Best of 2015

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Where did 2015 go? No idea but thankfully there was some great music released over the past twelve months. Here is a list of my favourites, in case you were wondering… which you weren’t. As lists can be a bit boring, I made it into a Spotify playlist too –

  1. Tink – Ratchet Commitments
  2. Rihanna, Kanye West And Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
  3. Dilly Dally – Desire
  4. Santigold (feat. BC) – Can’t Get Enough of Myself
  5. Sleaford Mods – No One’s Bothered
  6. Pleasure Beach – Go
  7. Parlour Tricks – The Storm
  8. MØ – Kamikaze
  9. Boots – C.U.R.E.
  10. Alessia Cara – Here
  11. Dead Sara – Something Good
  12. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
  13. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’
  14. Churches – Leave A Trace
  15. Foals – Mountain At My Gate
  16. Oscar – Breaking My Phone
  17. Benjamin Clementine – Cornerstone
  18. Alabama Shakes – Future People
  19. Jack Garratt – Breathe Life
  20. Skepta – Shutdown
  21. FKA Twigs – Glass & Patron
  22. Only Real – Can’t Get Happy
  23. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  24. Molly Nilsson – 1995
  25. Travi$ Scott ft. Kanye West – Piss On Your Grave
  26. Everything Everything – Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread
  27. Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams – WTF
  28. Izzy Bizu – Give Me Love
  29. Villagers – Courage
  30. Waxahatchee – La Loose
  31. Django Django – First Light
  32. Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst
  33. Ezra Furman – Lousy Connection
  34. Petite Meller – Barbaric
  35. Donna Missal – Keep Lying

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Best of 2015

The Week in Music

Here are some of the better tracks, performance videos and film trailers from the past week. Lots to enjoy, including FKA Twigs’ amazing appearance at the Mobo Awards and some newbie called Adele –

 

The Week in Music

AIM Awards Presented

Here’s how things broke down, what do we think?

Independent Track Of The Year: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

Independent Album Of The Year: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
Independent Video Of The Year: Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me

Best Difficult Second Album: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: Cities Of Darkscorch Boardgame

Most Played New Independent Act: Jungle
Best Live Act: All Time Low
Hardest Working Band: Swans
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: Wolf Alice

Independent Label Of The Year: Transgressive Records
Best Small Label: Erased Tape Records
Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival: Brainchild Festival

Indie Champion: Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
Pioneer Award: Digby Pearson, Earache Records
Innovator Award: Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Skepta

AIM Awards Presented

Fuck Misogynists

Lauren Mayberry from Churches has again made public the kind of comments that she has to put up with as a female musician. With the release of Churches’ new video, a fairly elegant and simple film, Mayberry has seen numerous comments on a 4chan thread; many of which describe her as looking like a ‘slut’ in the video. What is 4chan by the way? I didn’t know either but, in short, it seems to be a place where gobshites go to conjugate. This isn’t the first time Lauren Mayberry has felt the need to name and shame these kind of people, she wrote an open letter for the Guardian some time back on the subject also.

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Fair enough if you’re attracted to a musician, that’s always been an element of that in popular music (I’m sure Elvis’ looks didn’t harm his gaining female fans) but when did it get to the stage where guys meet in forums to tell each other how they would like to “lick her asshole sweat”. What the fuck. Grow up, be a man and stop acting like a little teenage sad-case. I completely support what female artists bring to the music scene and I stand by the opinion that many are putting out the most interesting music of late. Good music is good music. Here’s a reminder of that, including the Leave A Trace video in question –

Fuck Misogynists

Some Short Movies

There’s some interesting short movies from musicians floating around of late. Most notably, Laura Marling released a great video for her track ‘Short Movie’ last month. Some others include FKA Twig’s #throughglass, and the old Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey shorts that were released a while back but still deserve a look-in in my opinion.

Some Short Movies