Music of 2014

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Compiled across the year, these are my favourite tracks from the albums I liked in 2014. They’re not ranked; just ordered to keep a nice flow between genres.

Artist Title
La Isla Bonita Play Deerhoof Big House Waltz
Gist Is Play Adult Jazz Donne Tongue
Dude Incredible Play Shellac The People's Microphone
Battlefields Forever Play Big Business Chump Chance
Hold It In Play Melvins Sesame Street Meat
The Physical World Play Death From Above 1979 The Physical World
Lazaretto Play Jack White Lazaretto
Royal Blood Play Royal Blood Out Of The Black Explicit
The Best Day Play Thurston Moore Forevermore
Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. Play Mogwai Teenage Exorcists
Noise Play Boris Heavy Rain
To Be Kind Play Swans Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)
Primitive and Deadly Play Earth There Is a Serpent Coming
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything Play Silver Mt. Zion What We Loved Was Not Enough
The Last Dawn Play MONO Cyclone
Another Language Play This Will Destroy You Dustism
RAVE TAPES Play Mogwai Remurdered
Tremors Play SOHN Fool
Ghettoville Play Actress Time
Reachy Prints Play Plaid Nafovanny
Early Riser Play Taylor Mcferrin Stepps
Syro Play Aphex Twin PAPAT4 [155][pineal mix]
Dervish Play Simian Mobile Disco Dervish
Cupid's Head Play The Field No. No...
DEAD Play Young Fathers MMMH MMMH
Everybody Down Play Kate Tempest A Hammer
LP1 Play FKA twigs Pendulum Explicit
You're Dead! Play Flying Lotus Dead Man's Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
Dr. Stokley Play Dudley Perkins Geriatrics - Kid Sublime Mix
...and then you shoot your cousin Play The Roots Black Rock
Respect the Architect Play Blueprint Once Again Explicit
Cassette On Vinyl Play Jonwayne Bukowski
Bestiary (Bonus Track Version) Play Hail Mary Mallon Krill Explicit
Animal Serum Play Prince Po Toxic
The People (feat. Chuck D) Play De La Soul The People (feat. Chuck D) Explicit
Directors Of Photography Play Dilated Peoples The Reversal Explicit
Petals Have Fallen Play Dels Pack Of Wolves
Lese Majesty Play Shabazz Palaces Ishmael Explicit
v2.0 Play GoGo Penguin Murmuration
III Play BadBadNotGood Can't Leave the Night
Juice Play Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Sham Time
The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Play Ambrose Akinmusire Vartha
Inevitable Western Play The Bad Plus Gold Prisms Incorporated
Touch and Flee Play Neil Cowley Trio Queen
Nothing Has Changed (The Best Of David Bowie) [Deluxe Edition] Play David Bowie Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Woodstock Sessions Vol. 2 Play Medeski, Martin & Wood Looters
Out Of Hands We Go Play O'Death Wait For Fire
Tied to a Star Play J Mascis Heal the Star
Benji Play Sun Kil Moon Pray for Newtown
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Deluxe Edition) Play Damien Jurado Metallic Cloud
Morning Phase Play Beck Say Goodbye
Terrestrials Play SUNN O))) & Ulver Eternal Return
Then It All Came Down Play Wrekmeister Harmonies Then It All Came Down (Part 5)
Sea Island Play Loscil Sea Island Murders

Surprise

Taylor McFerrin. This popped up in Spotify artist radio and quickly become my go-to album for pretty much everything. I would listen to nothing else for literally days at a time, finding something new to love on each rotation. ‘Already There’ features Thundercat, and having a bit of a weakness for talented bassists I was drawn even further in. I don’t like to pick favourites, but if I was forced to…

Disappointment

I genuinely cannot choose anything. Scanning through this playlist illustrates just how good 2014 was for music (well, the particular styles of music that I like). Choosing Taylor McFerrin over Earth, GoGo Penguin, Beck, Shellac and Damien Juardo was not easy.

Special Mention

Flying Lotus for the Freddie Mercury sample in ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’.