2015 in Review Playlist

2015 Review Playlist

2015 came and went as many years do, but it left behind quite a few gems in the music world, some of which have been compiled into one playlist for anyone to enjoy. 

The first couple tracks come from electronic outfits Purity Ring and Chvrches. “Bodyache” and “Clearest Blue” respectively showcase the bands’ abilities to not only craft catchy and interesting beats, but also keep them up tempo and stuck in your head after just one listen.

Similarly to the first two tracks on this list, Toro y Moi’s “Empty Nesters” is a catchy song that feels as upbeat and sweet as Moi’s vocal crooning over plucky guitars and synths. This track is arguably the most “indie pop” song on the list, but anyone would be hard pressed not to be humming this one after listening to it just once. It’s a sweet and yet layered song that is one of the better listens from the past year.

From the sweet and catchy to the weirdest experiment by an artist since Prince made his name a symbol, rap duo Run the Jewels found success with their sophomore album “Run the Jewels 2” in 2014. This year they released an album where every beat was replaced with cat noises called “Meow the Jewels 2.” “Close Your Eyes and Meow to Fluff” is an example of the songs that sort of make this album work in an inexplicably kooky way.

Noise rock outfit Metz and their song “Acetate” hit you about a subtly as a brick wall. Immediately starting with distorted bass then ratcheting up the volume with destructive crash cymbals and vocals that sound like they’re coming through a garbage can, “Acetate” is probably a track best enjoyed in the comfort of one’s home, where they won’t scare their coworkers while thrashing around.

Joey Bada$$ is arguably one of the most underrated MCs in the game right now and his album “B4 Da $$” is a perfect example of that. Bada$$ is able to not only show respect for the old school, but also throw his own spin on it, like in the song “Paper Trail$.” With record scratches, choir samples and a shout out to Wu-Tang Clan’s hit “C.R.E.A.M.,” Bada$$ is proof that hip-hop is far from dead.

When not cancelling shows, pissing off their label or just breaking up then getting back together, Death Grips certainly know how to keep fans on their toes. The second half of their double album “The Powers that B” titled “Jenny Death” is a departure from the Bjork samples found on the first half of the album, but it’s still signature Death Grips. The track “Pss Pss” not only has the unique feature of having a chorus with no vowels, but also manages to be catchy and intense at the same time. Death Grips wouldn’t have it any other way.

Finally, no best of 2015 list would be complete without mentioning Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The track “The Blacker the Berry” not only shows Lamar hungry for people to contest him and his rapping, but is also timely because of the recent police action against black people in the United States. This track also adds to the album’s overall metaphor about life and how Lamar sees it and feels.

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