In the penultimate CTC 2015, we’re taking a look at the long-player; a sometimes awkward format for electronic music but ultimately the most rewarding. Our choice writers, DJs, editors and friends take the stand to confess their record of the year – if you haven’t already, make sure you re-visit our end of year lists and stick around for Track of the Year coming soon.
Jamie Ferguson – Music Management & Events
Floating Points ‘Elaenia’
‘Elaenia’ took Samuel Shephard five years to finish while he was studying and looking for inspiration. The album takes you on a journey of his maturity through sound, which can be heard through his love of synths. Listen to this when you feel like drifting away from everyday life to reach that floating point! My suggestion is to order the vinyl – I just bought it from Rough Trade in New York and it sure is something special.
Charlotte Lucy Cijffers – Editor in Chief
Crazy P ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’
An obvious choice but this album works any time, anywhere. No chin-stroking about it, just proper dance music that you can’t help but move to! And their live show is mental — see it!
Louis Haines – CTC Contributor
One of many promising signs from the UK pack’s next wave. Ashworth’s ‘Rebound’ EP on Anjunadeep early in 2015 pricked my ears up, only for him to prove he could boss the LP too with his impressively well-rounded debut. From the warm glow of opener ‘Cork’ to the pounding grit of ‘Fireworks’, it was an astoundingly accomplished introduction.
Frank McWeeny – French Toast Radio
This album has taken over my record bag since it came out. I have played one track in every single set I’ve done this year and it’s always got those people sitting at the back to stand up and bust some moves!
Leon Clarkson – CTC Contributor
Delta Funktionen ‘Wasteland’
Delta Funktionen’s four-part ‘Wasteland’ series, which actually make up an album’s worth of music with four tracks per edition. It’s spaced out, on-point and punching, acidic, raw and straightforward techno. Absolutely spot-on. Listen with care!
Chris Salter – Head of Media
Fort Romeau ‘Insides’
My album of the year comes from rising South London producer Fort Romeau. His second full-length record ‘Insides’ is his most accomplished and impressively produced work to date. Utilising vintage analogue synthesizers he’s crafted a sound that’s reminiscent of the earliest days of electronic music without ever sounding stuck in the past. ‘Insides’ is made up of elegant multi-textured soundscapes, wonderfully atmospheric, infused with elements of vintage house, ambient and techno.
Declan McGlynn – Editor
Eli Escobar ‘Up All Night’
Having followed Eli’s club nights, 12″s and edits for years, his debut LP was always set to impress. How accurately he would nail the character of his native New York’s house history was a genuine surprise. Stripped-back, groove-focussed tracks with character and grit dominate the record but it’s his ear for melody through choice samples that really give this album a lasting legacy. In a world of sub-genres, this is a reassuring reminder of where house came from and why, when done right, there’s nothing better.
Jess Holton – CTC Contributor
Foals ‘What Went Down’
The boys from London sure know how to shake things up with heavy tones and melodic vocals to make for a thrilling journey for your soul and mind. They’ve always been a band that’s close to my heart but this album was my most anticipated of 2015 and it definitely held its end of the bargain. Must listen: ‘Mountain At My Gates’.
Giaco Bridgett – CTC DJ
Bob Moses – Days Gone By
Pure bliss. A real diamond of an album.
Jennifer Wallis – CTC Contributor
Walk, Talk, Dance, Sing Crazy P
I have so much love for these guys. They can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus they’re from my hometown. Stand out track on the album for me has to be ‘Cruel Mistress’.