles, lean on, rap stuff like hit the quan, hotline bling (my song of the year, no question), the weeknd's 50 shades of grey song and i cant feel my face, DRAM's stuff, king (i think i liked more R&B than rap this year, even though a lot of the hip-hop-infected lyrics are a bit crass... i still keep up to date with rap but am feeling like a lot of it leaves a sour taste in my mouth - might just be age), but kanye's all day, all fetty wap's stuff, kelelas EP, rich homie quan's flex, rae sremmurd, migos, krept n konan's freak of the week (though they are basically surplus to an amazing hook), jidena'a classic man, truffle butter, the new tempa allstars surprised me for how much i liked it.

i hated jamie xx this year.

i think i might have listened to more radio documentaries than albums in 2015.

all these end of years lists have made me realise how much i missed, and also how much more i want to hear (was so much easier when all you had were a few mags' best of lists!)

sadmanbarty
11-12-2015, 12:52 PM
Pontification time.

The closest thing to new this year was Trap Goth; mainly Goth Money Records artists and affiliates, but also artists like Slug Christ.

Sonically it was more recombination than innovation, but nonetheless this particular cocktail of cloud rap, chopped and screwed, lo-fi, horrorcore, Withch House and Triple Six Mafia was refreshing.

The more paradigm shifty quality of the music was seeing black culture (and those imitating it) embracing Goth aesthetics; in particular fetishising depression and suicide.

There has been suicidal ideation in rap before, but it has never been cultivated into an aesthetic in and of itself in the way Ian Curtis or Kurt Cobain did.

This seems to be part of a larger processes of the whiteboy-ification of rap that can be seen in Rap Rock, the neptunes, Odd Future, emo rap, etc.

rubberdingyrapids
11-12-2015, 01:00 PM
spaceghostpurp prob has a lot to do with all that

Pandiculate
11-12-2015, 02:25 PM
The Jeremih album feels like the thing I've been searching for all year, it's beautiful, sad it seems destined to fail.

Woebot
11-12-2015, 02:42 PM
Thought the floating points was a real disappointment.

could not believe that was being hyped. what a load of rubbish. fills me with the same kind of exasperation and fury as that st vincent bullshit does. FFS this is not even tolerably musical. not even anti-musical. :mad:

Woebot
11-12-2015, 02:44 PM
Thats funny. Lean on was a low point for me.

i loved it. my daughter played it to me. certainly not hip music. she's kinda delightful in the video - you might need to check that ;)

Woebot
11-12-2015, 02:50 PM
ekoplekz: reflekionz

that's a great record. definitely in my list. only got it a couple of days ago - but really brilliant.

droid
11-12-2015, 02:54 PM
i loved it. my daughter played it to me. certainly not hip music. she's kinda delightful in the video - you might need to check that ;)

Heh, I was just about to say that its marginally more tolerable WITHOUT the video. (just found this comment which elicited a chuckle "lmao she really moves like an old white lady in a zumba class" http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/94831802.html#ixzz3u1bOscWm)

Cant stand it. Diplo must die. He's one of the worst things to ever happen to dancehall.


could not believe that was being hyped. what a load of rubbish. fills me with the same kind of exasperation and fury as that st vincent bullshit does. FFS this is not even tolerably musical. not even anti-musical.

Think that might be going a touch too far. Reminded me a bit of coffee table 90s house without the beats. Not offensive, just bland, oh - and very, very, sincere.

droid
11-12-2015, 02:56 PM
Actually forgot to mention something I got from you Matt - the Mikachu LP. Its brilliant.

Woebot
11-12-2015, 04:13 PM
Think that might be going a touch too far. Reminded me a bit of coffee table 90s house without the beats. Not offensive, just bland, oh - and very, very, sincere.

no comment. i'm reacting to the hype certainly.

sadmanbarty
11-12-2015, 04:15 PM
Pop:

Major Lazer & DJ Snake- Lean On

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Beiber- Where Are U Now

The Weeknd- Can’t Feel My Face


R & B:

Abra- U Go I Go

Abra - Sick Girl

Tink- Million

Tinashe- Party Favours

Snakeships- All My Friends

Jeremih- Pass Dat

Jeremih- Drank

Jeremih- Royalty




Dance/ Nuumish:

Abra- I Guess (PRMD remix)

Tazer x Tink- Wet Dollars

Lady Leshurr- Queen’s Speech Ep. 1-4

Craig David x Big Narstie- When The Bassline Drops

DJ Earl- Funk From 2905

DJ Earl- Open The Door

DJ Rashad- Cause I Know

DJ Rashad- CCP2

rubberdingyrapids
11-12-2015, 05:41 PM
the bits i heard of the floating points album sounded like recycled 4hero.

trza
11-12-2015, 05:45 PM
i thought floating points had released better singles but i haven't gotten around to listening to the album yet. i was surprised someone even signed him to an album deal because i thought he had his own label.

Leo
11-12-2015, 05:56 PM
yeah, a few of the floating points singles are ok but man is that album boring. if that exact album had been released by someone else, we'd have never even heard about it, not sure why the record label and media think it's so special.

and speaking which...not to turn this into a haters/"i don't get it" thread but i don't get arca. i appreciate the sound design blah blah blah, but his whole thing bores me. as rubberdingyrapids said about the logan sam fabric mix, i recognize it as an achievement but have no interest in listening to it.

mistersloane
11-12-2015, 06:34 PM
Pontification time.

The closest thing to new this year was Trap Goth; mainly Goth Money Records artists and affiliates, but also artists like Slug Christ.

Sonically it was more recombination than innovation, but nonetheless this particular cocktail of cloud rap, chopped and screwed, lo-fi, horrorcore, Withch House and Triple Six Mafia was refreshing.

The more paradigm shifty quality of the music was seeing black culture (and those imitating it) embracing Goth aesthetics; in particular fetishising depression and suicide.

There has been suicidal ideation in rap before, but it has never been cultivated into an aesthetic in and of itself in the way Ian Curtis or Kurt Cobain did.

This seems to be part of a larger processes of the whiteboy-ification of rap that can be seen in Rap Rock, the neptunes, Odd Future, emo rap, etc.

I did a mix of them this year; and agree with you, here's what I done wrote then :
http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=13538


Finnatude mix - James B.L. Hollands

http://we.tl/aT8okskPoE

This was me going through thousands of youtube and soundcloud videos to find some nice new music, so you don't have to. This is some, probably independent, American hip hop. Trilliam, you might like it.

Lovely, isn't it?

What I like about where this bedroom hop is going is the regret it's sonically expressing, in a kinda Pornography-era Cure type way. The bombast is doubtful, and melancholy; smoking LSD-laced skunk and preferring to be lost inside a screen because going outside is too difficult. Pertinent.

Tracklisting :

Front, Back, Side To Side - VanCityBeats

Red Tear Drops Goth Crip - Black Kray
FedEx - xoxaineDEEZY

Chad Butler - Rizzo Blaze

Cold World (instrumental) - Swagg B

Flodgin' - $uicideboy$

"How We Planned It" ft Skippa Da Flippa - OG Maco
Land Of The Lost - RAMIREZ

WASSUP - YUNG JUUG ft HUNNEDMILL

The Handle - JGRXXN

3RD WARD DOVES - Black Kray

mistersloane
11-12-2015, 06:40 PM
$uicideboy$ are miles ahead of the rest of them.

CrowleyHead
11-12-2015, 09:01 PM
Luke Bryan and the rise of Bro Country?

No, but this one dude's singles I loved, Thomas Rhett?

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UPNDK46QiRM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Like, there's disco-style riffing, EDM-style dubstep breaks, the organ? Honestly, this is such a huge level of pop crafting production wise, and in a genre that gets SOOOOO monolithical sonically.

trza
11-12-2015, 09:25 PM
I overheard some guy I know complaining about some new country guy being like the ja rule of modern country, so i put together what he was talking about and then I look it up and damn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VJLhU5CuZo

matt b
11-12-2015, 09:32 PM
ekoplekz: reflekionz

that's a great record. definitely in my list. only got it a couple of days ago - but really brilliant.

Seconded.


Other stuff from 2015, as if anyone gives a fuck:

With The Dead S/T album- A couple of weeks ago I was in a second hand record shop and saw a Cathedral LP selling for Ł65. I'd just buy the With The Dead album, tbh.

Evol Purple Melters/ Flapper That EPs- Continuing the good works of distilling rave and then selecting a single element to consider for meditational purposes/brain confusion. Love it. Excellent too, for baffling friends with. The Hecker Leckey LP is good in a similar, but less rave vein.

Kurt Vile LP- Continues the hazy stoned (not really stoned) vibe of the last one, although reports of his live show were even worse than my low expectations.

Isanlar 'Kime Na'- Transcendant Turkish folk/ slow burn house. Good Villalobos versions.

Richard Dawson- Seen live a couple of times, but in a church in Todmorden; 'Geordie', well fuck me.


End of Year lists come round with such increasing frequency, it's scary

droid
11-12-2015, 10:55 PM
2015 -30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_JRbGEK8I

sadmanbarty
14-12-2015, 12:15 PM
I did a mix of them this year; and agree with you, here's what I done wrote then :
http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=13538


Finnatude mix - James B.L. Hollands

http://we.tl/aT8okskPoE

This was me going through thousands of youtube and soundcloud videos to find some nice new music, so you don't have to. This is some, probably independent, American hip hop. Trilliam, you might like it.

Lovely, isn't it?

What I like about where this bedroom hop is going is the regret it's sonically expressing, in a kinda Pornography-era Cure type way. The bombast is doubtful, and melancholy; smoking LSD-laced skunk and preferring to be lost inside a screen because going outside is too difficult. Pertinent.

Tracklisting :

Front, Back, Side To Side - VanCityBeats

Red Tear Drops Goth Crip - Black Kray
FedEx - xoxaineDEEZY

Chad Butler - Rizzo Blaze

Cold World (instrumental) - Swagg B

Flodgin' - $uicideboy$

"How We Planned It" ft Skippa Da Flippa - OG Maco
Land Of The Lost - RAMIREZ

WASSUP - YUNG JUUG ft HUNNEDMILL

The Handle - JGRXXN

3RD WARD DOVES - Black Kray

Nice one, apologies for the inadvertent plagiarism. All this stuff pretty much fits into what I was talking about; the name $uicide boy$ perfectly encapsulates the amalgamation of the Gangsta and Goth aesthetics/subcultures.

rubberdingyrapids
14-12-2015, 02:42 PM
some warp stuff i forgot about - the rustie and nozinja lodge album

trza
14-12-2015, 05:31 PM
and just like that resident advisor rolls out a best albums list with floating points at number one, i think they had put his singles at number one or very close in previous years.

sufi
14-12-2015, 06:14 PM
I've been really enjoying this mix i snagged fairly randomly from the "what you enjoying?" thread

https://soundcloud.com/rinsefm/dis310714
no context at all though, it feels "eclectic" to say the least - is it classifiable to any particular "genre"? anyone??

& thanx again, m99188868

rubberdingyrapids
15-12-2015, 11:08 AM
actually, still only heard snippets on bookmat and a few other places, but that FP record doesnt sound bad at all.

quite tasteful - perfect for restaurants, in that sort of cinematic orchestra/4hero kind of vein, but not badly, or poorly done. seems quite intelligently executed, a bit matthew herbert even in places, a bit carl craig, and with a surprising - to me at least - musicality. not saying that its 'better' than his old stuff, but i never really cared for his music before. its still got one foot in cold electronic stuff too - it sounds like a good middle ground (and yes, slightly MOR as a result, but not in a terrible way).

lots of bits i heard sounded like he had been listening to a lot of 70s herbie hancock. the silhouettes single could easily have been by marc and dego (i know no one cares about 4hero anymore, cos theyre not cool). i know people on this site hate anything 'tasteful' but yknow, not everything has to be raw, ruff n rugged, big n bad etc, or on the other side, futuristic, etc. sometimes you want to hear something 'classy' and good playing (and this isnt exactly full of lush saxophones or smoky chanteuses or anything).

could have come out about 15 years ago though and you wouldnt know the difference.

mistersloane
15-12-2015, 11:11 AM
Nice one, apologies for the inadvertent plagiarism. All this stuff pretty much fits into what I was talking about; the name $uicide boy$ perfectly encapsulates the amalgamation of the Gangsta and Goth aesthetics/subcultures.

Not at all man, thanks for your links too. I was just amazed someone else was listening to that stuff tbh. Trillphonk on youtube is really good for posting up tracks by all of that lot x

droid
15-12-2015, 11:16 AM
...quite tasteful - perfect for restaurants, in that sort of cinematic orchestra/4hero kind of vein, but not badly, or poorly done.

This is the most damning description I could imagine.

Well done! :D

rubberdingyrapids
15-12-2015, 11:35 AM
sometimes you want to hear something easy on the ear when youre eating! not everyone wants to eat their dinner to remarc!

john eden
15-12-2015, 11:57 AM
Best Gigs 2015

1.Vagina Dentata Organ – Tate Modern

2.Sly and the Family Drone – Café OTO

3.Jaki Liebezeit, and Hans Joachim Irmler – Café OTO

4.Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, and William Parker - Café OTO

5.Charles Hayward and Anonymous Bash – Café OTO

6.Joe McPhee and Universal Indians - Café OTO

7.Jone Takamaki – Café OTO

8.Morphogenesis - Café OTO

9.Mark Fell – Café OTO

10.Scratch Orchestra “Nature Study Notes” - Café OTO

Worst Gigs 2015

1.Skullflower with surprise guest Andrew King (guitar feedback accompanied by terrible folk singing from a former member of Sol Invictus). Café OTO

2.Chrononautz and Hirvilokari (both were tedious 90s festival rave throwbacks bizarrely chosen by the Quietus to support Sly and The Family Drone who were amazing anyway but truly stellar in comparison to this nonsense). Café OTO

3.Cut Hands (just sounded muddy on the sound system. One man being boring in one way). St Johns Hackney

4.Farmers Manual (mundane arty laptop twiddling which was only enlivened by an exploding strobe light). Café OTO

5.Michael Bisio, John Butcher and Matthew Shipp. (Butcher and Shipp are great but on that night Michael Bisio’s bass did nothing of interest to me or my mates. A duff improv gig, no biggie) Café OTO

6.Nurse With Wound (half a dozen men being boring in half a dozen ways. A few moments of resonant joy, but pants otherwise) St Johns Hackney

Full list here: https://www.songkick.com/users/fadedflyers/gigography

droid
15-12-2015, 12:01 PM
sometimes you want to hear something easy on the ear when youre eating! not everyone wants to eat their dinner to remarc!

Stop digging!

IdleRich
15-12-2015, 12:15 PM
I keep reading about the Floating Points album but when I listened to all the songs online it was incredibly boring.
And there is my entirely negative contribution to this thread.

IdleRich
15-12-2015, 12:17 PM
Worst Gigs 2015
1.Skullflower with surprise guest Andrew King (guitar feedback accompanied by terrible folk singing from a former member of Sol Invictus). Café OTO
2.Chrononautz and Hirvilokari (both were tedious 90s festival rave throwbacks bizarrely chosen by the Quietus to support Sly and The Family Drone who were amazing anyway but truly stellar in comparison to this nonsense). Café OTO
3.Cut Hands (just sounded muddy on the sound system. One man being boring in one way). St Johns Hackney
4.Farmers Manual (mundane arty laptop twiddling which was only enlivened by an exploding strobe light). Café OTO
5.Michael Bisio, John Butcher and Matthew Shipp. (Butcher and Shipp are great but on that night Michael Bisio’s bass did nothing of interest to me or my mates. A duff improv gig, no biggie) Café OTO
6.Nurse With Wound (half a dozen men being boring in half a dozen ways. A few moments of resonant joy, but pants otherwise) St Johns Hackney
Those are the same gig right? I almost went to that cos some friends of mine from out of town were there - but something came up. Reports I hear seem to align with what you're saying though.

rubberdingyrapids
15-12-2015, 12:31 PM
my musical resolution for 2016 is to go to more gigs. worst gig i saw recently was flying lotus at roundhouse, will not get caught out when he advertises a live band again.

craner
15-12-2015, 04:13 PM
Wow, John Eden spends a lot of time at Café OTO!

luka
15-12-2015, 06:18 PM
He's there every day. He's an extrovert, a networker, a schmoozer, a social butterfly, a scenester

nomos
15-12-2015, 07:38 PM
Pop for me. Carly Rae, Kali Uchis, PC Music and I liked the way Jess Glynne took over every track she guested on.

john eden
15-12-2015, 08:06 PM
Those are the same gig right? I almost went to that cos some friends of mine from out of town were there - but something came up. Reports I hear seem to align with what you're saying though.

Yeah same gig. Faust were good. I think the venue was too big and the soundsystem too small.

Or perhaps I have been spoilt by another venue nearby... ;)

sadmanbarty
16-12-2015, 09:08 AM
Not at all man, thanks for your links too. I was just amazed someone else was listening to that stuff tbh. Trillphonk on youtube is really good for posting up tracks by all of that lot x

Wow, there's a lot more out there than I thought, going through it all should keep me busy for a bit.

Again, I'd recommend Divine Council for something sonically similar and Slug Christ for something culturally similar. You seem to know a lot more of this stuff than me, so you may already be well acquainted with the two.

https://soundcloud.com/divine-council

https://soundcloud.com/slugchrist

Corpsey
16-12-2015, 09:41 AM
I'll update this periodically as I remember stuff and steal other stuff from lists.

RAP
G-Unit - Drug Money (remix of Troy Ave's ''All About the Money'')
Young Thug - Check/Halftime/Pass Me the Lighter/Flaws...
Future - March Madness/Fuck Up Some Commas/Slave Master/Thought It Was A Drought/Blow A Bag
Travis Porter - S.A.Q. MIXTAPE (esp. ''Walked In'' feat. Bankroll Fresh)
Kendrick Lamar - How Much a Dollar Cost/These Walls
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown - Play No Games
Bleezy - Kyrie Irving
Rich Homie Quan - Flex
Rick Ross - Black Dollar MIXTAPE (Money Dance (Feat. The Dream)/Money and Powder/Bel Air)
Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife LP
Fabolous - Been around the world (Rmx) freestyle
Fetty Wap - My Way/Again/RGF
King Louie - Where I Come From
ASAP Rocky - Pretty Flacko 2
Ty Money - United Centre
Curren$y - More Late Night Car Tunes EP
Chief Keef - Himalayas
Nef The Pharaoh - Big Tymin'
E-40 - Choices
Ty Dolla Sign feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd - Blase

R&B
Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show LP
Usher feat. Juicy J - Don't Mind
Jeremih - Late Nights LP
Honey Cocaine - Sundae
Tinashe feat. Young Thug - Party Favors
T.I. & The Dream - That's My Shit
Teedra Moses feat. Anthony Hamilton - That One
Chris Brown & Tyga - Ayo

DANCE/ELECTRONIC
Acre - Better Strangers LP
Jlin - Dark Energy LP
Kelela - Rewind (the whole EP is probably good but not listened yet)
Martyn - Falling For You EP
Kuedo - Assertion of a Surrounding Presence EP
Levon Vincent - S/T (esp. 'Woman is an Angel')

POP/INDIE/OTHER/NICKED OFF ILX
Laura Groves - Committed Language
Ekkah - Last Chance To Dance
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Julia Holter - Feel You

sadmanbarty
16-12-2015, 11:03 AM
4.Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, and William Parker - Café OTO

5.Charles Hayward and Anonymous Bash – Café OTO



The anonymous bash album was one of my faves from last year.

I've seen Brotzmann a couple of times at OTO, one was more standard free jazz, the other was a thrash metal type thing.

sadmanbarty
16-12-2015, 11:10 AM
Honey Cocaine - Sundae
Kelela - Rewind


That whole Honey Cocaine EP is good, hadn't heard it before, thanks.

Likewise the Kelela's good, hadn't heard it.

DannyL
16-12-2015, 11:35 AM
Wow, John Eden spends a lot of time at Café OTO!

I think I was at 6 of these gigs (at Oto) and I went a bunch of other times. Such a good venue, such a good programme. Other places do seem shit in comparison. It being so small that you are on top of the bands really helps.

I really liked that John Butcher and Gino Robair gig. I don't have my diary with me so can't recall everything that I went to this year but Baba Commandant absolutely shredded, as did Paul Nilssen-Love. Jason Adasiewicz and Peter Brotzmann was killer as well but that might have been tail end of 2014.

DannyL
16-12-2015, 11:46 AM
A clear low point for me would be that fucking guy who played the hurdy-gurdy or whatever the fuck it was for 40 minutes while supporting Bill Orcutt. Thank God I was sitting down so I could have a little sleep.

DannyL
16-12-2015, 11:51 AM
Non Oto highlights, going from memory anyway:

Boredoms at Barbican - an epic prog rock double LP of a gig
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufield - incredible multi-tracking sax playing. Amazing.
Thee Oh Sees at the Forum. Bloody noisy garage rock. Cleans the palate after all this weirdy improv nonsense.

Corpsey
16-12-2015, 11:54 AM
Actually worries me realising how few live musical experiences (including clubs) I've had this year. I'm struggling to think of any, tbh. Definitely need to rectify this in 2016.

DannyL
16-12-2015, 12:09 PM
I've noticed that hearing so much live stuff has made me a better listener. I notice things that might've passed me by before.

Join the Oto Dissensus outgroup: Me, Paul Stn, Jon Eden and Jon's mate Chris are the founder members.

Where else would put this on?: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/this-heat/

IdleRich
16-12-2015, 02:21 PM
"The anonymous bash album was one of my faves from last year."
I've got that. Do you mean it was from 2014? It seems like it was 2014 to me.

sadmanbarty
16-12-2015, 02:40 PM
I've got that. Do you mean it was from 2014? It seems like it was 2014 to me.

Last year as in 2014.

Corpsey
16-12-2015, 03:06 PM
I'd like to see a top 10 deep tech 2015 from someone. Sure there's still good stuff coming out of that.

Would like to see lists from trilliam/slackk/griftert and of course luka

DannyL
17-12-2015, 08:47 AM
BREAKING NEWS! LATE CONTENDER FOR GIG OF THE YEAR!

Islam Chipsy & EEK last night at LCMF. 2 drum kits, 1 synth - absolute fire. I don't ever think I've seen a midweek gig at at a University go off like a 90s drum and bass rave. If you don't know "Kahraba", get to know:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ox6aLKUZcg

rubberdingyrapids
17-12-2015, 10:49 AM
so gutted i missed that. sounds fucking incredible.

baboon2004
17-12-2015, 11:09 AM
BREAKING NEWS! LATE CONTENDER FOR GIG OF THE YEAR!

Islam Chipsy & EEK last night at LCMF. 2 drum kits, 1 synth - absolute fire. I don't ever think I've seen a midweek gig at at a University go off like a 90s drum and bass rave. If you don't know "Kahraba", get to know:


ah fuck, and i meant to go to that but was about to pass out from tiredness so didn't grab a ticket. argh. How long did they play for? - I know there was loads of other stuff onbeforehand that i wasn't so interested in, hence my decision not to go....

DannyL
17-12-2015, 11:29 AM
I don't know - about 40 minutes and an encore? I was enjoying myself so much I kinda lost track of time. I caught some of the earlier stuff and it was okay, interesting enough but didn't really move me hugely. So it was very funny to see the audience for what had previously been an experimental/classical gig GO THE FUCK OFF. I remember looking around at one point and everyone was dancing, whooping, clapping. It really did remind me of an old school rave, and this was an effect of the crazy music/performance. It was so exuberant it was impossible to resist.

rubberdingyrapids
17-12-2015, 11:37 AM
we need an egyptian/electro chaabi thread!

baboon2004
17-12-2015, 11:40 AM
sounds great. sigh. their gig at the tufnell park dome earlier this year (?) looked amazing too

DannyL
17-12-2015, 11:46 AM
sounds great. sigh. their gig at the tufnell park dome earlier this year (?) looked amazing too

I don't think I was aware of him back then.

I don't know much electro/chabbai stuff at all. Would welcome some knowledge dropped! John Doran has written some great pieces for The Quietus, and there's a bunch of mental Youtube videos, I'll link some when I get a moment.

Kinda related - there's a nice Dabke comp on Sham Palaces, super sad to listen to when you think of what's happening out there now.

hucks
17-12-2015, 12:05 PM
I listed to less new music this year than any year previously but I liked this with its 14m youtube views and Xmas number 1 hashtag

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rubberdingyrapids
17-12-2015, 12:08 PM
the electro chaabi film is worth checking out from a few years back...

there was a mumdance grime x chaabi sort of mixtape around the same time but i dont remember thinking it was that special at the time (though hearing egyptian mcs on eskimo obv has a certain novelty appeal)

this is good too -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSR4sH8O7Q4&list=PLkVhr1Z8dCNHOISK-C8EORwhET-7d5iiY

but this is closer to idk, reggaeton, than the islam chipsy stuff, which sounds much more beserk.

Leo
17-12-2015, 06:56 PM
Wow, John Eden spends a lot of time at Café OTO!

john, we will expect a full report: http://www.factmag.com/2015/12/16/this-heat-residency-london/

baboon2004
18-12-2015, 09:33 AM
I don't think I was aware of him back then.

I don't know much electro/chabbai stuff at all. Would welcome some knowledge dropped! John Doran has written some great pieces for The Quietus, and there's a bunch of mental Youtube videos, I'll link some when I get a moment.

Kinda related - there's a nice Dabke comp on Sham Palaces, super sad to listen to when you think of what's happening out there now.

This one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjqHPCF7BjA Tbh I've only listened to the same stuff as rdr has. And yeah, John Doran's columns tipped me off to quite a lot of North African music - his columns in the Guardian always have about 4-5 gems.

john eden
18-12-2015, 09:39 PM
john, we will expect a full report: http://www.factmag.com/2015/12/16/this-heat-residency-london/

I snoozed and losed on that one too :-(

A real shame as Charles Hayward is always brilliant.

luka
18-12-2015, 10:46 PM
Silento-watch me
Drake-hotline bling
Justin Beiber
Young Thug
Rick Ross-money dance
Keef-superheroes
Fetty Wap -trap Queen

Music is more and more peripheral

Sectionfive
20-12-2015, 12:29 AM
particularly enjoyed dismissively saying "actually, this is Ruff Sqwad" every time people ran up to the both chatting about Stormzy.

grave
20-12-2015, 10:57 AM
sounds great. sigh. their gig at the tufnell park dome earlier this year (?) looked amazing too

I got told off by a girl for raving too hard at this.

Incredible night.

grave
20-12-2015, 11:23 AM
1.Obnox at Cafe Oto - so fresh, a natural frontman
2.Ariel Pink at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club - earbleeding feedback and a wasted Ariel using it to channel David Lee Roth. Improv

Jac Berrocal Trio at BEB
Blazing Eye playing a wild houseshow in Manor House. A dude in front of me got hit in the face with a flying rubbish bin
Brotzmann, Adasiewicz, Edwards, Noble at Oto
The Gories at Jazz Cafe (yuck)
Keiji Haino at Oto
Dawn of Humans at Montague Arms
Annette Peacock at Oto
William Basinski at Cafe Oto
The Necks at Cafe Oto
Sheer Mag at the Dome
Total Control with a drum machine at DIY Space.
Senyawa at Oto
Anasazi at the Dome
Omar S at the Bakery
Ariel Pink at the Bakery
Una Bestia at the Dome
Marc Ribot at Oto
Lucy Cliche at Meredith

luka
20-12-2015, 11:34 AM
I remarked on this last year but it's still weird to me that this forum spends the whole year discussing normal music then end of year lists are dry as dust wire reader lists. Its so strange.

mistersloane
20-12-2015, 12:14 PM
Wow, there's a lot more out there than I thought, going through it all should keep me busy for a bit.

Again, I'd recommend Divine Council for something sonically similar and Slug Christ for something culturally similar. You seem to know a lot more of this stuff than me, so you may already be well acquainted with the two.

https://soundcloud.com/divine-council

https://soundcloud.com/slugchrist

Thanks man, I don't know Divine Council; Slug Christ did one of my tunes of the year, definitely. He's really good, then awful, then really good lol.

mistersloane
20-12-2015, 12:31 PM
The best thing I heard all year wasn’t even released, in this form. There was an mp3 of Yakuta Riddim but it has 808 claps on it and isn’t nearly as good. This is a rip from Rinse. I love everything about it. I love Novelist going “Are you sick in the face; bang to the jawside. and this one’s like crack cocaine to the nasal, or the airlobe. Hold tight all my Ghanian uncles rocking sandals right now. and it’s real.” I love it.

Novelist : Yakuta Riddim (angel mix)

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Two of my most played songs this year was actually from 2014 :

Lil Reese : So Fast

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and Slug Christ’s “On it”

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which were closely followed by

Capo : Don’t Matter

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and this little treat from Portsmouth, I think they’re from

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Best grime single ended up going to Pres T, mainly for the beat, which sounds like a sample from the Eurythmics.

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Best grime video was easily “Side by Side”. I wish the video hadn’t come out 4 months after the song, but at least they got it done.

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I also wish that had charted.

It was obviously Young Thug’s year. My favourite was “Numbers”

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Listened to lots and lots of that heroin cloud rap stuff, Night Lovell / Xavier Wulf, $uicideBoy$, basically Trillphonk’s youtube (see earlier on in the thread and what sadmanbarty said.)

Special mention goes out to Young Dot/ZVPH XLLXS for the XCXD instrumental what turned into “Garage Skank” I reckon, and I also really like this thing, I especially like that’s it’s pretty much impossible to search for them.

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luka
20-12-2015, 07:02 PM
i forgot that house every weekend tune what a classic, best tune.

luka
20-12-2015, 07:09 PM
just listened to it two times in a row again on youtube scrolling thru the coments so much classist rage makes me like the song even more

sadmanbarty
21-12-2015, 12:25 AM
Forgot this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkElfR_NPBI

rubberdingyrapids
21-12-2015, 10:37 AM
“Are you sick in the face; bang to the jawside. and this one’s like crack cocaine to the nasal, or the airlobe. Hold tight all my Ghanian uncles rocking sandals right now. and it’s real.”

sounds like your typical/slightly irritating and jarring novelist combination of cute whimsy and raw imagery.

on a similar, but much better note, two of the best albums this year (well end of last year really) were from fuse ODG and afrikan boy.

going back to electro chaabi for a sec - this is esp good :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYFkCrD3qOs

though the description pasted from the quietus below the video could not be more wrong.

Earlier premiered on The Quietus, now also available on our public YouTube-profiel: The Electro-Cha3bi For Avant-Garde Lovers Mixtape. According to The Quietus: "This is Arabic dance music sometimes sounds like Aphex Twin going wild on heavy sugared tea at a wedding party in the popular neighbourhoods of Cairo. Like Leftfield and Gucci Mane got heavily effected by Stockholm syndrome while trapped in Egypt"

nah mate. its nothing like leftfield, gucci mane, or aphex twin. but if it makes a few more people listen to it, then alright. (daddy yankee, davinche, t-pain, MIA and indian wedding music would be closer FWIW).

sadmanbarty
21-12-2015, 11:26 AM
I remarked on this last year but it's still weird to me that this forum spends the whole year discussing normal music then end of year lists are dry as dust wire reader lists. Its so strange.

Cafe OTO's not as busy this time of year; gives them more time to post.

rubberdingyrapids
21-12-2015, 11:28 AM
admittedly ive only heard 2-3 of the albums in the wires best of 2015 list, but they did put jlin's not-actually-dry album at number one.

mistersloane
21-12-2015, 03:44 PM
“Are you sick in the face; bang to the jawside. and this one’s like crack cocaine to the nasal, or the airlobe. Hold tight all my Ghanian uncles rocking sandals right now. and it’s real.”

sounds like your typical/slightly irritating and jarring novelist combination of cute whimsy and raw imagery.


Dunno, depends if you actually listened to the track or not.

rubberdingyrapids
21-12-2015, 03:49 PM
it was alright. i can see it sampled on one of those wen-type records in the future. nah, seriously, i think novelist is cool, he just doesnt have a certain gravitas. he sounds a bit cutesy a lot of the time and a bit self regarding.

mistersloane
21-12-2015, 03:50 PM
This one as well, best Cure song in ages

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mistersloane
21-12-2015, 03:51 PM
sorry it was good actually. cos he wasnt rapping it.

fanks darlin

DannyL
21-12-2015, 07:57 PM
I remarked on this last year but it's still weird to me that this forum spends the whole year discussing normal music then end of year lists are dry as dust wire reader lists. Its so strange.

Well, I'm not a regular poster but I do read The Wire (sometimes), go to Oto a lot (this last year at least) - so would seem weird and self-censoring not to mention these things. It'd seem weird to me to be intensely into music and not to visit Oto when it's on my doorstep. I can understand if someone hates the music there, but I like it. Well, a lot of it.

I'm not that orientated towards more street stuff apart from keeping up with some of the big US tapes. That's why I visit this site, to dip my toes in, so maybe your post is not aimed at me. Listened to my records more than anything else this year. I'll do a top 10 when I get a mo.

EDIT: Just ignore this post. Just trying to defend my taste which like everything else in the UK becomes a class signifier.

m99188868
21-12-2015, 09:59 PM
Saffron - Petra
CFCF - Colours of Life
Rose - Abra
Nidia Minaj - Danger
DJ Paypal - Sold Out


All I listened to this year, was actually the output of 1080p, Principe, PC Music, a lot of (not recent) ambient and some various stuff on Bandcamp (100%Silk, Dream Catalogue).

sadmanbarty
22-12-2015, 11:23 AM
There has been suicidal ideation in rap before, but it has never been cultivated into an aesthetic in and of itself in the way Ian Curtis or Kurt Cobain did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SyXX2kAyKE

mistersloane
22-12-2015, 05:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SyXX2kAyKE

Ooh that's dreadful.
There was a massive suicidal ideation in hiphop, I think maybe, has been for ages, still is, but it was externalised into murder. This stuff is just goths, drugs and Koopsta Knicca really, which is great and I like it for that.
Sorry for saying that that Nirvana sample track was awful; I hate it when people do that to me on here when I post something. I respect that you might like it and everything. "I know you're right" would make for a better Nirvana sample track I reckon.

sadmanbarty
22-12-2015, 05:37 PM
Ooh that's dreadful.
There was a massive suicidal ideation in hiphop, I think maybe, has been for ages, still is, but it was externalised into murder. This stuff is just goths, drugs and Koopsta Knicca really, which is great and I like it for that.
Sorry for saying that that Nirvana sample track was awful; I hate it when people do that to me on here when I post something. I respect that you might like it and everything. "I know you're right" would make for a better Nirvana sample track I reckon.

I didn't particularly like the track, just thought it was apt in light of my previous Kurt Cobain comment.

Tupac definitely expressed a subconscious suicidal ideation in his stuff; he talked about his murder as if it was inevitable. It's similar to suicide by cop, except gangsters take the place of the cop.

CrowleyHead
22-12-2015, 07:17 PM
I think a lot of this Trillgoth shit is bad, and I get why its liked but at the same time I don't know why or how there's this much level of investment as this is all stuff that had a two year rise and pop on tumblr and now all the first wave guys who did that style already moved on. But then again, maybe its like how certain 'bands' lived to fill the voids left by other bands who played with a style for only one album or whatever. SpaceGhostPurrp as the Joy Division of internet rap, even though he's only dead career wise.

Corpsey
23-12-2015, 09:15 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GygEAcFFMVs

My absolute fave song about offing oneself http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-086.gif

Leo
24-12-2015, 02:06 AM
I remarked on this last year but it's still weird to me that this forum spends the whole year discussing normal music then end of year lists are dry as dust wire reader lists. Its so strange.

we don't bother discussing our non-normal music favs during the year because you just mock it. ;)

trza
24-12-2015, 03:49 AM
it takes a certain kind of personality to say THE STUFF I LISTEN TO IS THE BEST OF THE YEAR LOOK AT MY LIST SEE ITS THE BEST!!!! when guys get past a certain age this kind of thinking gets old.

Corpsey
24-12-2015, 09:09 AM
Anyone been reading the ILX thread about critics end of year lists?

A bunch of music critics moaning that other critics don't share the same consensus as they do.

Warms the cockles it do.

DannyL
24-12-2015, 10:12 AM
I mostly enjoy reading about the stuff I missed out on. I've found some great stuff this way, the last few weeks. Possible highlight is this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wpgeM8qoaY


Some fave records (actual vinyl buys) that I've been enjoying this year. Off the top of the dome:

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Esperanto LP
2. Gilli Smythe - Mother LP
3. Billy Hamon - Butch Things 45
4. Faust - So Far LP
5. Sir Wazifiri Osomah & His Traditional Sound Makers Vol. 3
6. Negro Folk Songs from Texas State Prisons LP
7. Super Mama Djombo - Festival LP
8. SK Kakraba - Songs of Paapieye LP
9. Miles - Bitiches Brew (late pass)
10.Mariah - Utakara No Hibi reish.
11. Visible Cloaks s/t LP
12. Rebuying Blue Beat Special was a necessary moment.

Here's the Billy Hamon because it's one of my favourite things ever:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9P8HvRoxYo

datwun
24-12-2015, 02:14 PM
Top 10 Deep Tech/House tracks of 2015 in order:

1) Majesty - Q&A
2) James Morris ft. Davey - Shadows (Reset Safari’s Lost in ’82 Remix)
3) Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I’m Doing Me
4) Ghostee - Hard For Me
5) Majesty - Tropical Playground
6) Martin Ikin & Low Steppa ft. Elisabeth Troy - About Time
7) Marcellus Wallace - Keeping Your Love
8) Harry Ley - Somebody
9) Majesty - Dance
10) Mr P ft. Wynter Black - FSU

Rounding out a top 25 of the year with another 15 in no order:
JustJosh - Pures
Freeman & Farrelly - The Backroom Track (Matt Fear remix)
Denney - Low Frequency
Apollo 84 - Dance On Cocaine
Nathan Jassi - Close
Jack N Danny - Figure It Out
Apollo 84 - Fusion
Demarzo - Hipnotic
Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I Found
Joseph Curti5 - Deeper Side
Shenin Amara & AR - I’m In Need
Hugo Massien - Matter Of Fact
Hugo Massien - Madhouse
RS4 - Tell Me
RS4 & Lombardo - Signs

Special shout to my favourite reissue / new old music of the year Terada Soichi's - Sounds From The Far East compilation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZNgKZMRpsM
Really amazing, timeless music which was long overdue being rediscovered. I've seen him live twice in Tokyo since he's been back on the scene and both times were some of the best performances I've ever seen and the best atmosphere's I've ever experienced. Salute!

Favourite tracks by label:

House Not House - Lol had to be done, got to say I'm very happy with how this year turned out for us :)

Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I’m Doing Me/Range
Ghostee - Hard For Me
Mr P ft. Wynter Black - FSU
Mr P - The Finest
Karlton Phillips - Pimp/Tech Da Piss VIP
JustJosh - Pures
Digital Danger - Renegade Acid/Chinese Whispers
92 (Clock Hazard) - PLC/ERA
Nativ - That Night
Sankuh - House Train
Antonio Noure - The Hunter (Forthcoming)
Technoman - I Called You (Forthcoming)
2Faced - Snake Charmer/I Love Hoes (Forthcoming)

Hot Creations / Jamie Jones - Another great year from these guys

Steve Lawler - House Record
Denney - Low Frequency
Cuartero - Manipulated
Alexis Raphael - The Helter Skelter
David Glass & CDC - Jammin
Sean Branton - Right Back
Mark Jenkyns ft. MC Chikaboo - On Me (Skream Remix)
Jamie Jones ft Jem Cooke - One Time Game (Club Mix)
Jamie Jones - This Way
Jey Kurmins ft Shannon - Venetras

Audio Rehab - For me personally, very hit and miss this year, especially towards the end of the year, but when you look in total they put out a LOT of wicked music across all different ends of the sound

Ashenz! - Anubis/Isis
Nightshift, Dominic King - Something About Your Love
Apollo 84 - Dance On Cocaine
Nathan Dalton - Feel This
Nightshift - Stylin
Plastic Jam - This One A Roller
Marcellus Wallace - Keeping Your Love
State Unknown - Old Skool Rulez/Sex
Lance Morgan - Feeling I want
Nathan Jassi - Close
Limiless & Harry Ley - 808ish
Mark Radford ft. Tempo O’neil - It’s Not About Us

Switched On - Started off on a roll, quietened down a lot in the latter half of the year, still S.E.F.'s taste is on point and I always look forward to their next release

Harry Ley - Somebody
KG3 - X Lord
Lost & Found - More Than Money
Harry Ley - Lemon Juice
F Projket - Make You Move

Kreature/Matt Fear - I view these guys as basically the same producer. You could say all their tracks sound the same, but I love their dark techy sound so much that that's definitely not a problem lol.

Kreature ft. Matt Fear - Stupid Fresh
Matt Feat remix - I Believe
Dene Antony (Kreature remix) - What You Mean To Me
Matt Feat - Disturbing The Peace
As I Am - In Too Deep (With You) [Matt Fear remix]
Matt Fear - Sonorus
Freeman & Farrelly - The Backroom Track (Matt Fear remix)

Audiowhore/Majesty - Majesty, easily my producer of the year, I think people will be listening to tracks like Q&A in 20 years time.
Majesty - Q&A
Majesty - My Amour
Majesty - Don’t Stop
Majesty - Tropical Playground/Wrong Number
Majesty - Mind Warp
Majesty - Pump Action
Jack N Danny - Falling
Majesty - Dance
Harry Ley - No Doubt (Majesty Remix)
Truce - Doctor
Tekla - Touch/This feeling

Aus Music - Not always to my taste, but always charming and interesting.

Just Escape - Justin Martin remix
Bicep - Just
Fold - Calmer Mood
Shenoda - Streak/If I Could


Definition Audio/Shadow Music/Top Shelf - Nightshift/Hugo/Louie
What to say about these 3 labels and their label-heads? There was a moment at the end of last year and beginning of this year where all of these guys were shooting out so much fire it seemed like the darkside sound was going to go forever. The fact that these 3 labels all stopped or seriously, seriously slowed down during the year has been a massive loss to the scene. As has, to be honest, Hugo's moving to XL. I mean, big up and massive respect to Hugo for reaching that level pushing his own sound - and obviously the XL EP's a fucking monster - but him quieting up and focussing on 'quality not quantity' has real drained the lifeblood of the harder edge of the sound...

Hugo Massien - Matter Of Fact
Marcellus Wallace & That Guy - Heavyweight
Nightshift - Terminate
Nightshift - Do Not Be Alarmed
Shenin Amara & AR - I’m In Need
Shenin Amara & AR - Your Girlfriend
Hugo Massien - Madhouse
Hugo Massien ft. Blazey - Badman/Pump It Up
Hugo Massien - Kontrol/Better Let Her
Harry Ley - LMTYS
X5 Dubs - Pull Up
2Faced - Gangsta
Camo Crooks - War Of The Worlds
Louie Anderson - Gruuvy
Louie Anderson - Cops & Crack

Paper Plates - Slow but steady this year, still love nearly everything RS4 puts out.
Lokate - Entire System/Strobe Light
RS4 - Wanna Dance
RS4 - Tell Me/House Is Freedom
RS4 & Lombardo - Signs


Techy bits which don’t fit anywhere - Tech housey bits from here and there. It was a good year for this sound!

Demarzo - Hipnotic
Thee Cool Cats - Hustle Dance
Sonny Fodera & Cervendos ft. Lauren Faith - High
Apollo 84 - Fusion
Apollo 84 - What We Have
Apollo 84 - Black Of My Soul
DJ SKT - Dirty
Format B (DJ SKT remix)- Chunky
Arun Verone - Time Warp
Arun Verone - Empty Soul
Martin Ikin & Low Steppa ft. Elisabeth Troy - About Time/Words
Carnao Beats - Living With Pain/Feed My Addiction
Joe Pompeo - On My Mind/One Night Of Trouble

Dark Bits which don’t fit anywhere - while a number of the big producers went really really quiet this year, there was a lot of activity bubbling below the surface. Going into 2016, HNH will be making a real effort to support and nurture this sound, while also exploring all the different sounds and meanings of House - Not House :)

James Morris ft. Davey - Shadows (Reset Safari’s Lost in ’82 Remix)
Supernova (Leftwing & Kody remix) - In My Mouth
Arun Verone - Time Warp
Arun Verone - Empty Soul
Studio 37 - I Found
Studio 37 - Dean vs. Adele
Reset Safari - Faceless
J Cas - G.S.T.D.T
Mr P ft Wynter Black - Straight Up
JustJdan - Stranded
Joseph Curti5 - Deeper Side
Jack N Danny - Figure It Out
Antonio Noure - Shadowlands

DMTEK
25-12-2015, 10:22 AM
:)
Top 10 Deep Tech/House tracks of 2015 in order:

1) Majesty - Q&A
2) James Morris ft. Davey - Shadows (Reset Safari’s Lost in ’82 Remix)
3) Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I’m Doing Me
4) Ghostee - Hard For Me
5) Majesty - Tropical Playground
6) Martin Ikin & Low Steppa ft. Elisabeth Troy - About Time
7) Marcellus Wallace - Keeping Your Love
8) Harry Ley - Somebody
9) Majesty - Dance
10) Mr P ft. Wynter Black - FSU

Rounding out a top 25 of the year with another 15 in no order:
JustJosh - Pures
Freeman & Farrelly - The Backroom Track (Matt Fear remix)
Denney - Low Frequency
Apollo 84 - Dance On Cocaine
Nathan Jassi - Close
Jack N Danny - Figure It Out
Apollo 84 - Fusion
Demarzo - Hipnotic
Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I Found
Joseph Curti5 - Deeper Side
Shenin Amara & AR - I’m In Need
Hugo Massien - Matter Of Fact
Hugo Massien - Madhouse
RS4 - Tell Me
RS4 & Lombardo - Signs

Special shout to my favourite reissue / new old music of the year Terada Soichi's - Sounds From The Far East compilation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZNgKZMRpsM
Really amazing, timeless music which was long overdue being rediscovered. I've seen him live twice in Tokyo since he's been back on the scene and both times were some of the best performances I've ever seen and the best atmosphere's I've ever experienced. Salute!

Favourite tracks by label:

House Not House - Lol had to be done, got to say I'm very happy with how this year turned out for us :)

Studio 37 (Dean Allen) - I’m Doing Me/Range
Ghostee - Hard For Me
Mr P ft. Wynter Black - FSU
Mr P - The Finest
Karlton Phillips - Pimp/Tech Da Piss VIP
JustJosh - Pures
Digital Danger - Renegade Acid/Chinese Whispers
92 (Clock Hazard) - PLC/ERA
Nativ - That Night
Sankuh - House Train
Antonio Noure - The Hunter (Forthcoming)
Technoman - I Called You (Forthcoming)
2Faced - Snake Charmer/I Love Hoes (Forthcoming)

Hot Creations / Jamie Jones - Another great year from these guys

Steve Lawler - House Record
Denney - Low Frequency
Cuartero - Manipulated
Alexis Raphael - The Helter Skelter
David Glass & CDC - Jammin
Sean Branton - Right Back
Mark Jenkyns ft. MC Chikaboo - On Me (Skream Remix)
Jamie Jones ft Jem Cooke - One Time Game (Club Mix)
Jamie Jones - This Way
Jey Kurmins ft Shannon - Venetras

Audio Rehab - For me personally, very hit and miss this year, especially towards the end of the year, but when you look in total they put out a LOT of wicked music across all different ends of the sound

Ashenz! - Anubis/Isis
Nightshift, Dominic King - Something About Your Love
Apollo 84 - Dance On Cocaine
Nathan Dalton - Feel This
Nightshift - Stylin
Plastic Jam - This One A Roller
Marcellus Wallace - Keeping Your Love
State Unknown - Old Skool Rulez/Sex
Lance Morgan - Feeling I want
Nathan Jassi - Close
Limiless & Harry Ley - 808ish
Mark Radford ft. Tempo O’neil - It’s Not About Us

Switched On - Started off on a roll, quietened down a lot in the latter half of the year, still S.E.F.'s taste is on point and I always look forward to their next release

Harry Ley - Somebody
KG3 - X Lord
Lost & Found - More Than Money
Harry Ley - Lemon Juice
F Projket - Make You Move

Kreature/Matt Fear - I view these guys as basically the same producer. You could say all their tracks sound the same, but I love their dark techy sound so much that that's definitely not a problem lol.

Kreature ft. Matt Fear - Stupid Fresh
Matt Feat remix - I Believe
Dene Antony (Kreature remix) - What You Mean To Me
Matt Feat - Disturbing The Peace
As I Am - In Too Deep (With You) [Matt Fear remix]
Matt Fear - Sonorus
Freeman & Farrelly - The Backroom Track (Matt Fear remix)

Audiowhore/Majesty - Majesty, easily my producer of the year, I think people will be listening to tracks like Q&A in 20 years time.
Majesty - Q&A
Majesty - My Amour
Majesty - Don’t Stop
Majesty - Tropical Playground/Wrong Number
Majesty - Mind Warp
Majesty - Pump Action
Jack N Danny - Falling
Majesty - Dance
Harry Ley - No Doubt (Majesty Remix)
Truce - Doctor
Tekla - Touch/This feeling

Aus Music - Not always to my taste, but always charming and interesting.

Just Escape - Justin Martin remix
Bicep - Just
Fold - Calmer Mood
Shenoda - Streak/If I Could


Definition Audio/Shadow Music/Top Shelf - Nightshift/Hugo/Louie
What to say about these 3 labels and their label-heads? There was a moment at the end of last year and beginning of this year where all of these guys were shooting out so much fire it seemed like the darkside sound was going to go forever. The fact that these 3 labels all stopped or seriously, seriously slowed down during the year has been a massive loss to the scene. As has, to be honest, Hugo's moving to XL. I mean, big up and massive respect to Hugo for reaching that level pushing his own sound - and obviously the XL EP's a fucking monster - but him quieting up and focussing on 'quality not quantity' has real drained the lifeblood of the harder edge of the sound...

Hugo Massien - Matter Of Fact
Marcellus Wallace & That Guy - Heavyweight
Nightshift - Terminate
Nightshift - Do Not Be Alarmed
Shenin Amara & AR - I’m In Need
Shenin Amara & AR - Your Girlfriend
Hugo Massien - Madhouse
Hugo Massien ft. Blazey - Badman/Pump It Up
Hugo Massien - Kontrol/Better Let Her
Harry Ley - LMTYS
X5 Dubs - Pull Up
2Faced - Gangsta
Camo Crooks - War Of The Worlds
Louie Anderson - Gruuvy
Louie Anderson - Cops & Crack

Paper Plates - Slow but steady this year, still love nearly everything RS4 puts out.
Lokate - Entire System/Strobe Light
RS4 - Wanna Dance
RS4 - Tell Me/House Is Freedom
RS4 & Lombardo - Signs


Techy bits which don’t fit anywhere - Tech housey bits from here and there. It was a good year for this sound!

Demarzo - Hipnotic
Thee Cool Cats - Hustle Dance
Sonny Fodera & Cervendos ft. Lauren Faith - High
Apollo 84 - Fusion
Apollo 84 - What We Have
Apollo 84 - Black Of My Soul
DJ SKT - Dirty
Format B (DJ SKT remix)- Chunky
Arun Verone - Time Warp
Arun Verone - Empty Soul
Martin Ikin & Low Steppa ft. Elisabeth Troy - About Time/Words
Carnao Beats - Living With Pain/Feed My Addiction
Joe Pompeo - On My Mind/One Night Of Trouble

Dark Bits which don’t fit anywhere - while a number of the big producers went really really quiet this year, there was a lot of activity bubbling below the surface. Going into 2016, HNH will be making a real effort to support and nurture this sound, while also exploring all the different sounds and meanings of House - Not House :)

James Morris ft. Davey - Shadows (Reset Safari’s Lost in ’82 Remix)
Supernova (Leftwing & Kody remix) - In My Mouth
Arun Verone - Time Warp
Arun Verone - Empty Soul
Studio 37 - I Found
Studio 37 - Dean vs. Adele
Reset Safari - Faceless
J Cas - G.S.T.D.T
Mr P ft Wynter Black - Straight Up
JustJdan - Stranded
Joseph Curti5 - Deeper Side
Jack N Danny - Figure It Out
Antonio Noure - Shadowlands

CrowleyHead
27-12-2015, 01:50 PM
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Sectionfive
27-12-2015, 06:40 PM
bountiful year for high profile DJs putting awful their opinions on facebook. someone should do an end of year countdown

Corpsey
28-12-2015, 03:22 PM
bountiful year for high profile DJs putting awful their opinions on facebook. someone should do an end of year countdown

Go on then go on then - you seem well qualified :D

Gonna have to check Datwun's humungous list. How much more interesting a list from a genre enthusiast is than the generic EOY lists you find in magazines that praise the same 30 or so albums. (as great as many of those albums are.)

Was gonna start a separate thread about OVERRATED/UNDERRATED OF THE YEAR to start some sort of fight but maybe we can keep this in here?

trza
28-12-2015, 04:01 PM
I look at the end of the year lists and see the artifical barriers people create do differentiate between what has value and what doesn't, and the walls people build around themselves and their musical tastes. Mixmag had a list with nineties fossils like The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, Rolling Stone trots out the seventies and eighties rock stars every year and tells people they are better than the acts of today. I don't see how a person with broad tastes can deny acts like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Taylor Swift or Adele.

droid
28-12-2015, 05:37 PM
I don't see how a person with broad tastes can deny acts like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Taylor Swift or Adele.

Don't really have a horse in the race, and of course the end of year list is often a huge statement of personal taste - but does apathy count as denial?

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How about an ATROCITIES OF THE YEAR? This has to be close to the top. Visually if nothing else.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfwJA0f0UTg

luka
28-12-2015, 05:51 PM
I quite like the spoken word bits in that one. Vigilant citizen talked about the video a bit http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/miley-cyruss-bb-talk-celebrates-child-abuse/

mistersloane
29-12-2015, 07:59 AM
I like the fact that she looks about 45 in the video. There were worse things this year.

mistersloane
29-12-2015, 05:00 PM
I don't care about Fact, but I don't understand how they can't have Barter 6 in the their top 50.

Corpsey
29-12-2015, 06:34 PM
Opinion about Barter 6 seems divided. A lot of ppl saw it as underwhelming compared to the leaks.