The rather top notch Lost In Vinyl celebrated their first birthday recently, to help celebrate we picked the brains of owner Rob Campkin about the year in releases. The results are a pretty juicy list of great records released in the last 12 months…

Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary
Effortless yet stunning album from probably the best English singer-songwriter around today.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
Short (for them), succinct and wonderful drone/post-rock from the genre’s finest band.

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
We’re not the biggest Sufjan fans but this album knocked us sideways on first listen. Still does.

Floating Points – Elaenia
First proper album from Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points. Sublime jazz/ambient/electronica. Sounds much better than our description.

Jamie XX – In Colour
The sound of summer 2015.

The Fall – Sub-Lingual Tablet
Mark E. Smith is a godlike genius. Or a drunk man sat on a park bench shouting at no one in particular. We can’t quite decide.

New Order – Music Complete
Could have been awful. Instead it was magnificent. Who’s Peter Hook?

Beach House – Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars
I just can’t choose between the two. Both are exceptional.

Sleater-Kinney – Our Cities To Love
The best modern rock record released this year.

Reissue of the year – Escape From New York soundtrack (expanded edition).
The best John Carpenter soundtrack remastered and expanded for a lovely double vinyl package.

If you like vinyl then get to Lost In Vinyl on Magdalene Street in town, just up from The Pickerel and if you like lists, keep an eye on Slate between now and the end of year.