Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Favorites of 2014

Although no album struck me as super-fantastic, there were a number of great tracks in 2014.  In no particular order (well, the first few are my actual favorites):

The Knocks - "Classic" (how could you not dance to this song!)

Pomo - "Start Again" (basically Summer in music form)

Snakehips - "Days With You" (anything that features Sinead Harnett on vocals is great, but this track is particularly fantastic)

DiscoSocks - "Gotta Get It Goin" (guaranteed to make you move)

Royksopp + Robyn - "Monument" (pretty epic, but I hate the jazz odyssey that this track took around the 5 minute mark)

Royksopp - "Monument (feat. Robyn)" (a later version of the prior track; a bit twitchier/crunchier)

Seinabo Sey - "Younger (Kygo Remix)"

Caribou - "Can't Do Without You"

Detroit Swindle - "You, Me, Here, Now" (Boxed Out is a great album and this is the best track of the bunch)

Clark - "Winter Linn"

George Maple - "Talk Talk (JackLNDN Remix)"

Snakehips - "On & On" (really, anything Snakehips touches is gold)

Peking Duk - "High" (both the original and the Yahtzel remix are great - the latter being a little more chill)

Ou Sont Les Filles - "Mon Bain (Dim Sum Remix") (much better than the original)

Matvey Emerson - Run Away

Kasabian - Eez-Eh (from the band who put together one of the best debut albums ever, the later recordings are just so-so; this is the best of the bunch from 48:13)

Stars - "No One Is Lost" and "From the Night" (excellent dance rock)

Deadmau5 - "Seeya" (a rare groove from the house producer)

Bad Suns - "Cardiac Arrest" (the repeated promo play on a JetBlue flight earlier this year did it for me; and yes, the track came out in 2013, but its album came out in 2014)

RAC - "Let Go" (nice work here, with vocals from Kele and Mndr)

Milagres - "Jeweled Cave"

Dum Dum Girls - "Cult of Love" and "Rimbaud Eyes" (the best tracks from the great Too True)

Warpaint - "Love Is To Die" (again, yes the track came out in 2013, but the album was released in 2014)

Still Corners - "Strange Pleasures"

FKA Twigs - "Two Weeks"

Spoon - "Outlier" and "New York Kiss" (the best tracks off of They Want My Soul)

My favorite albums (in terms of the complete work) were probably Bombay Bicycle Club's So Long, See You Tomorrow, Dum Dum Girls' Too True, and Interpol's El Pintor (not their finest hour, as the album really lacks Carlos D's basslines, but still quite good)  My favorite compilation albums were by DC downtempo/NuDisco duo Man & Woman, who put out the excellent Luxury Vol. 1 and Luxury Vol. 2 in 2014.

And somehow I missed The Neighbourhood in 2013 - I Love You is incredible, particularly "Sweater Weather" and "Afraid."  I probably played these tracks more than any others in 2014.