With artist collectives and independent record labels on the rise in the world of electronic music, there has become a clear increase in the number of compilations dropped.
2014 was a massive year for this style of release, and the first few months of 2015 have shown no signs of slowing down with a steady stream of forward thinking music.
Below are the best of the best released so far this year. These are the compilations that we can’t stop rinsing through, and have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.
We’ve got releases from world-renowned labels, and also from collectives that don’t even have a 1,000 likes on Facebook yet (SERIOUSLY). It doesn’t matter how big or small they might be. If they’re putting out electrifying compilations, then we’re paying attention.
7. Paper Crane Vol. 1
Paper Crane is the new collective on the block that you need to know about. They launched in January and just unveiled their first compilation a few weeks ago, but are already starting to make some minor waves across Soundcloud with their obvious influence of Japanese culture and addicting, often 8-bit, sound. You might not recognize any of the names on this release, but just dive in and we can guarantee something will quickly catch your attention.
6. All Mine Vol 1
Another rising collective that recently unveiled their debut compilation is All Mine, hailing from LA and boasting a talented group of highly motivated producers. We were fortunate enough to attend the release party for this bad boy, and got a first hand taste at the mixture of future, jersey club, and trap vibes that shine through on songs from Yung Wall Street, The Red Baron, Planet Rock, Hitmane, and more. Press play and you might just find your new favorite hidden gem.
5. Soulection – Love Is King Compilation
Soulection is no stranger to releasing compilations, but this one might be their most creative concept to date. The normal approach to this style of release is bringing a handful of the artists you work with together to show off a cohesive sound, but Soulection has already done the damn thing a few times now. Everyone knows about the “Soulection sound,” so they instead put together an entire release of songs that sample the English band Sade. Love Is King has been in the works for a long time now, and we’re just glad it finally saw the light of day.
4. alaya. issue 02
In the last 6 months, burgeoning collective alaya. has quietly helped push the careers of numerous upcoming producers. They dropped issue 01 in the closing stages of 2014, and immediately proved to the world that their sound and overall aesthetic would stand out from the rest. This is what makes alaya. and the artists involved special. Every track they release feels like it was handcrafted in a hidden laboratory, giving their compilations and radio show a cohesive and recognizable nature. Things are no different on issue 02, pulling tracks from the likes of Real Slow, Feki, Cavalier, Flamingosis, and Tommy Jacob to create an immerse release with impeccable flow.
3. OWSLA Spring Compilation 2015
Spring Break has now come and gone, but what better way to celebrate Ultra, Miami Music Week, and ratchet behavior with a celebratory compilation? The answer is a spastic 13-track album that follows up their Eggnog release from Christmas, proving that Skrillex and OWSLA are clearly the most festive label currently making moves. What should we expect next? Memorial Day compilation, Fourth of July compilation, maybe even a Labor Day compilation? Only time will tell with this crew.
2. Moving Castle Vol. 004
It’s been a massive 12 months for Moving Castle. The Internet based collective has released four synth-heavy compilations, in turn developing a sought after roster and now ubiquitous brand. Volume 004 just might be their best work, balancing futuristic production and alluring vocals to create an unrelenting release that will quickly have you press repeat. There’s even collaboration with AObeats, Jai Wolf, Manila Killa, and Mark Johns all on the same song. Just take that in for a second.
1. Point Point & Record Record – Filet Mignon Vol. III
The Filet Mignon series has become like a cult classic in the underworld of electronic music. It’s what your favorite producer is bumping, and what bloggers and tastemakers across the Internet are drooling over. Vol. III presented by French super group Point Point and their aptly titled label Record Record is by all means next level, striking a balance between future bass, dark techno, and everything in between. We will warn you though. This is not for the faint of heart. The production is so wild, so schizophrenic, that you might just lose your mind.