This years survey was conducted through the facebook Hip Hop 45s VIP page. Participants were made up of a bunch of heavy weight 45 collectors from all around the globe. You know who you are, and thanks for participating. Each 45 in the running needed to have it's original release date in 2015 in order to be in the running.
10. Adrian Younge & Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die Vol 2 Box Set
Earlier this year Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah released a powerhouse of an album, that played like a movie soundtrack with live instrumentation as the sound bed. It was a mammoth project, and the team at Get On Down had the foresight to release it as a collectable set of 45's (amongst other formats). The expectation was high, and was clearly met sliding this release into tenth place in our top ten.
9. Nick Bike - Chosen Spokes Vol II
Canadian producer Nick Bike has been around for a minute, but 2015 was clearly a good year for him. He already had a couple of 45s under his belt, but this remake of the Nas classic 'It Ain't Hard To Tell' gained Nick a solid international fanbase. The A side remix completely reconstructs the classic, whilst on the B Side Nick faithfully reverse engineers the original instrumental, and gives us an acapella as well, which made this release an essential purchase.
8. Boca 45 - Soul on Top
When it comes to 45's, very little slips past UK veteran Boca 45 who launched his own website and european based supreme team 45 Live earlier in the year. 'Soul On Top' was the debut release on his new imprint of the same name and made a big splash on the scene with its funky Hip Hop styled backing track.
7. Boca 45 - People Are You Ready
Somewhere between launching the new 45 Live website, DJ crew, and new record label Boca 45 also found time to release a new album. 'People Are You Ready' was the lead 45 release off the album, and featured a heavy block party styled remix with classic party raps, showing that Boca 45 still is a force to be reckoned with.
6. Jorun Bombay - Break Edit #1 / Pop & Chips
Jorun Bombay has been dropping project after project this year. His seasonal radioshow podcast 'Funkbox Reload' is an essential listen, with Jorun putting in countless hours of work for each episode. His attention to detail is second to none, and is clearly evident on this release where he expertly takes the knife to the Marvin Gaye classic 'T Plays It Cool' - But it's the flipside where he goes in on a heavy Blackbyrds breakbeat and crafts a perfect uptempo B Boy Hip Hop track.
5. J Rocc - Funky President Edits Vol 2
After releasing Funky President Edits Volume 1 in 2014, expectations were high for this follow up release which hits all the right spots. Its familar samples which include The Jacksons and LL Cool J, molded into standalone DJ tools made this a solid release for the dancefloor that kept a strong Hip Hop aesthetic whilst retaining the texture of a live funk jam.
4. DJ Pump & Hedspin - Game Theory / No Escapin' This
A late release for the year that clearly made a big impact by the Canadian duo of Pump and Hedspin. This release is pure dance floor fire utilising some familiar samples merged with some that will leave the biggest crate diggers scratching their heads. Both sides are killer, and I hope we can expect to hear more sure shots by these guys in the year to come.
3. Marc Hype, Naughty NMX, & Jim Sharp - Uptown / Sugarman
Berlin based label Dusty Donuts had a big year of releases, earning them two positions in this years chart. The labels trademark sound of editing party classics but with a string Hip Hop influence made them essential releases for all deejays.
2. Jim Sharp - Rubber Band / The Light
Jim sharp narrowly misses the number one slot, with this excellent release from the Dusty Donuts label. It's a solid release that takes on classics from The Trammps, and Bobby Caldwell and gives them the typical Dusty Donuts treatment which makes this release sound just as great in the club as it does in the headphones.
1. DJ Format - Kool & The Gangstarr Generation
The Brighton based veteran DJ Format shows that when it comes to chopping up samples he is still the king, and this release is an absolute stomper earning him the number one position in this years chart. Format carves up a massive selection of Kool and Gang (and related) joints to expert effect. Both sides are densely layered pieces of art that will have the heads nodding and the crate diggers guessing.