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As 2015 comes to an end, most of us can recount a number of records that made a lasting impression. The same is true for Angry Mob Music Group’s A&R team, Jay Sloan (Senior Director of A&R) and Ralph Torrefranca (A&R Manger), better know as the J&R team.

With music acting as the centerpiece of their daily lives, they are more than familiar with the releases of 2015. As such, Angry Mob has asked them to share their Top 5 records.

There has been no shortage of industry-changing releases, making the “struggle real” for them to narrow things down to only 5. As an end result, their individual tastes are apparent but remain identical in relevance.

To give Jay and Ralph the respect that they each deserve, we have broken the lists into two separate parts. To start, we have included Ralph’s sage list below. Enjoy!

Foals – What Went Down

Favorite song: “Birch Tree”

Ralph – “Just when I thought they topped us with their last album Holy Fire, the band hit’s even harder. It’s gritty, it’s groovy, it’s proof in the band’s longevity. Also, their live shows melt faces. Best live act I’ve seen in a long time.”

Tame Impala – Currents

Favorite song: “The Less I Know The Better”

Ralph – “Kevin Parker has proven time and time again that he’s a real talent and I’d say this album further solidifies his confidence with the genre. It’s also a real banger of an album, is there a classier way to say that? Oh well.”

Kendrick Lamar – How To Pimp A Butterfly

Favorite song: “These Walls”

Ralph – “It’s Kendrick, c’mon. This was a beautiful art peace from beginning to end. He demands to challenge our society’s history, both the good and the ugly. Also his novel narratives + Jazz/funk/hip-hop/rock blends are amazing. Seriously, it’s a whole new level.”

Neon Indian – Vega Intl. Night School

Favorite song: “Annie”

Ralph – “If you asked me what album had me dancing the most in 2015, this record trumps all. The whole album shows some serious growth in songwriting for Alan Palomo and I believe it really solidifies Neon Indian as a veteran band.”
PS. – “Honorable mention to Miami Horror’s All Possible Futures, that was a close 2nd for my favorite dance album. Def a must listen for the electro/pop lover.”

The Wombats – Glitterbug

Favorite song: “Give Me A Try”

Ralph – “I will always be a sucker for a good pop/rock record (site my upbringing as a warped tour kid and a love for bands like Motion City Soundtrack or Paramore). This pretty much hit all of the marks for me and I’m not ashamed to admit this. “
Thanks 2015! You were p chill.

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