My Picks 2014

Happy New Year! The old optimist I am, I waited until the very last day to pick my favourites of 2014. Like in the previous year, I mostly listened to new music through Spotify, since it allows me to listen to pretty much everything once it comes out. However, unlike 2013 I found it more difficult to single out the favourite of the year, so I decided not to rank the following selection.
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Let’s start with some of the more soulful music of the year:


Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser

When Taylor’s debut album came out on Brainfeeder last June, I was pretty convinced the decision for record of the year has been made. Great production, not a single bad track, soulful music made a big comeback into my life.

NinjaShop | Bleep | iTunes


Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

…and then the Flying Lotus record came out and changed everything. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, but I wasn’t so sure anymore about my first pick. Predictable choice? I don’t even think so, but it’s an amazing record start to finish! I’m going as far to say that it’s up there with Cosmogramma!

Bleep | iTunes


Fhloston Paradigm – The Phoenix

I didn’t see King Britt’s LP anybody else’s list for 2014, but I think this is a record that deserves more spotlight. Try it out for yourself and listen to all of the records mentioned so far in a row, they go really well together. Seamless.

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes
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Experimental and ambient music:


Lawrence English – Wilderness of Mirrors

I said it before and I’ll say it again. If you missed new music from Tim Hecker this year, there’s probably no better surrogate than “Wilderness of Mirrors” by Lawrence English. And while this might read like a second choice, it’s definitely not!

Room40 | Bleep | iTunes


Lussuria – Industriale Illuminato

One of the artists I didn’t know before this year. Some dark, dystopian music released on Vatican Shadow’s label.

Bleep | iTunes


Lee Gamble – Koch

One of the many great records released on Berlin-based PAN label, Lee Gamble’s album took me a while to get into it. If you struggled yourself, let me tell you it’s worth giving it another try.

PAN | Bleep | iTunes
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House and techno:


Hashman Deejay – Sandopolis

Bleep | iTunes


Call Super – Suzi Ecto

Houndstooth | Bleep | iTunes


Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19

Hard Wax | Bleep | iTunes
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Compilation of the year:


Various – Hyperdub 10.2

There’s no doubt about my favourite compilation of the year, Hyperdub’s vision of RnB from the future won my all over. Killer tracks from Terror Danjah, Morgan Zarate, Jessy Lanza, Ikonika & Dam Funk, Scratcha DVA and more!

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes

And lastly, a couple of noteworthy records I enjoyed in 2014:

patten – ESTOILE NAIANT
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Clark – Clark
Mica Levi – Under The Skin
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
FaltyDL – Into The Wild
Lord RAJA – Constant Moth
HOLOVR – Holo Earth
Afrikan Sciences – Circuitous

You can also listen to nutriot loves 2014, a Spotify playlist with nearly 19 hours of music!
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Labels of the year

PAN
The Trilogy Tapes

Video of the year? Oh, wow

Favourites of 2014… so far

In recent years there has been an odd discrepancy between the music I write about during the year and the music I feature as my favourite at the end of the year. Needless to say that this is mostly caused by an increasing lack of time, also known as laziness in some regions of the world. Alright, I’m aware of it and I’m trying to make things better. Since Spotify has become my favourite tool to discover new music (on a try-before-buy basis), I’ve started collecting some of my favourites in this handy playlist.

Feel free to subscribe, since I will continue to add more music throughout the year. Also, I suggest listening in shuffle-mode!

I haven’t yet made up my mind on my favourite albums this year, but as a starting point I suggest listening to the following:

Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 (Workshop)
patten – ESTOILE NAIANT (Warp)
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
LCC – d/evolution (Editions Mego)
Farben & James DIN A4 – Farben presents James DIN A4 (Faitiche)
Quiltland – Quiltland (Astro:Dynamics)
Prins Thomas – III (Full Pupp)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

As I’m always interested to hear your choices, please feel free to leave a comment!

patten – RE-EDITS vol. 17

What can I say, but repeat myself? There are a couple of new patten reworks available and as always they’re nothing short of amazing (this one features Sade!) So, all you really need to do right now is grab the download.

AFTA-1 – U N D E F I N E D

So, he’s back! All these years of uncertainty about what happened to one of the most soulful producer in recent years, and whose Love Is Real mixtape still attract plenty of visitors on this website, AFTA-1 makes his return. “U N D E F I N E D” is a collection of 19 “previously unreleased AFTA-1 instrumentals and a few vintage favorites”, including everybody’s all-time favourite: his edit of Boom Clap Bachelors’ Tiden Flyver, the very track that rose to prominence years later thanks to a certain Kendrick Lamar.01. Temple
02. Sway Close
03. Lil’ Bit of Ice
04. Superheroes Remix
05. Flyerthanshe
06. How Eye
07. Medianos
08. Kind
09. Toast To Them
10. Fortune Remix
11. UniversaLove
12. Intro Dream
13. Ahmad
14. Love Suite 3
15. Autumn
16. Ahmad III
17. Connect
18. Tiden Flyver Remix
19. Petal movement Slow

Available on the Pronounced Love store in lossless format for only a fiver or as free MP3 download.