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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we’d even go so far as to say it’s been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, ’90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D’Angelo with probably the best show we’ve seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:




50 PALMBOMEN | PALMBOMEN II

PALMBOMEN II





49 DANNY L HARLE | Broken Flowers

DANNY L HARLE BROKEN FLOWERS







48 RAE SREMMURD | SremmLife

SREMMLIFE







47 JESSICA PRATT | On Your Own Love Again

JESSICA PRATT ON YOUR OWN





46 STEALING SHEEP | Not Real

STEALING SHEEP NOT REAL







45 TEI SHI | Verde

TEI SHI VERDE







44 CAROLINE NO | No Language

CAROLINE NO NO LANGUAGE







43 JLIN | Dark Energy

JLIN DARK ENERGY







42 BICEP | Just

BICEP JUST







41 PURE BATHING CULTURE | Pray For Rain

Pure Bathing Culture Pray for Rain







40 VALET | Nature

VALET NATURE







39 YUMI ZOUMA | EP II

YUMI ZOUMA EP II







38 BEACH HOUSE | Depression Cherry

DEPRESSION CHERRY







37 KNXWLEDGE | Hud Dreems

HUD DREEMS







36 MOLLY NILSSON | Zenith

MOLLY NILSSON ZENITH







35 NEON INDIAN | VEGA INTL Night School

vega intl night school cover final







34 DILLY DALLY | Sore

DILLY DALLY SORE







33 ANTHONY NAPLES | Body Pill

ANTHONY NAPLES BODY PILL







32 CINDY LEE | Malenkost

CINDY-LEE-MALENKOST

CINDY LEE // Always Lovers






31 AIRBIRD & NAPOLIAN | Mr. Foolish

AIRBIRD NAPOLIAN MR FOOLISH







30 EMPRESS OF | Me

EMPRESS OF ME







29 JOANNA NEWSOM | Divers

JOANNA NEWSOM DIVERS





28 ABRA | Rose

ABRA ROSE







27 SUSANNE SUNDFØR | Ten Love Songs

SUSANNE SUNDFOR TEN LOVE SONGS







26 ERYKAH BADU | BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE

BADU-MIXTAPE





25 EARTHEATER | RIP Chrysalis

EARTHEATER RIP CHRYSALIS







24 LANA DEL REY | Honeymoon

LDR HONEYMOON







23 DISASTERPEACE | It Follows OST

IT FOLLOWS OST







22 DOMENIQUE DUMONT | Comme Ça

DOMENIQUE DUMONT COMME CA







21 TORO y MOI | Samantha

TORO Y MOI SAMANTHA

TORO y MOI // The Usual






20 THE GALLERIA | Calling Card / Mezzanine

THE GALLERIA CALLING CARD

THE GALLERIA // Mezzanine






19 AUTRE NE VEUT | Age of Transparency

ANV-AGE-OF-TRANSPARENCY







18 COUSIN STIZZ | Suffolk County

COUSIN STIZZ SUFFOLK COUNTY







17 BOP ENGLISH | Constant Bop

BOP ENGLISH CONSTANT BOP







16 JULIA HOLTER | Have You In My Wilderness

JULIA HOLTER HAVE YOU IN MY WILDERNESS







15 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6

YOUNG THUG BARTER 6







14 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | Garden Of Delete

0PN GOD







13 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell

SUFJAN CARRIE LOWELL







12 SOPHIE | PRODUCT

SOPHIE PRODUCT







11 U.S. GIRLS | Half Free

US GIRLS HALF FREE







10 GEORGE CLANTON | 100% Electronica

GEORGE CLANTON 100 ELECTRONICA







09 BEACH HOUSE | Thank Your Lucky Stars

BEACH HOUSE TYLS







08 LOWER DENS | Escape From Evil

LOWER DENS // ESCAPE FROM EVIL







07 HELEN | The Original Faces

HELEN THE ORIGINAL FACES







06 VINCE STAPLES | Summertime ’06

VINCE STAPLES SUMMERTIME 06







05 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness

CINDY LEE ACT OF TENDERNESS

CINDY LEE // Power and Possession






04 LEON BRIDGES | Coming Home

LEON BRIDGES COMING HOME






03 JAMIE XX | In Colour

JAMIE XX IN COLOUR







02 PANDA BEAR | Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

PBVSGR







01 GRIMES | Art Angels

GRIMES ART ANGELS COVER ART







01 GRIMES | Art Angels
02 PANDA BEAR | Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
03 JAMIE XX | In Colour
04 LEON BRIDGES | Coming Home
05 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness
06 VINCE STAPLES | Summertime ’06
07 HELEN | The Original Faces
08 LOWER DENS | Escape From Evil
09 BEACH HOUSE | Thank Your Lucky Stars
10 GEORGE CLANTON | 100% Electronica

11 U.S. GIRLS | Half Free
12 SOPHIE | Product
13 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell
14 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | Garden Of Delete
15 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6
16 JULIA HOLTER | Have You In My Wilderness
17 BOP ENGLISH | Constant Bop
18 COUSIN STIZZ | Suffolk County
19 AUTRE NE VEUT | Age of Transparency
20 THE GALLERIA | Calling Card / Mezzanine

21 TORO y MOI | Samantha
22 DOMENIQUE DUMONT | Comme Ça
23 DISASTERPEACE | It Follows OST
24 LANA DEL REY | Honeymoon
25 EARTHEATER | RIP Chrysalis
26 ERYKAH BADU | BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE
27 SUSANNE SUNDFØR | Ten Love Songs
28 ABRA | Rose
29 JOANNA NEWSOM | Divers
30 EMPRESS OF | Me

31 AIRBIRD & NAPOLIAN | Mr. Foolish
32 CINDY LEE | Malenkost
33 ANTHONY NAPLES | Body Pill
34 DILLY DALLY | Sore
35 NEON INDIANVEGA INTL Night School
36 MOLLY NILSSONZenith
37 KNXWLEDGEHud Dreems
38 BEACH HOUSEDepression Cherry
39 YUMI ZOUMAEP II
40 VALETNature

41 PURE BATHING CULTUREPray for Rain
42 BICEPJust
43 JLINDark Energy
44 CAROLINE NONo Language
45 TEI SHIVerde
46 STEALING SHEEPNot Real
47 JESSICA PRATTOn Your Own Love Again
48 RAE SREMMURDSremmLife
49 DANNY L HARLEBroken Flowers
50 PALMBOMENPALMBOMEN II

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