NSA’s Top 25 Albums Of 2015


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25. Emily King – The Switch ( USA //Making Music Records// pop, soul)

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24. The Amazing – Picture You (Sweden // Partisan Records // vintage rock) [listen here]

 

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23. Jamie XX – In Colour (UK // Young Turks Recordings // electronic) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Gosh, Seesaw, Sleep Sound, Girl

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22. Nils Frahm – Late Night Tales (Night Time Stories // ambient, compilation) [listen here]

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21. Jam City – Dream A Garden (UK // Night Slugs // electronic, pop)

Best tracks: Unhappy, Crisis

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20. Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash – Cool Uncle (USA // Fresh Young Minds/Empire // soul, pop)

19. Olafur Arlands & Nils Frahm – Collaborative Works (Iceland/Germany // Erased Tapes Records // instrumental, neo-classical) 

Best Tracks: Four, Wide Open, Life Story;


 

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18. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur, The Rajasthan Express – Junun (UK/India/Israel // Nonesuch Records // world)


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17. Chungking – Defender (UK // self-released // electronic pop)

Best Tracks: Jonny, Beautiful World, Sapphire


 

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16. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (USA // Rough Trade // blues, rock)

Best Tracks: Future People, Guess Who, Gimme All You Love

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15. Willow – Ardipithecus (USA // Roc Nation // urban, soul, hip-hop)

Best Tracks: IDK, Wait A Minute, Star;

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14. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (USA // Dead Oceans // folk)

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13. The Shoes – Chemicals (France // Green United Music //  indie, dance)

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12. Ryan Adams – 1989 (USA// PaxAmericana Recording // covers, alternative) [listen here]

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11. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (USA // Sub Pop // alternative, singer-songwriter) 

Best tracks: Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins), Ideal Husband, True Affection;


 

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10. Björk – Vulnicura ( Iceland // One Little Indian // electronic, experimental) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Stonemilker, Lionsong;


 

9. Four Tet – Morning/Evening (UK // TEXT // electronic)

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8. Floating Points – Elaenia ( UK // Pluto // electronic, ambient)

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7. Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (USA // International Anthem // jazz)


6. Ptaki – Przelot (POLAND // Oficyna Transatlantyk // electronic, sample based music)

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5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi – Love (New Zealand/ Jagjaguwar) [listen here]

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4. Seven Davis Jr – Universes (USA // Ninja Tune // house, dance, future funk)

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3. Leon Bridges – Coming Home (USA // blues, soul, gospel) [listen here]

Best Tracks: River, Smooth Sailin’, Better Man;


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2. Tame Impala – Currents (Australia // Modular Recordings // psychedelic rock, Kevin Parker) [listen here]

Best Tracks: Yes I’m Changing, Let It Happen, Disciples, The Less You Know The Better;


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1. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys (UK/Ireland // Play It Again Sam // electronic pop)

Best Tracks: Exile, Uninvited Guest, Undownputable, Exploitation;



 

Honorable Mentions:

Nils Frahm – Solo (Germany // Erased Tapes Recording)

Shamir – Racket (USA // XL Recordings)

Astronauts Ect. – Mind Out Wandering (USA // Hit City U.S.A.)

Jono McCleery  – Pagodes (UK // If Music)

Portico – Living Fields (UK //  Ninja Tune)

Motorama – Poverty (Russia // Talitres)

Silicon – Personal Computer (New Zealand // Domino Recording)

Introverted Dancefloor – Introverted Dancefloor (Australia // Carpark)

Masayoshi Fujita – Apologues (Japan // Erased Tapes Records)

Royce Wood Junior – The Ashen Tang (UK, 37 Adventures)

Dornik – Dornik (UK, Universal Music)

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Arrivals: Django Django – Reflection


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The Scottish dance punk quartet, Django Django are set to release their second LP in May and they have yet another track to prove that (listen to the previous single, First Light here). The band had made some serious waves with their 2012 self-titled debut and even bigger ones with its lead single Default (which snatched UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer that year). It might be hard to beat the youthful energy and precise symmetry of Default but their new track, Reflections, is a different kind of animal. It’s a mature indie dance track, shapeshifting between the bands previous festival sized personality (vocal harmonies, house piano stabs and post-punk rhythm session) and a whimsical, moonlit entity complete with smoky sax and synth arpeggios. 

Reflections taken from Django Django’s new album Born Under Saturn, out May 4 on Because Music.

March 17, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Double Talk


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You might not have heard of Jaakko Eino Kalevi yet, but apparently in Helsinki he already can proud himself with cult status. Self taught multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer, Kalevi, is an artist definitely worth checking out. His soft and mature material made up of equal measures of dream pop, funk and folk is a true listening pleasure. This mixture of indie pop charm, love for the vintage instruments as well as electronic sound, old-fashioned songwriting and crooning with a healthy dose of eccentricism puts him in a long line of self-made Scandinavian artists such as Jimi Tenor, Jens Lekman and El Perro Del Mar.

Jaakko (Eino?) is also not shy to go out outside the borders of his familiar genres, as he already borrowed his vocals to Kasper Bjorke’s album and has released a remix version of his standout, debut EP, Dreamzone. 

 

This summer will see (Eino?) Kalevi debuting his first international full-length release. Heralding the LP is Double Talk, a  summery and nostalgic, krauty-dream pop track, crowned with Kalevi’s vulnerable croon. The self-titled album is out in June.

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Also, recently the Helsinkian worked his magic on the latest single from the promising, Swedish songstress, Alice Bodan. Her sweetly indolent vocals glue so well with Jaakko’s musical vision.

 

 

March 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. 1 comment.

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