Well 2015 was a funny old year. Plastic bags cost 5p again, a man was caught farting in his hand and “hadouken-ing” passes by, tango released a shower gel and pot noodle released an Easter egg. What a sick, sick world.
But, we’ve been loving the music that’s been sent to us in this jellyfish’s first year of life, so we’ve decided to make a list of the top ten releases of 2015. Now, not everyone we have had the honour of reviewing can be on this list so please don’t get your knickers in a twist if you aren’t. Its because you either a) aren’t good, or b) aren’t good. Only joking, its just with so much talent on offer, it’s a pretty hard task. Unfortunately, the “Top 54 releases of 2015” doesn’t really work.
So, here’s our top 10, starting with the lovely lads at Unknown Report.
Unknown Report – Hole In The Ground
Unknown Report have created something special here – a strong sound and themes that are likely to appeal to a wide array of listeners through their honesty and enthusiasm and no attempt at creating a sound for pure popularity sake.
Check out their video for the title track of the EP, “Hole In The Ground”
Interview Unknown Report Interview
Allfather – No Gods, No Masters
Upon receiving the request to review Allfather I was very pleased to press play and instantly feel right at home. It reminded me of being young and not giving a fuck. You just can’t go wrong with some fucking aggressive hardcore. I’m going to two step, dig some graves and spin kick the shit out of these tracks
Check out their video for title track “The Great Destroyer” from the EP.
Bear vs Manero – Paunch
Bear vs Manero will ruin people’s mornings, afternoons, nights & lives by releasing this monstrosity to the world. And, by god, this monstrosity is a thing of beauty.
Check out their video for “Infinite Apples” below.
UpCDownC – UpCDownC
This self-titled EP is a joy to behold, a crash course in everything that an instrumental band should hope and strive for. Yes, it’s only three tracks. But the quality of these three tracks is phenomenal (and still clocks in at over 20 mins). The horror overtones and crushingly fuzzy grooves may also not be everyone’s cup of tea. But my fuck, when it is this good that point seems redundant, everyone can get lost in the rich textures that UpC craft.
Exoskeletons – Get Lost
Exoskeletons appear to have suddenly emerged fully formed and accomplished; it’s hard to believe that an EP as good as “Get Lost” can have been released by a band that started sometime this summer.
Check out Exoskeletion’s video for “Blue lighted away” below.
Avagrace – Earth, Wind & Liars
If you are looking for something heavy, something with some fucking heart, something that will make you move, this is for you.
Check out their video for “Beauty of Sleep” below.
KILL RPNZL – Fear Itself
They walk a fine line between balls-in-your-mouth all out distortion and clear, completely audible smoothness.
Interview KILL RPNZL Interview
Natalie Evans – Under The Moon
Her signature vocals are as entrancing as ever and the catchy electro beat keeps things right up to date and accessible for a variety of musical tastes.
Check out Natalie’s “Under The Moon” single below.
Talk About Wonder – The Flowing
There is a sense of timelessness and folklore that pervades the whole album, and it’s established here. By the time the song is done, you feel as though you’ve watched and listened to a close knit group entering an old tavern, their dialogue beginning with greetings and gradually giving way to the complex yet perfectly understood song of dynamic conversation.
Check out their video for “Eyes of Great Men” below.
Funke and the Two Tone Baby – Balance
With lines like “Not enough bonobo, too much chimpanzee,” you know this album is going to be a banger.
Check out the video for our favourite song of the year, “Not Enough Bonobo”, below.