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Sunday, December 28, 2014

My top 100 albums of 2014














There was an amazing amount of good music out this year. I had to work to condense my favorites down to 100.

Here are my picks for the top 100 albums of 2014. I am just going to list these alphabetically. I will mark my top picks next to the album. (The HIGHLY RECOMMENDED tunes are my top 20)

Here we go!!!

Alanna Royale - ACHILLES 2014



Amen Dunes - Love (2014)



Angela Sheik - Home Before Dark (2014)



Aphex Twin - Syro (2014)



Beck - Morning Phase (2014)



Big Deal - June Gloom (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



BLACK SWIFT - The World Howls 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Breton - War Room Stories 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Broken Bells - After the Disco (2014)



Cheatahs - Cheatahs (2014)



Childhood - Lacuna (2014)



Die Antwoord - Donker Mag (2014)



Dubmood - Machine 2014



Dum Dum Girls - Too True (2014)



Eagulls - Eagulls 2014



Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (2014)



First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (2014)



Flamingosis - Flamingosis 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Flip Grater - Pigalle (2014)



Frazey Ford - Indian Ocean (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 

Future Islands - Singles (2014)



G.Bonson - The Dust and The Incense (2014)



Gangstagrass - Broken Hearts and Stolen Money (2014)



Got a Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (2014)



Haerts - Haerts 2014



Hollie Cook - Twice (2014)



Honeyblood - Honeyblood (2014)



Howling Bells - Heartstrings (2014)



Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes (2014)



Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Ida Maria - Accidental Happiness (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Imperial Mammoth - Gold Confetti (2014)



Jack White - Lazaretto (2014)



Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders - Playmates 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Jane Weaver - The Silver Globe (2014)



Jesse Futerman - Hidden Basement 2014



Jessie Ware - Tough Love (2014)



Jungle - Jungle 2014



Kandle - In Flames (2014)



Kartell - Sapphire 2014



Katie Herzig - Walk Through Walls (2014)



Kitten Pyramid - Uh Oh 2014



Le Prince Miiaou - Where Is The Queen (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) *MY ALBUM OF THE YEAR TIED WITH WEARECASTOR*



Leisure Cruise - Leisure Cruise (2014)

Leisure Cruise || Double Digit Love from Michael Maxxis on Vimeo.

Liz Vice - theres a light 2014



Luke Reynolds - After The Flood 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Lykke Li - I Never Learn (2014)



Made of Wood - Narcotherapy Hypnosis 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Madi Diaz - Phantom (2014)



Miss Kenichi - The Trail (2014)



Mr. Green & Pacewon - The Only Number That Matters Is Won 2014



Music Go Music - Impressions (2014)



Nick Waterhouse - Holly (2014)



Nikki Lane - All or Nothin' (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Nonono - We Are Only What We Feel 2014



Nsolo - Jam Collections 2014



Olivia Jean - Bathtub Love Killings (2014)



Owlle - France (2014)



Painted Palms - Forever (2014)



Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Phantogram - Voices (2014)



Pill Hill - It Tastes a Little Sweeter 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Puss N Boots - No Fools, No Fun (2014)



Quantic - Magnetica (2014)



Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (2014)



Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (2014)



Rose's Pawn Shop - Gravity Well (2014)



Royal Blood - Royal Blood (2014)



Sam Roberts Band - Lo Fantasy 2CD 2014



Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation (2014)



Sleepy Sun - Maui Tears (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Sounds of Sputnik - New Born (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Static in Verona - Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



Strand Of Oaks - Heal (2014)



Temples - Sun Structures (2014)



The Budos Band - Burnt Offering (2014)



The Electric Hearts - The Life and Death of Fritz Pepper EP 2014



The Orwells - Disgraceland (2014)



The Pack A.D. - Do Not Engage (2014)



The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (2014)



The Subs - Hologram (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) 



The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream (2014)



Third Coast Kings - West Grand Boulevard (2014)



Todd Terje - It's Album Time 2 disc 2014



TOPS - Picture You Staring 2014



tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nak (2014)



TV Girl - French Exit 2014



Tycho - Awake (2014)



Ume - Monuments 2014



Vacationer - Relief (2014)



Warpaint - Warpaint (2014)



WeAreCastor - Bon Voyage (2014) (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!) *MY ALBUM OF THE YEAR TIED WITH LE PRINCE MIIAOU*



WILD RUMPUS - MUSICAL BLAZE-UP 2014 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!)



Zola Blood - Meridian 2014




This year was phenomenal for music. I have faith that 2015 will be another banner year.

I look forward to bringing you all new music!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

AM Static



If someone asked me what Folktronica is, this is what I would play them. Subtle use of electronics, great melodies and beautiful harmonies.







BUY THE ALBUM HERE!!

RECOMMENDED!!!

https://soundcloud.com/amstatic

https://amstatic.bandcamp.com/













NÖME



I'm a sucker for some good pop-rock with strong female vocals and this pushes all my buttons.

Check out the UK based group NÖME.







https://soundcloud.com/nomeofficial

http://www.nomemusic.com/


The Bad Years



The Bad Years are an LA-based band consisting of members Sami Akbari and Aaron Mort.

The duo have many influences but have managed to create their own sound, which isn't as easy as it sounds these days. They are incredibly catchy, sweet and edgy.

I predict that their full length release will be one of my top albums of 2015.





HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

https://soundcloud.com/thebadyears

http://www.badyears.com/





Pradigy GT - Shes Got It (video)



I was very happy and surprised to find this blues-rock present in my inbox on Christmas.

I hope you have as much fun unwrapping this as I did.



Here is the video.



Look for more from these very talented people in 2015!

http://www.pradigy.com/











RÉN - Time




Fantastic electro-soul from RÉN.

In her own words... "My favorite artists are all over the spectrum when it comes to sound. The Beatles will make you dance, make you think, make you smile, and make you cry. I want to do that!"

I think she did just fine.

See for yourself.



https://soundcloud.com/ren_official



ELEL



Mark my words, you'll be hearing a lot more from Nashville 8-piece ELEL in the near future.



Here is the live video for '40 Watt'.



Check out a few remixes of the same track.





HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

https://soundcloud.com/el-el-3

Los Trasgos Muertos



Channeling their inner Deep Purple, Los Trasgos Muertos are a garage rock outfit from Manchester.

They describe their sound as ” Loud music for bodies in small hot sweaty rooms".

I can't recommend these guys enough.







HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

https://soundcloud.com/lostrasgosmuertos














Kentish Fire



Kentish Fire are an wildly addictive indie-disco outfit from Camden. They have a great mix of indie, punk and dance that is sure to get anyone moving.







Here is the video for 'In our band'.



https://soundcloud.com/kentishfire

http://www.kentishfire.co.uk/




























Axel Knox




Axel Knox is a 28 year old electro producer and DJ from Dublin, Ireland.

Check out his electro house choons!





Buy both HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/magnum_productions

Honeymilk



If The Strokes and Wilco had a musical baby it would be the Scandinavian band called Honeymilk.

Awesome sauce.







BUY IT HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/honeymilkband

The Attic Ends



The Attic Ends make their own brand of atmospheric rock. This talented four-piece is starting to make a name for themselves.

See why below.







https://soundcloud.com/theatticends

Odessey & Oracle



Taking its name from the album of the English band The Zombies, released in 1968, the Odessey & Oracle project carries on exploring paths traced in the late 60's by British and American psychedelic bands with a particularly ornate style, sometimes referred to as "baroque pop".

Take a listen. I think you will dig it as much as I do. A little bit of the old mixed with the new.

Eclectic but very cool.







BUY IT HERE!!!

http://odesseyandoracle.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/odessey-and-oracle



Azekel



Here's how they make new school baby makin' music. These are some straight silky sounds from the main main, London based Azekel.





https://soundcloud.com/azekel

Say Lou Lou



I am seriously smitten with these two lovely and talented ladies. Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou) are a twin sister musical duo hailing from Australia and Sweden.

I love their dreamy pop.

Swoon.







I can't wait for more from these two in 2015.

https://soundcloud.com/sayloulou



Lake Malawi



How these guys are not signed yet, I do not know. Expect them to get a deal soon...world domination to follow soon after.





https://soundcloud.com/lakemalawimusic

Alex Burey



This is just good music.

Listen and enjoy.

Straight up classy as hell.





https://soundcloud.com/alexburey



Still Parade



Outstanding "dream folk" music from Berlin based 'Still Parade'.

Really talented. I look forward to more from these guys.



Download it HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/stillparade

http://www.stillparade.com/

Wacky Southern Current

Today's Embrace cover art

If you need some cool instrumental music to be the soundtrack to your road trips or family time this holiday... you should try Wacky Southern Current.

Really cool stuff.





https://soundcloud.com/wacky-southern-current

https://wackysoutherncurrent.bandcamp.com/releases

BxUxDx



Glad to see that fun punk music is alive a well in 2015!

Check out BxUxDx a wild and crazy Wisconsin based punk band!

They rock!







https://soundcloud.com/bxuxdx






Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kyiki



One of the Crystal Fighters vocalists, Kyiki,  is striking out on her own.

So far...I like what she's doing.

Here is her new release, 'One'.



DOWNLOAD IT HERE!!

Here is a remix of the same track by LCAW.



https://soundcloud.com/kyiki








Jan Roth

Live cover art

Jan Roth sure can make some moving music.

Enjoy this bit of instrumental bliss over your holiday vacation.

It's sooooo good.



Get the full EP below.

https://sinnbus.bandcamp.com/album/live


Here's the video for his track 'Einundzwanzig'.



https://soundcloud.com/janroth

The Vultures



The Vultures are collection of six talented musician from all over the world that came together to make sweet, sweet music.

They sound a little like Pulp, James and even some Nick Cave all mashed together to create their own take of alternative pop music.

All I know is that I dig it.

I think you will too!

Here is part one of their new single, 'Vlad'.



Here is the video for 'Cancer', the second half of the new single.



RECOMMENDED!!!

https://soundcloud.com/the-vultures-uk








Lost In Tundra - Photograph



This just makes me think of summer.

Dreamy vocals, twangy guitar and awesome synths make this tune a perfect cure for those winter blues!



RECOMMENDED!!

https://soundcloud.com/lostintundra








TC4



Great "old school" vibe from this new English production duo.



Download it HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/tc4wolves







Ephram



Tis the season for giving...and if your in the giving mood already, why not give to Ephram's Kickstarter? He's a very talented young man who is working on his new album. Support him and help make him the next Bruno Mars.

Hear it from the man himself.



Here are some samples of his work.



Download it HERE!!



Download it HERE!!

Watch him channel his inner Jamiroquai.



Please support him if you can. They kids got skills and you could be one of the people that help him "make it".

DONATE TO Ephram's Kickstarter!

https://soundcloud.com/ephram

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

D&B Arena: 18 Years

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Drum&Bass Arena is celebrating 18 years of Drum and Bass awesomness with 3 discs, 60 tracks and 20 exclusives!!

This collection is a perfect way to show how Drum & Bass Arena was and is on the cutting edge of DnB.

Prepare to have your face melted.

Here are a few of the exclusive to get you pumped.

TURN THIS UP!!!!







Here is the track list for the whole collection.

TRACKLIST:


CD 1: PRESENT
1. Sigma - Nobody To Love
2. The Prototypes Feat. Amy Pearson – Don’t Let Me Go
3. Matrix & Futurebound Feat. Max Marshall – Control
4. Netsky Feat. Beth Ditto - Running Low (Fred V & Grafix Remix)
5. Chase & Status Feat. Moko – Count On Me (Andy C Remix)
6. Jaguar Skills & Chords Feat. Matti Roots – Lust (Break Remix)
7. Rockwell – 1_2_3_4
8. State Of Mind – No-Operative (Audio Remix)
9. Noisia & Prolix – Asteroids
10. DJ Hazard – Mk Q
11. N3GUS Feat. Jakes – Walk The Walk
12. Camo & Krooked – All Night
13. Logistics Feat. Hugh Hardie – As Sure As Sunrise
14. BCee Feat. Philippa Hanna – Back To The Street (Nu:Tone Remix)
15. Technimatic – Like A Memory Feat. Pat Fulgoni
16. Hypoxia – Badass
17. S.P.Y Feat. LowQui – Manicured Reality
18. Optiv & BTK - Shredder
19. Ulterior Motive – M.I.R
20. Emperor & Mefjus – Void Main Void

CD2: PAST
1. The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Mix)
2. Sub Focus – X-Ray
3. Wilkinson – Moonwalker
4. Bad Company – Planet Dust
5. Fresh – Signal
6. Wots My Code – Dubplate (Total Science Remix)
7. DJ Zinc – Reach Out (Remix)
8. Top Cat – Ruffest Gun Ark (Chase & Status Remix)
9. DJ Hype, J Majik & Wickaman Feat. Daddy Earl – Dubplate Killa
10. Taxman – Too Bad
11. DJ Krust – Warhead (Ram Trilogy Remix)
12. DJ Hazard – Machete
13. Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce – Alien Girl
14. Dillinja Feat. Lorreia Loushy – Nasty Ways
15. Cause4Concern – Peep Show
16. Noisia – Diplodocus
17. dBridge Feat. Vegas – True Romance
18. Shimon & Andy C – Nightflight
19. DJ Die – Autumn (Commix Remix)
20. Shy FX & T-Power Feat. Di & Skibadee – Don’t Wanna Know

CD3: EXCLUSIVES
1. A.M.C – Ignition
2. Callide & Intraspekt – 5 Tonne Monster
3. Mampi Swift – Higher
4. T-Phonic & Modula – The Resurrection
5. Funk Effect – Devil Dance
6. Coda & Skore – Everything
7. Q Project – Blurred
8. BTK Feat. Ryme Tyme – Spawn
9. NC-17 & Soulculture Feat. KC – Contamination.
10. Akov Feat. Twitchee Cordz – Mirror Image
11. L 33 – Saviour
12. Kloé – A Distant Planet
13. Ben Kama – Blink
14. Raze – Leviathan
15. Klute – The Beyond
16. Bladerunner – Reflection
17. Saxxon – Zapatera
18. KG – Repton Road
19. BCee – Vicarage Road
20. S9 - No More Games

BUY IT HERE!!!

RECOMMENDED!!!

https://soundcloud.com/drumandbassarena

http://breakbeat.co.uk/





Johanna Glaza




Johanna Glaza has crafted an amazing sound all her own. Some people are calling it Ambient folk. I just call it great.

 It's a little Tori Amos, a dash of Danny Elfman and a pinch of faerie dust to make the whole thing quite a magical experience. Ethereal vocals and dramatic music = Awesome.

If she is not doing movie sound tracks soon I'll be shocked.

Sample her EP, 'Letter To News York' below.





Here is the video for 'Paper Widow'.



HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

http://www.johannaglaza.com/

https://soundcloud.com/johannaglaza

Turtle - Lavender



Turtle is the musical outlet for Jon Cooper. Comparable to Thom Yorke or James Blake.

Loving the bass and moody synths. I'm a sucker for a good synth,



BUY IT HERE!!!

If you dig this, expect a full release from Turtle in the Spring.

Check out more of his work, which is VERY good, at his soundcloud page below.

https://soundcloud.com/weareturtle

https://beatnikcreative.bandcamp.com/album/lavender


Hosaia & Luboku - At Dawn EP



Here is another great mix of RnB and Electronica.

Luboku is a up and coming producer from Australia. Here he joins forces with Hosaia, a soul singer from New Zealand.

Together they make sweet, sweet music.

See for yourself. Here are two tracks from the EP.





DOWNLOAD THE EP HERE!!  (name your own price!)

https://soundcloud.com/luboku



https://hosaia.bandcamp.com/releases

David Blackbourn - Impulses EP



I found this in my inbox the other day and I'd been so busy I'd almost forgotten to listen to it...I am so glad I hit play tonight.

David Blackbourn lists a lot of influences but in my opinion this is amazingly unique and it kicks some serious ass!!

Check out the first single 'Pretty Please'.



DOWNLOAD IT HERE!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Expect another single to be released soon as well as the full EP "Impulses".

https://soundcloud.com/davidblackbourn

http://www.davidblackbourn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dcblackbourn

Beacon - L1




Beacon have just released their 'L1' EP and it's a dozy.

I've been groovin' this one in the car for a while and won't stop any time soon.

Great for night time driving. Very moody.







Listen to the rest of the EP HERE and BUY IT HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/beaconmusicnyc


Saturday, December 06, 2014

Maiians


Tokyo EP - Maiians

The Maiians debut EP, 'Tokyo' is out now and it's great!!!

Check out the lead track, 'Lemon'.



http://maiians.com/

EZA



EZA is 21-year old Ellery Bonham, an exceptional vocalist and musician who writes her music primarily using vocal loops and synthesizers.

Dark, chilled grooves.

I dig it.







https://soundcloud.com/ezamusic

New Navy - Pelican



'Pelican' is the newest single from Australian based New Navy.

It's a mix of pop and electronica with a hint of the tropics... the lads sure know how to compose a pop song.



https://soundcloud.com/newnavy

http://www.newnavy.com.au/

Luke Reynolds - After The Flood



Luke Reynolds is a Grammy nominated American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and film composer best known as a member of Guster.

His new solo album, 'After The Flood', is out now. It's a little pop, a little country and even a little 60's inspired soul.

All in all...it's a great album and worth your time.









BUY THE ALBUM HERE!!

RECOMMENDED!!!

https://soundcloud.com/lukereynoldsmusic

http://lukereynoldsmusic.com/

Kid Scissor



Kid Scissor is the solo project of Josh Ben, a Philadelphia-born, Austin-based singer, songwriter, and producer.

The "Kid" has a great electro-pop style and I expect to hear his name a lot in the coming years.



DOWNLOAD IT HERE!!!

http://kidscissor.com/

https://soundcloud.com/kid-scissor

FAIRCHILD



Fairchild are an indie-rock 6 piece from Australia.

Get a taste of their catchy and inviting sounds below.





http://www.fairchildband.net/Home.aspx

https://soundcloud.com/wearefairchild

Neil McLaren



Enjoy this heartwarming acoustic folk from Scottish artist Neil McLaren, I know I do.





https://soundcloud.com/neilmclaren


The Kiss That Took A Trip - Electroforest

Electroforest cover art

The Kiss That Took A Trip has just released Electroforest. An album of post-rock (mainly) instrumental music that indeed take you on a wild trip.

Seriously cool headphone music.







DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE!! (NAME YOUR OWN PRICE!)

https://thekissthattookatrip.bandcamp.com/album/electroforest


AFRO SOCIAL CLUB




I love funk. I also love African music. This is a perfect blend of both.

The Afro Social Club is a unique collection of artists from all over Europe.

In their own words...

"The African Social Club is a group of 9 musicians passionate Afrobeat , the musical genre created by Mr. Fela Kuti . It's been three years and has a good sixty concerts to his credit, France, Spain and Germany .

The Afrobeat is the core of his repertoire of compositions , but the group was able to lend an ear to other influences, such as the Highlife or Ethiopian music .

Since its birth, the African Social Club has collaborated with many artists such as Oghene Kologbo ( former guitarist of Fela Kuti and Africa 70 ') , or Cheikh Sow, Carlos Cô and many others ."

Sit back, relax and enjoy.







HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

BUY THE ALBUM HERE!!!

https://afrosocialclub.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/afrosocialclub

Sylvia Sylvia




The debut album from Sylvia Sylvia is an electronica infused RnB album that is similar to Aluna George and Disclosure.

This lady is sultry, sexy and has mad musical skills.









BUY THE ALBUM HERE!!!

https://soundcloud.com/isylviasylvia

http://www.isylviasylvia.com/

STILLHEAD



After retiring the moniker DFRNT, Alex Cowles now goes by Stillhead. He's still making the same down tempo music he was before but the new name also showcases his growth as an artist.

Here is a sampler of the new EP, Dwelling.



Here is a remix of the classic "Insomnia" by Faithless.



HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

BUY THE EP HERE!!

https://soundcloud.com/stillhead

http://stillhead.com/

Alice Phoebe Lou



This beautiful and talented busker from Cape Town made waves at Ted Talk in Berlin earlier this year and after listening to her, I see why.

Check her out and see what the fuss is about.







BUY HER DEBUT EP HERE!!!

https://soundcloud.com/alicephoebelou

http://www.alicephoebelou.com/wp/

MMONA



New York based Mmona has put together a collection of dreamy ambient electronica.







DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM FOR FREE HERE!!!

https://soundcloud.com/karatesowers

https://mmona.bandcamp.com/


Seabright




While surfing Bandcamp I found this lovely bit of sample filled psychedelic surf pop.

It's out-freaking-standing!!







HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM FOR FREE HERE!!!

https://seabright.bandcamp.com/