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I felt really bad when I made my top ten records of the year, as I had to leave out a good number of records that have been really important to me this year. 

So here are my honourable mentions 

  • Grimes - Art Angels
  • Lady Lamb - After 
  • Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
  • jennylee - Right On
  • Girlpool - Before The World Was Big
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
  • Beach House - Depression Cherry
  • Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home 
  • Kurt Vile - b'lieve i’m goin down 
  • Sexwitch - Sexwitch
2015 Albums Of The Year

1. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

2. Currents - Tame Impala

3. Choose Your Weapon - Hiatus Kaiyote

4. Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes

5. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

6. Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco

7. Compton - Dr. Dre

8. Wildheart - Miguel

9. Ego Death - The Internet

10. Summertime 06′ - Vince Staples

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Selfie Saturday - Natalie Prass

With the voice of an angel and some serious guitar-shredding chops, Natalie Prass has been turning heads with her sweet take on classic 70′s soul pop. Her self-titled debut album dropped earlier this year and after seeing her play our House of Vans SXSW show, we were itching to hear more. Read on to find out Natalie’s fave spots in Nashville, playing keys for Jenny Lewis’ band and the unusual comparison she gets to Disney princesses and movies. 

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100 Best Songs of 2015

This year I decided to do things a bit differently, with all songs from albums released in 2015 being eligible (limited to one song per artist), excluding songs on my 2014 list but including any new singles from 2014 albums.

100. Melanie Martinez – “Tag, You’re It”

99. Hot Chip – “Huarache Lights”

98. Diplo, CL, RiFF RAFF & OG Maco – “Doctor Pepper”

97. San Cisco – “Too Much Time Together”

96. Julio Bashmore – “She Ain’t”

95. Drake – “Hotline Bling”

94. Last Dinosaurs – “Apollo”

93. Baio – “Endless Rhythm”

92. Tove Styrke – “Ego”

91. Belle And Sebastian – “The Party Line”

90. Kanye West (feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney) – “All Day”

89. Sevdaliza – “That Other Girl”

88. Mayday Parade – “All On Me”

87. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”

86. Young Thug – “Just Might Be”

85. Lim Kim – “Awoo”

84. Kate Boy – “Midnight Sun”

83. Taylor Swift – “Wildest Dreams”

82. – “Kamikaze”

81. Pia Mia (feat. Chris Brown & Tyga) – “Do It Again”

80. Adele – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”

79. Jidenna (feat. Roman GianArthur) – “Classic Man”

78. Battles – “Dot Com”

77. the i.l.y’s – “All She Does Is Kill Shit”

76. Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

75. Autre Ne Veut – “Age Of Transparency”

74. Holly Herndon – “Morning Sun”

73. Childish Gambino – “Retro”

72. Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”

71. A. G. Cook – “What I Mean”

70. Susanne Sundfør – “Delirious”

69. Le1f – “Rage”

68. Jhené Aiko – “Spotless Mind”

67. Sleater-Kinney – “A New Wave”

66. Zella Day – “Hypnotic”

65. Samantha Urbani – “U Know I Know”

64. SOPHIE – “Just Like We Never Said Goodbye”

63. Beirut – “No No No”

62. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”

61. Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”

60. Hudson Mohawke – “Scud Books”

59. Braids – “Miniskirt”

58. Sia – “Elastic Heart”

57. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

56. Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable”

55. Mew – “My Complications”

54. Nao – “Apple Cherry”

53. Nicki Minaj (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne) – “Truffle Butter”

52. Toro Y Moi – “Spell It Out”

51. Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

50. Jack Ü (feat. AlunaGeorge) – “To Ü”

49. HEALTH – “Life”

48. Wolf Alice – “Your Loves Whore”

47. Danny L Harle – “Broken Flowers”

46. The Weeknd – “The Hills”

45. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

44. Twin Shadow (feat. D’Angelo Lacy) – “Old Love / New Love”

43. Missy Elliott (feat. Pharrell Williams) – “WTF (Where They From)”

42. Alpine – “Foolish”

41. Clarence Clarity – “Buck-Toothed Particle Smashers”

40. Madeon (feat. Passion Pit) – “Pay No Mind”

39. Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

38. Neon Indian – “Annie”

37. Courtney Barnett – “Dead Fox”

36. Deerhunter – “Living My Life”

35. Destroyer – “Times Square”

34. Father John Misty – “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment”

33. Charli XCX – “Doing It”

32. Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

31. Omi – “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)”

30. Christine And The Queens – “iT”

29. The Wonder Years – “Cigarettes And Saints”

28. Kelela – “A Message”

27. Majical Cloudz – “Heavy”

26. Waxahatchee – “Air”

25. Years & Years – “Memo”

24. FKA Twigs – “In Time”

23. Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”

22. Marina & The Diamonds – “Blue”

21. Jamie xx (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan) – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”

20. Empress Of – “Water Water”

19. Florence + The Machine – “Queen Of Peace”

18. Grimes – “Kill V. Maim”

17. Julia Holter – “Feel You”

16. Tinashe – “All Hands On Deck”

15. Passion Pit – “Where The Sky Hangs”

14. Animal Collective – “FloriDada”

13. Chelsea Wolfe – “After The Fall”

12. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

11. Purity Ring – “Stranger Than Earth”

10. Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

9. CHVRCHES – “Clearest Blue”

8. Everything Everything – “Regret”

7. Joanna Newsom – “Anecdotes”

6. Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”

5. Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”

4. Tame Impala – “’Cause I’m A Man”

3. Björk – “Stonemilker”

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”

1. Beach House – “Sparks”

Best Albums of 2015 (so far) + Songs Mix

This is my 10th year of music blogging and I’m being spoiled rotten by how much great music has been released (it’s actually a bit overwhelming). From landmark albums from seasoned artists like Sufjan, Father John Misty and Kendrick to incredible debuts from Natalie Prass, Leon Bridges and Jamie XX, 2015 has it all, and looking at the upcoming release calendar, I doubt it’ll be slowing down any time soon. As usual, I’ve listed my best albums chronologically below and you can listen to my favorite songs in this ongoing Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

Best Albums of 2015 (so far)

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (January 9, Domino)


Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance (January 19, Matador)


Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass (January 27. Spacebomb)


Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (February 10, Sub Pop)


Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer (February 24, Domino)


Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (March 15, Top Dawg)


Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? (March 19, Domino)


Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (March 30, Asthmatic Kitty)


The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ (April 3, Merge)


San Fermin - Jackrabbit (April 21, Downtown)


Blur - The Magic Whip (April 28, Parlaphone)


Other Lives - Rituals (May 4, TBD)


The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird is Home (May 12, Dead Oceans)


Jamie xx - In Colour (June 2, Young Turks)


Leon Bridges - Coming Home (June 23, Columbia)

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Honorable Mentions

The Staves - If I Was
Purity Ring - Another Eternity
Shamir - Ratchet 
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

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Best Songs of 2015 (so far) Mix

Click here to listen to my ongoing Spotify Playlist. Here’s my 30 faves below…

Alabama Shakes “Gimme All Your Love”
Beirut “No No No”
Belle & Sebastian ”Play For Today”
Blur “Ong Ong”
Chromatics “In Films”
Courtney Barnett “Depreston”
Dan Deacon “When I Was Done Dying”
Destroyer “Dream Lover”
Eskimeaux - Broken Necks
Father John Misty “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”
Hot Chip “Huarache Lights”
Jamie xx “Loud Places (ft. Romy)”
Kendrick Lamar  “These Walls”
Leon Bridges “Coming Home”
Mas Ysa “Margarita”
The Mountain Goats “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero”
Miguel “Coffee”
Natalie Prass “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”
Other Lives “2 Pyramids”
Panda Bear ”Crosswords”
Purity Ring “Heartsigh”
San Fermin “Emily”
Shamir “On The Regular”
Shura “2 Shy”
SOAK “B a noBody”
The Staves “Steady”
Sufjan Stevens “The Only Thing”
Tame Impala “Let It Happen”
The Tallest Man on Earth “Sagres”
White Reaper “Make Me Wanna Die”

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Most Anticipated of 2015 Still To Come

Destroyer - Poison Season
Frank Ocean - Boy’s Don’t Cry
Chromatics - Dear Tommy
Tame Impala - Currents
Beirut - No No No
Kanye West - Swish
CHVRCHES - TBD
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Disclosure - Caracal
White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again

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MONSTRA’S TOP 50 SONGS OF 2015 [spotify playlist]

01. Hotline Bling - Drake  // 02. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala // 03. Ch-Ching - Chairlift // 04. Kill V. Maim - Grimes // 05. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars // 06. The Blacker The Berry - Kendrick Lamar // 07. Should Have Known Better - Sufjan Stevens // 08. Multi-Love - Unknown Mortal Orchestra // 09. Nothing Good Ever Happens At The Goddamn Thirsty Crow - Father John Misty // 10. Gunga Din - The Libertines // 11. Pretty Pimpin - Kurt Vile // 12. Daffodils - Mark Ronson ft. Kevin Parker // 13. A New Wave - Sleater-Kinney // 14. Bad Believer - St. Vincent // 15. Cream On Chrome - Ratatat // 16. Blue - Marina and The Diamonds // 17. Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna // 18. Zond - Pond // 19. Boys Latin - Panda Bear // 20. Franks Katus - Dungen // 21. Maps - Maroon 5 // 22. FloriDada - Animal Collective // 23. Living My Life - Deerhunter // 24. Chili Town - Hinds // 25. Who Wears the Pants? - Soko // 26. Real - Years & Years // 27. Sparks - Beach House // 28. Continental Shelf - Viet Cong // 29. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber // 30. Only One - Kanye West // 31. Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd // 32. Magnets - Disclosure ft. Lorde // 33. Girls Like Girls - Hayley Kiyoko // 34. You’re a Germ - Wolf Alice // 35. Clearest Blue - CHVRCHES // 36. Black Magic - Little Mix // 37. Mountain At My Gates - Foals // 38. Trying - Bully // 39. World Pleasure - Peace // 40. Break - Party Nails // 41. Borders - M.I.A. // 42. Can’t Get Enough Of Myself - Santigold ft. B.C. // 43. Bird Of Prey - Natalie Prass // 44. Lonesome Street - Blur // 45. Anesthetized Lesson - GUM // 46. Empty Nesters - Toro Y Moi // 47. You’re So Cool - Nicole Dollanganger // 48. never - jennylee // 49. Dark Issues - Mourn // 50. Handsome - The Vaccines 

when i hit the ground (in all my glory): songs for claire beauchamp. dragonfly in ambervoyager, 1948-1968.

and then, looking down into reflection, i would see my own round face and frizzled hair against a featureless blue sweep, and think instead that the puddle was the entrance to another sky. if i stepped in there, i would drop at once, and keep on falling, on and on, into blue space.

1. pins and needles, hemming; 2. remembering, jennifer castle; 3. i don’t sleep well, hello saferide; 4. rock this baby to sleep, kate miller-heidke; 5. is the doctor in today, shel; 6. white flag, joseph; 7. go for a walk, lissie; 8. both sides now, alva leigh feat. natalie prass; 9. runway, nadia reid; 10. somewhere over the rainbow, pomplamoose

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GOOD SOUNDS FROM 2015

alphabetically & with links if i wrote anything worthwhile about it

Adult Mom - Momentary Lapse Of Happily (1, 2)
All Dogs - Kicking Every Day (1, 2, 3)
Angelic Milk - “IDK How” (1)
Antarctigo Vespucci - Leavin’ La Vida Loca
Ava Luna - Infinite House
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (1)
Braids - “Miniskirt”
Brand New - “Mene” (1, 2)
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style (1)
Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION (1, 2, 3)
Chromatics - “Just Like You” / “In Films”
Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up (1, 2)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Diet Cig - Over Easy (1)
Dilly Dally - Sore
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - “Wanna Be Cool”
Downtown Boys - Full Communism
Drake - “Know Yourself”
Dyke Drama - Tender Resignation (1)
Eskimeaux - OK (1, 2)
FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
Frankie Cosmos - “Young”
Fred Thomas - All Are Saved (1, 2)
Free Cake For Every Creature - Moving Songs (1)
GFOTY & Spinee - Dog Food Mix 1 & 2
Girlpool - Before The World Was Big (1)
G.L.O.S.S. - Demo
Grimes - Art Angels
Grubs - It Must Be Grubs
Hannah Diamond - “Hi” (1, 2)
Haybaby - Sleepy Kids (1, 2)
Hop Along - Painted Shut (1)
The Island Of Misfit Toys - I Made You Something (1, 2)
Joanna Newsom - “Leaving The City”
Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
Katie Dey - asdfasdf (1)
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Kero Kero Bonito - “Picture This”
Kississippi - We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed (1, 2)
Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching
LIZ - “When I Rule The World” (1)
Long Neck - Heights (1)
Lucy Dacus - “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” (1)
Malportado Kids - Total Cultura
Mothers - “No Crying In Baseball”
Moving Mountains - “Deathless”
Naps - You Will Live In A Cool Box
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
PWR BTTM - Ugly Cherries (1)
Palehound - Dry Food
Post Life - Living Can Wait (1)
Purity Ring - Another Eternity
SOPHIE - “Just Like We Never Said Goodbye”
Slutever - Almost Famous
Sorority Noise - Joy, Departed
Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
Spencer Radcliffe - Looking In (1, 2)
The Spirit Of The Beehive - You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated)
The Spook School - Try To Be Hopeful (1)
Sports - All Of Something (1)
Vince Staples - Summertime ‘06
Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Harmlessness (1, 2)
Yowler - The Offer (1, 2)
Zanders - Buried Men (1)

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Favourite Songs of 2015 |

 ¤ adele | alessia cara | alice glass | ane brun | angel haze | anna von hausswolf | anneli drecker | anohni | aphex twin | arca | ariana grande | a$ap rocky
 ¤ baroness | battles | beach house | ben frost* | björk | black wing | blanck mass | boots | børns | bow to each other | braids | brandon flowers
 ¤ carly rae jepsen | caroline polachek* | chairlift | chelsea wolfe | the chemical brothers | chinah | chilly gonzales | christine and the queens | chvrches | ciara | clark | cloud nothings | coil** | coldplay | courtney barnett | crystal castles
¤ daughter | david bowie | dawn richard* | death grips | deerhunter | destroyer | disclosure | dj krush | dvsn
¤ east india youth | editors | eliot sumner | ellie goulding | emika | emilie nicolas | empress of | enya | erykah badu
¤ f(x) | faith no more | father john misty | fka twigs | florence and the machine | foals | four tet
¤ gareth coker | georgia | ghost culture | the go! team | godspeed you! black emperor | grimes | gundelach
¤ hanne kolstø | health | helen | hiatus kaiyote | holly herndon | hot chip | hudson mohawke
¤ iamx | izzy bizu
¤ jaga jazzist | jamie woon | jamie xx | janelle monáe | janet jackson | jazmine sullivan | jenny hval | jeremih | jess glynne | jessica curry | jlin | joanna newsom* | john grant | jon hopkins | julia holter
¤ k-os | kanye west | karin park | kate boy | kate havnevik | kelela | kendrick lamar | king midas sound | kode9
¤ labradoor | lana del rey | laura marling | lianne la havas | lion babe | little boots | london symphony orchestra | loreen | lupe fiasco
¤ m.i.a. | madonna | majical cloudz | major lazer | maria mena | marilyn manson | marina + the diamonds | masayoshi fujita | max richter | miguel | missy elliott | mø | ms mr
¤ nao | natalie prass | neon indian | nerina pallot | nero | nicolas jaar | niki and the dove | nils frahm | nobuo uematsu* | nocturnal sunshine (maya jane coles)
¤ olafur arnalds and alice sara ott | oneohtrix point never
¤ panda bear | percussions (four tet) | prefuse 73 | prurient | purity ring
¤ rae morris | ratatat* | richard hawley | rihanna | robyn | roisín murphy | rustie | ryn weaver
¤ sarah kirkland snider | savages | sevdaliza | sexwitch (bat for lashes) | shamir | shlohmo | sleater kinney | son lux | sophie | squarepusher | steven wilson* | sufjan stevens | susanne sundfør | swans*
¤ the tallest man on earth | tame impala | thundercat | tinashe | titus andronicus | toro y moi | torres | tortoise | tove styrke | two fingers
¤ u-ziq
¤ v v brown | viet cong
¤ wavves | the weeknd | wolf alice 
¤ years & years
¤ zara larsson | zs | zhala

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Half-time

Alright, so I’m not quite done my list for May yet but since it’s about half way through the year I figured I’d quickly list off my top 25 albums and tracks of 2015 so far. Of course the list is subject to change as usual. There’s already been a load of great releases from huge artists and some unexpected newcomers! Warning: this list feels pretty Pitchfork conformist so I apologize in advance, not really what I was going for, these have all just been excellent records..

Albums:

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
3. Jamie xx - In Colour
4. Lower Dens - Escape from Evil
5. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
6. Fred Thomas - All Are Saved
7.  Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
8.  Torres - Sprinter
9.  Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes
10.  Björk - Vulnicura
11.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
12.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
13.  The Districts - A Flourish and a Spoil
14.  Braids - Deep In the Iris
15.  Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never were the way she was
16.  Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
17.  The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
18.  Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - After
19.  A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
20.  Hop Along - Painted Shut
21.  Shamir - Ratchet
22.  My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
23.  Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
24.  Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
25.  Built to Spill - Untethered Moon

Songs:

1.  Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In the Shadow of the Cross
2.  Grimes - REALiTi
3.  Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
4.  Jamie xx - Gosh
5.  Lower Dens - Ondine
6.  Torres - Cowboy Guilt
7.  Kendrick Lamar - u
8.  Jamie xx - I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)
9.  Natalie Prass - Violently
10.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe
11.  Alessia Cara - Here
12.  Fred Thomas - Bad Blood
13.  Father John Misty - Holy Shit
14.   Björk - Stonemilker
15.  The Mountain Goats - Heel Turn 2
16.  Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July
17.  Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best
18.  Braids - Miniskirt
19.  Jamie xx - Loud Places (feat. Romy)
20.  Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker the Berry (feat. Assassin)
21.  Lower Dens - Quo Vadis
22.  Destroyer - Dream Lover
23.  Natalie Prass - My Baby Don’t Understand Me
24.  St. Vincent - Teenage Talk
25.  Chromatics - I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around