27 December 2015

Top 10 LP's of 2015


10. HNNY - Sunday (Omena)




A nice debut LP from HNNY on the reliably good Omena label. It seems to have slipped under the radar for a lot of people, which is a shame as it's an LP that takes you on a journey through several genres, and does it with a very nice flow. There are still plenty copies floating about, so do yourself a favour and pick it up.

If HNNY is a name that is unfamiliar to you, then check out his fabulous 'Music For Listening' series of mixes and his brilliant Solid Steel Radio Show mix for Ninja Tune.




9. Fat Freddy's Drop - Bays (The Drop)

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I've been a huge fan of FFD since their 'Live At The Matterhorn' CD dropped in 2001 (it's now available on vinyl btw). I think this new LP is their best work since the 2005 LP 'Based On A True Story', but that's all about opinion. If you enjoy this video, grab the LP and see if you can catch them live during their 2016 tour.



8. Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You (Night Time Stories)




I first caught onto Khruangbin thanks to the limited Record Store Day release 'A Calf Born In Winter' and I featured it in my 'Different Strokes' show that I did with The Starkiller last year. You can also find that track on the Bonobo 'Late Nights Tales' mix, again this is well worth picking up.

The band are originally from Houston, Texas and now operate with the challenging dynamic of having band members being based in different countries, and time zones. It hasn't stopped them from putting out great music though and I think they are worth keeping an eye on.



7. Seahawks - Deep Haul (Ocean Moon)





Prolific. It's the only word you can really use to describe Seahawks output since 2010. Just have a look at their Discogs page for the evidence. 

This LP sees a bunch of their tracks remixed by some great names, such as Secret Circuit, Prins Thomas, RΓΌF Dug and Cassini Division to name a few. A quality package.



6. Commodity Place - Requiem For A Living Planet (Pocket Panther Records)

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Okay, I'm kind of cheating here because this one is only out on those little plastic silver disc things at the moment, but it's such a nice album, I had to include it. Sadly not available on vinyl, but who knows what the future may hold. I'd certainly like to see it put out on wax, but I've a feeling if you want it, you're gonna have to grab it on CD, just as I have.


5. Jonny Nash - Exit Strategies (Melody As Truth)



The first of two Melody As Truth releases that feature in this list, and it comes from Jonny Nash, the chap that runs the label no less. It's been a great year musically speaking for Jonny Nash, and I'm hoping there will be more to come from him and the M.A.T label in 2016.

If you enjoy this, then check out the first release from Melody As Truth, 'Phantom Actors' which is also from Jonny Nash, as well as his various remix works and his recent work as Sombrero Galaxy alongside Tako Reyenga.



4. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Into Forever (Gondwana Records)



Real music from real talent. You really do need to listen to the whole album, but this is a beautiful track to showcase what you can expect. The album has a string of nice reviews across the net, from far better writers than I, seek them if you wish, but there is no better way to decide than to listen yourself.




3. Suzanne Kraft - Talk From Home (Melody As Truth)

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We're getting to the nitty gritty now. If truth be told, the albums I've chosen could appear in any order, dependent on how I feel on the day. One thing is certain, this Suzanne Kraft LP would be high on the list every time. Beauty from start to finish.

As a side note... one of my biggest annoyances this year is sleeping on the release, also from Suzanne Kraft under the guise of Dude Energy. If anyone has a copy to sell me at non-discogs-shark prices, I'd be a very happy chappy.






2. Karamika - Karamika (ESP Institute)

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What an absolute journey this is. Everything from ambient to acid, beautifully produced by George Thompson (aka Black Merlin) and Gordon Pohl. I've introduced quite a few people to this record and not one has failed to fall for it. Seek it out and listen to it from start to finish. Many times. You won't be disappointed.

I'm not sure whether there is more to come from Karamika, but I certainly hope so. Keep your eyes on ESP Institute though. Such a solid label and consistently good.




1. Floating Points - Elaenia (Pluto)

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Another genius and another quality album from start to finish. Anyone that's got this far in my list can't have missed this, I'm certain of it. If on the off chance you did miss this, then stop reading right now and go and purchase this record (and listen to my 'Winter Chill' mix too, which this track is featured in)

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There has been so much really good music this year, I could have named any number of LP's for this list. An honourable mention to the following releases which on another day, would have been in amongst this selection -







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