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2014 So Far...

Have been away from sputnik for a little while, list is an from earlier in the year..
50Big Ups
Eighteen Hours of Static

Nothing particularly groundbreaking but an exciting release nonetheless.
49Wreck and Reference

Still prefer the 'Black Cassette' EP but this is another unique sounding record from The Flenser in 2014.
More Than Any Other Day

Wear their influences on their sleeves but still an undeniably good record.
Melana Chasmata

Not really a weak moment on this; heavy and dark.
Wakng Thrst for Seeping Banhee

If you're looking for something different...
45Carla Bozulich

Perhaps her most accessible release but still remains interesting with some of her best tracks.
44The Horrors

Although not the most original sound it's still pure ear candy. If you liked their previous releases and dig shoegazey stuff this will not disappoint.
43Current 93
I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell

Quirky vocals and instrumentation; their best in years.
Reality Testing

Not as good as Galaxy Garden but still has a handful of amazing tracks. Love the textures and chord progressions from this guy..
41Oneohtrix Point Never
Commissions I

Three more stellar tracks following up last year's amazing LP
40Mac DeMarco
Salad Days

One for the summer, pretty much as good as '2'.

Accessible grindcore? Their most melodic release.

Equals his 'Commotion' EP. Some of these tracks will remain in rotation for the foreseeable future
37Real Estate

Good job.
36Jamie xx
Girl/Sleep Sound

Including 'All Under One Roof Raving' with this. Maybe an album coming later this year which could end up fairly high on year end lists. All three tracks are amazing
35Artificial Brain
Labyrinth Constellation

Very accomplished debut, can't wait for their next one.
Nikki Nack

Really eclectic mix of tracks, used to like Water Fountain before youtube started advertising it before every other video I watch.
33The Body
I Shall Die Here

Collaboration with The Haxan Cloak makes them sound even more earth shattering.
32Millie and Andrea
Drop The Vowels

Has flown under the radar slightly considering Andy Stott's recent success.
31How to Dress Well
What Is This Heart?

Continues his streak of great pop records, will probably jam this over the summer.
30Cloud Nothings
Here and Nowhere Else

Great record with improved vocals imo.
29Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

Took me a while to listen to this for some reason but glad I got round to it. These guys can basically do no wrong.

Just got 'Endless Summer' as well, this is almost as good which is saying something.
27Lord Mantis
Death Mask

Unsettling and heavy listen. Not for the faint of heart...
26The Antlers

Thought this record was pretty homogeneous at first but am appreciating each track more and more. Really beautiful release
25Hiss Tracts
Shortwave Nights

Great soundscapes. If you like the ambient/drone sections of Godspeed..
24Luke Abbott
Wysing Forest

1 rating!! Holkham Drones was pretty great and this surpasses it imo.

Their first fully original album with some really amazing tracks.
Yellow Memories

This needs more attention on this site, some of the best soul music I've heard.

This continues to grow on me, shame it's his last.
20The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream

Didn't love this as much as everyone else at first but some of these tracks are so smooth.
19Sd Laika
That's Harakiri

Experimental grime (enough said)

Another grower, still doesn't match 'Drum's Not Dead' but their transition to an electronic sound has been seamless.
17A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Sea When Absent

Mesh of styles including dream pop, shoegaze etc really well executed.

Incredible debut, great production and vocals
15Leon Vynehall
Music For The Uninvited

Thanks for this @TMobotron
14St. Vincent
St. Vincent

Like many I still prefer 'Strange Mercy' but this is still a fantastic record yet again.
13Death Grips
The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon

Can't wait for second half of this, much better than Government Plates imo
12Todd Terje
It's Album Time

Sounds so fresh, perfect for summer parties .
11Dead Congregation
Promulgation of the Fall

6 years on they haven't reinvented themselves but have improved the same formula imo
10Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty

Haven't heard this yet but just realised I fucked up with 49 albums. 'Black Up' was amazing so i'll give this the privilege of being a place holder for now, pretty sure it will end up on this list at some point for real though.
9Kemialliset Ystavat
Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa

One of the more interesting releases this year, can't really describe how it sounds tbh.
8Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World

Prefer this to Deathconciousness which is saying something
7Ben Frost

Brilliantly produced with great textures and soundscapes. Some of the best tracks this year on this.
6Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

As usual incredible beats from Madlib, Freddie Gibbs is also very good although he doesn't quite match what MF Doom did imo.
5White Suns

Brutal, tortured noise rock. Still haven't decided whether this trumps Sinews or not but this is certainly one of the more exciting bands at the moment. The Flenser is having a stellar year...
4Sun Kil Moon

Beautiful and haunting, a set of tales straight from the heart. Truly special release
To Be Kind

Another home run from Swans. For me this doesn't surpass 'The Seer' but still has Michael Gira's enthralling, manic persona and still manages to be both brutal and beautiful.

I may be overrating this but I have been fascinated by this release ever since it came out and keep returning to it. Hope this gets more attention.
1Valerio Tricoli
Miseri Lares

Chilling and horrifying. Probably the greatest exponent of this type of music (Musique Concrete) I've heard, manages to be extremely engaging and physical throughout it's 77 minute running time. Listen to this in the dark..
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