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Gorilla vs. Bear x Spotify Year in Music: Leon Bridges is the story of 2015

polaroid by Faith Silva
polaroid by Faith Silva

We've mentioned a time or two what an unreal year 2015 has been for new music, and that was certainly reflected in our recent lists of the best albums, songs, videos, and Young Thug tracks of the year. Today, we've teamed up with Spotify in collaboration with their Year in Music — where they're highlighting the top music + culture stories of 2015, as well as the year's most streamed artists, songs, and albums — to share our own most-listened-to artists of the year (shout out to Grimes, Young Thug, Bop English, Prince Innocence, Autre Ne Veut, and somewhat surprisingly, Knxwledge), and our personal top music story of the year. If you're curious who you actually listened to the most in 2k15 or exactly how many days you spent listening to music this year, you can check out Year in Music for your personal, sometimes embarrassingly enlightening stats, such as:

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S SONGS OF 2015

SONGS 2015

Following last week's Albums of 2015 list, here are our favorite songs of the year: we went deeper than ever this time out, and while 111 tracks might seem like a lot to love in any given 12 month span, I feel like the list is a pretty accurate representation of just how unreal 2015 has been for new music. Featuring multiple entries from Grimes, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Kendrick Lamar, Chromatics, Erykah Badu, Beach House, TOPS, and Cindy Lee, and spanning from underground Russian dance music and soaring Norwegian pop to incendiary west coast rap and inspired Texas soul, and just about everywhere in between. Check out the full list below, right after you hit play on that nearly 7-hour-long Spotify playlist:

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new Autre Ne Veut – Panic Room

ANV AGE OF TRANSPARENCY

After releasing three beautiful versions of emotional lead single "World War Pt. 2" — and an amazing/unsettling video for the songAutre Ne Veut unveils another intensely cathartic jam from his forthcoming LP...

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listen to Cascine’s The First Five Years mixtape (curated by us)

CASCINE 5YR

As we continue to celebrate the 5th anniversary of one our favorite labels in the world, we've lovingly and carefully curated this perfect (in our opinion), hour-long Cascine 5YR mixtape, made up of some of our personal favorite tracks from the label's deep and consistently stellar catalog. Featuring classics from Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Keep Shelly in Athens, Lemonade, Airbird & Napolian + much more, as well as previously unreleased tracks from Jensen Sportag, Boat Club + Chad Valley, it's a beautiful reminder of just how much great stuff these guys have helped put out into the world over the past 5 years. You'll be able to cop the tape in physical form as part of Cascine's limited 5YR pack (along with a tee and a new Yumi Zouma 12") soon, or right now with tickets to Cascine's 5YR party next month at Brookyn's Wythe Hotel. Listen to the mixtape below exclusively on Spotify, and check the full tracklist after the jump...



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Primavera Sound 2015 mixtape

PRIMAVERA SOUND 2015

Our girl Faith Silva is making her way over to España this week for the 2015 Primavera Sound festival, which takes place in Barcelona from Wednesday, May 27th through Saturday, May 30th. The Primavera folks consistently put together incredibly diverse and adventurous lineups, and this year's dream bill is no exception: Panda Bear, Shabazz Palaces, the Strokes, Kelela, James Blake, Viet Cong, Caribou, the Vaselines, Ride, Ariel Pink, Mac Demarco, Patti Smith (performing Horses), Tyler the Creator, HEALTH, Jon Hopkins, Sleater-Kinney, RATATAT, Underworld, Spiritualized, and so many more will convene in Parc del Fòrum for the 4-day fest, starting tomorrow...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2014

GvsB  // SONGS of 2014

Following last week's definitive albums of the year list, we present our favorite songs of 2014. We went deep this year on this one. Disclaimer: some of these aren't technically 2014 releases (notably, a few of the PC Music-affiliated jams) so I guess we're going with the nebulous "year of impact" concept here. Check the list + follow along with a nearly comprehensive 5-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to hear your favorites too.

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video: A$AP Rocky – “Pretty Flacko” / “Big Spender” (SXSW)

A$AP SXSW

The A$AP Mob set we caught on Thursday evening at the Spotify SXSW thing on a rooftop at 5th and Colorado was all fun + good vibes, probably because no one repeatedly hurled full beer cans at the performers' heads...

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