Another year, another set of fifteen purchases according to the principle “buying one record reviewed in The Wire each month”, plus three more in order to make up a "proper" Wire chart. It's the third year I've been engaged in this entertaining (for me), if ultimately pointless, endeavour. The lists for the previous two years can be found here (2013) and here (2014) – and now here's my chart for 2015. The # marks denote the issues in which the records featured.
SubVersion 2015 15
#371 Rie Nakajima - Four Forms (Consumer Waste)
#372 Runhild Gammelsaeter & Lasse Marhaug - Quantum Entanglement (Utech)
#373 Björk - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
#374 Beatriz Ferreyra - GRM Works (GRM)
#375 Tyondai Braxton - HIVE1 (Nonesuch)
#376 André O. Möller & Hans Eberhard Maldfeld - In Memory of James Tenney (Edition Wandelweiser)
#377 Alternative TV - Opposing Forces (Public Domain)
#378 Malcolm Goldstein - Full Circle Sounding (Kye)
#379 Amir ElSaffar - Crisis (Pi Recordings)
#380 Mario Diaz de Leon - The Soul is the Arena (Denovali)
#381 The Necks - Vertigo (ReR Megacorp)
#382 Harry Bertoia - Sonambient (Important) — on pre-order; I don't actually have it yet.
+#371 Heather Leigh - Nightingale (Golden Lab)
+#375 Alessandra Eramo - Roars Bangs Booms (Corvo)
+#376 Eva-Maria Houben - Air: Works for Flutes and Organ (Edition Wandelweiser)
Compiled by Jonathan Tait, subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk
Once again, this isn't a “best records of the year” list; it's a collection of releases that made me sit up when checking them out. If I had to pick one, it'd be In Memory of James Tenney. It's hard to beat the splendid noise made by two Tromba marinas in concert.
PS I do feel slightly guilty about leaving Sleaford Mods out this time, but Key Markets was reviewed in #377 and Alternative TV "won" that month – mainly because I was surprised Mark Perry could turn out a good album after all these years (cf John Lydon's dreadful record), whereas Sleaford Mods are... Sleaford Mods. Great to see the local lads doing so well, though :)