2015 lacked albums that proclaimed themselves "Album of the Year" with any real authority or gusto, but it made up for it with many, many very good albums. Not too many achieved excellence or were era-defining, but there was still plenty of worthwhile listening. Here's a look back:
Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete [Warp Records]
Visionist - Safe [PAN]
Jlin - Dark Energy [Planet Mu]
Vaghe Stelle - Abstract Speed + Sounds [Other People]
Elysia Crampton - American Drift [Blueberry Records]
d'Eon - Foxconn / Trios [Knives]
Mark McGuire - Beyong Belief [Dead Oceans]
The Phantom - LP2 [Silverback Recordings]
Akasha System - Sea Glass [S/R]
White Poppy - Natural Phenomena [Not Not Fun]
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid [Western Vinyl]
Taragana Pyjarama - Ariel [True Panther Sounds]
Jam City - Dream a Garden [Night Slugs]
Scientific Dreamz of U & Junior Loves - The Dreamcode [1080p]
Little Rock's Pepperboy put out one LP and one collaborative EP last year. In comparison to the monsoon of content he put out in 2013 and 2014, 2015 was a slow year for him. Or at least that was my assumption. Now it seems evident that he's been busy recording and carefully calculating his next move.
In his vast catalog, the mournful "Tears in My Eyes" stands out as his best track. And lucky for us, there's an entire LP coming from this same team (Pepp, Squadda B from Main Attrakionz, and production by Young God of BSBD). The project will be out via NY boutique clothing giant Mishka, which is an appropriate and well deserved platform for Pepp.
🍸 Here's to a big 2016 for Pepperboy and his affiliates.
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Portland-based ambient artist Opaline has gotten regular coverage here on AiMT, so I am thrilled that he's been kind enough to offer up this latest entry in the Gentle Daps series. It's a live mix made up entirely of vinyl and cassettes, and it continues the new age theme of the past few Daps episodes. The format choice is fitting considering Opaline's thick release schedule of cassettes in recent years. His most recent is called Open Source and is available on Hacktivism Records. Stream/buy it and the rest of Opaline's extensively serene catalog over on his Bandcamp page.
Oneohtrix Point Never - "Behind the Bank" [Deception Island, 2007]