Top Ten Songs Of 2015

Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #1

Grimes – “Kill v Maim”

I guess I really, really love Grimes. Her single, “Go”, was my favourite track of 2014. This song is even better than that. Musician, producer, vocalist, visual artists, fashionista– Grimes has weaponized quirkiness and turned it into some of the most original and sophisticated pop music– ever.

This song asks the question, “What if Michael Corleone from The Godfather was a transgendered, interstellar vampire?” There has been nothing better this year.

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December 10, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #2

Jamie xx – “Seesaw”

What a deep, deep cut from Jamie xx. There were plenty of bangers on In Colour– singles like “Good Times” and “High Places” that followed me around all summer. None of them struck the chord in me that “Seesaw” did though. Romy’s subdued, layered vocals. Chilled out melody on top of the breakbeat drums. This song checked all of my boxes.

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December 9, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #3

Kamasi Washington – “Change of the Guard”

I will freely admit that I’ve not been the biggest fan of jazz. To quote the brilliant Paul F. Tompkins:

I don’t like jazz music, and I don’t like it on behalf of you, the common stupid person. Here’s why — hold on, you’re pretty dumb — here’s why: because jazz is all about making the common man feel dumb. That’s all it is. It’s a bunch of guys all playing different songs at the same time.

This album does it all for me though. All of the aspects of jazz that (I assume) are what jazz fans truly love about jazz are arranged in such a staggeringly lush and layered way- with so much thought and groove going into every measure- there’s no way I couldn’t absolutely fawn over this album. The opener, “Change of the Guard” is exactly that. This re-opened the door to jazz for me. Thank you for that, Mr Washington.

Tags: Kamasi Washington, The Epic, Brainfeeder, Paul F Tompkins, Best of 2015

December 8, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #4

FKA Twigs – “In Time”

“You’ve got a goddamn nerve”… for not respecting the hell out of FKA Twigs. She’s one of the most important artists in the world to me right now. I have an insatiable appetite for her music. Here’s hoping she continues pushing herself and the envelope.

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December 7, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #5

Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker the Berry”

Very Well done!

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December 7, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #6

Björk – Stonemilker

Björk’s breakup with longtime partner and baby daddy, Matthew Barney, was pretty tragic. As two of modern art’s most visionary and talented individuals, I always idealized their relationship (on absolutely no evidence whatsoever). Leave it to Björk to masterfully synthesize heartbreak into a staggeringly beautiful and dark album. This song, especially, lifts the veil on her, “who is open chested”.

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December 7, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #7

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.”

What a great debut Algiers’ self-titled album was. A frenetic fusion of punk, gospel, and Depeche Mode, all powered by a gas tank full of social commentary. This is a huge sounding song, equally danceable and headbang-able. This is a band to watch as they head into their sophomore effort.

 

December 7, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #8

HEALTH – “New Coke”

This song is massive. HEALTH’s invariably treated vocals glide purely and smoothly over the most rafter-shaking beat Health has ever made. This is very likely my favourite music video of the year as well. (Well, it might be second after this one by The Armed.)

Tags: Health, new coke, death magic, Best of 2015, the armed

December 1, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #9

Viet Cong – “Silhouettes”

Though their name stirred up a bit of controversy towards the end of this year, Viet Cong’s eponymous debut was pretty universally adored. Angular and frenetic guitars and rigid, too-fast drums pay homage to their SoCal and DC post-punk forbearers but come off refreshing and current. This aesthetic is best showcased in the album closer, Silhouette, where the relaxed chorus transcends the brash post-punk mould.

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December 1, 2015

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Top Ten Songs Of 2015 Countdown: #10

Thundercat – “Them Changes”

Every year, Matt at EnthusiastOfAll and I synchronize our countdown to our picks for 2015’s best song of the year. As I typically do, I make two lists– one focused on just metal music, and one that encapsulates every other genre of music.

This was a big year for Thundercat and the constellation of artists he surrounds himself with. Working the low end of his 6+ string bass with the likes of Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, and the occasional stint as the bass player for Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat has firmly cemented himself in the pantheon of all-time great bass players. His prodigious skills on the bass are evenly matched to his songcraft, as seen on “Them Changes,” the standout track of his 2015 EP, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam.

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