Aphex Twin delivered a quirky, trippy, beautiful record that only he could produce. Syro certainly makes for a strange morning commute. Beck and Spoon also turned in excellent records — among of the best of their careers. Jessie Ware’s Devotion was one of my favorite albums of 2012. This year, with a slightly higher profile, and some different producers and songwriting partners, she released Tough Love. She’s got sort of a Sade thing going on, with a lot of downtempo R&B-lite grooves that sometimes veer into Brothers Gibb disco territory (in a good way), and she has a absolutely lovely voice. She’s featured (though inexplicably uncredited) on the new Nicki Minaj album, so I hope that’s an indication her audience is growing.
I wasn’t aware of the Angel Olsen record until the NoiseNarcs nominations, and then I fell for it quickly. “White Fire” especially has this haunting, rootsy Americana sound that I love. As for St. Vincent: great art-pop with nasty guitar. The Antlers album boasts the 2nd best use of trumpet in 2014 (D’Angelo wins that one.) And Mac DeMarco rounds out the list with an understated set of catchy, lazy, slightly woozy tunes.
Sorry, Thom Yorke, I tried to love your new album. It does make for good background “wallpaper” music. And I know that Run the Jewels is probably on everyone’s list, and indeed it’s a hell of an album. But I just didn’t return to it that much. Am I too old for hip-hop these days? I don’t think so. I spun Kendrick Lamarr’s record from last year quite a bit. Maybe it’s just a bit too grating for my 2014 self? I dunno.
I wish the Royksopp and Robyn record was a full-length — I wanted more. I enjoyed the TV on the Radio album. And when it comes to country music, Sturgill Simpson is the real deal.
Standout Track(s): Chamber Of Reflection
Standout Track(s): Intruders
Standout Track(s): White Fire
Standout Track(s): Tough Love, Want Your Feeling
Standout Track(s): Do You, Knock Knock Knock
Standout Track(s): Blackbird Chain, Waking Light
Standout Track(s): minipops 67, XMAS_EVET10, syro u473t8+e
Standout Track(s): Sugah Daddy, Really Love, 1000 Deaths
Standout Track(s): Under the Pressure, Lost in the Dream, Disappearing
Run the Jewels // Run the Jewels 2
Röyksopp and Robyn // Do It Again
TV on the Radio // Seeds
Sturgill Simpson // Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
similarity to overall top ten: 51.83%, 6 matches
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