2015 Albums of the Year: Jamie xx – In Colour

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.

 The summer of 2015 will always be known as “the summer without a song”. While there was much discussion on the lack of anything official, arguments can be made for tracks like The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Jamie xx’s “Good Times”.

It’s easy to see why “Good Times” blends so well with cool drinks and the hot sun. It’s rare to hear a negative summer song that makes you feel worse about life, and c’mon, Popcaan’s vocals and Red Stripe go together like beaches and sunscreen.

But In Colour is more than just a fun album to listen to by the pool; it’s proof that electronic music is more than just glow sticks and a repetitive dance beat. The anthemic “Loud Places” can easily lead to raising your hands in the air while singing along to it’s soaring chorus (I can’t be the only one who does this) yet the opening track “Oh My Gosh” has you initially asking “What the hell is this?” and ending with you hitting repeat.

I promise I won’t boringly run through every track on the album, but unlike many in the same genre, no two songs sound the same. You can most certainly listen to it poolside if you wish. I recommended “Obvs” in particular for such an activity. Steel pan – need I say more?

With a Grammy nomination for “Best Dance/Electronic Album”, 2016 is already shaping up to be a promising year for In Color.

-Michelle Farres

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