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It seems to get harder each year to compile the end of the year round up of albums we loved. This year was extremely difficult, yet rewarding, as we got embedded within the community of artists from practically every discipline. We went to more shows and crashed a few festivals; we even got to put together an all-star lineup for the Slackgaze Festival in Brooklyn. When the summer hit, we took some days off to hang out with our creative friends; we played frisbee and ate burgers with Flamingosis and did some thrifting in NYC with MoRuf. It was a heck of a year!

It was only right, to curate our favorite mixtapes, albums, and EPs from 2015 to commemorate the year. Please don’t try to go through the whole list in one day; bookmark this page, pick a few projects to consume and come back after you sat and listened to each project. Let us know if we missed any albums. Most of all, thank you for reading and being a believer in Museache; this wouldn’t be possible without you. Peace and love from the Museache family.

(P.S. It’s not too late to take a gander at our favorite albums from 2014)

Our Favorite Albums of 2015

(Click on the cover art to stream each project)

H099o9 – Horrors of 1999

This album is NUTS. theOGM and Eaddy just exchange brash rhymes over intense instrumentals that make you wanna hop in a hell in the cell match. The instrumentals are meshed with punk rock and some trap that are simply ground breaking.

-Aziz

Not to mention these guys pretty much slayed 2015. They dropped that album Dead Bodies in the Lake and toured all over Europe. Makin us here in Jersey proud *wipes tear*

-Rughda

iNDEEDFACE – Who Killed the Last Dragon?

It’s not often that I’m physically transported to another dimension while listening to an artist. That’s exactly how I felt after I finally resurfaced on the other side of Atlanta-based iNEEDFACE’s diverse album. At its core it’s a fusion of rock, psychedelics, jazz, and funk; at the soul its spiritual music to disappear in.

– Colin

The Internet – Ego Death

Hands down, without a doubt, my favorite R&B album if not favorite album period of the year. The Internet has evolved into a full blown jazz band of-sorts, with OFWGKTA’s Syd the Kid on lead vocals. The album reminds me of early 2000’s neo-soul and R&B but with a modern day funk twist. Those bass guitar lines are incredible. I love it. Love love love love love it.

-Rughda

Da$H – 17 More Minutes

Da$H has had a great year and that’s all that matters. 17 More Minutes is an ode to his good ol’ pal, A$AP Yams. Well not really, he released it in remembrance of him while backing it up with his edgy and druggy concepts that are so f*cking gritty. The energy behind the album is clear on where he comes from emotionally, but his character still remains tucked away from everyone to figure out.

-Aziz

HDBEENDOPE – The Grey(t) Area

The most cohesive rap LP I’ve listened to this year. Without giving away too much, the storyline follows the growth and introspection… I feel like I’m already giving too much away. There’s lyricism and double entendres for the backpackers, Melodies for the R&B souls, and Simply put, HD has crafted one the year’s top conceptual albums and that’s saying something when you realize that Vince Staples Summertime ‘06 and TPAB all dropped this year.

-Colin

Oshun – ASASE YAA

The DC natives Oshun graced the underground with their debut project, Asase Yaa last year. This neo-soul duo carries on the tradition of powerful lyrics and sympathetic melodies on an Afro-Soul platform, as the greats before them such as: Lauryn Hill, Floetry, and Les Nubians (who they happen to be co-starring with in upcoming film- Ori Inu: In Search of Self).

-Rughda

Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown

From Zoo Kid to King Krule to Archy Marshall (his real name), the man seems to keep his composure no matter what alias is on the album. He takes on quite a new direction from his previous blues/rock releases to experiment with a lil hip-hop and R&B. He’s made a ton of hip-hop under the name Edgar the Beatmaker. A New Place 2 Drown is for you to wander amongst the dreamy atmosphere along with his apathetic and moody landscape. You should also get a feel of the complete art project here.

-Aziz

Masego – The Pink Polo EP

Uncle Sego done killed the game!! This modern day jazz record is infused with some trap and funk, via the helping hand of producer Medasin. The two serve us the happiest dance record on this list (unless you count the following project). Play this and don’t dance, I dare you.

-Rughda

Masego

Ian Eastwood – ADULTLESSONS

What the hell is a dance mixtape!? I was asking myself this same question the minute I heard this unique project gracing the interwebs. Now before I proceed, I am in no way, shape, or fashion rhythmically gifted, but AdultLessons had me on my feet by the third track or in this case chapter. While I couldn’t break down the dance moves on this project, I was able to find solace in the interweaving of the storyline and choreography.

-Colin

 

Tyler, the Creator – Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb showcases his talents and appreciation for music. The appreciation does take a toll and make the album very eclectic which makes it feel unfocused, but he’s got some undeniable gems on here.  It’s got one of my favorite songs of the year, “SMUCKERS” featuring Kanye and Lil Wayne.

-Aziz

I feel like I’ve been growing up with Tyler, watching him get progressively better and better and accomplish more and more. Cherry Bomb to me is a statement on his growth as a producer first and foremost. I mean, he set the bar for Kanye and Wayne so high that they arguably spat their best verses of the year on this record.

-Rughda

Abra – BLQ VELVET/Roses

This one is a packaged deal, because I just couldn’t simply pick one. Both projects showcased Abra’s ability craft something from the ground up while maintaining her individuality. From the production, aesthetics, and the songwriting it would be hard to deny her of the self-proclaimed title “Phil Collins with 808s”.

-Colin

Sir Thelonious – Echoes of a (Nu)bian Soul

Organic. From the stream of conscious introduction about Nubian to the energetic live performances; Sir Thelonious creativity embodies organic flow of energy and thoughts. Each track is like poetry that taps into Thelonious’ introspection, love, spirituality, and humbleness.

-Colin

I really love the free flowing aspect of Sir Thelonious’s lyrics on this project. Reminds me of the originators of scat-rapping over groovy beats and sangin’, Slum Village.

-Rughda

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I don’t go Outside

I listen to this album EVERYDAY. Seriously. Trust me I’m not a sad individual and distressed as the album looks. The brevity of the track list to his verses is outstanding. You’ll first get sucked into the whole of ultimate solitude he creates (self-produced album), but once you prevail it becomes an inspiring moment of clarity.

-Aziz

Despite Odd Future unofficially breaking up, their members have each gone on and developed introspective sounds for themselves. As an early fan of Tyler and Earl and Syd and Frank and the whole lot, I’m just extremely happy to see that even if they’re not the closest of friends anymore, that they have all made something with their spotlight and have matured into deeper and better artists. This album showcases Earl’s development as a lyricist and reminds us that he’s also got it with the production, like his old friend Tyler.

-Rughda

Ethereal – I Think I’m on Fire 2 [🔥🔥]

While I’ve been raving about Awful Records Father and ABRA for the whole year, I’ve been secretly indulging in the man who is Ethereal. It all started when I Think I’m on Fire, burned up my summer. Although I played it lowkey, I couldn’t contain myself when the sequel came out later in the winter. Sonically both projects offer soul samples that are slowed all the way down to the point where the sounds melt into each other. Ethereal layers his waxed like philosophical mutter over the samples until they are practically married.

-Colin

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