on friday we published an ode to our favorite songs of 2015; now they’ve been repackaged as a mixtape. our picks run in an order conducive to mixtape flow. check back tomorrow for continued year-end coverage.
day wave – “drag”
astronauts, etc. – “shake it loose”
tame impala – “yes i’m changing”
kendrick lamar – “king kunta”
mick jenkins – “your love”
isaac vallentin – “stewardess”
sayth & north house – “under water • under ice”
scallops hotel – “lavender chunk”
chairlift – “ch-ching”
foxing – “the magdalene”
we’ve compiled a new quintessential mixtape in light of our second anniversary. the following eight tracks have either made a lasting impression since this blog began or have continued to pull their weight and hold significance amidst the high volume of content we churn out over here. click the play button to hear offerings from lcd soundsystem, the national, daughter, and more.
on friday we published a list of our ten favorite songs of 2014. naturally, we’ve compiled those tracks into a concise mixtape for your listening pleasure, which can be experienced above. our picks run in reverse order and feature offerings from alvvays, caribou, ricky eat acid, fka twigs, and more. check back tomorrow for continued coverage of our year-end best-of lists.
consider this the precursor to our year-end best-of lists that will start to show up towards the middle of december. orchid tapes was absolutely on point for the entirety of 2014, releasing ten fantastic albums and one compilation all while successfully transitioning into vinyl distribution. to honor this site’s favorite record label of the year, we’ve curated a compilation of our own: one that features our favorite track from each of the ten original releases in chronological order. click the play button above to get started, and then head over to the orchid tapes archives to catch up on any albums you may have missed.