We at Podcoost make no secret about the fact that none of us have seen, heard, read or experienced everything that the year 2014 had to offer. In our series ‘Podcoost’s 2014’ we are giving our ‘favourites’ rather than what we consider ‘the best’. That we are doing this in the first days of 2015 is simple; how can we really consider the year until it is fully over? Living in the past? Maybe, but we like to get nostalgic. Even for something that finished a matter of days ago… Check out more of our favourites here.
Brendan Park: Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
The Norwegian has been the undisputed King of Disco for a few years now, off the back of thumpers like Inspector Norse and meticulously groovy edits such as this. I double dare you, dear reader, to click those links and keep your hips in line with your shoulders and your dick in your pants. Just. Not. Possible.
With It’s Album Time though, Terje nailed something that most DJs and producers have forgotten how to do: he released an album. No filler here. Just heart-warming tracks that make you giggle and groove from start to end. Need more evidence of this dude’s genius? Watch this.
Caribou – Our Love
Flight Facilities – Down to Earth
Tycho – Awake
Nick Stevens: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
Steve wins almost by default, being one of the only artists whose albums I regularly check for and listen to in the year of release. This isn’t even as good as his last album, nor is it as good as several others. It’s probably not even as good as some in my honourable mentions. But, honestly, I think that his shit don’t stink, and it comes on as a habit when I’m not really in the mood to think about choosing something to listen to. Good title too.
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit
Panda Bear – Mr Noah (EP)
Zac Strevens: Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
That Kiwi modern-day musical doyan Zane Lowe described Nabuma Rubberband, the fourth studio release from Little Dragon, as 2014’s “sneak attack project.” Sure, there were bigger releases, more anticipated albums, but none delivered like the Swedish electro darlings..
Yukimi Nagano’s seductive voice is one to be unavoidably followed into guaranteed pain, knowing that she would comfort you at your weakest. Not that there is any discomfort here. “Klapp Klapp”, “Pretty Girls”, “Paris” and “Killing Me” are the standouts, but by no means the only. There’s a track for all seasons here, and all attitudes; provided that attitude is – as T-Swift would say – “getting down to this, sick, beat.
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Flight Facilities – Down To Earth
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Kele – Trick
Orlando Soulsby: Ellie Goulding – Halcyon Days
Ok, so this was actually released in 2013, but I didn’t hear it until this year. As someone that generally just listens to music on the radio rather than buys albums – unless they’re by a Mr Robbie Williams – this is the best you’re going to get out of me.
Ellie Goulding proved with her first album that she has a great voice which sounds good on both upbeat dance tracks and more mellow tunes, but she’s proved with the “actually not that difficult second album” that it’s the upbeat clubby genre that she is most at home in. “Anything Could Happen” is one of my favourite tunes of recent years, “Goodness Gracious” is surprisingly catchy, whilst “Stay Awake” is just a plain old happy tune. All in all a great album to listen to, particularly in the summer with the shades on and a G&T in your hand.
Nat Yorksi: Smoove + Turrell – Broken Toys
Funk, hip hop, electro dance, jazz duo Smoove + Turrell have given us the happiest and most eclectic album of the year . From the moment “Have Love” comes on you want to roll the windows down and scream happiness to the world. The slight disco sound just adds to the pure danceability.
No matter who you are or what you are doing there is no way you can resist “Will You be Mine”. It doesn’t matter if you are an angry lumberjack fighting a 300-pound brown bear in the North-West or a trio of teenage girls on their way to school at 8am. This album feels like a celebratory – while slightly inebriated – group hug with four of your best friends.
Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
St Vincent – St Vincent
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Beck – Morning Phase
1,2,3 – Big Weather
U2 – Songs of Innocence
I don’t care how many endorsements you get or how great your legacy is, force feeding your album by taking some sort of semi-legitimate hacker route just screams Big Brother to me. I am not a fan.
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
This soundtrack is thoughtful and pensive. It captures urgency, heartbreak, a passing of time, love. There is also a slight spiritual softness that seems to give the impression of the utter vastness of time and space. It should be noted that I did not enjoy the film Interstellar, however this soundtrack touched me.
Good luck in 2015. May it be what you need it to be.
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