2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Alex

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown on Friday, December 18! Tune in to make sure your favorites made the list!

The Internet // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

DJ Alex’s 2015 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Skylar Spence Prom King Carpark
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion 604/School Boy/Interscope
CFCF Radiance & Submission Driftless Recordings
The Internet Ego Death Odd Future
Jamie xx In Colour Young Turks
SOPHIE Product Numbers
Eskimeau O.K. Double Double Whammy
Oddisee The Good Fight Mello Music Group

11. Gaussian Curve – Clouds (Music From Memory)
12. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
13. Jam City – Dream a Garden (Night Slugs)
14. Briana Marela – All Around Us (Jagjaguwar)
15. Samo Sound Boy – Begging Please (Body High)
16. Amateur Best – The Gleaners (Brille)
17. Mura Masa – Someday Somewhere (Anchor Point)
18. The Parlor – Wahzu Wahzu (B3nson)
19. Floating Points – Elaenia (Luaka Bop)
20. Meishi Smile – Belong (Zoom Lens)

Honorable Mentions:
Branko – Atlas (Enchufada)
Casually Here – Kept (Algebra)
Colleen – Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey)
DoNormaal – Jump Or Die (self-released)
Dylan Stark – Heartland (Civil Music)
Eli Escobar – Up All Night (Night People NYC)
Fatima Yamaha – Imaginary Lines (Magnetron)
Gacha – Send Two Sunsets (Apollo)
Grandbrothers – Dilation (FILM)
Inventions – Maze Of Woods (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City)
Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots (Broadwalk)
Kehlani – You Should Be Here (self-released)
Lapalux – Lustmore (Brainfeeder)
LoneLady – Hinterland (Warp)
Maribou State – Portraits (Counter)
Mark McGuire – Beyond Belief (Dead Oceans)
Natasha Kmeto – Inevitable (Dropping Gems)
Nicole Dollanganger – Natural Born Losers (Eerie Organization)
Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow (self-released)
Romare – Projections (Ninja Tune)
Shamir – Ratchet (XL)
Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled (Kranky)
Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope)
Tom Misch – Beat Tape 2 (Beyond the Groove)
Toro Y Moi – What For? (Carpark)
Tuxedo – Tuxedo (Stones Throw)

EPs / Top Faves:
01. Kelela – Hallucinogen EP (Warp)
02. Day Wave – Headcase EP (self-released)
03. Yumi Zouma – EP II (Cascine)
04. FKA twigs – M3LL155X EP (Young Turks)
05. Tennyson – Like What? EP (self-released)
06. DJ Paypal – Buy Now EP (LuckyMe)
07. no rome – Hurry Home & Rest EP (Number Line)
08. Låpsley – Understudy EP (XL)
09. Thundercat – The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam EP (Brainfeeder)
10. Cool Teens – Wav Notation EP (self-released)

EPs / Honorable Mentions:
Conner Youngblood – The Generation Of Lift EP (self-released)
Count Counselor – & The Childhood Heroes EP (Quality Time)
DJ Mastercard – Corrupt Memories EP (Mall Music)
easyFun – Deep Trouble EP (PC Music)
Hitmane – Trapped IRL EP (Prime Ordeal)
ISLAND – Nokia EP (Crazylegs)
Laura Groves – Committed Language EP (Deek)
mombutt – demo ep (self-released)
Nao – February 15 EP (Little Tokyo Recordings)
Nicolas Jaar – Nymphs EP (Other People)
Oh My Muu – Self Help EP (Zoom Lens)
Peter Lyons – Oh, to Pull You Up EP (Tape Club)
Petite Noir – The King Of Anxiety EP (Domino)
Ryan Hemsworth & Lucas – Taking Flight EP (Secret Songs)
Sam Gellaitry – Short Stories EP (Soulection)
Vallis Alps – Vallis Alps EP (self-released)

Singles / Top Faves:
01. Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)”
02. Drake – “Hotline Bling”
03. Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”
04. Jamie xx – “Loud Places (feat. Romy)”
05. Skylar Spence – “Affairs”

06. Grimes – “Flesh Without Blood”
07. The Internet – “Girl”
08. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me”
09. Kelela – “Rewind”

10. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
11. Vince Staples – “Norf Norf”
12. Mura Masa – “Firefly (feat. Nao)”
13. Oddisee – “That’s Love”
14. Shura – “White Light”
15. The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”
17. DJ Koze – “XTC”
18. no rome – “Weekend Girl”
19. TOPS – “Anything”

20. FKA twigs – “In Time”
21. Craft Spells – “Our Park By Night”
22. Miguel – “Coffee”
23. DJDS – “You Don’t Have To Be Alone”

24. Major Lazer – “Lean On (feat. MØ)”
25. Jack J – “Thirstin'”
26. LA Priest – “Party Zute / Learning To Love”
27. Erykah Badu – “Cel U Lar Device”
28. Braids – “Miniskirt”
29. Young Thug – “Raw (Might Just)”
30. Nicole Dollanganger – “You’re So Cool”

Singles / Honorable Mentions:
A-Trak – “We All Fall Down (feat. Jamie Lidell)”
Abhi//Dijon – “Wait”
Advance Boy – “Advance Yourself”
Amateur Best – “Marzipan”
Beat Connection – “So Good”
Björk – “Stonemilker”
Braids – “Taste”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Emotion”
Chastity Belt – “Time To Go Home”
Chromatics – “In Films”
CHVRCHES – “Leave A Trace”
Ciara – “I Bet”
Day Wave – “Drag”
DJ Snake – “Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)”
DJDS – “In The Flames”
dJJ – “Just a Lil”
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Slip Slide”
Dylan Stark – “Heartland”
Elvis Depressedly – “n.m.s.s.”
Empress Of – “How Do You Do It”
Georgia – “Nothing Solutions”
Grimes – “REALiTi”
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath (feat. Irfane)”
inc. – “A Teardrop From Below”
Jack Ü – Where Are You Now (feat. Justin Bieber)”
Janet Jackson – “Unbreakable”
Joanna Newsom – “Leaving The City”
JONES – “Indulge”
Julia Holter – “Feel You”
Julio Bashmore – “Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)”
Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
London O’Connor – “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore”
Lower Dens – “To Die In L.A.”
M.I.A. – “Borders”
Madeon – “Beings”
Main Attrakionz – “Ain’t No Other Way”
Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose (feat. Keyone Starr)”
Maya Vik – “Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas)”
Mocky – “Sweet Things”
Mura Masa – “Love For That (feat. Shura)”
NAAVI – “In Gold”
Neon Indian – “Slumlord”
No Joy – “Everything New”
Palmistry – “Memory Taffeta”
The Parlor – “The Surgeon’s Knife”
Phony Ppl – “Why iii Love The Moon.”
Samo Sound Boy – “Baby Don’t Stop”
Shura – “2Shy”
Skylar Spence – “Can’t You See”
Slime – “Hot Dog”
SOAK – “Sea Creatures”
Tamaryn – “Cranekiss”
THEESatisfaction – “Recognition”
Thundercat- “Them Changes (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)”
Toro Y Moi – “Spell It Out”
Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”
Years & Years – “Shine”
Yumi Zouma – “Catastrophe”

DJ Alex is on the air every Saturday morning from 1AM-6AM.

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  1. Christian
    Posted December 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Alex has the best taste in music! When will he get moved into the prime time DJ lineup at KEXP?!?!?!

    Posted December 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    why doesn’t people like ODESZA? is it because of the ALL CAPS?

  3. Scott
    Posted December 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    No, don’t move Alex to prime! That would kill the huge range of tracks he spins because god forbit that a daytime dj spin ambient or otherwise move too far away from indie-alternative.

    Alex: huge thanks for all the shows this year! It’s a huge part of my music each week.

  4. Raymond
    Posted December 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    It’s not christmas without Alex’s year end list.

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