From crowd surfing on Boiler Room to his first gig over seas and hosting his own ‘Sulta Selects’ parties, this has been a year Heckter Barbour aka Denis Sulta will likely never forget. And it all started with this smoking hot EP on DABJ. Heavily supported by the likes of Skream and Jackmaster, the title track alone was enough to tear a hole in the roof of the Subbie, while the tribal drums of ‘She Make Me Feel (Like I Never Sinned)’ and the techno soul of ‘Duh Yuh Luv Meh’ underlined his ability to easily flip style and tempo. (Buy)
The coolest track of 2015? ‘Nightwalkin’ arrived on MermaidS’ new label Goodship Records earlier this year, swaggering onto the dancefloor with a scintillating Allen Toussaint sample (who sadly passed away in November). Loose, live and grooving, it started the summer in fine style. Matched on the flipside with two slick and sexy 80’s jams, the whole release drips with honey. (Buy)
Who are Hi & Saberhägen? Your guess is as good as ours, but what we do know is that their self-titled debut EP is one of the most distinct releases of 2015. Call it deep house, melodic electro or slow-mo tech house, it all winds up being the type of satisfyingly obscure dancefloor electronica which is right at home on Huntleys + Palmers. From the mesmerizing ‘Peanut Butter’ to the ethereal warblings on ‘Clan Of Sisterhood’, it’s a weird and wonderful diversion from normality. (Buy)
Do you remember the last time a band really caught your attention? For us it had been a while, but when WHITE unleashed this endorphin-laced dancefloor dirty-bomb, we were absolutely hooked, and still are. With a double-measure of DFA and the sexual magnetism of Bowie, this Glaswegian five-piece revitalised the indie disco in 2015 with a sound which is irresistibly danceable. (Buy)
Although his releases are few and far between, there is always a great sense of excitement when Sega Bodega reveals something new. Arriving on London label, Activia Benz, ‘Sportswear’ sees the producer summoning five wondrous soundscapes; from the enchanted opener ‘Sun Loop’ to the explosive ‘Broken Ribs’ and the misty, Aztec ruins of ‘Elis’, it’s a captivating listen. (Buy)
It’s been an enormous year for Glasgow-based Grum, and it all started with his debut EP for globally renowned label Anjunabeats. The three track ‘Trine EP’ found the producer soaring majestically in the mainroom with a sound which captures all the rushing emotion of trance, but crucially doesn’t rely on towering builds and cheesy vocals to deliver those dancefloor highs. (Buy)
Perfectly timed as our New Year hangover started to evaporate, The Nuclear Family released ‘Come Dine With Us’, their second EP in as many years. Awash with dreamy pads and sparkling synth stabs, it offered four deep and shimmering slabs of Balearic, analogue house, which had us dreaming of Mediterranean sun and the long days of summer. We eagerly await the next installment. (Buy)
“I am proud of every record I've released, but this 1 is fucking right up there”, tweeted Jackmaster when Numbers shared this surprise EP by Glasgow stalwart, Dave Clark aka Sparky. A mesmerising slice of electro which sounds like Yuri Gagarin taking his first flight as a cosmonaut, ‘Signals’ is beautifully designed, with twinkling synths dancing over a warm, analogue bassline. (Buy)
9/ VARIOUS – NAUTILUS RISING 001 (Nautilus Rising)
It was unlikely that the inaugural release on Sub Club’s timely new label, Nautilus Rising, was going to offer anything but quality house and techno. With an all-star cast of Vince Watson, Stephen Lopkin, Lord of the Isles and Alex Smoke providing four brazen jams which are raw, immersive and driven, they clearly had the Subbie’s bodysonic dancefloor in mind. (Buy)
DIY label West End Communications made a big impact on the local scene this year, showcasing some of the exceptional talent emerging from Glasgow’s bedroom studios. Setting out their stall in January with the now sold out ‘Pollock County Classics’, the mysterious Burrell Connection unleashed a dancefloor assault which is still doing the damage almost twelve months on.
Please note that all releases featured in this list were produced by Glaswegian or Glasgow-based artists and feature in no particular order. Check our Top 10 Albums of 2015 feature here.