Saturday, January 2, 2016

Best Albums of 2015

Welcome to the 9th (and hopefully not the last) OngakuBaka Top 10 albums of the year list. Before we jump right in to our picks, we’ll explain the guidelines for the selection process. 

 1. These records are in no particular order. 

 2. No live records, “Best of” collections, box sets, or re-issues. The albums chosen had to be material released in 2015. 

 3. This is a collaborative effort between the two of us, and if we didn’t agree that an album deserved to make the cut, it didn’t make the list. 

 4. There are plenty of full-lengths we never got a chance to listen to, forgot about, or never had time to fully digest, so don't freak out if you don't see your personal favorite in our list.

5. Ongakubaka Records releases are not eligible despite being some of our absolute favorite and most-listened-to records of 2015. 

 With that said, here are our honorable mentions for 2015:

Jamaican Queens - Downers
Czarface - Every Hero Needs a Villian
The Icarus Line - All Things Under Heaven
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
Fuzz - II
Dead Sea Apes - Spectral Domain
Ancient Ocean - Blood Moon
Minami Deutsch - s/t
The Myrrors - Arena Negra

And now, without further ado, our top 10 records of 2015:

1. Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs

2. D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah

3. Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia

4. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

5. Sonic Jesus - Neither Virtue Nor Anger

6. Wild Moth - Inhibitor

7. Health - Death Magic

8. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

9. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

10. Rectal Hygienics - Ultimate Purity

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