There’s been plenty of noteworthy releases this year, but when two (or more) great artists team up it can be magical. Here are some of the best collaborations to come out of 2015.
Wavves & Cloud Nothings – “No Life For Me”
I like pretty much everything Wavves do but his was a surprisingly fun update to their beach-rock sound. These bands aren’t radically different to begin with but this is a lean little party album that never overstays its welcome.
Disclosure ft Lorde – “Magnets”
Disclosure does a lot of collaborating but this one was especially great. The bass heavy track suits Lorde’s established style but this was a case of a song showcasing the best of each artist.
Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. Mo – “Lean On”
This three-part collaboration was undeniably one of the biggest songs of the year. It’s hard to tell who contributed what on the production end of this song but Mo’s saccharine vocals are what take this jam over the top.
Gangrene ft Samuel T Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt
Gangrene is the hip hop production team of The Alchemist and Oh No from the West coast. They did the entire soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto Los Santos which featured loads of guest features but this gritty track is a definite stand out.
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks (FFS) – “Piss Off”
This was one of the more unlikely pairings of the year. LA Art punks Sparks and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand got together for a record produced by the same guy who did the Cloud Nothings and St. Vincent albums.
Big Grams – “Lights On”
Choppy sample-pop purveyors Phantogram and Big Boi from Outkast? File under ‘collaboration no one asked for’ but the two really work perfectly despite how it odd sounds on paper. Phantogram’s big hit “Fall In Love” is essentially a hip hop track with cooing vocals so it all starts to make sense after a couple of bars.