The Face Radio Best of 2015

2015 was an exciting year for new music. Though this was our 2nd year doing a best of, this was the first full year for us as a radio. We were so pleased with the amount of new albums we heard, new 45s, and new artists that we came across. When we started The Face in 2014, the initial plan was to only play old Funk and Soul 45s, and some Mod records, and through a short amount of time, I found that I’d be doing a disservice if I wasn’t highlighting the artists and labels that were creating timeless music and releasing important records It was both complicated, but also brought me extraordinary joy compiling this list. This is our best of 2015.

Best New Artist of 2015

Grace Love & The True Loves

Grace Love & The True Loves

Only Seattle can lay claim to the Best New Artist of 2015. Grace Love & The True Loves have laid down a marker with their brand of hot soul and funk. Their self titled 12 track debut album reveals a deep rich sound which is filled with heavy sax and horns, add to this a classic soul guitar and you end up with a crisp sound reminiscent of the Stax era. The vocals that power this album complete what is a very accomplished set of songs.

Check out our interview with Grace and Jimmy from the 13th of September.

Top 10 Best Albums of 2015

#1 Stone Foundation – A Life Unlimited

The Turning Point, 7 August

Stone Foundation A Life Unlimited

#2 Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

Parlophone, Warner Bros, 18 May

Paul Weller Saturns Pattern

#3 Saun & Starr – Look Closer

Daptone, 19 May

Saun & Starr Look Closer

#4 The Haggis Horns – What Comes To Mind

Haggis Records, 2 Oct

Haggis Horns What Comes To Mind

#5 The Milk – Favourite Worry

Wah Wah, 16 Oct

The Milk - Favourite Worry

#6 Grace Love & The True Loves – S/T

TrueLove Records, 2 Oct

Grace Love & The True Loves - S/T

#7 The Soul Motivators – Free To Believe

Do Right Music, 21 Sept

The Soul Motivators - Free To Believe

#8 Buffalo Brothers – Fresh From The Horn

Red Eye Records, 30 Oct

Buffalo Brothers - Fresh From The Horn

#9 Calibro 35 – S.P.A.C.E

Record Kicks, 6 Nov

Calibro 35 - S.P.A.C.E.

#10 The Spitfires – Response

Catch 22, 21 May

The Spitfires - Response

Top 5 Best Compilations of 2015

#1 Praise Poems, Vols 1&2

Tramp Records, February & September

Praise Poems, Vol. 1

#2 Feeling Nice, Vol. 3

Tramp Records, 2 October

Feeling Nice, Vol. 3

#3 Black Feeling, Vol. 3

Freestyle Records, 25 September

Black Feeling, Vol. 3

#4 Modern Northern Soul

Acid Jazz, 10 July

Modern Northern Soul

#5 Swinging Japan

Acid Jazz, 14 April

Swinging Japan

Top 5 Best Singles of 2015

#1 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Little Boys with Shiny Toys

Daptone, 18 April


#2 Joel Sarakula – Northern Soul b/w Children of a Higher Light

HeavySoul, 15 April

Joel Sarakula ‎– Northern Soul

#3 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – Paint Me In A Corner b/w Where Are You Now?

Timmion Records, 15 April


#4 Moonfires – Such a Bad Girl b/w You Got Me Funky

Al Dente, September


#5 The Hidden Charms – Dreaming of Another Girl b/w Long Way Down

B3SCI Records, 24 July



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