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Best Albums of 2015

From hallucinogenic ambient techno to jazz-infused electronic and bold lo-fi house groovers onto unearthly deep-house gems, these are our favourite albums of 2015.

Sa Pa: Fuubutsushi

A brittle, broken audio hallucinogen – mixing the outside world with the club and creating a compelling netherworld in the process.

Laurine Frost : A Fading Virtue By Passing Time

Frost is a producer with an ear for unusual compositions and Marionette a platform for those with ambitious vision. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another year until we hear what Marionette have for us next.

Lifted: 1

Lifted’s debut is the rare album, which feels purely next-level, like music beamed from an idealised future. And on its best moments, like Mint or the sparkling chill of closer Medicated Yoga, that future is very jazzy indeed.

Jam City: Dream A Garden

The reserve and normality of Dream A Garden render it an unsatisfying outer by-product of Jam City’s inner shift. The ideas are fresh and daunting but ask this incredibly talented artist to further shape them into a body of cohesive new aesthetics.

Torn Hawk: Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time

Using a technique he calls video mulch Wyatt blends found footage with cuts from popular films and scenes recorded by the artist himself. You could always sense an ironic approach in Wyatt’s visuals but his LP feels on the contrary – candid and emotional.

Boothroyd: Idle Hours

The Mancunian newcomer’s debut EP on Tri Angle Records is a respectable salut to former leftfield icons such as Amon Tobin, and a pathfinding effort in the ever-renewing scene of unclassifiable future forecasting machine music.

Vereker: Murder License EP

Vereker’s back to deliver his first release on Berceuse Heroique, a label that fits perfectly with his droney techno ventures.

Brett Naucke: Seed

This is an album of deep headphone music, a unique analysis of texture. It floats around ideas of sound art and ambient music but mixes these with scattered electronics and fragmented field recordings.

Archie Pelago: Lakeside Obelisk

This EP does what Archie Pelago have always done so well: by juxtaposing and collaging such disparate musical tropes, it creates something much more than a mere portmanteau of genera for fickle novelty, but an entirely new mode of approaching the boundaries we impose on music.

Ital: Workshop 18

A. Ice Drift (Stalker Mix)
B1. Pulsed
B2. Slower Degrees Of Separation