2014 Music Picks: The Best

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Thank you for joining my review of musical highlights from A.D. 2014. As ever, some spectacular sounds made their way to my ears last year, and I obsessed over a handful of exceptional artists.

I’m sure I’ve left some off, either by accident or by decree, but I do hope you enjoy perusing the list nonetheless.

BEST ALBUMS


death blues
Death Blues
Ensemble
(Rhythmplex)

deepchord
Deepchord
Lanterns
(Astral Industries)

ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence
(Interscope)

aquaplano
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions
(Spectrum Spools)

under the skin
Mica Levi
Under the Skin OST
(Milan)

Mehliana
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
(Nonesuch)

no inc
No. Inc.
Early Reflections
(No.)

SETI
S.E.T.I.
Final Trajectory
(Loki/Power and Steel)

shaded explorer
Shaded Explorer
Between the Blue
(Silent Season)

tinashe
Tinashe
Aquarius
(RCA)

tobias
Tobias.
A Series of Shocks
(Ostgut Ton)

wrangler
Wrangler
LA Spark
(MemeTune)

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2013 MUSIC PICKS!

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me in my annual music review for 2013!

I am happy to report that there were a great many incredible releases last year. Below are some of my top album picks, and for the first time, my top EP picks. Also, as is tradition, I’ve included a few releases which ultimately disappointed me.

It is always a pleasure to review the year past, I hope you found some new favourites yourself!

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BEST ALBUMS
36: Lithea (3six Recordings)
Atom™: HD (Raster-Noton)
Autechre: Exai (Warp)
Rashad Becker: Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I (Pan)
Black Swan: Redemption (Ethereal Symphony)
Charli XCX: True Romance (Atlantic)
Emptyset: Recur (Raster-Noton)
Geomatic vs. Lagowski: Cosmochemistry (M-tronic)
The Hafler Trio: A Cure for Kenophobia – An Empowerment in 4 Easy Stages – At Very Reasonable Rates (Vinyl-on-Demand)
The Knife: Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Adam Michalak: Returning to Essence (Silent Season)
Jon Mueller: Death Blues (Taiga)
TM404: TM404 (Kontra-Musik)
Voigt & Voigt: Erdingertrax (Kompakt)

BEST EPs
Vladislav Delay: Ripatti 01 EP (Ripatti)
Diamond Version: EP 1-5 (Mute)
Refracted: Along a Ghostly Trail EP (Silent Season)
TM404: Svans EP (Kontra-Musik)
Tohuwabohu: Tohuwabohu EP (Nonplace)

DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald: Borderland (Tresor)
Factory Floor:
Factory Floor (DFA)
Mika Vainio: Kilo (Blast First Petite)