Mixtape – Best of 2015

Not necessarily released in 2015, these are the best new tunes and discoveries that have come my way this year.

Demis Roussos – I Dig You
Big fan of The Four Horsemen by Aphrodite’s Child, but never heard this gem until stumbling across it in the wake of his passing, via a tweet by the Chemical Bros. Which leads us nicely onto…

The Chemical Bros – Go

Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Reminds me a bit of John Cooper Clarke. If he was Australian. And a woman.

Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
Some of his stuff seems a bit pointless to me. Then there’s nuggets of genius like this.

Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship
Almost makes me want to go to church. Almost.

Loggins & Messina – Keep Me In Mind
Yes, *that* Kenny Loggins.

Howie B – Maniac Melody

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
When the sax comes in…

Chic – I’ll Be There

Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
Like the Sugababes. Only betterer.

Julia Holter – Lucette Stranded On The Island

The Charlatans – Talking In Tones

Mandy Smith – I Just Can’t Wait (1995 Dub)
What a baseline. The ‘Cool and Breezy Jazz Version’ is ace, too.

Fleetwood Mac – Brown Eyes
Sound of my summer.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Right Stuff

Leonard Cohen – Nevermind
Discovered it via the credits for True Detective.

Cymande – Bra

Mac Demarco – Moving Like Mike
Wonky pop genius.

Paul Weller – These City Streets
One of those long tracks that could go on even longer. How often can you say that..?

Belle and Sebastian – The Party Line

Black Rivers – The Forest
Bit like Doves. I like Doves. Black Rivers are actually 2/3 of Doves? No way!

Edan – Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
Wonky hip hop genius.

Ghostpoet – Off Peak Dreams
Reminds me a bit of Courtney Barnett. If she was a Londoner. And a man.

Robert Wyatt – Forest
(Another) one of those long tracks that could go on even longer. How often can…

Nils Frahm – Says
It just builds and builds. What an ending – the applause seems so right.

Apart from Mandy Smith, you can listen to the whole “tape” on Spotify.


15th December 2015

File under: Music