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Our 10 Favorite Albums of 2015

It’s become an annual tradition for every music blog/writer/etc and their mothers to post end of the year album lists, so we’re jumping right off that cliff with the rest of you lemmings and presenting our own. What’s challenging about putting together a PopGun list is that our tastes are wildly diverging, and we get to listen to so much tremendous music that it’s possible to get lost in the nuanced complexities of list making. There are so many records we could have theoretically added to this list, that we wanted to add to this list.

So in no particular order, these are our favorite albums of 2015. And when I say favorite, that’s not to say best. Who are we to declare such a thing? How long would it take us to even agree on such a thing? I, for one, don’t think this is something to be judged with rigorous criteria and overwhelming scrutiny. Rather, the “best” music is the music that speaks to you and keeps you company as you make your way through the world, that you keep returning to on your subway ride home. These were those records for us.


LA Priest – Inji

One of the grooviest debut records of the year. The kind of one that makes you bust dance moves all alone in your room. -Rami

Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Heavy record with many touching songs from the members’ personal experiences. -Rami


Dark and industrial creatively put together with pop sensitives, a thrilling record to listen to before going out. -Rami

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

So much has been written about how amazing this album is, and it’s all true. Dear to me is how he teamed up with Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and the rest of the Flying Lotus jazz kabal, to create something. -Dhruv

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

They skipped the sophomore slump by doubling down on the sound from The Bones Of What You Believe and doing it just as well, if not better. They avoid being too sugary sweet by just being so damn good. -Mandy

Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Voice of a generation. I feel as though I’ve thought every thought she shares on this record. –Mandy

Painted Zeros – Floriography

This is their full length debut on Don Giovanni after 2014 EP Svalbard. They describe themselves as “dreampunx,” and at first you’re like what does that mean? and as soon as you start listening you’re like okay I get it. I think they’ll do big things in 2016. –Mandy

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Fine so technically this came out on December 15, 2014, but it’s so damn good that I’m going to say “close enough” and put it on my 2015 list. Like everyone else alive for Voodoo, I’ve waited 15 years for this and was not disappointed. The man is still completely on his own tip, and call this album whatever genre you will, everything he touches turns to soul. Glad to have you back, D’Angelo. –Dhruv

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Way to toot your own horn with that title Kamasi, Dad-joke intended, but fair point. This is a 3-cd straight-jazz banger released in 2015 that doesn’t feel like it belongs in the previous century. The music feels fresh and relevant, but still connected with the traditional body of jazz. –Dhruv

Floating Points – Elaenia

What…genre… is this… who cares it’s awesome. Shepherd is really pushing the boundaries of dance and what it means to be a producer, confusing the shit out of people with traditional definitions of “DJ.” Could be his PhD in neuroscience, or his completely unorganized collection of 10k records, regardless the album contains multitudes much like the man. –Dhruv

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