We’re celebrating December’s arrival with the first of our four-part 2015 wrap. Read on for our favourite tracks of the year – because who doesn’t love an end of year list?
Holy Holy – You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog
I distinctly remember forcing many-a-friend to listen to this track upon its release, then excitedly proclaiming it to be the Song Of The Year. I stand by that statement.
Gold Class – Life As A Gun
All the yes from Melbourne’s Gold Class. These guys will naturally draw parallels to all the seminal post-punk bands (read: Joy Division and The Smiths), but they are so much more than these easy comparisons. Gold Class are an important entity from whom ‘Life As A Gun’ is our first taste.
Josh Pyke – Songlines
While this song holds some personal significance, it’s also just a truly excellent song that encompasses everything we know and love about Josh Pyke.
Patrick James – Covered In Rain
Let’s be honest, Patrick James’ whole debut album is killer, but this song is a certain highlight of Outlier. ‘Covered In Rain’ is stunning.
Gang Of Youths – Magnolia
A phenomenal song, from a phenomenal album. ‘Magnolia’ is the culmination of a lot of hard work and emotionally challenging experiences, and the ability to make it to the other side.
Owen Rabbit – Holy Holy
Nite Fields – You I Never Knew
Methyl Ethel – Twilight Driving
Foals – Birch Tree
Cosmo’s Midnight – Walk With Me ft. Kučka
Partnering up with Kučka – an absolute force in the Australian electronic scene music right now, on this track Cosmo’s Midnight do what they do best – pair a slick beat with some honeyed vocals. It’s a winner, every time.
Northeast Party House – Perfect Lines
In their first release since 2014’s debut record Any Given Weekend, Northeast Party House returned mid 2015 with one of their strongest tracks yet. Indie rock, with a slight tinge of electronica and psychedelia, the band tread a path of genre which is common – but have managed to give it a fresh new angle.
Ta-ku – Love Again ft. JMSN and Sango
Literally everything about this song is exquisite – the delicate balance of production, JMSN’s vocals and the warm vibe the track provides. Ta-ku is life, man.
The Cactus Channel ft. Chet Faker – Kill The Doubt
A surprise collaboration between two iconic Melbourne artists. Chet gets funky, and The Cactus Channel get the recognition and exposure they deserve. It’s a win for everybody.
Yeo – Icarus
Seriously, Yeo is amazing. A preview of Yeo’s upcoming album Ganbaru (out in Feb 2016) ‘Icarus’ is a neat little package of groovy rhythms and good vibes.
Banoffee – With Her
Charles Murdoch – Frogs ft. Ta-ku, Wafia and Hak
Edward R – Wolves and The Water
The Smith Street Band – I Scare Myself Sometimes