2014 Favourites


song of the summer from Calvin Harris (choice remix by Diplo x Grandtheft)

POP


Taiga by Zola Jesus
(Mute)
looks like / what I wrote before / what I wrote after / live review

"Beggin for Thread" by BANKS (Harvest) remixed
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith (Capitol)
"Go" by Grimes (Arbutus) watch
"Hideaway" by Kiesza (Island) watch

INDIE

"Heartbeat Overdrive" by Ballet School (Bella Union) watch
The Tone by BLAUS (Tricycle) what I wrote
"Malachite" by Lydia Ainsworth (Arbutus) watch

ALTERNATIVE


"They Don't Know" by White Sea (Crush) what I wrote

Neuroplasticity by Cold Specks (Mute) what I wrote

ROCK


Familiars by The Antlers (ANTI-)
looks like / what I wrote

FUNK

"Jealous (I Ain't With It)" by Chromeo (Last Gang) live review
"Walking With Elephants" by Ten Walls (Phonica) stream

PUNK


For Those Who Stay by PS I Love You (Paper Bag)
what I wrote before / what I wrote after

Feel Something by The History of Apple Pie (Marshall Teller) what I wrote

ELECTRONIC


"Horus" by SLUMBERJACK (onelove)

Alone for the First Time by Ryan Hemsworth (Last Gang) what I wrote
"Seeya" by deadmau5 feat. Colleen D'Agostino (Ultra) stream
How to Run Away by Slow Magic (Downtown) what I wrote
"Bill Murray" by Phantogram (Republic)
Our Love by Caribou what I wrote

FOLK


"Looking Too Closely" by Fink (Ninja Tune) what I wrote

"Glacier" by James Vincent McMorrow (EMI)

HIP HOP



"Fancy (Motez Edit)" by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX (Island) interview

"0 to 100 / The Catch Up" by Drake (OVO) stream / remixed

POST-ROCK


Rave Tapes by Mogwai (Rock Action) live review
Awake by Tycho (Ghostly International) what I wrote

SCORE


Palo Alto by Devonté Hynes

time melts like snow off the porch
2014's been a game changer. The last time this occurred was in 2011; coincidentally, I haven't felt quite this way about a year in music since then.

2014 was a year that finally put this blog title to use, with the arrival of producers such as Porter Robinson and SLUMBERJACK alongside electronic pop and alternative artists Black Atlass, Tove Lo, Lydia Ainsworth, Vaults, and YOUNG & SICK. It was Last Gang Records' 10th year anniversary; it saw the rise of Fool's Gold, Mad Decent, and the revival of DFA, Mute. There was the surge of English and Australian electronic, French club bangers and tropical house. Everything was remixed... again and again. We went to mass raves.

But beneath this EDM bubble, and if you looked for it, stayed the reassuring presence of sound indie rock, tasteful pop, experimental minimalism, PBRNB / new soul, and skate punk shenanigans. To 2015 we go.

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