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Our 20 Favourite Records of 2015...So Far (Part Two: 10-1)

Yesterday, we brought you the first batch of 2015-released albums that AU contributors ranked as the best of the year so far. A great blend of Australian and international releases, the list reflected a wide range of music tastes and killer tunes that obviously have struck a chord with music fans globally. Today, we continue with the countdown, naming the ten records that have stood out above the rest as some of the best albums of 2015. Sure, we're only at the midway point of the year, but no doubt, some of these artists are probably going to be making a few end-of-year wrap ups too. So, from #10 through #1...

Our 20 Favourite Records of 2015... So Far (Part One: 20-11)

It's that time of the year where everyone takes a look through their new record collections and if you're like us, you're wondering just how it's possible so much good music has been released in 2015 already! We asked our contributors to give us their favourite albums of 2015 as of this halfway point and as the results show, there's definitely some musical gold in the ranks. Take a look at the first installment of the AU's 'Top 20 Records of 2015 So Far'...

Exclusive: Go behind the scenes on the set of Asta's "Dynamite" music video!

Asta's tune "Dynamite", featuring Allday, has proved to be as explosive as the title suggests, rocketing the Tassie born artist to the ARIA Chart's Top 10 upon its release. More recently, Asta dropped the official music video for "Dynamite", matching up brilliantly with the 80s infused jam that has been captivating audiences around the country. We've got a bit of a fun insight into how this one came together - click through to go behind the scenes with Asta and Allday as she gets made up for the video.

the AU playlist: 10 songs we cannot wait to hear at OutsideIn 2015

For fans of hip hop and soul, today's first line up announcement for OutsideIn has been some big news. First, we've got neo-soul luminary Bilal heading down with his 8-piece band in tow, and then we've got two southern rap heavyweights from two very different eras, both obsessed with Cadillacs: Devin the Dude from the 90's, and Big K.R.I.T from the now. In addition to this, we've got nice list of acts that span various styles in electronica, techno, and house, most of which have a very loyal fanbase to place Sydney's most innovative boutique festival once again at the front of the pack of music events happening later this year. While half the line-up is still yet to be announced (20 acts coming, to be exact), we thought we'd look at the current list of names and bring you 10 songs we cannot wait to hear live at Manning House on Satuday 26th September.

Best of 2015 (So Far): Our top 20 hip hop tracks of mid-2015 (Part Two)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part two, 10-1

Feature: Spencer White of Morning Harvey (Brisbane) & five Australian songs he wishes he'd written!

Brisbane's Morning Harvey are soon to be out on the road with their new EP love&loveand, hitting venues down the east coast through the month. Already being touted as one of the exciting new bands coming out of Brisbane's scene, blending some psych, post-punk and indie tones brilliantly, frontman Spencer White is also earning his fair share of acclaim as an entertaining vocalist and performer.

Feature: The 9 Best Songs of All Time by The Getaway Plan

In celebration of The Getaway Plan's new release coming Friday, Dark Horses (review of it can be found here), we take a look at our favourite songs by the band. With their strong alternative rock sound and emotive lyrics, The Getaway Plan have gone from strength to strength and we can only expect great things from them.

The Best of 2015 (So Far): Top 20 Hip Hop Tracks (Part One: 20-11)

The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.

Tour Diary: HOLY HOLY (Australia) take on The Great Escape, travelling, and more

While in England touring for The Great Escape festival, HOLY HOLY documented their experiences while on the road and share with us their tour diary. From driving through Europe and being regular tourists, to pre show exercises and visiting the great John Bonham's grave, follow the band through their travels overseas. Click through to see the full tour diary...

the AU playlist: 112 - Top 12 songs by the legendary R&B group

R&B fans rejoice because one of the 90's (and early 2000's) most endearing R&B groups are making a return to these parts for a tour, with all four members in tow. Slim, Mike, Q, and Daron will be down here when August rolls around, showcasing why they are such an important part of R&B's history and why their fans constantly beg for them to make a return to the studio. Throughout their career as a group, the Atlanta quartet have given us classic after classic, with 4/5 of their discography being met with acclaim from both fans and critics. To celebrate the forthcoming tour, we thought it'd be best to go digging through the R&B crates to bring you the top 12 tracks from 112, a mix of their most well-known hits and their more underrated songs. They were Biggie's favourite group for a reason.

Tour Diary: Mathas (WA) on the road with Funkoars (Part Three)!

The end of the Funkoars' national tour has taken some serious recovery. Wrapping up with a stomper show in their hometown of Adelaide, the entire Golden Era family rolled up to celebrate. Mathas, who has been giving us some insights into his experiences on the road with the hip-hop crew, presents us with his final tour diary installment - from reconnecting with the Big Village mob in Sydney, almost sleeping in Newcastle car park, to meeting everyone's hero Larry Emdur, the last leg of the Funkoars tour was a hectic trip for the WA MC.

Exclusive Playlist: Seth Sentry brings us some top tune recommendations!

Our Artist of the Month, a Mr Seth Sentry, has recently kicked off his massive 47-date tour of Australia, premiered a new video and amid all this action, has brought us some of his fave tunes. You may have heard Seth's picks on AU Radio through June, but before the month wraps and we unveil our feature artist for July, we wanted to share Seth's playlist with you today. From Chance the Rapper to Kasabian, there's definitely a few little somethings for you to get into.

Tour Diary: Twin Lakes (Newcastle) take on the Aussie BBQ, check out new bands in Singapore and eat some laksa... (Part Two)

Earlier this week, Twin Lakes shared the first part of their Music Matters Tour Diary with us. Now, we bring you Part Two, still at the heart of Music Matters. For their last three days in Singapore, the guys share their experiences with us, from city explorations and the Aussie BBQ, to discovering new music and meeting other Aussies. See the full tour diary below...

Tour Diary: Twin Lakes (Newcastle) take on Music Matters, technical difficulties and more

Newcastle's indie pop outfit, Twin Lakes, took the AU along for the ride while they were at Music Matters in Singapore recently. Join them as they show us their experiences through their first three days on tour, including epic flights, thong hunts, unfortunate technical difficulties,, and more. Click through for the full tour diary...

Dark Mofo 2015 Spotlight: Red Bull Music Academy Presents Eye: Circom

Those familiar with maverick artist Yamantaka Eye must have expected him to eventually show up in the early years of Hobart's increasingly popular winter festival Dark Mofo. So it wasn't surprising to see his latest, incredibly vast idea, Eye: Circom on the line-up, in association with those constant diggers of the experimental Red Bull Music Academy.