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Breakingthefragile's Favorite Releases of 2015

Like last year, I didn't get around to listening to most of the albums that received a lot of acclaim and attention this year. As for the releases I did find the time for, here's a list of the ones that I personally enjoyed and found to be interesting.
50Shahmen
All in the Circle


Production unlike anything else in hip hop at the moment.
49Black Breath
Slaves Beyond Death


Gnarly riffs to an almost draining extent.
48Peaches
Rub


Tries way too hard to be sexually devious, but I'm a sucker for electroclash so I'm indifferent.
47Tut
Preacher's Son


This was a great year for jazz rap and this southern spin on the style is not to be overlooked.
46Kylesa
Exhausting Fire


Black Sabbath cover band-core with an actual Black Sabbath cover at the end.
45NAH
LIGHT AS FUCK


NAH was prolific this year, but this EP towers above the rest with its two 12-minute sides of chaotic percussion throughout surrealistic noise collages.
44Freddie Gibbs
Pronto


The most atmospheric effort from Gibbs yet, but just as hard as his past projects.
43Soulfly
Archangel


I'm glad to see Cavalera toying around with some black metal again.
42Aesop Rock
Cat Food


These two songs alone boast better beats and a more impressive flow than Rock's more recent work.
41Rome Fortune x OG Maco
Yep


Was really surprised with how dynamic these two sound together and how interesting the production was on this.
40B. Dolan
Kill The Wolf


Basically a less cringe-worthy version of Sage Francis.
39Dr. Yen Lo
Days With Dr. Yen Lo


Fascinating concept and beats that experiment with minimalism to impressive results.
38Myrkur
M


Certainly not the most original black metal in the world, but I enjoyed it well enough.
37Little Simz
A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons


One of the best female voices in hip hop. I will never understand why the UK scene hasn't caught on in America yet.
36Open Mike Eagle
A Special Episode Of


Eccentric, honest, and humorous lyricism from one of the more profound abstract MCs.
35Holly Herndon
Platform


Frenetic and paranoid samples tell a tale of fear in the digital age.
34Sevendust
Kill the Flaw


Unlike basically every other radio rock band, they've thankfully ditched nu metal riffs completely and are genuinely attempting a more mature sound this late in their career.
33Travis Scott
Rodeo


These anthems and bangers are everything pop rap should be, but Scott still needs to find a recognizable delivery.
32Earl Sweatshirt
Solace


An emotional rollercoaster in suite form that sees Earl on his own downward spiral.
31Wiki
Lil Me


The combined efforts of Wiki and Ratking might just put the New York underground back on the map at this point.
30Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'


A post-rock monolith containing some of the best drone sections they have ever composed.
29Mick Jenkins
Wave[s]


One of the most forward-thinking rappers in Chicago.
28Death Grips
The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death


Post-hip hop.
27G.L.O.S.S.
Demo


Absolutely savage attitude.
26Doomtree
All Hands


Smart lyrics, adventurous production, and solid hooks.
25Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats
The Night Creeper


My go-to band for a rousing dose of heavy psych and they sure as hell did not fail to deliver this time around.
24SikTh
Opacities


It's good to hear an enigmatic and animated personality present in metal vocals.
23Slim Thug
Hogg Life: The Beginning


The later installments in this series are laughably terrible, but the blues-inspired production on some of these tracks work very well on this first entry.
22Mono/The Ocean
Transcendental


Epic post-rock and epic post-metal share a release.
21Young Troubled Minds
One Big Session


Chill as hell hip hop.
20Kelela
Hallucinogen


Alternative R&B with trip hop sensibilities that's not as abstract in its approach as an artist like FKA Twigs is, but is easily just as sensual.
19Cannibal Ox
Blade of the Ronin


Cannibal Ox prove they are perfectly capable of quality material no matter who is producing for them.
18Fucked Up
Year of the Hare


Further proving that Fucked Up churns out their most unique work in this series.
17The Underachievers
Evermore: The Art of Duality


Psychedelic trap with cerebral meditations on life and morality.
16Father
Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?


The ringleader of an emerging force in the ironic and bizarre side of hip hop.
15Tremonti
Cauterize


Tremonti finally stops hindering his abilities with the restraints of radio appeal and completely lets loose to deliver a speed metal album with an overwhelming abundance of riffs.
14Your Old Droog
Kinison


A loving tribute to '90s rock that establishes Droog as a rapper with character rather than the Nas sound-alike he's been dismissed as.
13Billy Woods
Today, I Wrote Nothing


Putting the hardcore back in east coast rap.
12My Dying Bride
Feel the Misery


The most engaging experience I've had with doom metal all year.
11Alex Wiley
Village Party 2: Heaven's Gate


Alex Wiley continues to be the most underrated Chicago rapper. He has truly crafted an original sound here that seems to be constructed as a spiritual journey rather than a standard series of songs.
10Bones and Dylan Ross
SongsThatRemindYouOfHome


TeamSESH continues to break boundaries and mix genres with hip hop production containing traces of emo, ambient, and, to a lesser extent, post-rock influences.
9Steve Von Till
A Life Unto Itself


The best kind of folk there is: Rough, melancholy, and atmospheric.
8Talib Kweli
Train Of Thought


The best collection of rarities and b-sides to come out in a very long time. Each track seamlessly flows into the next and highlight some of the most under-appreciated moments in Kweli's career.
7Cult Leader
Lightless Walk


Better than any Gaza album.
6Injury Reserve
Live From The Dentist Office


This jazzy, infectious, and charismatic mixtape showcases Injury Reserve as the most promising hip hop group of the year.
5FKA Twigs
M3LL155X


FKA Twigs completely rejects the Alternative R&B label with this unsettling and caustic EP that provides an even more raw look at her warped vision of the future homogeneity of pop and electronic music.
4Ho99o9
Dead Bodies In The Lake


Industrial hip hop with a heavy punk influence that signifies the first wave of artists that Death Grips have paved the way for.
3Apollo Brown
Grandeur


Releases like this where one producer handles all the beats and different rappers feature on each track are usually inconsistent and unmemorable, but these tracks are just so fun and incredibly solid that I found myself returning to this album more than any other this year.
2Cattle Decapitation
The Anthropocene Extinction


Eviscerating. Enough said.
1Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco Presents C-ORE


This is the most ground-breaking album of the year in my opinion. Mykki Blanco has a really commendable ethos behind this compilation and the formation of the Dogfood Music Group label that intends to challenge hip hop stereotypes and redefine what modern society perceives African American music to be. These uncompromising experiments in electro-industrial, harsh noise, future garage, and hardcore punk are reminiscent of the experimental prime of the Anticon record label, and hold tremendous potential for the future of the as of now blossoming industrial hip hop movement.
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