Top 10 Tracks for 2015: Rachael Lavelle

It is coming up to the end of another year, there was some fantastic music released this year with some great new artists making a big name for themselves on an international level. As the year had so many great songs I decided to start a feature on the top ten tracks of 2015. I have asked a few people within the music industry to compile a list of their favourite tracks of 2015.

Check out the eight list provided by Irish based singer Rachael Lavelle.

10. Saint Sister – Blood Moon

Big things are happening for these young atmosfolk ladies. Set to play SXSW 2016. This was my favourite track off their debut EP ‘Madrid’. Such gusto and sophistication.

9. Jacob Collier – Danny Boy

He has gone and done it again. Jacob. Please. Technically not a release, but a beautiful and original take on a classic. Dem chords, dem harmonies. Looking forward to hearing what he brings in 2016.

8. Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott – Reminiscence

Had been waiting for this one to come out for a while. Ólafur & Alice took on the task of reworking and interpreting some Chopin classics. Bold move. Seriously beautiful stuff here. Taken from ‘The Chopin Project’.

7. Madam Nova – Congression

This Dublin-based electronica duo are cooking up some mysterious treats at the moment. I predict big things for them. Listened to this track obsessively. Clever underwater work here.

6. Melody Gardot – It Gonna Come

Addicted to Melody’s ‘Currency of Man’ album this year. Produced by Larry Klein. Amazing stuff. Favourite track on the album is really ‘Once I Was Loved’ (can’t seem to find a full version on YouTube). So velvety. Go buy this album. Go.

5. Father John Misty – The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment

Some man for one man. The whole album is gold.

4. Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest – The Curtain

Snarky Puppy are not from planet earth. Brought the house down in Vicar Street this year. Loved this year’s album ‘Sylva’, a collaboration with Metropole Orkest. Nominated for a Grammy and all. Looking forward to seeing/hearing the next family dinner in 2016.

3. Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire

Wow what! Discovered Melbourne-based band Hiatus Kaiyote this year and they have been blowing my mind. Neo-soul/ electronica/ hip hop/ jazz fusion. Also loved ‘Molasses’ and ‘Building a Ladder’.

2. Ibeyi – River

Who are these people and where did they come from? Saw Ibeyi perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival this year and was in complete awe. A lot of love for these twins. It is indeed no surprise that their father was one of the percussionists in the Buena Vista Social Club. Fact for ya. Also amazing cover of Exhibit Diaz checkitout.

1. Benjamin Clementine – Condolence

A captivating storyteller with a golden voice, Benjamin Clementine has been making waves and breaking hearts this year. Nice to see him finally gain some recognition winning the 2015 Mercury Prize for his breathtakingly beautiful album ‘At Least for Now’. This performance has to be my favourite. Tea and croissants for everyone.

Ciaran O'Brien

Founder of The OB, Ciaran is also a cameraman and video editor that has an obsession with all things music. He created The OB Sessions in 2014 and set up The OB Blog in 2015.

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