Maybe not the most classic of years for music, but 2014 still produced some really great records. We’ve capped our choices at 25, so there’s quite a few that didn’t make the cut which we still enjoyed. You can check out all the albums we thought were worth a listen throughout the year on our mammoth Recommended Albums Playlist (complete with a few retrospective end-of-year additions).
Sample our top 25 album picks with a choice track embedded next to each album cover below. Our Best of 2014 playlist featuring 50 of our favourite tracks of the year is coming for you next week.
We hope you enjoy the list / find something new you like / get happy because your favourite album is featured / get annoyed because your favourite isn’t. Either way, tell us what you think and let us know what we’ve missed out on in the comments. Thanks for listening to and following the music we've posted on HUH. this year, we look forward to bringing you more good stuff in 2015!
25. 18+ - Trust
24. Arca - Xen
23. Let’s Wrestle - Let’s Wrestle
22. Dean Blunt - Black Metal
21. Hookworms - The Hum
20. FKA twigs - LP1
19. TOPS - Picture You Staring
18. Future Islands - Singles
17. Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting
16. Aphex Twin - Syro
15. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
14. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
13. Alex G - DSU
12. Ariel Pink - pom pom
11. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
10. Happyness - Weird Little Birthday
9. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
8. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
7. Real Estate - Atlas
6. Grouper - Ruins
5. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Mac DeMarco’s woozy Salad Days is just the latest reason everyone should be listening to the charismatic Canadian. His Rock and Roll Night Club EP and album 2 were some of our favourites from 2012. With Salad Days he has perfected his slacker-rock song crafting and we’ve got to know more of his sweetheart persona, making him pretty much irresistible. On the record’s instrumental closer Mac leaves a little thank-you message to those that have listened all the way through, finishing with a lovely “buh-bye” - well thank-you too Mac, the album is super great and I’ve really enjoyed it.
4. Caribou - Our Love
Electronic mastermind Dan Snaith aka Caribou has made probably his best, certainly his most heartfelt album to date with Our Love. Following up the universally adored Swim from 2010 must have been no easy task, but Snaith has nailed it. The album’s straight-forward approach may have disappointed some critics, but the it isn’t there to pack out dance floors, it’s better served as a reflective and euphoric soundtrack to a night bus ride home.
3. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love
The second album to appear from Brooklyn label Captured Tracks in our top five - Perfect Pussy’s frantic, loud, and unrelenting debut Say Yes To Love. It’s over in flash at 23 minutes long, but that’s all the New York five piece need to leave your head ringing for days. The raw power, energy, and jarring noise created by the band together with frontwoman Meredith Graves vocals is something to behold.
2. Lone - Reality Testing
Lone’s wonderfully playful sounds in Reality Testing for R&S Records have been on repeat at HUH. Studios ever since it’s release it June. Matt Cutler has gradually built his reputation in the dance music world to be regarded as one of the most exciting and best producers around, and Reality Testing’s brilliant dreamlike collection of tracks is sure to convince anyone out there who thinks otherwise.
1. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Mike Hadreas’ third LP Too Bright is a very bold work of art, making his previous two full-lengths (which we also love) look timid in comparison. Beefed up with louder drums, more prominent synths, grander songwriting, and Adrian Utley of Portishead on production duties, Hadreas has created an exuberant, nonconformist, dramatic, and inspiring triumph of a record. An absolute must listen!