December 12, 2014

The 45 Best Tracks of 2014

45. Death Vessel – Island Vapors

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44. Blackbird Blackbird – Feel It In My Bones

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43. The Kite String Tangle – Words

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42. iamamiwhoami – Fountain

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41. Cymbals – This City

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40. The Barr Brothers – Even The Darkness Has Arms

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39. Chris Malinchak – Stranger (feat. Mikky Ekko)

38. Coasts – A Rush Of Blood


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37. Until The Ribbon Breaks – Spark

36. 20syl – Kodama

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35. The Trouble With Templeton – Glue

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34. Miracle Fortress – Even In America

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33. Germany Germany – All Of Your Love (feat. Kotomi)

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32. The M Machine – Over/Love

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31. Andy Bull – Loved Like You

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30. LANY – ILYSB

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29. Owen Pallett – Song For Five & Six

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28. Wave Racer – Streamers

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27. Phoria – Undone

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26. Tep No – Lana Del Dre

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25. Duologue – Parts Of The Blame

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24. Tigerz – Loose You

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23. FKA Twigs – Pendulum

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22. Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

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21. Beck – Morning

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20. Yung Lean – Yoshi City

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19. Chromeo – Old 45’s

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18. Yumi Zouma – The Brae

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17. Dawn Golden – Brief Encounter

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16. Bombay Bicycle Club – Home By Now

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15. Porter Robinson – Flicker

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14. Ben Khan – Youth

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13. The Range – Two

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12. Novo Amor – Holland

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11. SOS – I Like That Ur Nice

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10. Owen Pallett – I Am Not Afraid

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9. Caribou – Silver

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8. Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)

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7. Shiloh – Came Across

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6. Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne

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5. Years & Years – Real

It’s been an absolutely huge year for the gifted UK 3-piece Years & Years. They have had a bunch of solid singles up to this point, but it wasn’t until the release of “Real” that these guys solidified themselves as, well, the Real deal in the electronic/RnB scene. This is quite the powerful track that hinges on some nice percussion, strong vocals, and that heavy, signature bass line repeating throughout. If these guys consistently continue to produce work even half as good as this, I foresee them maintaining relevancy for a long time to come.

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4. Sun Kil Moon – Carissa

Sun Kil Moon taught me a lot about my musical tastes with his highly acclaimed Benji LP. I’ll admit a song like “Carissa” doesn’t confide by a lot of the general rules of song making, but I feel it’s the lack of traditionalism in this song that makes it all the more powerful. Stripped down to just a guitar and his vocals, Mark Kozelek tells the harrowing story of the untimely death of his young cousin Carissa. And quite honestly, I’ve never heard a song more pure or more heartfelt than this incredible effort from Sun Kil Moon.

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3. Tep No – The Drop Starts at 00:53

The first thing I feel obligated to do when introducing someone to this track is explain that this is not an EDM rager as you’d expect from the title. Yes, it’s definitely an upbeat electronic jam, but I almost consider this a parody track of those artists who rely on big drops and other commercial EDM tactics to drive their music. But to call this a parody song wouldn’t be doing it justice, because besides the genius trickery you’ll find around the 00:53 second mark, and besides the obvious (and hilarious) Calvin Harris “Feel So Close” mimicry, the song itself is just plain amazing. Tep No is by far and away our favorite new artist on the scene this year, and what’s scary to think is that this Toronto-based singer/songwriter/producer is only just getting his feet wet in the industry. If a song as fantastic as this is just the tip of the iceberg, then we can’t even begin to fathom where he’ll be in a few year’s time.

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2. PROM – Keeping Company

Brooklyn duo PROM seemed to come out of nowhere with this absolutely lush and intimate anthem. From the smooth percussion to the lovely (and often trippy) vocals, this song is as close to perfect as you can get in my book. It’s the kind of song you’d expect from a band who’s taken years to master their craft and find their niche in the scene, but the fact that PROM pulled it off on their debut EP is the ultimate testament to their talent and ability. Expect more huge things from these two in 2015.

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1. Arrange – Alumni (w/ Ricky Eat Acid)

I’m not going to begin to explain how this song affects me, because quite frankly I don’t know if the words exist to do it justice. Like a few other tracks featured on this Best Of list (Shiloh, Sun Kil Moon), it’s the minimalism in this one that makes it all the more powerful. I had absolutely no idea who Arrange or Ricky Eat Acid were before this year, but with “Alumni” they’ve forever cemented themselves as two of my favorite artists and producers. All I can hope for now is that these two brilliant acts keep collaborating as their careers inevitably soar to new heights.

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Thanks for following us throughout a great 2014. See you next year!