Like last year, 2015 saw a bit of a resurgence of the ‘old sound’, so to speak. I’m not just referring here to new remixes of already established classics, but rather a more pronounced movement to ‘return to the roots’ and create genuinely engaging and memorable productions. Do you want examples? Well then why don’t you read on? 🙂
Between the release of Lostly‘s very diverse No Direction Home EP (and later album), Astro-D‘s Astro Navigation debut album (which contained two of my personal favourite remixes of the year) , Orkidea‘s hotly anticipated Harmonia LP and the fantastic Tree Of LIfe and Cosmic Trance Mission from Pulsar Recordings and Pulsar Dark respectively, we’ve had some incredible material drop this year as far as albums are concerned.
With 83 features for new 2015 material alone, and over 170 tracks between them, it was a pretty difficult job to narrow down the 20 to grab spots in VS’s annual top. The ones that didn’t make it are by no means bad, it was just not feasible to create a top 170 at the end of the year. This entire blog could be viewed as a giant top list in and of itself, which is why I suggest you check the archives, if you haven’t already.
I don’t want to keep you here reading until New Year’s Eve, so let’s move on to the subject of this post, which is the 2015 Top 20, starting, as in 2014, with the Track of the Year.
Track of the Year 2015
By far one of the most striking tracks of 2015 for me, Simon O’Shine‘s May release of Nuummite under Audioresearch Music was something I found out about a little after its actual release. I choose to put up posts the week before the Beatport exclusive, because life can get in the way, and you’d be surprised how easily one can forget about a release. It’s a shame for it not to get the attention it deserves, really.
I’ve seen people call it psy, but all I hear is a darker, incredibly atmospheric progressive track which, to me, sounds absolutely superb. I love the synth, the progression, the damn name, everything about this production just feels amazing. It had some pretty strong competition, but time and again, whenever I would go back to maybe revise my picks for the top 20, there was not a one name that could move it off the top spot. As far as I’m concerned, it fully deserves its Track of the Year accolade.
This is just one of the 20 tracks though. You have 19 more to check out below, so get going. 🙂
Everything you’ll see below has made multiple rounds in my playlists, multiple times a day. The top covers progressive, uplifting, psy, breaks and even some donwtempo stuff, going through productions that have been featured on VS and a few that haven’t seen a feature due to lack of time on my part. This blog is very much a passion project, and if I just can’t dedicate enough time to a post to bring it to what I consider a good level of polish, I’d rather not create it at all.
You’ll also notice that the top 20 has received a visual upgrade, making it less utilitarian and more pleasing to the eye. Poke around and you’ll find links to samples for each track, as well as the relevant VS features (where available), plus links to buy. Aaand here we go:
Here we are folks, it’s the end of the top and indeed the end of this post. I don’t think I can thank you enough for the tremendous support you’ve shown for Vând Sunete this year and all the shares, likes, comments and responses.
Very happy holidays to you all, have a great New Year’s and see you back here on January 7th. Cheers!