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HONOURABLE MENTION/36: DYLAN STARK—ASHEN

  1. BOP ENGLISH—THE HARDEST WAY
  1. THE GAME—GANG BANG ANYWAY
  1. DEAFHEAVEN—BABY BLUE
  1. JASON ISBELL—CHILDREN OF CHILDREN
  1. D’ANGELO—THE CHARADE
  1. ANDERSON .PAAK—THE SEASON/CARRY ME
  1. TRAVI$ SCOTT—OK ALRIGHT
  1. NICHOLAS JAAR—FIGHT
  1. HOP ALONG—HORSESHOE CRABS
  1. GRIMES—REALITI (DEMO)
  1. SUSANNE SUNDFOR—FADE AWAY
  1. SUSANNE SUNDFOR—FADE AWAYBEACH HOUSE—SPARKS
  1. TYLER, THE CREATOR—SMUCKERS
  1. EARL SWEATSHIRT—HUEY
  1. MEEK MILL—LORD KNOWS
  1. YOUNG FATHERS—NEST
  1. FETTY WAP—TRAP QUEEN
  1. GANGRENE—SHEET MUSIC
  1. DR DRE—DEEP WATER
  1. CHROMATICS—SHADOW
  1. JOEY BADA$$—PAPER TRAIL$
  1. JAMIE XX—SEESAW
  1. YOUNG THUG—RAW (MIGHT JUST)
  1. A$AP ROCKY—LORD PRETTY FLACKO JODYE II
  1. MIGUEL—LEAVES
  1. JAY ROCK—VICE CITY
  1. HUDSON MOHAWKE—DEEPSPACE
  1. JOANNA NEWSOM—DIVERS
  1. DEATH GRIPS—ON GP
  1. DONNIE TRUMPET & THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT—SUNDAY CANDY
  1. VINCE STAPLES—SUMMERTIME
  1. DRAKE—WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTERLUDE
  1. SHARON VAN ETTEN—TELL ME (LIVE)
  1. LEON BRIDGES—RIVER
  1. KENDRICK LAMAR—THE BLACKER THE BERRY

 

28/14

After weeks of gorging and deliberating, I’ve settled on my 28. Well, 29. Leon Bridges isn’t on Spotify, and the settling I settled on was a 28-song Spotify playlist. Some songs hated at first and they grew on me over months (#12), some I’ve heard for the first time recently (#11), some I’m almost sick of, but remember how much I did once love them, those many months ago (#24). But all 29 have hit me right between the eyes at some point of the year.

FYI, as always, every artist only gets one spot. It makes my job a lot easier.

I hope you enjoy a little jingle or two.

 

My favourite 29 songs of 2014:

29. Dean Blunt – LUSH

 

28. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting on You)

 

27. James Vincent McMorrow – Cavalier

 

26. Flying Lotus – Coronus, the Terminator

 

25. Deniro Farrar – Tired

 

24. Doss – Here Tonight

 

23. Shabazz Palaces – Motion Sickness

 

22. I LOVE MAKONNEN (feat. Drake) – Tuesday

 

21. Pusha T – Lunch Money

 

20. Panda Bear – Mr Noah

 

19. The Antlers – Palace

 

18. FKA Twigs – Give Up

 

17. Young Thug feat. Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg – Old English

 

16. Dipset – Dipshits

 

15. Merchandise – Little Killer

 

14. Alvvays – Next of Kin

 

13. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper

 

12. ScHoolboy Q – Los Awesome

 

11. Sharon Van Etten – Your Love is Killing Me

 

10. Banks – Brain

 

9. The War on Drugs – An Ocean Between the Waves

 

8. Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)

 

7. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

 

6. Drake (feat. James Blake) – 0 to 100 / The Catch Up

 

 

5. Jamie XX – Girl

 

4. Rustie feat. Danny Brown – Attak

 

 

3. Ab-Soul – W.R.O.H.

 

2. SZA – Julia

 

1. Mick Jenkins – Shipwrecked

 

 

my 26 of ’13

These are a few of my favourite things. My favourite songs of the 2013 and mittens on kittens. To make it easier, I kept it to one song per artist. Only the top ten are decked out.

 

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26 a$ap mob ft. method man) – trillmatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE2gQKPFcYU

 

25 big sean ft. kendrick lamar & jay electronica – control http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkZZo0XSm5s

 

24 blood orange – you’re not good enough http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbZ3s8XWJlA

 

23 autre ne veut – counting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qhHUmL0U6k

 

22 mariah carey ft. miguel – #beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWYwerDmvrY

 

21 vampire weekend – hannah hunt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJCIhDQkqTQ

 

20 disclosure – latch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ASUImTedo

 

19 pusha t ft. kendrick lamar – nosetalgia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDQu8DNLzIY

 

18 action bronson – contemporary man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a0ycFYl2qI

 

17 the weeknd – kiss land http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN84vAqO9NY

 

16 haerts – wings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk52XHSpmF4

 

15 london grammar – help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgBDZ1CidB0

 

14 janelle monae ft miguel – primetime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxls2xX0Clg

 

13 isaiah rashad ft jay rock & schoolboy q – i shot you down remix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYRQUsO-kD4

 

12 the underachievers – the mahdi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwleLyD43Hs

 

11 chance the rapper ft bj the chicago kid & saba – everybody’s something http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoS9rEfHKwo

 

10 burial – rival dealer

The most recent entry. Burial doesn’t drop music very often, but when he does you know it’s gonna be worth the wait. This was my favourite off his Rival Dealer EP, though I have a feeling Come Down To Us is gonna grow on me a lot. But those drums. This song hits you like a mack truck at mach 3.

 

9 jai paul – track 2/str8 outta mumbai

A surprise release (which didn’t turn out to be an actual release- his laptop was stolen, or something) from the incredibly talented dude who had previously released two songs in five years. This was my favourite off the demo-tape, though Track 3, Track 10 and Track 15 are great as well. I can’t wait to see how they sound when they’re actually finished.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xz0wjb_jai-paul-track-2-str8-outta-mumbai_travel

 

8 tyler the creator – partyisntover/campfire/bimmer

I was tossing up between Rusty and Awkward for a while, then I thought this song actually has more and does more than either. Perhaps because it’s three semi-whole songs stitched together. The triplet shows a lot of where Tyler is and where he’s going as an artist, which turns out to be a surprising distance from where he was two years ago. FYI I think Partyisntover’s my pick of the three.

 

7 james blake – overgrown

His second album didn’t feel as impossibly brilliant as his debut, but it was still a solid album. In my opinion this boy’s standout of his freshman album (perhaps excluding Retrograde)

 

6 kanye west – bound 2

Forget the retarded video. This song was my pick off Yeezus on first listen and is still my pick now. It’s the song that sounds the most like old Kanye, but it still has the euphoric, fractured fragments of new-Kanye. But I just like it a lot, separately from their fateful, silhouetted motorcycle voyage.

 

5 drake ft jay-z – pound cake

That beat. That sample. Tuscan Leather was the first song off Drake’s album to impress me, but Pound Cake was the one that stuck with me. It isn’t really surprising that every rap-man in town’s done his own freestyle over the beat (I think I liked Raekwon’s the most). But the original’s still the best. Love Drake or hate Drake, you have to applaud his beat selection. And I think him and Hov do pretty well.

 

4 a$ap rocky ft schoolboy q – pmw

My guilty pleasure song of the year. Yes, lyrically, it’s such a stupid-ass song. And quite offensive. But when listening through LONG.LIVE.A$AP, I liked Goldie, then 1Train, then Fashion Killa, then Suddenly. And along this entire process my least favourite songs on the album were Pain and PMW. Then, somehow, I started digging PMW. And then it was my favourite, even as the others died down, and then it turned out to be the most enduring of all. Somehow. The beat and the flow or something. I still don’t like Pain, though.

 

3 schoolboy q – man of the year

He pretty much was. Feb 25th can’t come soon enough. I was tossing up between Hell of a Night, Banger and this one, but I thought this one had the most advanced sound for q, care of the sweet Chromatics sample. At the start of 2013 I’d heard a bit of Habits & Contradictions, but wasn’t really into him, but as the year wore on, I liked the album more, and liked every new single he dropped for Oxymoron. I actually believe him when he says his album’s gonna be better than Kendrick’s.

 

2 supreme cuts ft. polica – envision

My boys doing what they do. This was my happy-times song for 2013. Divine Ecstasy’s looking like it’s gonna have a lot more vocalists on it than their previous work, but envision makes it seem like a really good idea.

 

1 earl sweatshirt – hive

My boy doing what he does: rapping insane webs of multi-syllable rhymes, assonance, wordplay and all the rest of it. Doris was my most anticipated album ever and unsurprisingly, I was a little disappointed with it. Because it wasn’t quite the best rap album ever. But it was really good, and for me this song was the strongest. My favourite line: “desolate testaments trying to stay Jekyllish, but most n*s Hyde, and Brenda just stay pregnant.” Only Earl could fit a Robert Louis Stevenson and a 2Pac reference in the same line.

 

 

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