2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ El Toro

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015. Click here to check out other lists from our DJs, staff, volunteers, and interns, and click here to see the Top 90.3 Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners!

LoneLady // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

The older I get, the less interested I am in listening to music made by heterosexual, cisgender, white men who play guitars and sing about their feelings in English. I’m not saying they should be banned from the airwaves, but my own tastes lean more and more towards a playlist that reflect the truly diverse world I want to live in. Surveying the records I enjoyed most in 2015, time and again I noticed my favorites were made by women, queers, and people of color. I’m very grateful that the KEXP Community supports and encourages this kind of programming.

DJ El Toro’s 2015 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Mom + Pop
Dungen Allas Sak Mexican Summer
Rachel Grimes The Clearing Temporary Residence
Holly Herndon Platform 4AD
Julia Holter Have You in My Wilderness Domino
LoneLady Hinterland Warp
PWR BTTM Ugly Cherries Father/Daughter
Saun and Starr Look Closer Daptone
Dexter Story Wondem Soundway
Telekinesis Ad Infinitum Merge

The One That Got Away: After turning in my Favorite Albums list, I notice a glaring omission. Colleen’s delicate, dub-inflected Captain of None (Thrill Jockey) rarely left my turntable in 2015, and her KEXP in-studio captivated me. I can’t recommend this record highly enough.

DJ El Toro hosts the variety mix show on Wednesday nights from 9 PM to 1 AM on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and kexp.org. His occasional rant, “Weird At My School,” appears infrequently on the KEXP Blog.

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  1. Jerry
    Posted December 24, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Right, don’t judge music by its quality but by the race, gender, and sexual orientation of the artist. Should def make for a better world.

  2. Bryan
    Posted January 5, 2016 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I totally agree with your choices–fantastic list, et.

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