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
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
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
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
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
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.