#BestOf2015 : 30 Albums Bubbling Under


30 bubbling under

2015 is coming to an end. With it, the moment for our annual recap has arrived. Good news is this has been an excellent year for music. Arguably the best one for at least a decade; so much so that we haven’t been able to accomodate all the albums we have enjoyed in the typical Top 50. So we’ve decided to kickstart our best of 2015 review looking at all the records -or at least the 30 most significant ones- left at the gates of our selection, which will be revealed later on the week, followed by the best singles, reissues and the nominations for the Rober Awards.

Among them, a few notable debuts (Floating Points; Sophie; Tobias Jesso, Jr.); a number of second works that have avoided the much feared sophomore slump (Arca; CHVRCHES; A$ap Rocky); some notable mixtapes (Erykah Badu; Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment); a delicate soundtrack; a triumphant return; a rock opera (ooh, the audacity!) shaping up a notoriously well-tuned year of music. Even Florence Welch managed to tone down her habitual histrionics and delivered her most enjoyable collection to date.

And the 30 bubbling under albums of the year are (in alphabetical order):

asap rocky
A$AP ROCKY
At.Long.Last.A$ap
(RCA)


arca ARCA
Mutant
(Mute)

blur BLUR
The Magic Whip
(Parlophone)


THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY CAT'S EYES
The Duke Of Burgundy OST
(Self-Released)


chvrches CHVRCHES
Every Open Eye
(RCA)


donnie trumpet DONNIE TRUMPET & THE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE
Surf
(Self-Released)


ERYKAH BADU ERYKAH BADU
But You Caint Use My Phone
(Self-Released)


floating points FLOATING POINTS
Elaenia
(Pluto)


florence FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
(Republic)


freddie gibbs FREDDIE GIBBS
Shadow Of A Doubt
(ESGN)


future FUTURE
DS2
(Sony)


godspeed GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress
(Constellation)


gwenno GWENNO
Y Didd Olaf
(Heavenly)


jazmine sullivan JAZMINE SULLIVAN
Reality Show
(RCA)


jenny hval JENNY HVAL
Apocalypse, Girl
(Sacred Bones)


jessica pratt JESSICA PRATT
On Your Own Love Again
(Drag City)


kurt vile KURT VILE
B'lieve I'm Goin Down...
(Matador)


laura marling LAURA MARLING
Short Movie
(Virgin)


lightning bolt LIGHTNING BOLT
Fantasy Empire
(Thrill Jockey)


myrkur MYRKUR
M
(Relapse)


PATTY GRIFFIN PATTY GRIFFIN
Servant Of Love
(PGM)


prurient PRURIENT
Frozen Niagara Falls
(Profound Lore)


sauna youth SAUNA YOUTH
Distractions
(Upset The Rhythm)


songhoy blues SONGHOY BLUES
Music In Exile
(Transgressive)


SOPHIE SOPHIE
Product
(Numbers)


sun kil moon SUN KIL MOON
Universal Themes
(Caldo Verde)


susanne sundfor SUSANNE SUNDFØR
Ten Love Songs
(Sonnet Sound)


tallest man on earth THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
Dark Bird Is Home
(Dead Oceans)


titus andronicus TITUS ANDRONICUS
The Most Lamentable Tragedy
(Merge)


tobias jesso, jr. TOBIAS JESSO, JR.
Goon
(True Panther)