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Listen to The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2015

December 2015

Listen to a selection of tracks from this year's top 50 Releases of the Year, as voted for by The Wire's contributors. Below you'll find the full chart rundown, and you can read more about all of the music featured here in The Wire 383, our annual Rewind issue.

Jlin - Unknown Tongues 0:03:26
Matana Roberts - Say Your Name/Nema Nema Nema 0:06:11
Joshua Abrams - Translucent 0:07:52
Julia Holter - How Long 0:03:58
Heather Leigh - Fairfield Fantasy 0:09:15
Jim O'Rourke - Half Life Crisis 0:04:41
Kamasi Washington - Change Of The Guard 0:12:16
The Necks - Vertigo (excerpt) 0:03:08
Hieroglyphic Being - Fuck The Ghetto/Think About Outer Space 0:05:13
Joanna Newsom - Divers 0:07:06
Graham Lambkin & Michael Pisaro - Leuchtfeuer 0:04:30
Raphael Roginski - Lonnie's Lament 0:05:16
Laura Cannell - Be Not Afeard 0:04:54
Helm - I Exist In A Fog 0:08:15
Sleaford Mods - Face To Faces 0:03:23
Hour House - Indigo Post 0:08:49
Mbongwana Star - Malukayi 0:06:00
Golden Teacher - No Hemos Vivido 0:06:15
William Parker - For Those Who Are, Still (excerpt) 0:16:05
Domenique Dumont - La Basse Et Les Shakers 0:04:16
Visionist - You Stayed 0:01:13
Six Organs Of Admittance - Wax Chance 0:05:32
Nidia Minaj - Puto Iuri 0:02:21
King Midas Sound & Fennesz - On My Mind 0:03:32
Philip Jeck - Saint Pancras 0:02:41
Future & DJ Esco - Diamonds From Africa 0:02:45
Gnod - White Privileged Wank 0:18:50
Seymour Wright - June 2013 Paris 0:25:06
Lnrdcroy - Land, Repair, Refuel 0:03:26
Jürg Frey - Ombres Exactes Sans Dureté 0:09:40
Guttersnipe - Sandworm Percolator 0:03:41
Jerusalem In My Heart - A Granular Buzuk 0:07:08
Allison Cameron/Contact - 3rds, 4ths & 5ths 0:07:19
Carter Tutti Void - f=(2.6.2) (edit) 0:05:28
Thundercat - Lone Wolf And Cub 0:05:29
Uwe Oberg - Hill 0:04:12
Floating Points - Silhouettes (I, II & III) 0:10:42
Keith Rowe & John Tilbury - Fourth Part 0:31:53
Jam City - Proud 0:05:00
Flying Saucer Attack - 3 0:06:26
William Basinski - The Deluge 0:06:28

1.
Jlin
Dark Energy
(Planet Mu)

2.
Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
(Constellation)

3.
Joshua Abrams
Magnetoception
(Eremite)

4.
Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness
(Domino)

5.
Heather Leigh
I Abused Animal
(Ideologic Organ)

6.
Holly Herndon
Platform
(4AD)

7.
Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs
(Drag City)

8.
Kamasi Washington
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

9.
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp A Butterfly
(Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

10.
The Necks
Vertigo
(ReR) thenecks.com


11.
Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl ‎
We Are Not The First
(RVNG Intl)

12.
Vince Staples
Summertime 06
(Def Jam)

13.
Björk
Vulnicura
(One Little Indian)

14.
Joanna Newsom
Divers
(Drag City)

15.
Graham Lambkin & Michael Pisaro
Schwarze Riesenfalter
(Erstwhile)

16.
Raphael Rogiński
Plays John Coltrane And Langston Hughes: African Mystic Music
(Bôłt)

17.
Laura Cannel
Beneath Swooping Talons
(Front And Follow)

18.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden Of Delete
(Warp)

19.
Future
DS2
(A1/Freebandz/Epic)

20.
Helm
Olympic Mess
(Pan)

21.
Sleaford Mods
Key Markets
(Harbinger Sound)

22.
Hour House
Chiltern
(Penultimate Press)

23.
Mbongwana Star
From Kinshasa
(World Circuit)

24.
Golden Teacher
Sauchiehall Enthrall
(Golden Teacher)

25.
William Parker
For Those Who Are, Still
(AUM Fidelity)

26.
Domenique Dumont
Comme Ça
(Antinote)

27.
Visionist
Safe
(Pan)

28.
Six Organs Of Admittance
Hexadic
(Drag City)

29.
Aphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2
(Warp)

30.
Nidia Minaj
Danger
(Principe)

31.
King Midas Sound & Fennesz
Edition 1
(Ninja Tune)

32.
Philip Jeck
Cardinal
(Touch)

33.
Future
56 Nights
(Freebandz)

34
Gnod
Infinity Machines
(Rocket Recordings)

35.
Seymour Wright
Seymour Writes Back
(No label)

36.
Lnrdcroy
Much Less Normal
(Firecracker)

37.
Jürg Frey
Grizzana And Other Pieces 2009–2014
(Another Timbre)

38.
Guttersnipe
Demo
(no label)

39.
Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If
(Constellation)

40.
Allison Cameron/Contact
A Gossamer Bit
(Redshift)

41.
Carter Tutti Void
f(x)
(Industrial)

42.
Radu Malfatti
One Man And A Fly
(Cathnor)

43.
Thundercat
The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam
(Brainfeeder)

44.
Uwe Oberg
Work
(Hatology)

45.
Micachu & The Shapes
Good Sad Happy Bad
(Rough Trade)

46.
Floating Points
Elaenia
(Pluto)

47.
Keith Rowe & John Tilbury
Enough Still Not To Know
(Sofa)

48.
Jam City
Dream A Garden
(Night Slugs)

49.
Flying Saucer Attack
Instrumentals 2015
(Domino)

50.
William Basinski
The Deluge
(Temporary Residence)

Comments

Hard to believe that there are no comments. By far the best top 50 I've found anywhere, with only a few duds (Jam City should never sing - think eno).

This list is a musical education.Where are you all? Buy subscriptions for frineds, save the parts of the planet priviledged enough to be able to make art like this.

Julia Holter - How Long got me so nostalgic. It feels like watching an old movie of the 90s, verry classic and clear. I wonder why people don't makr this kind of music often, though. They are just too good to be ignored.

Joanna Newsom, Björk, Julia Holter and Holly Herndon all have released incredible albums in 2015. This top is great.

Awe-some! Thanks!

Awe-some! Thanks!

This is really awesome. It only leave you to imagine the experience of music in the 90s.

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