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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

 

 

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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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choones of 2011

 

It has been a long year, and it’s not even over yet. But I’ll just assume that all of the amazing albums have been released already. So, if you are indeeded ready, here are my 11 favourite albums of ’11, with a youtube link of my favourite song from each album. Exciting times! This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re the best albums, just the ones I like the most. And I did struggle getting it down to 11. I was almost tempted to put in a few honourable mentions, but that’d spoil all of my restraint. But regardless: enjoy! I certainly did. It really was a great year for music:

 

11. Childish Gambino – Camp

So there you have it: Troy can rap. He’s tied with Annie as my favourite character on Community, and now he’s number eleven in my favourite albums of the year. I guess I like Donald Glover. Sunrise and That Power were the only two songs I really liked, but there’s enough here to leave me hoping for dude’s potential.

 

10. Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy

The little Townsville band who have now broken up released their first LP  this year. It was an interesting blend of folk, country, pop and even jazz. No two songs were really even similar, which can be good for diversity, but bad for continuity. But there was some sort of overarching folky-somewhat-pained-fun that I felt branching over all of the songs. My favourite song is the last on the album, Deep Water, which is a long, sad, folky song, and it was the only song on the album which I loved on first listen and I still love now.

 

9. Boy&Bear – Moonfire

You could almost see a theme emerging here: The Middle East and Boy&Bear are both Australian, folky bands who released a successful EP a while back before releasing an LP this year. But this almost feels wrong. Honestly, I’m not really that much of a Boy&Bear fan. I listened through their EP, and the only song I liked was The Storm. Now in this LP, the album is of a consistently good quality, but the two songs I naturally gravitate towards are Lordy May and Beach, the two slower, moodier songs on the album. Maybe I just like Boy&Bear’s slower style. They do the ho-down, Mumford-ish thing well too, but for some reason I don’t feel it as much as I do with their other songs (or when Mumford does it).

 

8. James Blake – James Blake

This sharp-looking indie kid has a strange habit of producing music that doesn’t really have a genre. Alternative-electronica-soul? Not really, but that’s as close as you’re probably gonna get. But regardless, he’s got a sweet sound. He’s produced 4 EPs as well as this LP in the last two years, so there’s a lot of his stuff out there. CMYK and Limit to Your Love are his most famous songs, but my personal favourites are A Case of You, Fall Creek Boys Choir and Unluck. And considering that Unluck is the only one of those songs on this album, I guess it’s my favourite.

 

7. Kanye West&Jay-Z – Watch the Throne

I gave Kanye album of the year last year (and I’d probably give it to him here if Fantasy was released this year), but Watch the Throne isn’t quite up to that quality. There was a lot of hype about how it was going to be some sort of grandiose parade of their own greatness, but it isn’t really that; it’s mostly just them having fun. Otis, the first single, is proof enough of that. If you watch the video, you can hardly say that the two of them are angling for any kind of G.O.A.T significance. Oddly though, the two most serious songs are the two that I like the most: New Day and Murder to Excellence. The latter is my favourite, mostly for the beat. Production rarely comes as epic as that. And the subject matter is just as demanding of attention, though in the middle of giddy grandiose parade, it did sound a little odd. But I guess that’s Kanye; punch-lines and social statements seem to come from his lips with the same passion.

 

6. Tyler, the Creator – Goblin

You could almost call Goblin Tyler’s Marshall Mathers LP: fiercely offensive, insular, confessional, and, paradoxically, both depressive and  triumphant. He is the leader of the emerging/emerged hip-hop collective Odd Future, both in personality and music. Goblin is very, very long- if you cut out the worst twenty minutes you wouldn’t really miss it. But that’s Tyler. He spends 7 minutes on the opening song, which is basically just an exchange introducing the setting of the album, which is the same as his first album Bastard: a psychiatric session with Doctor TC. And he really seems like he needs a session, for real. He was 19 when Goblin was made, and he raps about how much he hates his absent father, how his girlfriend just left him, how much he misses his best friend and fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, who was trapped on some island with his mother or something, as well as some of the most disturbing images I’ve yet encountered on Tron Cat. The dude’s kind of messed up. But somehow he is also the most confident, fearless person who has ever lived. It’s really offensive, it’s really long, but it’s too intriguing, and there are too many high points to leave it off my list.

 

5. Florence& the Machine – Ceremonials

She has a huge voice. And to me she comes across as part Stevie Nicks-ish, part fairy, mysticism-type-woman. But damn, girl can sing. Her first album Lungs was good, but she’s definitely improved here, in both vocals and consistency. Pretty much every song is a high point, but the album opener Only If For a Night was my favourite.

 

4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Honestly, I don’t really like PJ Harvey. Well, I didn’t. I heard all the gas-bagging about Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea and listened to it. And I didn’t really like it. Though I’ve never heard anything else of hers, so maybe her other stuff is cool. But Let England Shake. Damn. Every song is great in a different yet complementary way, and there’s a real heart to it, despite the fact that it’s an album about the Great War (which happened quite a while before Polly Jean’s time), in which she serves more as a narrator than a historian. There’s a freshness to the sound, and it really is an art-piece.

 

3. Panda Bear – Tomboy

I love this dude so much. Person Pitch is one of my favourite albums ever, so when I got Tomboy, I had high expectations. I didn’t want to, cause then it mightn’t live up to it or whatever, but I just really, really wanted to like this album. And Panda Bear didn’t disappoint. Except for Drone, the first half of the album is brilliant. After my favourite song, Alsatian Darn, the quality drops off a little, but it’s still good. He sounds kind of similar to Person Pitch, though what it had in vibes of summer cocktails and art-houses, Tomboy has in vibes of a night of psychedelics and hidden sorrow. To me. It’s a little darker in a kind of indescribable way, and the layers of sampling are insurmountable, but I still love it to bits.

 

2. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

Here’s the light side of Odd Future, so to speak. Frank Ocean, the R&B member of the clan, who featured twice as a guest star on Watch the Throne: he’s one to watch. And this album. This is his first album, as far as I’m aware. Damn. I really, really love this album. The tape-changing thing, the reimaginings of songs that nobody else would dare touch with a barge pole (seriously, Hotel California?), the dark crooning. For a dude who doesn’t usually like R&B, it was a real treat for me to find an R&B album that immediately clicked, and continued doing so. After the brief intro, the first song on the album is Frank’s own version of Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing, a song which I love, but which I now love less than Frank’s version. Swim Good is also amazing, but my favourite is There Will Be Tears, a Mister Hudson reimagining (the original I’d never actually heard of). It’s just a great song. And it’s great to see the difference between Frank’s pained lamenting over the absence of his father, and Tyler’s fury. And the title isn’t just a random choice: the album actually does have a feeling of giddy nostalgia.

 

1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Here we are. My favourite of the year. And damn is it a good’n. I love this album so much. Just the feel of it. The feel of it! It’s like some sort of calming wonder rests on me when I’m listening to these beautiful songs. Don’t get me wrong, I loved For Emma, but that was folky coolness. This is look-at-the-most-beautiful-parts-of-the-world-wonder kind of stuff. Or maybe you feel differently. Whatever, you’re allowed. But for me, this album is just something else.

 

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