|Not Another (twenty Four)teen List|
2014 favz yall + 6 of my favorite EPs at the end. I'm sure there are alot of boring/obvious choices here but rrrrrrrhopefully there are a few surprises as well. =) I love you guys.
Contains some of what I would consider to be Baths' best material to date. Can't wait for the
next full length from this dude.
|52||Falls of Rauros / Panopticon|
Sand + Silence
Digital Dream Sequence
|46||Woods of Desolation|
As the Stars
Guilty of Everything
Range of Light
Once More 'Round the Sun
They Want My Soul
The Next Four Years
|25||Job for a Cowboy|
|24||Save Us From the Archon|
|23||Animals as Leaders|
The Joy of Motion
|22||Every Time I Die|
From Parts Unknown
The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
It wasn?t until a couple months after the 1st half of Death Grips supposed ?final? album came
out that I started to truly appreciate it (and the rest of their discography post ?The Money
Store?). The Bjork samples are nothing less than brilliant. MC Ride continues his upward
trajectory, effortlessly one upping his last several performances. Apart from the unnecessary
redundancy of ?Up My Sleeves?, Niggas on the Moon is another worthy addition to the Death
Grips catalogue. If the 2nd half of this was out, it might have made a higher inclusion on this
|19||Run the Jewels|
Run the Jewels 2
This album had everything I could?ve asked for in a commercial rap sequel. Better production,
dope rhymes, a fantastic guest verse from Zack de la Rocha, and themes worthy of the
intellectual merit of these two MCs. This album is well worth the mounds of hyperbolic acclaim
it has received.
Roads to the North
A solid bm output from Kentucky native Austin Lunn. Some great percussion here and his
signature melding of bluegrass, folk, and black metal has never sounded better.
Jenkins? latest mixtape proves he has the skill to stand tall with the other Chicago up and
comers. His lyrics here provide the listener with the kind of positivity you won?t find from any
other rapper in the game right now. This was undoubtedly my mixtape of the year due to the
refreshing lyrics and above average production quality.
The Fall of Therenia
Great prog metal record, chock full of tasty instrumentation. It?s spacey. It?s brutal. It?s fun as
Experimentation with an accessible edge. When I reviewed it I knew it would be a contender
for hip hop AOTY and it has only gotten better with repeat listens. Clipping have shown
themselves to be THE hip-hop act to watch in 2014 (aside from RtJ), dropping some fantastic
singles and a stellar full length. I can?t wait to see what these dudes bring us next.
I Forget Where We Were
My first exposure to Ben Howard was on this downtrodden folk record and I gotta say it is
some of the best music I?ve heard from the genre in quite some time.
Submo Orchestra continues to improve in all the right areas. Alium is yet another tight,
dreamy, jazzy electronic record for cold winter nights.
|12||Nero Di Marte|
Dark, atmospheric Italian metal. Sounds a bit like Gojira except better.
|11||Old Man Gloom|
The Ape of God II
Disc 2 of the Ape of God record was undeniably the standout of the two discs, so much so that
it almost completely outshines its predecessor. With some great production backing them,
these guys have put out one of the best post metal records of the year.
|10|| ||Flying Lotus|
FlyLo?s exploration of death created some of his most interesting music since Cosmogramma.
The theme helped to make this record a more cohesive whole than UtQC. The guest features
here really help elevate the entire experience with an outstanding output from the likes of
Kendrick, Snoop, Herbie Hancock, and of course Thundercat.
A beautiful, gaze-y metal masterpiece. I am enamored by how well the riffs truly feel like
they?re melting into your ears for the duration of this record.
|8|| ||Todd Terje|
Its Album Time
Nostalgic dance music that puts Random Access Memories to shame. Probably the funnest
record you?ll hear all year.
|7||Casualties of Cool|
Casualties of Cool
Spacey folk from Devin Townsend. Sure, he?s not the first to experiment with this sound but
still a very notably forward thinking release from Townsend and co.
When Last We Met
The most beautiful post rock record you?ll hear this year. Takes all of the best elements of
Heights and pushes them even further.
A U R O R A
A fuzzy, monolithic, Blade Runner esque electronic behemoth.
Dark, '80s themed cyberpunk dystopian synthwave. Inspired by a passion for ?80s sci-fi action
movies and metal music, Kent?s latest LP takes all of the successful elements of his previous
releases and amps up the intensity. From start to finish, this album excels at immersing the
listener into the world of Nocturne City.
Dark Space III I
Dark Space have never sounded this good. The production quality here only serves to
highlight the excellence of III I. Gone are the buried vocals and drowned instruments and a
newfound clarity gives listeners one of the most harrowing, bleak, and unsettling listening
experiences this year.
|2||The War on Drugs|
Lost in the Dream
Slave Ambient feels like an afterthought now that this has dropped. Such a gorgeous album.
Adam Granduciel put his heart and soul to tape and it shows on tracks like ?Under the
Pressure,? ?Dissapearing? and ?Eyes to the Wind.? This was my most highly anticipated album
of 2014 and it did not disappoint in the slightest.
Sacred White Noise
Here it is: my AOTY. This underrated metal gem is the epitome of a downward spiral into the
depths of despair. What truly makes this album stand out is the phenomenal guitar leads and
the unpredictable nature of these tracks. This is unlike any metal album you'll hear all year.
Move over Darkspace, there can be only one reigning metal champion of 2014 and
Thantifaxath have murdered all of the competition.