Beats, rhymes, and pieces. Here are my favorite tracks from 2015.
- Stray – Movements
A proper intro tune for a mix, a slow and steady chill beat that inspires head nods.
- Zap Francis – Two Eleven
Sounds like Mark Pritchard’s “Arc Light” with a touch of Dilla.
- Mbongwana Star – Malukayi (feat Konono No.1)
Next level. Also one of my favorite music videos of the year.
- Dawn Wall – Between the Sheets (feat Artificial Intelligence)
Dawn Wall burst onto the drum n bass scene this year with some gems. “Longshanks” is also ridiculous. This tune is a standout though.
- Fredfades & Ivan Ave – Reaping
Horns, guitar, and hip-hop. Chill.
- Bicep – just
This would be my ringtone if they were still a thing.
- Throwing Snow – Lumen
I first heard his DnB stuff with his 2010 release of Un Vingt
- Jamie xx – Gosh
I would’ve led the mix with this tune but it’s not on SoundCloud.
- Mieux – Rush
- Leon Vynehall – Time
This song is actually tied with another Vynheall gem that came out this year: Midnight on Rainbow Road
- Gramercy – Ruffian
For those who miss the 90s sound of The Prodigy.
- Glenn Astro – Throwback
“The old mixed with new like a Philly throwback.” Astro never forgets to put on the breaks.
- J Dilla – Dillatronic #7
It’d be a sin if I left some Dilla newness off this year’s list. #snaredrum
- The Cactus Channel – Kill the Doubt (featuring Chet Faker)
Cat Empire, Hiatus Coyote, The Cactus Channel…Melbourne is the birthplace of so many dope bands.
- Wen – She Giv
- Session Victim – Summer Games
Solid house jam.
- O’Flynn – Desmond’s Empire
From his Bandcamp page: “Heavy percussion on this number, African flavoured bass music for the tasteful dance floor.”
- Zero T – Piano Clap
One of those moments when you wish you owned a Vinyl player.
- Danny Seth – Safe
Heats up like a pepper.
- Stormzy – Shut Up
Also heard in an Arsene Wenger meme.
- Christian Löffler – York
Closing tune means a little introspection. Classic(al.)