Apart from debut material from Floating Points, Levon Vincent, and Jamie XX – who else helped keep the art form alive this year in LP land.
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Release day of this one was Kendrick day. When one of the greatest rapper’s of recent times is back with their unmistakable killa flow, it’s bound to be a big one. He returns with a more politically conscious tale to tell, tackling race issues, while instrumentalists help out on the jazzy tones. How Much a Dollar Cost named President Obama’s favorite song of 2015.
Nocturnal Sunshine – Nocturnal Sunshine
Maya takes it dubby under her alias with this self-titled LP. Included is only previous work as Nocturnal Sunshine, Can’t Hide the Way I Feel from 2010. The rest retains this timeframe, a middle ground between dubstep, and the tech house route she’s taken in recent years. Intergalactic is the standout with plenty of wall-shaking bass.
Aphrohead – Resurrection
Felix Da Housecat resurrects his nineties techno moniker Aphrohead for this LP. Apart from previous 12-inches Grown Man Cryy and Let’s Prance, it’s all look forwarded to new material. Rough and ready album, each track hitting a spot. By the time Elevator and Medusa come along it’s a true force to be reckoned with and you must succumb to dancing.
Romare – Projections
Debut from London man is telling of someone who is not afraid to lay out his influences crystal clear, projecting them into contemporary dance music, fusing disco and jazz to commemorate the past. Club edit of Rainbow is a good intro, while Roots makes use of a Malcolm X sample and Afro beats. Each listening is rewarded with crisp production and assured funky grooves.