Musical highlights from 2014?

With the various ‘best of 2014’ lists doing the rounds, I decided I should throw in my two cents and post a few of my own favourites.

Loads of great new music to choose from, and the Dead Albatross 2014 music prize picked out a fair share (do take a look, especially The Mistys), but here are ten that caught my ear this year (or in the case of the video from Petrels, my eye). Pretty sure I’ve posted them all previously, but it was interesting to go back through the blog myself and rediscover some I’d (temporarily) forgotten about.

This is in no particular order, and leaves out too many awesome tunes that are also worth a listen. Check out the rest of the blog for just a few of them.

As ever, hats off to all the folk out there creating, discovering, or sharing new music (many of whom will readily recognise what follows). Shouts to Mark Cunliffe and the gang at Dandelion Radio, DJ Kamikaze, Feed Me Weird Things, Dukla Prague Away Kit, Mike Darkfloor and all the good folk on Future Music FM, Codex of Plant Responses, Julius Cage of Sounds, and Ear Spook Radio to name but a few.

Thanks all.

So, without further ado…

There’s No Need To Be Frightened
by Hugo Kant
I really should have listened to this much more than I have. It’s great.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=77306919/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=2747872299/transparent=true/

Katharina 22 b
by Petrels
Love the video.

Attica 22 b from nicholas mortimer on Vimeo.

Billy Not Really
by Death Grips
Although in July they also announced they were breaking up, via the medium of napkin.

Dancefloor Nemesis
by Dead Fader
Noise music at its finest.

Feel Awful
by POLYFUSE
Bought the album on the strength of this track alone.

Frozen Berries
by Little Spoon
The whole album is brilliant.

Pushing On (Tchami Remix)
by Oliver $ & Jimi Jules
More housey than my usual fare, but a great remix.

Pollution (feat. Nita Disaster)
by Dementio13
Another cracking album. Buy it, you won’t regret it.

Shock Out (feat. Nu Jam)
by Lady Waks and Marten Hørger
Awesome breaks.

Galactic Face-Funk
by Stuey Valentoni
Listen to the whole album. Even if the song titles are less than subtle.

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