Best Albums of 2015 So Far (That I Missed)

I’m human. Believe it or not, the pinnacle of dickhead that is I am prone to fucking up. I can only pump out one horrible 500 word review every now and then, and as such, have missed out on some pretty incredible records. Other sites offer up the #content, sure, but I feel bad that I haven’t been able to personally deliver a small, spelling-error-stuffed, profanity-laden review of some amazing records that I think others should hear about. For some reason or other, I never posted about them at their time of release, and I’m genuinely bummed that I didn’t offer my two cents whilst the iron was hot, or whatever the phrase is. So, basically, here’s the good stuff that I missed that you shouldn’t:

1. The Living Eyes – Living Large

2. Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

3. Heart Beach – Heart Beach

4. Love of Diagrams – Blast

5. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

6. METZ – II

7. Jess Locke – Words That Seem to Slip Away

8. Dollar Bar – Hot Ones

9. Twerps – Range Anxiety

10. Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

11. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP

12. Grenadiers – Summer

13. Clowns – Bad Blood

14. Blur – The Magic Whip

15. Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

16. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

17. Superstar – Table For Two

18. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

19. Kangaroo Skull – Palace of Nothing

20. Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love


New: Damon Albarn-Monkey Bee (Nosaj Thing Remix) (free download)

What I’m about to show you will implode your mind.

‘Monkey Bee’ comes from the musical/opera ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’, which is an adaptation of a 16th Century Chinese novel. And the whole thing is scored by no-one other than Britpop king Damon Albarn, of Blur and Gorillaz fame. Yes, this is a real thing, and yes, the normal reaction is to simultaneously shit your pants whilst unleashing a squealing so ungodly, that banshees tell you to shut the fuck up.

‘Monkey Bee’ gets the Nosaj Thing treatment, and goes under the knife to be resurrected as a glitchy, minimalist kung fu master that definitely shows off some Eastern flavour. I feel like a Buddhist just from listening through it once. A very cool song originally, that’s gotten a similarly cool re-invention.