2015 was the year of changes. I had a new job, and that was why Little Boots’s album “Working Girl” meant extra special for me. I was back involved in several activities and meeting lots of new friends. The best thing of having new friends is gaining new insights, new knowledge on things you have known or things entirely new to you.
This year I was super excited with the return of New Order, and even their album cover had a strong De Stijl influence! It reminded me so much of Theo van Doesburg, even though I am actually more into Mondriaan.. But anyway, their album is like a whole mix of Substance, Low-life, and Waiting for the Siren’s Call.
Another killer album released this year was by Jean-Michel Jarre, where the electronic maestro collaborated with dozens of prominent electronic musicians, from Vince Clarke (yay!) to Armin van Buuren to Moby to Little Boots.
In the mean time, former The Beautiful South vocalists Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot released another album this year after their much-anticipated collaboration in 2014 gave birth to their first album as a duo, “What Have We Become”.
2015 for me was also the year of exploring all sorts of music artists. I started to listen to Jessie Ware (I even went to see her performing at We The Fest in August), George Ezra, Say Lou Lou, Years & Years, and Troye Sivan!
So here they are, my top 15 tracks of 2015. (note that some of the videos are NSFW)
1. Little Boots – Better in the Morning
2. New Order – Plastic
3. Public Service Broadcasting – Go!
4. Jean-Michel Jarre feat. Vince Clarke – Automatic pt. 1
5. Troye Sivan – Wild!
6. Years and Years – King
7. Say Lou Lou – Nothing But A Heartbeat
8. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – I Don’t See Them
9. Sarah Cracknell feat. Nicky Wire – Nothing Left To Talk About
10. The School – All I Want From You Is Everything
11. Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – All Of This And Nothing
12. John Grant feat. Tracey Thorn – Disappointing
13. Slow Knights – Just Kiss
14. Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses
15. George Ezra – Barcelona
I have also made a youtube playlist of the tracks in a more friendly order for your listening pleasure. Will make a mixtape for this very soon!