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Skooma's Half Decade Favorites (2011 - 2015)

A list of my top 30 albums of the past 5 years.
1James Blake
James Blake

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.
2Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972

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.
4Danny Brown


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.
5Shabazz Palaces
Black Up


Probably the most unique sounding hip-hop record of the last 5 years.
6The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)

Alternative Rock

Ambitious as fuck and a welcome detour from the Acts series.
7Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour

Downtempo / Trip-Hop

Moody, hypnotic, infectious, and absolutely mesmerizing.

Progressive Metal

Enslaved at their absolute peak.
9Death Grips
The Money Store

Industrial Hip-Hop

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.
11Wild Nothing

Dream Pop

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.
13Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Post Rock

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.
14Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing

Progressive Rock

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.
15Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Alternative Rock

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.
16Kanye West

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.
17Flying Lotus
You're Dead!

Jazz / Electronic

Probably the most innovative jazz record in recent memory imo.

Black Metal

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.
Colored Sands

Progressive Death Metal

I still find new things to enjoy with each listen.

Death Metal

Better than "Everything Is Fire."
21Morbus Chron

Death Metal

A unique blend of psychedelic rock from the '70s with a more aggressive death metal edge.
22The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis


Such a breath of fresh air after the disappointing "Ire Works."
23Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city

Hip-Hop / Rap

Kendrick Lamar releases his "Illmatic."
24Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

Hip-Hop / Rap

Kendrick Lamar releases his "Low End Theory."
25The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream

Alternative Rock

More than just "Beer Commercial" Rock n' Roll.
26Death Grips
The Powers That B

Industrial Hip-Hop

2 very different albums come together to form one album that showcases the full plethora of Death Grips' unique talents.
27Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

Indie Folk

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.
28Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Indie Folk

Beth / Rest might be one of the best closers ever.
29Oneohtrix 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.
30Kamasi Washington
The Epic


Leave it to Brainfeeder Records to bring us the second coming of Jazz for the internet age.
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