Best Albums of 2014 So Far…

This first half of the year has brought us many great albums and with the next half of the year promising to be just as brilliant I believe it’s time we have a moment of reflection. Here is a list of my top five personal favourite albums so far in no particular order.

Ratking – So It Goes

Source: XL

Source: XL

On NYC based trio Ratking’s Debut album they deliver harsh noisy Hip-Hop with a punk edge. They tell stories of growing up in NYC with such energy while the production is in your face and progressive yet grimy beats. They flirt with psychedelia and bring a wide range of instrumentation to the mix. Read my review of it here and listen to them here.

Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

Source: ArtRocker

Source: ArtRocker

Happyness’s debut album is a slice of lo-fi magic reminiscent of bands such as Pavement and early Wilco. Their lyrics are filled with satire on teenage life and sexual frustration yet they’re sung in such a gentle way. It’s an album just filled with great songs to put it simply. Read my review here. Listen to them here

tUnE yArDs – Nikki Nack

Source: 4AD

Source: 4AD

tUnE yArDs put together one of the best pop records of the year so far, taking influence from haiti for elements of their percussion as well as the typical influences from all around the globe. Merril Garbel sings her heart out on this record providing many whacky as hell vocals. Read my review here and listen here.

Clipping – Clppng

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Clipping brought together one of the best Hip Hop albums of 2014 so far for their second album. The album features an incredible flow and brutal delivery from their front man David Deegs with rhymes that are just in your face. The production isn’t as angry as their last album but it delivers some incredibly creative beats. Read my review here and listen to them here.

St Vincent – St Vincent

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Source:LouderThanWar

Guitarist extraordinaire Annie Clark delivered an incredible record as St Vincent this year with her most experimental effort yet. The album had Clark shredding on her guitar all over the place while it was being manipulated to sound as jittery as hell.  This as well a wide variety of instrumentation and Clark’s incredibly pretty yet unsettling voice makes this a record full of pop perfection. Listen to it here.

2 thoughts on “Best Albums of 2014 So Far…

  1. I really liked Sun Kil Moon’s “Benji”, which was released back in February of this year. It doesn’t have a lot of musical variety (mostly acoustic, serious tunes), but that’s part of the charm. I’m enjoying your blog so far by the way.

    • Great album, would have definitely been in the top ten. I love the stripped back nature of it, it makes the subjects he’s singing about feel so much more vivid. And thankyou man!

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