To embrace the inescapable time of reflection that comes around at the summit of each year, we’ve we hooked up with the good people at Discogs to find out exactly which records fans have bought and sought after throughout 2015.
The online music database and marketplace community has arguably positioned itself as the go-to place for diggers worldwide, not just for buying records but also as a comprehensive discography directory.
With the help of their team, we’ve pulled together some numbers on the electronic side of their catalogue, including: releases that exchanged hands the most, those which certainly didn’t and those which made more wish lists than any other.
The top ten electronic best sellers of 2015 saw two entries and a crowning top spot for one half of Pender Street Steppers Jack J, including his summery house anthem of 2014. Another two places were held by Eglo co-owner Floating Points whilst other notable entries appear in the familiar shapes of comeback king Fatima Yamaha and Levon Vincent‘s stunning self-titled debut LP.
With Björk and Madonna being the only familiar names, the next category of the top ten highest selling electronic records of the year was certainly the most eye opening. Top spot was filled by a mix of post-classical disco electronica fusion from T.J. Hustler and his Age of Individualism EP selling for a whopping £1500. There was a great 80s disco cover from Gina that appropriately earned a rarefied status over its original, and also some pacifying ambient sounds from UK experimental group Coil. Have fun discovering the rest.
Finally we took a look at the 50 most wanted records last year and, unlike the highest selling, our ten favourites represent the kind of classics we would expect to have (or added) to our collections. Aphex Twin’s much loved ambient works topped the list whilst iconic disco from Donna Summer and pioneering jazz funk from Herbie along with Jaydee and LFO made up the top five. We were also pleased to see Pepe Bradock’s house masterpiece Burning making the ten, whose shelf-flying repress last year would have had a large say in the late appearance.
Thanks to Ron and the Discogs dev team for helping put this together.