My Belated Best of 2014

It’s the beginning of 2015, which means I should get off my ass and post my best of list. It’s taken me more than three weeks to consider my picks, simply because the holidays are insane. Travel, Christmas, travel, New Years, work, travel…it never ends. Hopefully I can find additional contributors to the blog to keep the content updated for anyone still dedicated enough to keep reading us.

Many thanks to all the producers, DJs, promotional people, label managers, and anyone else I communicate with through Shadowboxing. Getting to know each of you has been great and here’s to another year of kickass music in 2015!

Album of the Year: The Invaderz – New Found Dialekt
After much deliberation, New Found Dialekt was my pick for album of the year, simply because it’s a tremendously fun listen with unlimited playability. It reminds me of a favorite Nintendo game you keep coming back to even though you’ve beaten it a thousand times because it keeps you engaged.

Kimyan Law – Coere Calme
Honestly, when I first heard the bits on Mr. Law’s debut I didn’t think much of it. I withheld judgement until after I gave it a full run through and I’m glad I did. Each track is great, but I feel like the album is greater than the sum of it’s parts. It’s an auditory puzzle and if you hear it out of context it doesn’t present the entire image.

Ulterior Motive – The Fourth Wall
It was hard to pick The Invaderz over Ulterior Motive’s LP on Metalheadz. Just a kickass album from start to finish.

Future Beats – The Album
Future Beats made the list and the damn thing isn’t even a month old. You know why? Because Doc Scott’s ThirtyOne Recordings ain’t scared to keep pushing boundaries. It’s not all big room party tunes…this is head music with huge bass and very fine points of production. I see it as a speculation on what could be if everyone would let their preconceptions go.

Mefjus – Emulations
What an unreal debut. As someone else recently said Critical are quickly taking over dancefloor DnB and talent Mefjus are leading that assault.

Eveson – Deluge
A downtempo masterpiece. I tried, unsuccessfully, to get Eveson to make this longer and give me the VIP…

Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)
An admittedly guilty pleasure. The original is EDM schlock, but Justin Martin’s remix (a producer I greatly respect) gives the tune a deeper feel and a bite of bass while making me feel better about myself.

Enei – Goliath EP
If I need a tune to get me jacked up (tho the kid’s these days say “turnt”), it’s the titular track, Goliath featuring DRS on vocals.

Mutated Forms – Crowlin
I hear the synths from this track in my dreams.

Future Islands – Seasons
This is my indie pop entry for this year’s list. For some reason I just connected with this song and while the video is an odd choice, it works…or maybe it’s just my Texas roots?

Anile – Depths
I’d argue that no one had a better showing in 2014 than Anile. His rise seems to be meteoric and this tune on Soul:R is a big reason why.


Ivy Lab – Missing Persons EP
I’m not sure how I left this off my list initially. Maybe I thought it came out in 2013? In any case, beautiful tunes…pointed, visceral, and poignant.

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