The Groove’s Favorite Albums of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we once again look back at some of our favorite releases of the year…  From the albums we anticipated the most – to the ones that surprised us the most – to the ones we just couldn’t stop playing…  Below are those records (in no particular order), plus a few of our favorite musical moments from 2015.  From all of us at The Groove, we sincerely thank you for another great year and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store..   Happy New Year to you all!!

*We’d also love to hear what you were listening to most this year – feel free to tell us your personal favorites in the comments section…


Matt Manning:


Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Various Artists – Inherent Vice soundtrack

Florence + The Machine – How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence

Big Grams – Big Grams

Torres – Sprinter

Various Artists – True Detective soundtrack

Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Bully – Feels Like

Greywoods – Infinite Nothing

Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Sannhet – Revisionist

Various Artists – Remembering Mountains:  Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton

Yautja – Songs Of Lament

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Mark Lanegan – Houston Publishing Demos 2002

Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP

Various Artists – Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight soundtrack


Andrew Craig:

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Jamie XX – In Color

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Run The Jewels – Meow The Jewels

Jake Xerxes Fussell – Jake Xerxes Fussell

Black Twig Pickers / Steve Gunn – Seasonal Hire

Four Tet – Morning / Evening

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Buena Vista Social Club – Lost & Found

Low – Ones & Sixes

Various Artists – Inherent Vice soundtrack

Cass McCombs – A Folk Set Apart:  Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, ETC

Gun Outfit – Dream All Over

Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood

Mac DeMarco – Another One

The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes

Leon Bridges – Coming Home



Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club

Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

Nick Cave reissues – all of them!

Mark Lanegan – One Way Street (The Sub Pop Albums) box set

William Onyeabor reissues



Hiss Golden Messenger @ The High Watt

Mac DeMarco @ Bonnaroo

Run The Jewels @ Bonnaroo and Marathon Music Works

Kevin Morby @ The Stone Fox

Stone Jack Jones, Idle Bloom and Shilpa Ray @ The Basement

Tame Impala @ The Ryman


Louis Charette:

The Internet – Ego Death

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Hayden – Hey Love

Floating Points – Alaenia

D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Krhuangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You

Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Jamie XX – In Colour

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Ringo Deathstarr – Pure Mood

Nap Eyes – Whine Of The Mystic

Boogarins – Manual

Monophonics – Sound Of Sinning

Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh

Shilpa Ray – Last Year’s Savage

Lower Dens – Escape From Evil

Shye Ben Tzur, Johnny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express – Junun



Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

Various Artists – Ork Records: New York New York box set (Numero)

Mark Lanegan – One Way Street (The Sub Pop Albums) box set

Red House Painters reissues



Shilpa Ray @ The Five Spot

Melvins @ Exit/In

Tame Impala @ The Ryman

Hiss Golden Messenger @ The High Watt



John Moore:

Tame Impala – Currents

Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

Gun Outfit – Dream All Over

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Royal Headache – High

Bully – Feels Like

Deaf Wish – Pain

Nap Eyes – Whine Of The Mystics

Fuzz – II

Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

Khruangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Damaged Bug – Cold Hot Plumbs



Various Artists – Ork Records: New York, New York (Numero Records)


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