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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.
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.

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

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

Black Sabbath cover band-core with an actual Black Sabbath cover at the end.

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

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

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

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.

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

Frenetic and paranoid samples tell a tale of fear in the digital age.
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

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

An emotional rollercoaster in suite form that sees Earl on his own downward spiral.
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

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

Post-hip hop.

Absolutely savage attitude.
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.

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

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

Chill as hell hip hop.

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.
Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?

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

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

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

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

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.
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

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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