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Top 50

  1. Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly” [Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dawg]
  2. Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell” [Asthmatic Kitty]
  3. Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear” [Sub Pop]
  4. Girlpool – “Before The World Was Big” [Wichita]
  5. Alex G – “Beach Music” [Domino]
  6. Tame Impala – “Currents” [Interscope]
  7. Ex-Breathers – “Past Tense” [Exploding In Sound / Hex]
  8. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Garden Of Delete” [Warp]
  9. Mitski – “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” [Don Giovanni]
  10. Hop Along – “Painted Shut” [Saddle Creek]
  11. Courtney Barnett – “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” [Mom + Pop]
  12. Jamie Xx – “In Colour” [Young Turks]
  13. The Spirit Of The Beehive – “You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated)” [Ranch / Ice Age]
  14. Kamasi Washington – “The Epic” [Brainfeeder]
  15. D’angelo And The Vanguard – “Black Messiah” [Rca]
  16. Protomartyr – “The Agent Intellect” [Hardly Art]
  17. Arca – “Mutant” [Mute]
  18. Palehound – “Dry Food” [Exploding In Sound]
  19. Death Grips – “The Powers That B” [Harvest]
  20. Julia Holter – “Have You In My Wilderness” [Domino]
  21. Woozy – “Blistered” [Commmunity / Exploding In Sound]
  22. Lianne La Havas – “Blood” [Nonesuch]
  23. Vince Staples – “Summertime ’06” [Def Jam]
  24. Woset – “Woset” [Elestial Sound]
  25. Holydrug Couple – “Moonlust” [Sacred Bones]
  26. Grimes – “Art Angels” [4ad]
  27. Ava Luna – “Infinite House” [Western Vinyl]
  28. Sleater-Kinney – “No Cities To Love” [Sub Pop]
  29. Swings – “Sugarwater” [Exploding In Sound]
  30. Mac Demarco – “Another One” [Captured Tracks]
  31. Hiatus Kaiyote – “Choose Your Weapon” [Flying Buddha]
  32. Chelsea Wolfe – “Abyss” [Sargent House]
  33. Shamir – “Ratchet” [Xl]
  34. Downtown Boys – “Full Communism” [Don Giovanni]
  35. Foxing – “Dealer” [Triple Crown]
  36. Neon Indian – “Vega Intl. Night School” [Mom + Pop]
  37. Empress Of – “Me” [Terrible]
  38. Beach House – “Depression Cherry” [Sub Pop]
  39. Joanna Newsom – “Divers” [Drag City]
  40. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love” [Jagjaguwar]
  41. Palm – “Trading Basics” [Inflated / Exploding In Sound]
  42. Hundred Waters – “The Moon Rang Like A Bell (Remixed)” [Owsla]
  43. Toe – “Hear You” [Topshelf]
  44. Deafheaven – “New Bermuda” [Anti-]
  45. DâM-Funk – “Invite The Light” [Stones Throw]
  46. Dikembe – “Ledge” [Self-Released]
  47. Stara Rzeka – “ZamknęłY Się Oczy Ziemi” [Instant Classic]
  48. Destroyer – “Poison Season” [Merge]
  49. Pwr Bttm – “Ugly Cherries” [Miscreant / Father/Daughter]
  50. Zs – “Xe” [Northern Spy]

Superlatives

Best 7″ Release: Sheer Mag – “Ii” [Katorga Works]
Best Punk Release: Ex-Breathers – “Past Tense” [Exploding In Sound / Hex]
Best Electronic Release: Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete” [Warp]
Best Local Release: Ex-Breathers – “Past Tense” [Exploding In Sound / Hex]
Best Singer-Songwriter/Folk Release: Father John Misty – “I Love You, Honeybear” [Wichita]
Best Metal Release: Deafheaven – “New Bermuda” [Anti-]
Best Soul/Funk/R&B Release: [Tie:] D’angelo And The Vanguard – “Black Messiah” [Rca]; Lianne La Havas – “Blood” [Nonesuch]
Best Latin Release: Downtown Boys – “Full Communism” [Don Giovanni]
Best Obscuro Release: Lewis Baloue – “Romantic Times” [Light In The Attic]
Best Experimental Release: Oneohtrix Point Never – “Garden Of Delete” [Warp]
Best Jazz Release: Kamasi Washington – “The Epic” [Brainfeeder]
Best Reissue: Mitski – “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” [Don Giovanni]
Best Hip Hop Release: Kendrick Lamar – “To Pimp A Butterfly” [Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dawg]
Best World Release: Bitchuka Na Kafumbe – “Bitchuka Black Mambo” [Datatone]
Best Compilation Release: Various Artists – “Elestial Sound 2015 Forecast” [Elestial Sound]
Best Debut Release: Natalie Prass – “Natalie Prass” [Spacebomb]
Best Ep Release: The Spirit Of The Beehive – “You Are Arrived (But You’ve Been Cheated)” [Ranch / Ice Age]
Most Annoying Release: [Tie:] Girlpool – “Before The World Was Big” [Wichita]; Joanna Newsom – “Divers” [Drag City]
Most Disappointing Release: The Pop Group – “Citizen Zombie” [Freaks R Us]
Best Album Art: Battles – “La Di Da Di” [Warp]
Worst Band Name: Coke Weed
Best/Most Consistent Record Label: Exploding In Sound
Best Specialty Show: Club Convergence
Best Region For Music: Northeastern U.S.
Best Local Show: Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, Palehound, And Buffalo Buffalo @ All Saints Cafe
Best Wvfs In-Studio: Nude Tayne
Best Dj: Kevin H.