10) Chet Faker feat. Banks “1998”
Originally released on Chet Faker’s 2014 debut Built on Glass, the brooding electro-soul of “1998” was given a new and even more sensual lease on life this year, thanks to the addition of sultry alt-R&B chanteuse Banks.
9) Shura – “White Light”
It’s not quite happened yet for the hotly-tipped Shura, but this space-funk gem – a slight departure from her usual early Madonna-esque gossamer pop sound – suggests it’s surely only a matter of time before it does.
8) George Fitzgerald – “Full Circle”
Described as the missing link between Jon Hopkins and Disclosure, British producer George Fitzgerald struck gold with this brilliantly brooding deep house collaboration with troubadour Boxed In.
7) Neon Indian – “Annie”
Abandoning their previous chillwave sound, Neon Indian turned into full-on 80s revivalists for a charming tropical affair which sounded like a mash-up between Scritti Politti and the soundtrack to a classic kids fantasy film.
6) Major Lazer – “Lean On”
Best-known for their floor-shaking dancehall bangers, Diplo’s collective Major Lazer surprised everyone when they teamed up with Danish songstress MØ for a subtle and slow-motion piece of moombahton packed with quirky hooks.
5) Ambassadeurs ft. C Duncan – “Looking at You”
Featuring the dreamy tones of Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan, “Looking at You” is a gorgeously sultry piece of downtempo which suggests that the baroque pop vocalist should move towards the dancefloor more often.
4) Bob Moses – “Too Much Is Never Enough”
Featuring very highly in our Albums of 2015 countdown, Canadian duo Bob Moses also delivered one of this year’s finest downtempo tunes with the echo-laden guitar riffs and muted house beats of “Too Much Is Never Enough.”
3) Wet – “Deadwater”
Capitalizing on London Grammar and The xx’s absence, the unGoogle-able Brooklyn-based outfit Wet became 2015’s premier after-hours trio, largely thanks to this sparse but stunning alt-R&B ballad.
2) Above and Beyond – “Counting Down the Days”
Accompanied by an inspired 500 Days of Summer homage promo, “Counting Down the Days” saw trance legends Above and Beyond call upon the talents of shoegazey singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes for one of 2015’s most unlikely but successful collaborations.
1) Jamie xx – “Loud Places”
Blending the beautifully melancholic tones of Romy Madley Croft with some late-night beats, echo-laden guitars and steel drums, “Loud Places” wasn’t exactly a million miles away from Jamie xx’s day job. But with a result this stunning, who cares?
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