Albums of the Year 2014

December 24, 2014 at 10:48 am 2 comments

2014

If you’re at all concerned about the place of music in our culture, 2014 was a terrible year. If you’re just looking for some awesome shit to listen to, it was a fantastic year. Who can keep up? This is, inevitably, an incomplete list. Still listening, still catching up.

Top 10 Albums


1.    Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)
Hard to pick between this and the Fennesz but – really – Soused is some next-level shit

2.    Fennesz – Bécs (Editions Mego)

A partial return to his Endless Summer sound and well worth the wait

3.    Oval – Voa (self-released)
Technically, this came out digitally in 2013 but the vinyl is the real deal

4.    Diamond Version – CI (Mute)
Top-ten-worthy for Leslie Winer’s cameo alone – the rest is just (delicious) icing

5.    Tape – Casino (Hapna)
Pure melodic loveliness? No: specifically impure melodic loveliness

6.    Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers (Modern Love)
His most accessible yet but still utterly, utterly knackered

7.    Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism (Editions Mego)
Ambarchi’s best in ages – imagine a Moritz von Oswald Arkestra

8.    Loscil – Sea Island (Kranky)
Finally, Loscil manages to integrate discontinuous elements into his oceanic swells

9.    Black to Comm – Black to Comm (Type)
A massive, mind-fraying psychedelic journey into the heart of the drone

10.    Locust – After the Rain (Editions Mego)
Inexcusably gorgeous radiophonic melodicism from Mark van Hoen and co

Bubbling Under

  • The Bug – Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)
    The best bits are as good as anything but there are a few duff tracks
  • Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sound)
    A very disappointing, patchy follow-up to Austerity Dogs but the peaks are miles high
  • Actress – Ghettoville (Ninja Tune)
  • Lee Gamble – KOCH (Pan)
  • LCC – D/evolution (Editions Mego)
  • Tujiko Noriko – My Ghost Comes Back (Editions Mego)

Also Recommended

  • Vladislav Delay – Visa (Ripatti)
  • Lawrence English – Wilderness of Mirrors (Room40)
  • Fennesz – Mahler Remixed (self-released)
  • Eric Holm – Andøya (Subtext)
  • Nicholas Krgovich – On Sunset (NK World Service)
  • Kyoka – Is (Is Superpowered) (Raster-Noton)
  • Klara Lewis – Ett (Editions Mego)
  • Madlib – Piñata Beats (Madlib Invazion), Rock Konducta Vol. 1  and Rock Konducta Vol. 2 (Rappacats)
  • Namoi Punk – Television Man (Captured Tracks)
  • Nochexxx – Thrusters (Ramp)
  • Thee Oh Sees – Drop (Castle Face)
  • Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
  • Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)
  • Arbutus – Bedroom Safari (Vague Sound)
  • Sarah Davachi – August Harp (Cassuna)

Singles/EPs

  • Holly Herndon – Chorus and Home (RVNG Intl.)
  • Sleaford Mods – Tied up in Nottz (Little Teddy) and Tiswas (Invada)
  • The Bug vs. Earth – Boa/Cold (Ninja Tune)
  • Ian Crause – The Song of Phaeton (self-released)
  • Dalglish – Dorcha Aigeann (Ge-stell)
  • Lee Gamble – Kuang (Pan)
  • Katie Gately/Tlaotlon – split (FatCat)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Commissions I (Warp)

Reissues etc.

  • The Fates – Furia (Finders Keepers)
  • Leslie Winer – Witch (Superior Viaduct)
  • Basic Channel – Q-Loop (Basic Channel)
  • The Fall – The Unutterable (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
  • Secret Pyramid – The Silent March (Students of Decay)
  • Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up + (Ipecac)

Live Shows

  • Kate Bush in London
  • Loop in Vancouver
  • Big Joy Festival in Vancouver

Discoveries

  • Roly Porter
  • Sleaford Mods

Oh and I had an album out this year, for what it’s worth.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David James  |  February 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Glad to see someone else found and liked that Mahler Remixed album!! Nice list btw. I don’t think it was such a shit year, but it wasn’t filled with as much genius as others. What was here, was great though.

    Reply
  • 2. Biggie Samuels  |  February 5, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    It’s always a good year for awesome new releases. My negative comment was more in reference to good music’s inability to impact the wider culture in any meaningful way.

    Reply

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