|Skooma's Half Decade Favorites (2011 - 2015)|
A list of my top 30 albums of the past 5 years.
Soul / Electronic
Took awhile for this to really grip me but in retrospect this is an incredible debut from one of the best male voices in music today.
Ambient / Drone / Electronic
Every few years Tim Hecker comes through with an album that seems to become a benchmark in his discography. This album proved to set a new standard in his music only previously matched by "Harmony In Ultraviolet" and "Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again."
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
M83's magnum opus and still one of the most critically acclaimed electronic albums in recent memory.
Danny Brown's breakout mixtape/album was an overnight sensation that I still revisit frequently 5 years after its release. Its hedonistic lyrical content, while nothing new for the genre, provided a refreshingly desperate "flip-side" to fame and fortune that hadn't been explored much in the mainstream at the time.
Probably the most unique sounding hip-hop record of the last 5 years.
|6||The Dear Hunter|
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
Ambitious as fuck and a welcome detour from the Acts series.
Downtempo / Trip-Hop
Moody, hypnotic, infectious, and absolutely mesmerizing.
Enslaved at their absolute peak.
The Money Store
This album really needs no introduction. This album birthed "meme rap" culture and gave us some of the most memorable songs of the decade so far.
All We Love We Leave Behind
On the surface this record may seem like business as usual but I'd put it on par with Converge's best in terms of consistency and songwriting.
If this album is any indication, we're in for a real treat once "Life of Pause" drops.
The North Borders
Electronic / Downtempo / Trip Hop
I can't overstate just how good this album is.
|13||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Underrated. The middle eastern influences on this record add a social relevance that I really connect with in this day and age. This is not the soundtrack to the post apocalypse that F#A# was. This is a soundtrack to right now. Which is almost just as scary.
The Raven That Refused to Sing
While I would have preferred Wilson have just kept making PT records, this is probably the best traditional "Progressive Rock" album of the last five years.
|15||Queens of the Stone Age|
QotSA's comeback record proves to be possibly as good or better than their classic material. This album seems pretty important for the rock genre in a time where it seems like you gotta sift through a lot mediocrity to get to the good stuff.
Hip-Hop / Rap
Amazing production on this album. Perhaps Ye gets a little lazy in his rhymes but there are still some amazing quoteables here.
Jazz / Electronic
Probably the most innovative jazz record in recent memory imo.
Black metal for a sunny day. A truly beautiful album that served as my gateway drug to bands like Wolves In the Throne Room and Agalloch.
Progressive Death Metal
I still find new things to enjoy with each listen.
Better than "Everything Is Fire."
A unique blend of psychedelic rock from the '70s with a more aggressive death metal edge.
|22||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
Such a breath of fresh air after the disappointing "Ire Works."
good kid, m.A.A.d city
Hip-Hop / Rap
Kendrick Lamar releases his "Illmatic."
To Pimp a Butterfly
Hip-Hop / Rap
Kendrick Lamar releases his "Low End Theory."
|25||The War on Drugs|
Lost in the Dream
More than just "Beer Commercial" Rock n' Roll.
The Powers That B
2 very different albums come together to form one album that showcases the full plethora of Death Grips' unique talents.
Carrie and Lowell
It wasn't until close to the end of 2015 that I really understood just how powerful this album was for me. Soof's personal story about his upbringing isin't something I can necessarily relate to but the way in which he recounts his experiences here generates the kind of empathy that I rarely feel myself conjure in other musical experiences. This album still sounds as gorgeous as the April morning I first heard it. Carrie and Lowell is the only album from 2015 that I can say really struck an emotional chord with me upon each subsequent listen.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Beth / Rest might be one of the best closers ever.
|29||Oneohtrix Point Never|
Garden of Delete
Electronic / Industrial / Ambient
A culmination of all of 1ohtrix's previous work into an album that is, at least for me, the very musical definition of where human civilization is at in 2015. It is a juxtaposition of the nostalgia of my youth and the modern, internet age.
Leave it to Brainfeeder Records to bring us the second coming of Jazz for the internet age.