Mid-Year Report Card: Our 100 Favourite Tracks So Far

Mid-Year Report Card: Our 100 Favourite Tracks So Far

There's been some bangers in 2015 to be sure.

We'll try to dispense with too much pleasantries, besides noting 2015 has been another splendid year for music here and abroad, and more importantly, prefacing this list with a focus on OUR FAVOURITE songs, not the 100 BEST songs. Who the hell are we to tell you what the 100 best songs have been so far in 2015? In fact, we guaran-damn-tee there's a shitload of songs that aren't on this list that are most definitely worth talking about. But for the purpose of this here website post, we had a chat amongst ourselves and our most-excellent bunch of contributors, along with scouring various Soundclouds and Spotify playlists, other mid-year lists, and this very website for 100 tracks we've enjoyed and felt worth talking about in 2015.

A couple of months back we upgraded the site to feature more refined sections, most specifically under our MUSIC tab, with three categories - RAP, ELECTRONIC and BANDS. Of course we play pretty fast and loose with the categories (solo artists who strum guitars you'll probably find under the Bands tab, for instance, while others can and do appear under multiple tabs), but we've managed to cover a fairly broad amount of artists at home and abroad. So in the below 100 songs you'll find 30 from each category (not in any specific order), with the final 10 our absolute favourites from so far in 2015. We've tried to limit it to one per artist to spread the love, but there are a few exceptions. Down the very bottom you'll find our nifty Favourite Songs of the year Spotify Playlist, containing as many from this list as we could find. Join us on Spotify HERE.

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Eves The Behaviour - Electrical (WE SAID)

Alabama ShakesDon't Wanna Fight (LISTEN)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The River (LISTEN)

Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better (WE SAID)

Gang Of Youths - Vital Signs (INTERVIEW)

Mac Demarco - Another One (TOO DRY DUDES)

Young Fathers - Shame (WATCH)

Ty Segall - Mr Face (LISTEN)

The Story So Far - Nerve (WE SAID)

Bully - I Remember (WE SAID)

POND - Elvis' Flaming Star (WE SAID)

Title Fight - Chlorine (WE SAID)

Koi Child - Black Panda (WE SAID)

Yuuca - Breathe (WE SAID)

Methyl Ethel - Twilight Driving (WE SAID)

FIDLAR - 40oz On Repeat (WE SAID)

City Calm Down - Rabbit Run (WE SAID)

Hockey Dad - Can’t Have Them (WE SAID)

Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best (WE SAID)

Tobias Jesso Jr - Without You (WE SAID)

Citizen - Stain (WE SAID)

Miles Away - Grateful (WE SAID)

Hindsight - Hole (WATCH)

Blacklisted - Burnt Palms (LISTEN)

BAD//DREEMS - Cuffed & Collared (WE SAID)

Reactions - Bound By Blood (LISTEN)

Turnstile - Can’t Deny It (LISTEN)

Ceremony - The Separation (LISTEN)

Columbus - Downsides of Being Honest (WATCH)

Brand New - Mene (WATCH)

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Jeremih - Planes feat. J Cole (WATCH)

A$AP Rocky - Canal St (WATCH)

A$AP Rocky - Electric Body feat. Schoolboy Q (WE SAID)

Kendrick Lamar - These Walls (WE SAID)

Skepta - Shutdown (WATCH)

Kanye West - All Day feat. Theophilus London, Paul McCartney & Allan Kingdom (WE SAID)

Action Bronson - Baby Blue feat. Chance The Rapper & Mark Ronson (WE SAID)

Joey Bada$$ - Christ Conscious (WATCH)

Future - Trap Niggas (WATCH)

Earl Sweatshirt - Wool feat. Vince Staples (WE SAID)

Baro - Bears (INTERVIEW)

Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money (WATCH)

Drake - Know Yourself (WE SAID)

Rae Sremmurd & Nicki Minaj - Throw Some Mo (WE SAID)

Mike Will Made ItDrinks On Us feat. The Weekend & Rae Sremmurd (INTERVIEW)

Young Thug - Power (WATCH)

Dej Loaf - U, Me & Hennessy (WATCH)

Miguel & Wale - Coffee (WATCH)

Snow Tha Product - What U Like (WATCH)

Tkay Maidza - M.O.B (WE SAID)

Coin Banks - Highs & Lows feat. Anders & The Ruby (WE SAID)

The Meeting Tree - R U A Cop (WE SAID)

Gill Bates - She Knows feat. Allday (WE SAID)

Tuka - Nirvana (WE SAID)

Towkio - Heaven Only Knows feat. Chance the Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane (LISTEN)

Kaytranada - Drive Me Crazy feat. Vic Mensa (WE SAID)

JME - Man Don't Care (WATCH)

Vic Mensa - U Mad feat. Kanye West (WE SAID)

GoldLink - Dance On Me (WE SAID)

Elijah Blake - I Just Wanna feat. Dej Loaf (WATCH)

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Hudson Mohawke - Very First Breath feat. Irfane (WATCH)

Samo Sound Boy - You Come For Me (WE SAID)

Lilt - Don't Tell Me (WE SAID)

Ta-ku - Love Again feat. JMSN & Sango (LISTEN)

Japanese Wallpaper - Forces feat. Airling (WATCH)

Flako - Kuku (WE SAID)

Purity Ring - Begin Again (WE SAID)

Lapalux - Don't Mean A Thing (WE SAID)

Maribou State - Raincoats (LISTEN)

Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Unfold (LISTEN)

Basenji - Petals (WE SAID)

Jack Ü - Where Are Ü Now feat. Justin Bieber (WATCH)

Slumberjack - Horus (THEY SAID)

Yuma X - Swimming Pool (WE SAID)

Alison WonderlandU Don’t Know (XVII Flip) (WE SAID)

Catlips - Fade (WE SAID)

George Maple - Where You End And I Begin (WE SAID)

Feki - Remember (WE SAID)

The Kite String Tangle x Dustin TebbuttIllluminate (WE SAID)

Big Wild - Aftergold (WE SAID)

Go Freek - How Long (WE SAID)

Golden Features - Baxter (WE SAID)

Nina Las Vegas & Swick - Pool Girls (WE SAID)

What So Not - Oddity (WE SAID)

Jamie xx - Loud Places feat. Romy (WE SAID)

Flower Drums - End II End (WE SAID)

Leon Osborn - You Were Gone feat. Barksdale (WE SAID)

Paces - Nothing's Forever feat. Kučka (WE SAID)

Alison Wonderland - Run (WE SAID)

Flume - Some Minds feat. Andrew Wyatt (WE SAID)

TOP 10

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TAME IMAPALA - 'Cause I'm A Man

This may not have been such an obvious one on account of basically being able to pick any of Tame Impala's thus-far released tracks from their impending album release, but this is our favourite and we're sticking to it. It's pure, unabashed psychedlic sing-along pop, and it's Kevin Parker unleashing everything he's wanted to do with Tame Impala since it began. There's a reason this act is one of the biggest in the world. - Troy

100 major lazer


Love him or hate him, Diplo has had a massive 2015, with Major Lazer and his Skrillex colab project Jack Ü both dropping huge albums, and this cut from the ML album definitely got the ball rolling at the start of the year. Enlisting the help of French producer DJ Snake and Danish vocalist MØ, it was the first taste of their third album, taking the trappy/reggae sounds of their previous work and combining it with some late-'90s dancehall and slight moombahton (or is it reggaeton?) vibes. Lean On is to 2015 what Get Free was to 2013. - Troy

100 foals

FOALS - What Went Down

What Went Down takes off from where Foals’ bone-crushing single Inhaler stopped. Dropping the math-rock elements; punchy drums, precise guitar licks, it embraces the wall of sound breakdown at the end of Inhaler. And where that song felt like a chained dog What Went Down is a shapeless beast howling in the night. Indeed as lead singer Yannis Philippakis drops into the chorus crying, “Where I see a man I see a liar,” the guitars fray leaving only raw noise. - Liam

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Newcomer Harrison Brome released this, his debut single to plenty of online love only a few weeks ago, but we've hardly stopped listening to it since. The track features slow, trip hop sounds overlayed with emotive, soul driven vocals; a song to be played with dim lights, eyes closed and a heavy heart. Brome’s debut is chilling and alluring, perfectly intriguing enough to immediately stamp him as an artist to watch in 2015. It doesn't break any new ground in particular, it just does what it does fucking brilliantly. - Troy

100 umo


The first thing that strikes you about Multi-Love is how different it sounds to previous releases. But the first listen doesn’t give any hints as to why, it just sounds unique within the pop landscape. But if you give yourself the time to delve into the song the thick slabs of synth and towering vocals capture you. It’s as if you’re driving into the most beautiful city that you could imagine; you can see that in the distance there is something glimmering but for now you’re only catching glimpses of its full glory. But as you reach the city centre the track’s majesty is revealed and Multi-Love hits the final chorus. - Liam

100 baauer

BAAUER Promises feat. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch

This was one that emerged from adidas’ Songs From Scratch producer collaboration series, and it proved that both Baauer and Fetty Wap have music chops and aren’t just one hit wonders stuck behind the success of Harlem Shake and Trap Queen. Taking this from good to great is a production assist from Popcaan’s producer Dubbel Dutch, who lends the track some edge with crisp percussion and thick horns, over which XXL Top 10 Freshman Fetty wraps with the confidence of a dancehall superstar. - Dani

100 japanese


After bursting onto the scene with a down-tempo storm in the form of Still as Zane Lowe’s last ever Hottest Record in the World, The Japanese House didn't take long to return with her second single. Pools To Bathe In is a major shift from Still and an incredibly interesting second step for the young producer, starting out as an acoustic slow-jam that teases elements of post dubstep with a breahtaking drop one-third the way through. The off-kilter vocals and raw mood of the track in its post-dubstep stage really highlights the gentle emotions encased within the song. If anything it calls to mind the ability of James Blake to smoothly slide from elemental vocals to ice-cold soundscapes instantaneously, and it's beautiful stuff. - Liam

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POST MALONE White Iverson

This catchy, low-key track - which has over 700,000 streams on Soundcloud - has taken Texas artist Post Malone out of obscurity into worldwide fandom and critical acclaim. Over a tranquil beat by FKi, Malone makes a statement about being a white rapper in an industry dominated by black rappers, sing-rapping in his melancholy, warbly voice, about being one of the best in the game and comparing himself to White Iverson: "I’m ballin, I’m ballin, Iverson on you", a retired NBA player known for being one of the best. Jesse from Perth wavy clubnight COLT also included the track in his 10/10 Would Listen a month back, calling it “nothing less than a rap anthem for 2015”. Agreed. - Dani

100 shlohmo


Dark Red lived up to the hype earlier this year, with the earlier teaser tracks Buried and Emerge From Smoke very much fitting the dark and moody vibe we've come to associate with LA producer Shlohmo, but Beams signified that we were in for something really special. I read today a comparison between Beams and M83 (h/t BBE), and it's pretty spot on. Beams packs immense feels, and the scattered nature of the accompanying video clip only enhances the mood. Beams was a big statement from Shlohmo, one that screamed out to fans and casual listeners alike that Dark Red was Shlohmo entering beastmode, and he did not fail to dissapoint. - Troy

100 jamie xx

JAMIE XX - There's Gonna Be Good Times feat. Young Thug & Popcaan

A track highlight of 2015 off of what’s already a seminal album highlight of 2015 – UK wonderchild Jamie xx’s In Colour. In this summer party jam, Young Thug’s throaty vocals work seamlessly with a soul sample (The Persuasions' 1972 number Good Times) - Thugga's squeaks sound like the champagne hiccups you get when you're having way too much fun. - Dani