Years & Years

BEST ALBUMS OF 2015

LittleBoots-Working Girl20 – Little BootsWorking Girl

asap-rocky-at-long-last-asap19 – A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP

 

karinparkapocalypse18 – Karin ParkApocalypse Pop

elliGouldingDelirium17 – Ellie GouldingDelirium

16 – The Dead WeatherDodge and Burn

peaches-rub15 – PeachesRUB

The do-shake-shooken14 – The DøShake, Shook, Shaken

Years_&_Years_-_Communion13 – Years & YearsCommunion

Kali_Uchis12 – Kali UlchisPor Vida

Bjork-Vulnicura11 – Bjork – Vulnicura

 

Troye_Sivan_-_Blue_Neighbourhood10 – Troye Sivan – Blue Neighborhood

carly-rae-jepsen-emotion

9- Carly Ray JespenE*MO*TION

Halsey_-_Badlands8 – Halsey – BADLANDS

Florence_and_the_Machine_-_How_Big7 – Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Empress-Of-Me-560x5606 –  Empress OfMe

On her stunning debut, Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of delivers one of the most personal and engrossing electronic albums released this year. After moving from Brooklyn to a remote town in Mexico; Rodriguez wrote, recorded, and produced Me entirely on her own. Her time in isolation is greatly reflected on the album’s minimalist dance sound and deeply personal lyrics. Every song on this record feels like a page torn from her diary; with vivid verses that capture intense moments of love, sex (“Nothing comes between us/ But a piece of latex/ When you tear my clothes off/ Like I was a paycheck”), breakup (“You’re just a heart to break / Easy to manipulate / I want to care much more / But I’m feeling less and less.”) to intimate moments of doubt and self reflection. This album isn’t just a showcase of great songwriting craftsmanship; but also, a brilliant display of innovated, emotionally-driven, DIY dance-music.

shamir-ratchet5 – ShamirRatchet

Although Shamir’s debut title might suggest an “obscene” or “sloppy” (for lack of a better word) musical inclination; nothing could be farther from the truth. There’s nothing Ratchet about this glorious release by the talented 20-year-old Shamir Bailey. With his electric-falsetto and sassy vocals; along with productions that varied from Funk, R&B, Disco to 80s-electropop; the album offers plenty of brilliant, unexpected dance moments that contrasts the electropop perfectionism of Hot Chip and the funky, gender-fluidity of Prince. Simply put— a FUN, FUN, FUN, FUNKY record!

Miguel-Wildheart4 – MiguelWildheart

Miguel’s third album Wildheart could be greatly considered as an exploration of soul-searching by way of pure sexual hedonism. From the sleek and bold sexual ride of “The Valley” to the R&B seduction of “Coffee” and “Flesh” to the desolate moments of “what’s normal anyway”; Miguel masterly blurs the lines between love, sex and solitude on this dreamy, psychedelic ride for self-acceptance and discovery. Much like the steamy, color-melting blend of the album’s artwork, the sound of Wildheart  is a sultry mixture of funky-electronica, trippy-guitar riffs over broody, R&B soundscapes. An absolutely incredible record!

RoisinMurphy-HairlessToys3 –  Roisin MurphyHairless Toys

Hairless Toys was not the pop record we were expecting after an 8-year absence; instead the divine Ms. Roisin Murphy blessed us with a regal musical piece that showcased her artistry extending far beyond the confining limits of pop —musically and visually (watch the videos!!). The sultry, Italo-disco groove of “Gone Fishing”, the Jazzy, synth-mutations of “Exploitation” and the funky, glimmering-pop beats of “Evil Eyes” are pinnacles that highlight her bravery, technicality, innovation and uncompromising, ever-evolving musical brilliance. Bravo, Ms. Murphy!

Abra-Rose2 – ABRARose

Undeniably, ABRA’s Rose is one of the best DIY records released this year! The self-proclaimed “darkwave duchess” emerged early in 2015 with a sleek brand of gloomy, dance-jams that fused elements of house, nu-wave,  R&B and 90s-electronica. Although most of the tracks are built around samples, low-key rhythms and snare drums; the self-produced artist manages to boast a lustrous musical space that’s sensually alluring and technically innovated at every turn. Her bald, lingering lyrics and sexy, honey-combs vocals add a layer of female empowerment and sensual confidence to the record that’s on par with Rihanna and FKA twigs. ABRA is yet to fully bloom; but we can already see the exciting potential behind every single petal of this captivating, electric Rose. BUY THIS!

 

GRIMES-ART-ANGELS

1 – GrimesArt Angels

There something indescribable about the music of Art Angles that is truly captivating.  It has elements of dance, hip-hop, shoegaze, new wave, industrial, alt-rock and trip-hop… to try to pin-point its root genre is practically impossible. And yet, we can all agree that it’s a pop record. A pop record unlike any other. A pop record with a message. ‘Cause underneath it’s dazzling, shimmering pop concoctions lies commentary on current social issues; subjects like the treatment of female musicians in the industry (“California”), global warming (“Butterfly”) and environmental change (“Life In The Vivid Dream”). Grimes wrote, composed, performed, recorded, produced, and engineered the album in its entirety; a trade we’re seeing more and more these days with new female artist ( See above; ABRA, Empress Of) but one that is hardly ever publicize. So, Art Angels’ message isn’t simply on prevailing social issues, but a highlight of female empowerment, technical artistry and purveyance of innovation. A truly defining moment for female musicians; but most importantly, for pop music.

Years & Years Unveils Video For New Single, “Foundation”!

From the upcoming debut album Communion, watch the brand new video for “Foundation” from UK dance trio, Years & Years!

Lead singer Olly Alexander tells Pitchfork: “We wanted to revisit some earlier themes and imagery from our videos. We expanded on the eerie and hypnotic feel of the song and played with the drama of ritualistic practice, audience and voyeurism. Our director, Fred Rowson, was really good at seeing into our minds and bringing our ideas to life.”

Communion arrives July 10 via Interscope.

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Tour Dates:

06-25 Rotselaar, Belgium – Rock Werchter
06-27 Pilton, England – Glastonbury
07-04 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er
07-11 Perthshire, Scotland – T in the Park
07-17 Berlin, Germany – Melt Festival
07-18 Dublin, Ireland – Longitude
07-19 Henham Park, England – Latitude
07-22 Pag, Croatia – Croatia Rocks
07-25 Tenindewa, Australia – Splendour in the Grass
07-26 Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
07-30 Melbourne, Australia – Max Watt’s
08-01 Pomona, CA – Hard Summer
08-12 Oslo, Norway – Oya Festival
08-12 Oslo, Norway – Tøyenparken
08-14 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
08-15 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-26 Zurich, Switzerland – Zurich Openair 2015
08-28 Leeds, England – NME/Radio 1 Stage @ Leeds Festival
08-29 Saint Cloud, France – Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
08-30 Reading, England – NME/Radio 1 Stage @ Reading Festival
09-04 Portmeirion, Wales – Festival Number 6
09-05 Jersey, England – Jersey Live
09-14 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall
09-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09-19 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-22 Chicago, IL – Park West
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
09-25 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
09-28 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
09-29 San Diego, CA – North Park
09-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10-09 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
10-10 Norwich, England – The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
10-11 Nottingham, England – Rock City
10-13 Sheffield, England – O2 Academy Sheffield
10-14 Leeds, England – O2 Academy Leeds
10-16 Newcastle, England – O2 Academy Newcastle
10-17 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
10-18 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-20 Liverpool, England – O2 Academy Liverpool
10-21 Bristol, England – O2 Academy Bristol
10-22 Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff University Great Hall
10-24 Brighton, England – Brighton Centre
10-26 Southend On Sea, England – Cliffs Pavilion
10-28 London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
11-04 Belfast, Ireland – Mandela Hall