2015, we’re glad you’re over. Still, music always saves, and most of the best things that happened this year took place on a dancefloor. Read on for a look back at the last 12 months (and check out our top 10 albums and top 50 tracks of 2015 for more nostalgia, as well as some Q&As with our NYE DJs on their 2015s). On to bigger and better in ’16!

Places to Which We Bid Adieu: Cameo Gallery, Tandem Bar, Passenger Bar, Pacha (early ’16)

Spots That Opened This Year: Black Flamingo, El Cortez, Elvis Guesthouse, Studio 299, C’mon Everybody, Nowadays, Max Cellar (already R.I.P.), The Brooklyn Mirage (now R.I.P…. we think), Market Hotel (reopening), Marcy North

Our Favorite Places to Dance: Good Room, Bossa Nova Civic Club, Black Flamingo, Le Bain, The Panther Room

Best Venue Staff: Good Room and Black Flamingo (and we miss you, Cameo staff!)

Favorite Parties: Fixed, The Bunker, Fine Time, The Loft, Aloha Friday, 718 Sessions, Wrecked, Nouveau York, In the Bush, Let’s Play House, Tiki Disco, SHADE, Synthicide, Capriccio, French Kiss Presents, Party Line, Sublimate, C//TY CLUB, Rinsed, Occupy the Disco, Industry of Machines, Level, Redisco, Reprise

Best New Parties: Mixmag x Smirnoff Sound COllective present The Lab NYC (usually Fridays at TBA Brooklyn), WET (Sundays at Black Flamingo), 808 (Sugar Hill Disco), DOWN. (monthly, venue varies), Private Pleasure (monthly at Black Flamingo)

Best NYC Festivals: Sustain/Release and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Best U.S. Festival Outside of NYC: Movement

Best Live Acts: ZGRT, DUST, Hess Is More, Midnight Magic, Further Reductions, Ghost Cop, Gavin Russom, Leisure Muffin

Favorite NYC DJs: Justin Strauss, JDH & Dave P, Mike Servito, DJ Spun, Nikola Baytala, Jacques Renault, Tunnel Signs, Alex From Queens, Analog Soul, Tim Sweeney, Alex From Tokyo, Wrecked (Ryan Smith + Ron Like Hell), Willie Burns, Dan Selzer, Soul 2 Seoul, Lloydski, Marcos Cabral, Faso, Kaviar Disco Club, Volvox

Favorite Guests at glitterballnyc Parties: Tronik Youth, Heretic, Man Power, Sal P, Franz Underwear (Franz Scala)

Best Out-of-Towner Sets: The Black Madonna, DJ Harvey, Erol Alkan, Lokier, Severed Heads, Moscoman, Matias Aguayo, Fabrizio Mammarella, Theo Parrish, Rebolledo, plus everyone listed directly above

Best Aesthetics: A.POP, BBQ Films

Best Summer Vibes: Select Summer Fridays at Le Bain, Air a Danser at Battery Harris, Tiki Disco, Coney Art Walls

Best Happy Hour: Cool Runnings every Monday at Salt + Charcoal

Best Afters: Bushwick A/V and Unter

Best Go-To Spots (Reliable/Affordable): Black Flamingo, Bossa Nova Civic Club, TBA Brooklyn (all almost always open, almost always free, and always great music)

Best Zine: Love Injection

Best Music-Related Website: Cliktrips.com

Best NYC-Based Radio Shows: WTBS (Newtown Radio) and Beats In Space (WNYU)

Best NYC-Based Record Labels: Have a Killer Time, Throne of Blood, Let’s Play House, The Bunker New York, WT Records

Best Record Shops: halcyon, Turntable Lab, Academy Records

Our Favorite Record Labels Based Elsewhere: Nein, Correspondant, Days of Being Wild, Slow Motion,

Best Glitterball (tie): Good Room and Verboten

Best Roof (tie): Le Bain and Output

Biggest Inspiration: The Black Madonna (Marea Stamper), DISCWOMAN

Biggest Bummers of ’15: Cameo closing; temporary closures of TBA Brooklyn and Bossa Nova Civic Club; Cityfox Halloween cancellation

Most Memorable Nights: Good Room boat party with Tom of England and Slow to Speak; early morning surprise set from Nico Jaar and Jacques Greene at Cameo Gallery; Boiler Room live hardware set at Trans-Pecos with Gavin Russom, Certain Creatures, Bookworms, and more; An Choi 6-Year Anniversary at Good Room with Midnight Magic live; Blade Rave with The Crystal Method, Pictureplace, and visuals by Sean Dack; WORA with a/jus/ted, Soul 2 Seoul, Paul Raffaele & Barbie Bertisch, Motel No. 7 with Fixed, Rok One, and more; ReSolute with Matias Aguayo, The Black Madonna, A.Arias, and more

Weirdest Thing to Happen: Björk DJing off her iPhone in the Bad Room at Good Room

(Out-of-Town) DJ Wishlist for 2016: Club Bizarre, Bird of Paradise, Offset, Inigo Vontier, Aphex Twin, 2manydjs, Legowelt, Jokers of the Scene, Rodion, Pink Skull, Trevor Jackson, Jori Hulkkonen

(What Came True Off Our 2015 Out-of-Town DJ Wishlist for 2015: DJ Harvey, Heretic, Erol Alkan, Man Power, Matias Aguayo, Paranoid London, and Optimo… and Red Axes and Andrew Weatherall are coming up soon in ’16!)

Trend Predictions for ’16: Dark synth/industrial/electro/italo sounds rising up again

New Year’s Resolution: Travel, travel, travel (same as our ’15 one…)

Bonus Special Mention for Best Out-of-Town Parties/Venues We Attended in 2015: Club Toilet (Detroit), No Way Back (Detroit), Drugstore (Belgrade), 20/44 (Belgrade), Smart Bar (Chicago), The Dolphin (Philly), KC Grad (Belgrade)

 12/31/2015  News