Diandra’s 2015 in Music

Other favorite songs of the year:

Suiyoubi no Campanella (水曜日のカンパネラ) – Shakushain (シャクシャイン)

A burst of midtempo energy. Thanks for the rec, Amy!

S. Maharba – All Over Now

Dreamy trip-hop from the collected-tracks album Most Forgotten, which can be sampled and purchased (at any price) on Bandcamp.

Rhiannon Giddens – Last Kind Words

Roots singer Giddens covers Geeshie Wiley’s classic with her own clear, strong voice. The New York Times wrote an extensive article about the song’s history here.

Ratatat – Supreme

Quiet late-night track from the lyricless rock band.

Gain – Paradise Lost

Although my enjoyment of this song was hampered by the accusations of some choreography copied without credit, I couldn’t help but keep watching the thing again and again. The best live version is from the March 17 performance on SBS MTV The Show.

Pridjevi – Ubila Sam Cvijet

Warm and approachable psychedelic rock from Croatia. The album https://pridjevi.bandcamp.com/ was a digital-only release in 2014, but Trouble In Mind Records picked it up for a CD and vinyl release in 2015.

Oddisee – That’s Love

Rapid rap with a retro background.

Murder By Death – Dream in Red

A brief, meditative track from the Old West-inspired alt-rock group.

Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) (Feat. Pharrell Williams)

Missy Elliott returns with this addictive single, also co-directing the music video with Dave Meyers.

Diandra Rodriguez

Proudly Latinasian NorCal American.

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