In the music business, it often feels like there’s an inverse relationship between quantity and quality. While most established artists have released an LP in 2015, marking it as an incredibly competitive and eclectic year, few have come up with records memorable enough to add to an end-of-year list. We have decided to champion innovation, seeking old and new talent that have chosen artistic direction that was a little bit off-the-beaten-path. While the indie rock/folk scene, put aside some of its most exciting components such as Tame Impala, Beach House or Father John Misty, failed to produce records enticing (read: game-changing) enough to be celebrated and remembered, both the hip-hop and electronic scene have provided us with jaw-dropping records, due in large both to their unconventionality and their ability to pay homage to the sounds that have pioneered their respective genres.

By Edwin Nasr

1. Tame Impala – Let It Happen

2. Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart – In Touch

3. Kendrick Lamar – Alright

4. Rival Consoles – Howl

5. Floating Points – Silhouettes (I, II & III)

6. The Shoes – Drifted (feat. Sage)

7. Hiatus Kaiyote – Atari

8. Young Fathers – Rain or Shine

9. Viet Cong – March of Progress

10. Vessels – Attica

11. Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home

12. Nosaj Thing – Cold Stares (feat. Chance the Rapper)

13. Jamie xx – Loud Places (feat. Romy)

14. Beach House – Sparks

15. Romare – Motherless Child

16. Blanck Mass – Detritus

17. Death Grips – On GP

18. Bjork – Lion Song

19. Father John Misty – Bored in the USA

20. Oneohtrix Point Never – I Bite Through It

21. David Bowie – Blackstar

22. Jessy Lanza – You Never Show Your Love (feat. Dj Spinn, Taso)

23. Chromatics – Shadow

24. Kelela – A Message

25. Fort Romeau and New Jackson – Not a Word