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Laneway Best Of 2015

As 2015 winds down it feels like everyone is thinking about their favourite albums of the year, not least us here at Laneway HQ. Not just the ones we liked, or enjoyed after a listen or two -- but the ones we've obsessed over and listened to so many times that they now feel like second nature.

We're excited to present our staff and extended family's list of favourite records, and we're extra stoked to see how many albums on this list come from artists playing the festival in 2016 and artists we've toured under the Laneway Presents banner this year.

Let's kick things off with details of the prize you can win just by getting interactive, followed by some of our favourite tastemakers' "Best Of" lists... with Laneway 2016 acts very well represented.

PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES

To celebrate the release of Laneway's Best Of 2015, name your favourite album of 2015 then tell us in 25 words or less why it blew your mind.

Prize details: up for grabs is a double pass to Laneway Festival 2016 (in the city nominated by the winner, Australian dates only).

Email your entry to us at win@lanewayfestival.com.au with the subject line "BEST OF 2015" before 18 January 2016.

Terms & conditions.

TASTEMAKERS

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year

Grimes - Art Angels (#1), Vince Staples - Summertime ’06 (#4), Shamir - Ratchet (#21), CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (#33), Beach House - Depression Cherry (#47)

Rolling Stone’s Albums Of The Year

Beach House - Depression Cherry (#33), Vince Staples - Summertime ’06 (#35)

Complex’s Albums Of The Year

The Internet - Ego Death (#10), Hudson Mohawke - Lantern (#19), Shamir - Ratchet (#22), Grimes - Art Angels (#28), Vince Staples - Summertime ’06 (#31), Beach House - Depression Cherry (#42)

Rough Trade’s Albums Of The Year

Beach House - Depression Cherry (#28), Metz - II (#76), Grimes - Art Angels (#82), Shamir - Ratchet (#85)

NME’s Albums Of The Year

Grimes - Art Angels (#1), CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (#6) Shamir - Ratchet (#21)

Consequence of Sound’s Albums Of The Year

Grimes - Art Angels (#3), Vince Staples - Summertime ’06 (#10), Fidlar - Too (#46), Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone? (#47)

Paste’s Albums Of The Year

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (#16), Beach House - Depression Cherry (#19), Grimes - Art Angels (#23), Vince Staples - Summertime’06 (#26), Royal Headache - High (#32), Battles - La Di Da Di (#36), Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone? (#43), Purity Ring -Another Eternity (#44)

Spin’s Albums Of The Year

Vince Staples - Summertime ’06 (#5), Shamir - Ratchet (#9), Royal Headache - High (#15), Beach House - Depression Cherry (#16), Sophie - Product (#19), Grimes - Art Angels (#26), CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (#43), Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone? (#48)

LANEWAY STAFF & FRIENDS

Danny Rogers - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Royal Headache - High
3. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
4. The Internet - Ego Death
5. Tame Impala - Currents

*special mentions to Beach House - Depression Cherry, Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi Love and Vince Staples - Summertime ’06.

Jerome Borazio - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Chvrches - Every Open Eye
2. Florence & the Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
3. Jamie xx - In Colour

*special mentions to Vic Mensa - U Mad (single) & Chairlift - Ch-Ching (single), calling it now that these albums are going to rule!

 Katie Stewart - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
2. Chvrches - Every Open Eye
3. Jamie XX - In Colour
4. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhumane Spectacle
5. Grimes - Art Angels 

Travis Banko - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Empress Of - Me
4. Thundercat - The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam
5. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

*special mentions to Grimes - Art Angels, Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, Blank Realm - Illegals In Heaven, Vince Staples - Summertime ’08, Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again

Claire Collins - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
3. Empress Of - Me
4. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Going Down

Japanese Wallpaper

1. Beach House - Depression Cherry
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. I’lls - Can I Go With You Back To My Country
4. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
5. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Susan Heymann - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
2. The Internet - Ego Death
3. Alabama Shakes - Sound And Color
4. Lianne La Havas - Blood
5. Tame Impala - Currents

Ingrid Hook - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Jamie XX - In Colour
2. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Going Down
3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
4. D’Angelo - Black Messiah
5. Tame Impala - Currents

*special mentions to Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness, Deerhunter - Fading Frontier, Miguel - Wildheart and Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love.

Michael Chugg - Chugg Entertainment

1. Florence And The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Washington - There There
4. Zac Brown Band - Jeckyll + Hide

Emma Dolibi - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhumane Spectacle
4. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
5. Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

Dom O’Connor - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
2. Royal Headache - High
3. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
4. Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
5. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

*special mentions to Blank Realm - Illegals In Heaven and Fred Thomas - All Are Saved.

Lauren Mayberry - CHVRCHES

1. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
3. Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
4. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
5. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Jo Symes - Big Scary

1. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhumane Spectacle
2. Dorsal Fins - Mind Renovation
3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
4. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

*special mentions to Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Going Down, Shamir - Ratchet, Bully - Feels Like and SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream

Violent Soho

1. Pale Heads - Headless
2. The Shrine - Rare Breed
3. Title Fight - Hyperview
4. Built To Spill - Untethered View
5. Dogs On Acid - Dogs On Acid 

Desmond Goh - Laneway Festival Singapore

1. BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
2. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
3. Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
4. La Luz - Weirdo Shine
5. Ryan Adams - 1989

Craig Lock - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Bad//Dreems - Dogs At Bay
3. City Calm Down - In A Restless House
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful

Sophie Miles - Mistletone Records

1. Totally Mild - Down Time
2. Destroyer - Poison Season
3. U.S. Girls - Half Free
4. Blank Realm - Illegals In Heaven
5. Lehmann B Smith - Thank God For My Body

*Special mention to The Drones - Taman Shud for Song Of The Year.

Ash Miles - Mistletone Records

1. Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
2. D’Angelo - Black Messiah (i know it was released right at the end of last year but had to include it)
3. Royal Headache - High
4. Totally Mild - Down Time
5. Weyes Blood - Cardamom Times EP

*Special mention to Panda Bear 'Live at Primavera Sound'. Mind was blown.

Simon Parsons - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. You Beauty - Illywhacka
4. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
5. Grimes - Art Angels

*special mentions to Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly, CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye and Neon Indian - Vegas INTL Night School.

Sophie McComish - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Grimes - Art Angels
2. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
3. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
4. Dianas - Dianas
5. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Alice Fraser - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Tame Impala - Currents
2. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
4. Jamie XX - In Colour
5. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

*special mentions to Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly, Empress Of - Me, Kacy Hill - Bloo, Laura Marling - Short Movie (Director’s Cut) and Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Audrey Fenghuang- Laneway Festival Singapore

1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
3. Charlie Lim - Time/Space
4. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
5. Tame Impala - Currents

Melody Forghani - Laneway Festival Australia

1. Vince Staples - Summertime ‘06
2. Justin Bieber - Purpose
3. Tame Impala - Currents
4. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhumane Spectacle
5. Jamie XX - In Colour

*special mention to Troye Sivan - Wild EP

 

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