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The 33 best albums of 2015 so far

Six months of new albums filtered, filleted and finessed into 33 choice selections

Number one with a saxaphone: Kamasi Washington

Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 09:27

   

We haven’t had a list in aaaaaages to time to make amends. Here are the 33 best albums of 2015 so far in my humble opinion. They’re ranked below in order for one to 33, with a link in each case to a stream plus my album review and/or artist interview from the paper. Will be interesting to see if the Top 10 changes much in the next six months and how many of these still feature in the Best of 2015 rundown. Let me know your thoughts on the albums that made the list – and the ones that didn’t – below. It’s better than listing to Zane Lowe shouting on Beats 1, right?

(1) Kamasi Washington “The Epic” (Brainfeeder)

Review of the dazzling album from Brainfeeder’s jazz don

(2) Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly” (Top Dawg)

Review

(3) Romare “Projections” (Ninja Tune)

Review

(4) Jamie xx “In Colour” (XL)

Interview

(5) Natalie Prass “Natalie Prass” (Spacebomb)

Review, interview

(6) Bjork “Vulnicura” (One Little Indian)

Interview

(7) Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (Asthmatic Kitty)

(8) Shamir “Ratchet” (XL)

Review, interview

(9) Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” (Domino)

Interview

(10) Ibeyi “Ibeyi” (XL)

Interview

(11) Soak “Before We Forgot How To Dream” (Rough Trade)

Interview

(12) Bill Fay “Who Is the Sender?” (Dead Oceans)

Review

(13) Saun & Starr “Look Closer” (Daptone)

Review

(14) Colm Mac Con Iomaire “And Now the Weather” (Plateau)

Interview

(15) Hudson Mohawke “Lantern” (Warp)

Review (and interview in The Ticket on Friday)

(16) Leon Bridges “Coming Home” (Columbia)

Review

(17) Roisin Murphy “Hairless Toys” (PIAS)

Review, interview

(18) Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear “Skeleton Crew” (Glassnote)

Review

(19) Matthew E White “Fresh Blood” (Spacebomb/Domino)

Interview

(20) Young Fathers “White Men Are Black Men Too” (Big Dada)

Review, interview

(21) Flo Morrissey “Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful” (Glassnote)

Review

(22) Miguel “Wildheart” (RCA)

(23) Jlin “Dark Energy” (Planet Mu)

(24) Tobias Esso Jr “Goon” (True Panther)

Review

(25) Anthony Naples “Body Pill” (Text)

Review

(26) Holly Herndon “Platform” (4AD)

Review

(27) Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” (Marathon)

(28) Mark Ronson “Uptown Special” (Epic)

Review, interview

(29) Young Wonder “Birth” (Feel Good Lost)

Review, Music Collection feature

(30) Will Butler “Policy” (Merge)

(31) Rhiannon Giddens “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (Nonesuch)

(32) HamsandwicH “Stories from the Surface” (Route 109a)

Interview

(33) Sleater-Kinney “No Cities To Love” (Sub Pop)