Best of 3: Top Albums of 2015

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And so it’s that dreaded time of year again; when you have to remember which of the records you bought over the past year you actually indulged in more than once, which you kind of just have to like ‘because everyone else does’ and which you just bought ‘cos Annie Mac said she’d seen the band at Glastonbury and therefore their whole album must be the best thing since ‘Nevermind’.

Never mind that though, here’s our rundown of what we’ve been listening to this year that’s made us giddy.

Josh Shreeve (Editor)

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1. Foals – What Went Down

It was a campaign launched with an eight second video of Yannis Philippakis foaming at the mouth which went on to lurch its way through venues, destined to tear up a headline stage within the next 12 months. Foals fourth instalment was ‘Holy Fire’, and then some. The title track is them at their most primal, whilst ‘Mountain At My Gates’ is the band’s winning formula, without a whiff of math-rock.

2. Gengahr – A Dream Outside

3. Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots

Ethan Weatherby

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1. Spector – Moth Boys

The brilliantly awful Hawaiian shirts are no more; Spector 2.0 is a night-time cab journey through London, full of the city’s allure and melancholy at a fading youth. The record is a delightful flirtation with 80s synth and a healthy dose of Disco 2000, with no real contest in 2015 when it comes to the hooks of ‘Bay Boyfriend’ and the epic misery of ‘All The Sad Young Men’. For all the indie stadium glitz, there’s a jaded edge towards the over-connection of modern day, making the album truly compelling. #TearsOnTheTouchScreen.

2. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

3. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Rhiannon Topham

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1. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil

The Districts are such a promising young band, and this sophomore album is beautifully constructed from start to finish.

2. Foals – What Went Down

3. Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Ben Robinson

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1. Foals – What Went Down

Foals are the hottest band in the UK right now. This album has the perfect balance of both brutally raucous and sublimely delicate moments. Tracks such as ‘What Went Down’ and the thundering ‘Snake Oil’ have added to their savage live performances, whereas songs like ‘Birch Tree’ and ‘A Knife In The Ocean’ are gorgeous melodies to sit back and relax to. This band are at the absolute top of their game.

2. Gengahr – A Dream Outside

3. Real Lies – Real Life

Liz Stephens

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1. Tame Impala – Currents

Kevin Parker can do no wrong. His effortless fusion of genres and pushing his growing aesthetic makes for an explosive journey. When you think he has outdone himself on one song, he blows it up on the next one. Musically and lyrically layered, intricate yet effortless. 

2. Foals – What Went Down

3. Disclosure – Caracal

Will Fisher

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1. Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

Everything Everything are an extremely imaginative and exciting band and ‘Get to heaven’ is bursting with brilliant pop hooks, creative lyrics and sheer madness. From vibrant, radio friendly tracks such as ‘Distant Past’ and ‘Regret’ to thoughtful and often lyrically imposing tracks like ‘No Reptiles’ and ‘The Wheel (Is Turning Now)’ there is something for any listener to enjoy. This, their third LP, is an excellent milestone for a band growing ever stronger.

2. Jamie XX – In Colour

3. Palma Violets – Danger in the Club

Benjy Taylor

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1. Tame Impala – Currents

Self proclaimed “dorky white disco funk”, ‘Currents’ sees Tame Impala breech new genres of music, and represents a change in Kevin Parker. Songs like ‘The Less I Know the Better’ and ‘Let It Happen’ are unreal in their perfection, and if that’s not enough the inspiration for the album is enough to make it great; dreamed up by Parker when listening to the Bee Gees after taking magic mushrooms.

2. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

3. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…