The Best Albums Of 2015: Second Quarter


holly herndon

After a first quarter that left us spoilt for choice, giving us at least two indisputable candidates, Kendrick and Sufjan, for album of the year; the second one almost paled in comparison. Many of the most eagerly awaited albums of the season felt straight into the good not great category, among them the latest from Sun Kil Moon; Django Django; Raekwon; Mikal Cronin; Hot Chip or Blur‘s comeback, all of which perfectly fine works that somehow failed to reach their respective artists’ previous heights.

But not all were bad news, among those who did raise the standards bar, Holly Herndon delivered an album for the times overflowing with ideas leaving the mere musical to expand into the social, political and technological realms; Vince Staples; Miguel; Shamir; Donnie Trumpet and Kamasi Washington kept all different corners of urban music vibrantly alive; Waxahatchee; Dominique A and Alabama Shakes stood up among songwriters and the collaborations between Franz Ferdinand & Sparks (FFS) and Wavves X Cloud Nothings, as well as Jim O’Rourke‘s comeback album and Jamie XX‘s solo one count as the biggest surprises.

Still to come later on the year the new albums by PJ Harvey; Frank Ocean; Kanye West; Chromatics; James Blake; Lana Del Rey; Tame Impala and Beach House, whose promising advance has seen the light of day this week. Keep yourself up to date by following Roberawards’ Spotify playlists with the best Albums; Tracks; Compilations and Reissues of 2015.

Check the list of our favourite records from 2015’s second quarter, each of them illustrated with one of its hidden gems


1-HOLLY HERNDON
Home
(From "Platform")
(4AD)




2-VINCE STAPLES
Jump Off The Roof (Feat. Snoh Allegra)
(From "Summertime '06")
(Def Jam)




3-WAXAHATCHEE
Poison
(From "Ivy Tripp")
(Wichita)




4-DOMINIQUE A
Cap Farvel
(From "Éléor")
(Wagram)



5-ALABAMA SHAKES
Future People
(From "Sound & Color")
(Rough Trade)



6-MIGUEL
Hollywood Dreams
(From "Wildheart")
(RCA)



7-FFS
Police Encounters
(From "FFS")
(Domino)


8-JIM O'ROURKE
Friends With Benefits
(From "Simple Songs")
(Drag City)

9-KAMASI WASHINGTON
Change Of The Guard
(From "The Epic")
(Brainfeeder)


10-JAMIE XX
Seesaw (Feat. Romy)
(From "In Colour")
(Top Dawg)



11-JENNY HVAL
Take Care Of Yourself
(From "Apocalypse, Girl")
(Sacred Bones)



12-VARIOUS ARTISTS
Every Night (Hannah Diamond)
(From "PC Music Vol. 1")
(PC Music)



13-A$AP ROCKY
Jukebox Joints (Feat. Kanye West & Joe Fox)
(From "AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP")
(RCA)


14-SAUNA YOUTH
Modern Living
(From "Distractions")
(Upset The Rhythm)


15-BLUR
New World Towers
(From "The Magic Whip")
(Parlophone)


16-THEE OH SEES
Turned out Light
(From "Mutilator Defeated At Last")
(Castleface)



17-PRURIENT
Greenpoint
(From "Frozen Niagara Falls")
(Profound Lore)



18-WAVVES X CLOUD NOTHINGS
Such A Drag
(From "No Life For Me")
(Ghost Ramp)



19-THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
Darkness Of The Dream
(From "Dark Bird Is Home")
(Dead Oceans)



20-CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
Christine
(From "Chaleur Humaine")
(Because)



21-HIGH ON FIRE
The Black Pot
(From "Luminiferous")
(eOne Music)



22-DJANGO DJANGO
Giant
(From "Born Under Saturn)
(Ribbon)



23-SHAMIR
Demon
(From "Ratchet")
(XL)


24-DONNIE TRUMPET AND THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT
Make Me Cool (Feat. Big Sean, Jeremih & Kyle) (From "Surf") (Self-Released)

25-MBONGWANA STAR
Kala
(From "From Kinshasa)
(World Circuit)


26-MIKAL CRONIN
Say
(From "MCIII")
(Merge)



27-SUN KIL MOON
The Possum
(From "Universal Themes")
(Caldo Verde)


28-GIRLPOOL
Cherry Picking
(From "Before The World Was Big")
(Wichita)



29-HOT CHIP
Love Is The Future
(From "Why Make Sense?")
(Domino)



30-RAEKWON
4 In Da Morning (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
(From "Fly International Luxurious Art")
(ICEH20)



31-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Like Acid Rain
(From "Multi Love")
(Jagjaguwar)



32-HUDSON MOHAWKE
Scud Books
(From "Lantern")
(Warp)



33-FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
(From "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful")
(Republic)



34-PEACH KELLI POP
III
(From "Princess Castle 1987")
(Burger)



35-EVANS THE DEATH
Enabler
(From "Expect Delays")
(Fortuna Pop)



36-NADINE SHAH
Stealing Cars
(From "Fast Food")
(Apollo)



37-JOANNA GRUESOME
I Don't Wanna Relax
(From "Peanut Butter")
(Slumberland)




38-BLANCK MASS
Atrophies
(From "Dumb Flesh")
(Sacred Bones)



39-EAST INDIA YOUTH
End Result
(From "Culture Of Volume")
(XL)



40-ABRA
Atoms
(From "Rose")
(577114 Records)