Jim Carroll’s top 50 albums of the year

Jim reveals his choice of the 50 best albums for 2015. They’re fab!

 

Listen to each of the top 50 here and read Jim’s reviews and interviews with some of the artists

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

(2) Girl Band “Holding Hands With Jamie”

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

(4) Floating Points “Elaenia”

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

(6) Romare “Projections” (Ninja Tune)

(7) Natalie Prass “Natalie Prass” (Spacebomb)

(8) Julia Holter “Have You in My Wilderness”

(10) Slow Moving Clouds “Os”

(11) Vince Staples “Summertime ‘06”

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

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

(14) Shamir “Ratchet” (XL)

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

(16) Sons Of Kemet “Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do”

(17) Blackalicious “Imani Vol 1? (Caroline International)

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

(19) Ibeyi “Ibeyi” (XL)

(20) Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” (Domino)

(21) C Duncan “Architect” (Fat Cat)

(22) Anderson “Patterns” (Self release)

(23) Jlin “Dark Energy” (Planet Mu)

(24) Miguel “Wildheart” (RCA)

(25) John Grant “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure” (Bella Union)

(26) Four Tet “Morning/Evening” (Text)

(27) Mbongwana Star “From Kinshasa” (World Circuit)

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

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

(30) Zomba Prison Project “I Have No Everything Here” (Six Degrees)

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

(32) Joey Bada$$ “B4.DA.$$” (Pro Era)

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

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

(35) Wilco “Star Wars” (dBPM)

(36) Hunee “Hunch Music” (Rush Hour)

(37) Jóhann Jóhannsson “Sicario OST” (Lions Gate)

(38) Dornik “Dornik” (PMR)

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

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

(41) HNNY “Sunday” (Omena)

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

(43) Arca “Mutant” (Mute)

(44) Roots Maniva “Bleeds” (Big Dada)

(45) Roseau “Salt” (Big Dada)

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

(47) The Expert “Dynamic Drift” (Well Wear)

(48) Bob Moses “Days Gone By” (Domino)

(49) Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch “Like Water Through Sand” (130701)

(50) Little Simz “A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons” (Age 101)

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