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9 of the best – sounds of 2015

This year’s been chock-full of classy sounds. In no particular order…

Tame Impala – Let It Happen

Jamie xx – Loud Places

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Bill Ryder-Jones – Two To Birkenhead

Julian Holter – Feel You

Dutch Uncles – Be Right Back

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

Alberta Cross – Water Mountain

Floating Points – Silhouettes

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Honourable mentions also go to: ’Impératrice’s for ‘Vanille Fraise’; Beach House for ‘Space Song‘; Gaz Coombes for ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth‘; Outfit for ‘Smart Thing‘; Shura for ‘2Shy‘; Lindstrøm for ‘Home Tonight‘; Foxes for ‘Body Talk‘; Tobias Jesso Jr. for ‘How Could You Babe‘; Tame Impala for ‘The Less I Know The Better‘; Sufjan Stevens for ‘No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross‘; and, yes, Justin Bieber for ‘What Do You Mean?‘.

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Jamie xx feat. Romy – Loud Places (2015)

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Like Caribou’s Dan Snaith, Jamie Smith is shaped by his experiences a DJ. As Jamie xx, he’s recently released his debut solo album In Colour. The pressing features the single ‘Lost Places’. The song sounds like a section of a club set. Throw in the Idris muhammed sample, the dance rhythm, the skateboards … I am not sure he has reached such heights before.

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Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron – I’ll Take Care of U (2011)

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In 2011, Jamie Smith of The xx was given the opportunity to remix Scott-Heron’s comeback long player ‘I’m New Here’ from the year before. Moving away from the lo-fi original, Smith uses his industrial wont to coat the poet’s vocals in electronica. Apparently they never met during the reproduction. However, ‘I’ll Take Care of You’ reveals that these unlikely bedfellows are too far apart – steel drums and magical euphoria ensues.

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