Top 20 Albums Of 2015 (Q3)

The best new music released July–September, as selected by MOJO staff and writers.

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The summer term is over and it’s been a bumper one for albums, with some of the MOJO office’s favourites of the year storming the barricades (we really do have barricades – security, you know) during the months of July, August and September.

Established legends New Order, Dr Dre, David Gilmour and Keith Richards came back strongly. Brand new enthusiasms like Chicago’s Ezra Furman and Ellesmere Port’s Hooton Tennis Club burst onto the scene. We reckon it’s the best mêlée of new albums so far this year.

Swipe through our 20 favourites below, play ‘Got, Got, Getting It Tomorrow’ and then check out the 10 Best Reissues from the same time period.

LowOnes And Sixes

Low
Ones And Sixes

SUB POP
“Low have made one of the most impressive albums of their career.” Mike Barnes

Julia Holter  Have You In My Wilderness

Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

DOMINO
“This is not a record that wants or needs to be solved, but the clues and traces it leaves behind are so compelling it's difficult to let it alone.” Victoria Segal

Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down

Kurt Vile
B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down

MATADOR
“The work of a singular artist coming into his own.” Stevie Chick

Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman
Perpetual Motion People

BELLA UNION
“Better than Prozac or a sunny day.” Glyn Brown

Sleaford Mods  Key Markets

Sleaford Mods
Key Markets

HARBINGER SOUND
“A currently unrivalled feast for the mind.” Andrew Perry

New Order  Music Complete

New Order
Music Complete

MUTE RECORDS
“Arriving at this exalted place must feel complete indeed.” Keith Cameron

Hooton Tennis Club Highest Point In Cliff Town

Hooton Tennis Club
Highest Point In Cliff Town

HEAVENLY
“Utterly northern English, but devoid of sourness or dumb simian swagger.” Ben Myers

The Chemical Brothers  Born In The Echoes

The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

VIRGIN/ EMI
“They sound like themselves again." Andrew Harrison

Keith Richards Crosseyed Heart

Keith Richards
Crosseyed Heart

REPUBLIC
“There is reflection here – an acute self-examination that has never come easily to the Stones but runs through these songs like a barbed spine that cuts both ways.” David Fricke

David Gilmour Rattle That Lock

David Gilmour
Rattle That Lock

COLUMBIA
“Escapes the weight of legacy and operates in the here and now in a serene, triumphant manner.” Phil Alexander

Tame ImpalaCurrents

Tame Impala
Currents

MODULAR/ INTERSCOPE
“By mutating his heavy genes into something slicker, shinier and stranger, Kevin Parker has shifted Tame Impala into a new phase." Victoria Segal

Foals What Went Down

Foals
What Went Down

TRANSGRESSIVE/ WARNER BROS
“In writing from the heart, Yannis Philippakis' voice has grown stronger and more expressive, adding soulful reflections to the band's range.” Tom Doyle

Dr Dre Compton: A Soundtrack

Dr Dre
Compton: A Soundtrack

AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE
“If, as its creator has heavily mooted, this is his grand finale, Dre is going out on a high.” Andy Cowan

Dungen Allas Sak

Dungen
Allas Sak

SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND
“A serious trip.” Andrew Perry

Alternative TV Opposing Forces

Alternative TV
Opposing Forces

PUBLIC DOMAIN
“Mark Perry's return with such a great album is cause for celebration.” Lois Wilson

Yo La Tengo Stuff Like That There

Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There

MATADOR
“It's a concept album but it's also a quality Yo La Tengo album, which is ultimately what matters.” Mike Barnes

Lee Bannon  Patterns Of Excel

Lee Bannon
Patterns Of Excel

NINJA TUNE
“Undoubtably one of the most surprising ambient albums of the year.” Andrew Male

Public Image Ltd What The World Needs Now...

Public Image Ltd
What The World Needs Now...

PIL OFFICIAL
“A record of disarming directness.” Pat Gilbert

Wilco Star Wars

Wilco
Star Wars

DBPM
“Whether you take your Wilco ruminative or raucous, there’s plenty to soak in here.” Chris Nelson

The Libertines Anthems For Doomed Youth

The Libertines
Anthems For Doomed Youth

VIRGIN/ EMI
“There are several instant classics here.” Pat Gilbert