2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: Sean

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12/30/2015
KEXP
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For the rest of the year, we'll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015. Click here to check out other lists from our DJs, staff, volunteers, and interns, and click here to see the Top 90.3 Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners!

Hi y'all! 2015 was a great year of music so here's a big 'ol list of things I loved this year. 'Cause our listeners are so great, I added another entry to my Top 10, too! (Also, because the Grimes album came out after I submitted my original list, so there's that...) So, in no particular order, here's my Top 11 of 2015. Click through for links to songs and videos! Other albums I enjoyed this year are listed below, so go crazy.

Sean's 2015 Top Ten Eleven Albums

artistalbumlabel
U.S. GirlsHalf Free4AD
Mommy Long LegsLife Rips EP + Assholes EPself-released
Beach HouseDepression CherrySub Pop
Chastity BeltTime to Go HomeHardly Art
No JoyMore FaithfulMexican Summer
White PoppyNatural PhenomenaNot Not Fun
Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a ButterflyTop Dawg Entertainment
TheeSatisfactionEarthEESub Pop
PinkshinyultrablastEverything Else MattersShelflife
Viet CongViet CongFlemish Eye
GrimesArt Angels4AD

Guitar / Indie Pop / Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Noise Pop / Ambient Pop / Slowcore / Punk Stuff I Loved This Year(bold denotes the album produced a crazy feeling of *_* and / or ^_^)

  • Sarah Bethe Nelson - Fast-Moving Clouds
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl
  • Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs
  • Tamaryn - Cranekiss
  • DIAT - Positive Energy
  • Screaming Females - Rose Mountain
  • Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
  • Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
  • Sui Zhen - Secretly Susan
  • Lemon Meringue Die - Nobody Wouldn't See Good Things
  • Braids - Deep in the Iris
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year With 13 Moons
  • Girlpool - Before the World Was Big
  • C.C.T.V. - C.C.T.V. (7")
  • Blank Realm - Illegals in Heaven
  • Regal Degal - Not Now
  • Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
  • Downtown Boys - Full Communism
  • Royal Headache - High
  • Deaf Wish - Pain
  • Pixx - Fall In
  • GABI - Sympathy
  • Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
  • Ava Luna - Infinite House
  • Nicole Dollanganger - Natural Born Losers
  • Echo Lake - Era
  • Hinds - Very Best of Hinds So Far
  • Shilpa Ray - Last Year's Savage
  • Westkust - Era
  • Shopping - Why Choose
  • Laura Groves - Committed Language
  • Circuit Des Yeux - In Plain Speech
  • Ducktails - St. Catherine
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
  • Widowspeak - All Yours
  • Molly Nilsson - Zenith
  • Joanne Robertson - Black Moon Days
  • Cold Beat - Into the Air
  • Mac DeMarco - Some Other Ones

Synth Pop / R&B / Electronic / Ambient / Drone / Weird / Experimental / Funk / Techno / House / Dance / Bass / Rap / Meditative Stuff I Loved This Year

  • Thundercat - The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  • Adesse Versions - Wash My Soul (12") + Pride (12")
  • Beat Detectives - Climate Change
  • Elysia Crampton - American Drift
  • Fit Siegel - Carmine (12")
  • Lil B & Chance the Rapper - Free (The Based Freestyles Mixtape)
  • Dam-Funk - Invite the Light
  • Jlin - Dark Energy
  • Kelela - Hallucinogen 
  • Cherushii - Memory of Water
  • DJ Richard - Grind
  • Rahel - Alkali
  • Felicia Atkinson - A Readymade Ceremony
  • Negative Gemini - Real Virtual Unison
  • Alexandria - Bad EP
  • Vince Staples - Summertime '06
  • Eartheater - RIP Chrysalis 
  • Hidden Spheres - Waiting (12")
  • Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes III
  • Lifted - 1
  • Ahnnu - Perception
  • Smurphy - A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
  • Holly Herndon - Platform
  • Dasha Rush - Sleepstep
  • Colleen - Captain of None
  • TALsounds - All the Way
  • Sean McCann - Ten Impressions for Pianos and Strings
  • F ingers - Hide Before Dinner
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
  • Floating Points - Elaenia
  • Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots
  • Bullion - Rooster
  • Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
  • The Mystic Jungle Tribe - Solaria
  • Chaos in the CBD - Midnight in Peckham
  • Paper Dollhouse - Aeonflower
  • Co La - No No
  • Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
  • Loke Rahbek & Puce Mary - The Female Form
  • Young Thug - Barter 6
  • Future - DS2
  • Pearson Sound - Thaw Cycle (12")
  • Visionist - Safe
  • Travis Porter - S.A.Q.
  • Grant - The Acrobat
  • Surfing - Surfing
  • John T. Gast - Excerpts
  • Len Leise - Lingua Franca
  • Fit of Body - Health Is Wealth Vol. 1
  • Lil Jabba - Keep
  • V/A - Workshop 21 (12")
  • Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
  • Gesloten Cirkel - M-011 (12") + M-012 (12")
  • Palmbomen II - Palmbomen II
  • DMX Krew - There Is No Enduring Self
  • Frank & Tony - Apprentice EP
  • CFCF - The Colours of Life
  • Nef the Pharaoh - EP
  • Kornél Kovács - Radio Koko
  • Lolina - Relaxin' With Lolina
  • FIS - The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now
  • Kuedo - Assertion of a Surrounding Presence
  • Anthony Naples - Body Pill
  • Father - Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?
  • Denzel Curry - 32 Zel / Planet Shrooms
  • Chicklette - Unfaithful
  • Aurora Halal - Shapeshifter
  • J.G. Biberkopf - Ecologies
  • FKA twigs - M3LL155X
  • Yves Tumor - When Man Fails You
  • Everything on Lisbon's Príncipe label (esp. Nidia Minaj and Niagara)

Compilations / Reissues I Loved This Year

  • Sounds of the Universe: Art & Sound 2012-2015
  • I Can't Give You the Life You Want
  • Sunset Silk
  • [Cease & Desist] DIY! (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-1982)
  • Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics
  • Musik for Autobahns 2
  • Arthur Russell - Corn
  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness
  • Sounds from the Far East
  • Lil Noid - Paranoid Funk
  • Fatima Yamaha - What's a Girl to Do (12")
  • Planète Hurlante
  • Ata Kak - Obaa Sima
  • Shinichi Atobe - Ship-Scope (12")
  • Vincent Floyd - I Dream You (12")
  • Patrick Cowley - Muscle Up
  • Mariah - Utakata No Hibi

Local Stuff, All Genres, I Loved This Year

  • Strategy - Noise Tape Self
  • Bardo:Basho - Bardo:Basho
  • DoNormaal - Jump or Die
  • Raica - Dose
  • Potatohead People - Big Luxury
  • La Luz - Weirdo Shrine
  • Cat Hoch - Look What You Found
  • Freak Heat Waves - Bonnie's State of Mind
  • ILLFIGHTYOU - CASHINTHEBATHROOM
  • Childbirth - Women's Rights
  • Weed - Running Back
  • Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death - Stoned & Dethroned
  • Project Pablo - I Want to Believe
  • Pony Time - Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True
  • Pender Street Steppers - The Glass City / Golden Garden (12")
  • Natasha Kmeto - Inevitable
  • Briana Marela - All Around Us
  • Lilac - Dream Journal
  • Jack J - Thirstin' / Atmosphere (12")
  • Helen - The Original Faces
  • G.L.O.S.S. - Demo
  • Cindy Lee - Act of Tenderness
  • Destroyer - Poison Season
  • Wimps - Suitcase
  • CC Dust - CC Dust (12")
  • Hibou - Hibou
  • Vexx - Give and Take (7")
  • Sister Girlfriend - Knock
  • Nail Polish - Abrupt
  • Crater - (Singles)
  • iji - Whatever Will Happen
  • Casual Hex - Sex Cells
  • Midday Veil - This Wilderness
  • Valet - Nature

Sean is on the air every Thursday morning from 1AM -6AM. You can follow his musings on Twitter [@seanmorroww] and check out old and new music he posts on Tumblr.

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