Music Tracking 2015

These are 2015 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note (usually taken from AMG).

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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Genre switches (selection not implemented yet):

Notes also include scores from review sources:

And after a semicolon:

  • RC: Robert Christgau's Expert Witness: letter grades, 1-2-3 * for HMs

New Releases

  • Adamski: Revolt (Future Waltz) [03-03] - club/dance
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Algiers: Algiers
  • All We Are: All We Are (Domino) [02-03] - indie electronic -- Pf:57, S:70
  • Oren Ambarchi/Jim O'Rourke: Behold (Editions Mego) - -- Pf:76
  • Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt 2 (Warp, EP) [01-23] - experimental electronic -- DS:80, Pf:83, PM:60, RS:70, S:70; MT:B [**]
  • Arca: Mutant (Mute) [11-20] -
  • Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm: Collaborative Works (Erased Tapes) [10-30] -
  • Arthur's Landing: Second Thoughts (Buddhist Army) [06-02] - alt dance
  • Avicii: Stories (Virgin/EMI) [10-02] - EDM -- BB:60
  • Lee Bannon: Pattern of Excel (Ninja Tune) [07-10] - experimental ambient
  • Julio Bashmore: Knockin' Boots (Boardwalk) [08-07] - house -- Pf:80
  • Beat Connection: Product 3 (Anti) [10-23] - indie electronic
  • Beat Spacek: Modern Streets (Ninja Tune) [01-26] - left-field hip-hop -- Pf:67
  • Boxed In: Boxed In (Nettwerk) [01-20] - alt dance
  • Braids: Deep in the Iris (Arbutus) [04-28] - indie electronic -- DS:90, P:87
  • Andre Bratten: Gode (Smalltown Supersound) [11-13] - experimental techno
  • Brodinski: Brava (Parlophone) [03-03] - alt dance -- BB:80, PM:40
  • C418: Minecraft Volume Alpha (Ghostly International) [08-21] - video game music
  • Carter Tutti: Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey (CTI) [03-03] - electronic -- Pf:70
  • Carter Tutti Void: F(x) (Industrial) [09-11] - [***]
  • The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI) [07-17] - big beat -- BB:70 [**]
  • Chvrches: Every Open Eye (Universal) [09-25] - synthpop -- AV:100, BB:80, CS:50, DS:60, MO:80, Pf:77, P:85, PM:70, RS:70, S:70 [**]
  • Co La: No No (Software) [10-09] - indie electronic
  • Lloyd Cole: 1D Electronics 2012-2014 (Bureau B) [09-04] - ambient
  • Container: LP (Spectrum Spools) [06-08] - electronic -- Pf:75, S:70 [**]
  • Seven Davis Jr: Universes (Ninja Tune) [07-24] - electronic -- DS:70, MO:80, Pf:76
  • Disclosure: Caracal (PMR/Island) [09-25] - house -- AV:91, BB:60, CS:67, DS:40, MO:80, Pf:66, PM:70, RS:70, S:70
  • DJ Richard: Grind (Dial) [09-04] - -- Pf:81
  • DJ Sotofett: Drippin' for a Tripp (Honest Jon's) [03-23] - -- Pf:79, S:80
  • The Do: Shake Shook Shaken (Wagram) [02-10] - indie electronic
  • Doldrums: The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Sub Pop) [04-07] - indie electronic
  • Drkwav: The Purge (Royal Potato Family) [02-24] - jazztronica [***]
  • Egyptrixx: Transfer of Energy (Feelings of Power) (Halocline) [02-09] - club/dance
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible/XL) [09-11] - indie electronic -- Pf:82 [*]
  • Eskmo: SOL (Apollo) [03-03] - experimental electronic -- Pf:64 [*]
  • Fifth Harmony: Reflection (Epic) [01-27] - dance-pop -- BB:80, Pf:72, RS:70, S:70
  • Flako: Natureboy (Five Easy Pieces) [03-00] - electronica [**]
  • Floating Points: Elaenia (Luaka Bop) [11-06] - electronic -- CS:75, Pf:84, PM:70, RS:80, S:80 [***]
  • Fort Romeau: Insides (Ghostly International) [03-31] - club/dance
  • Four Tet: Morning/Evening (Text) [07-10] - experimental techno [*]
  • Nils Frahm: Solo (Erased Tapes) [03-00] - contemporary [**]
  • Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (Militia Hill) [02-27] - jazztronica [**]
  • Georgia: Georgia (Domino) [08-07] - indie electronic [**]
  • Gonno: Remember the Life Is Beautiful (Endless Flight) [08-14] -
  • Laurel Halo: In Situ (Honest Jon's) [10-30] - indie electronic
  • Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires (Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs) [09-04] - techno [***]
  • Steve Hauschildt: Where All Is Fled (Kranky) [10-02] -
  • Heathered Pearls: Body Complex (Ghostly International) [08-07] - techno
  • Helm: Olympic Mess (Pan) [06-15] - electronic -- Pf:72, RA:80
  • Holly Herndon: Platform (4AD) [05-19] - experimental electronic -- MO:90, P:86, Pf:87 [**]
  • Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl: We Are Not the First (RVNG Intl) [10-00] -
  • Jon Hopkins: Late Night Tales (Late Night Tales) [03-03] - ambient -- Pf:75
  • Hot Chip: Why Make Sense? (Domino) [05-19] - indie electronic -- P:85
  • Idjut Boys: Versions (Smalltown Supersound) [09-18] -
  • Trevor Jackson: Format (The Vinyl Factory) [05-28] -
  • Jam City: Dream a Garden (Night Slugs) [03-24] - indie electronic
  • Jlin: Dark Energy (Planet Mu) [03-23] - [***]
  • King Midas Sound/Fennesz: Edition 1 (Ninja Tune) [09-18] - experimental ambient
  • Kode9: Nothing (Hyperdub) [11-06] - electronic -- S:70
  • Lapalux: Lustmore (Brainfeeder) [04-07] - club/dance
  • Leftfield: Alternative Light Source (Infectious) [06-08] - progressive house -- DS:60, MO:80
  • Lifted: 1 (PAN) [04-00] - [***]
  • Lilacs & Champagne: Midnight Features Vol 2: Made Flesh (Temporary Residence) [03-17] - indie electronic -- PM:70
  • Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission (Mad Decent) [06-01] - -- BB:80; RC:B+ [*]
  • Matrixxman: Homesick (Ghostly International) [07-10] - club/dance
  • MG: MG (Mute) [04-28] - experimental techno
  • Giorgio Moroder: Deja-Vu (RCA) [06-16] - pop/rock -- BB:70; MT:A- [A-]
  • Mugwump: Unspell (Subfield) [03-24] - club/dance
  • Anthony Naples: Body Pill (Text) [02-17] - left-field house -- Pf:78, S:80
  • Neon Indian: Vega Intl Night School (Mom + Pop/Transgressive) [10-16] - chillwave -- AV:91, CS:75, DS:90, Pf:86, RS:70, S:70 [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Marius Neset: Pinball
  • New Order: Music Complete (Mute) [09-25] - alt dance -- MO:80 [A-]
  • Nosaj Thing: Fated (Timetable) [05-05] - downtempo
  • Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge (Warp) [06-02] - club/dance [A-]
  • Tunde Olaniran: Transgressor (Quite Scientific) [08-07] - indie electronic
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (Warp) [11-13] - ambient [**]
  • The Orb: Moonbuilding 2703 AD (Kompakt) [06-23] - electronic -- DS:80, Pf:67, PM:80, RA:78
  • Pale Blue: The Past We Leave Behind (2mr/Captured Tracks) [04-14] - alt dance
  • Panda Bear: Crosswords (Domino, EP) [11-13] - indie electronic -- Pf:71
  • Peaches: Rub (I U She) [09-25] - Electroclash -- Pf:70, PM:80
  • Penguin Prison: Lost in New York (Downtown) [05-05] - alt dance
  • The Phoenix Foundation: Give Up Your Dreams (Memphis Industries) [08-07] - ADD -- MO:70
  • Pictureplane: Technomancer (Anticon) [10-30] - club/dance
  • Portico: Living Fields (Ninja Tune) [03-31] - downtempo -- DS:80
  • Sam Prekop: The Republic (Thrill Jockey) [02-24] - experimental electronic -- Pf:74, PM:70
  • The Prodigy: The Day Is My Enemy (Take Me to the Hospital) [03-30] - electronica -- BB:70, CS:67, RS:60
  • Purity Ring: Another Eternity (4AD) [03-03] - indie electronic -- AV:67, BB:80, CS:75, P:90, Pf:66, PM:80, RS:70, S:60
  • Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope) [08-07] - club/dance [A-]
  • Romare: Projections (Ninja Tune) [02-24] - left-field house -- PM:70
  • Rone: Creatures (Infine) [02-10] - indie electronic -- Pf:62
  • Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Lindstrom: Runddans (Smalltown Supersound) [05-05] - ambient techno [B-]
  • Scuba: Claustrophobia (Hotflush) [03-23] - techno -- DS:80
  • Shamir: Ratchet (XL) [05-19] - alt dance -- BB:80; RC:A-, MT:*** [A-]
  • Shit and Shine: Everybody's a Fuckin Expert (Editions Mego) [09-04] - club/dance
  • Shlohmo: Dark Red (True Panther Sounds) [04-06] - indie electronic -- HD:70 [***]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Shopping: Gizzard Shingles
  • Silicon: Personal Computer (Weird World) [08-28] - indie electronic
  • Skatebard: CDIII (Balsa Wood) [10-23] - club/dance
  • Skrillex/Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U (Atlantic/Mad Decent/OWSLA) [02-27] - electronic -- CS:43, Pf:68, RS:70, S:70; RC:**, MT:A- [***]
  • Slime: Company (Weird World) [08-14] - indie electronic
  • Son Lux: Bones (Glassnote) [06-23] - electronic -- CS:50, DS:80, P:80, Pf:72, PM:30
  • Sophie: Product (Numbers) - electronica [**]
  • Squarepusher: Damogen Furies (Warp) [04-21] - drill'n'bass
  • Jan St Werner: Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3) (Thrill Jockey) [01-27] - electronic -- Pf:78, PM:70
  • Tanlines: Highlights (True Panther Sounds) [05-19] - indie electronic
  • John Tejada: Signs Under Test (Kompakt) [02-03] - club/dance -- Pf:74, PM:80
  • Thunderbitch: Thunderbitch (Thunderbitch) [08-29] - -- CS:67, P:80, RS:70
  • Tuxedo: Tuxedo (Stones Throw) [03-03] - alt dance [A-]
  • Universal Togetherness Band: Universal Togetherness Band (Numero) [01-20] - disco -- PM:70
  • Luke Vibert: Bizarster (Planet Mu) [10-16] - techno [***]
  • Levon Vincent: Levon Vincent (Novel Sound) [02-09] - -- Pf:83, S:80
  • Visionist: Safe (Pan) [10-09] - ADD -- Pf:79, S:70
  • Walls: Urals (Ecstatic) [05-04] - ambient
  • Chris Walla: Tape Loops (Trans) [10-16] - ADD -- CS:50, P:90
  • Ryn Weaver: The Fool (Mad Love/Interscope) [06-16] - electropop -- BB:70, CS:50, P:79, Pf:49, PM:70, RS:60, S:70
  • Jamie XX: In Colour (XL/Young Turks) [06-01] - UK bass -- AV:75, BB:90, CS:100, DS:90, HD:90, MO:80, Pf:93, PM:80, RA:52, RS:80, S:90; RC:A-, MT:*** [***]
  • Years & Years: Communion (Interscope/Polydor) [07-10] - electropop -- BB:70

Reissues, Etc.

  • AFX: Orphaned Deejay Selek: 2006-2008 (Warp) [08-21] - electro-techno
  • David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981, Spectrum Spools) - -- Pf:80 [***]
  • Dinner: Three EPs: 2012-2014 (Captured Tracks) [04-14] - indie electronic
  • Moby: Hotel: Ambient (Little Idiot) [07-03] - ambient techno
  • Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (Text) [01-13] - electronica [**]
  • Shigeto: Intermission (Ghostly International) [10-30] - experimental electronic
  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness (Strut) [01-26] - club/dance -- Pf:74 [**]
  • Ghostly Swim, Vol 2 (Ghostly International) [04-28] - ambient

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 82
  • Priority 2: 4
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 35
  • Priority 5: 1

Total: 122