Time to look back at my year in music! My 2014 music library probably had the biggest change in the past few years. Coming back from London, I found myself listening to a lot of UK house + garage (thanks to my flatmates), along with deep house, and soul. I've always liked a bit of electronic, chillwave, and what not, but this was definitely a big change for me. Although we don't see this reflected in my top 10 albums of 2014, with Spotify finally in Canada, I get my fair share of funky beats daily. So here we are, my top 10 favs:
10. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
9. Ben Howard - I Forgot Where We Were
8. Angus and Julia Stone - Self Titled
7. Jessie Ware - Tough Love
6. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
5. Warpaint - Self Titled
4. Jungle - Self Titled
3. Glass Animals - Zaba
2. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
1. Sam Brookes - Kairos
At number one, Sam Brookes' Kairos is ethereal. It probably sits between your favourite melancholy tunes and your go-to lighthearted folk tracks. I started listening to Sam after catching him open for Lucy Rose in London this summer. As a sucker for acoustic melodies, I visited Camden to see him again a week before I left for home. My favourite tracks off Kairos would have to be "On The Mend" and "Breaking Blue," the beautiful tracks that ended the album off. But "This Is The Place" definitely has a place in my heart as it's probably the soundtrack of my two months away from home this summer. Second on the list: Bombay Bicycle Club. It's probably no surprise to my friends as many know they're my all time favourite group. I've always found Indian music rather catchy, so the influences from Mumbai definitely made So Long, See You Tomorrow one exceptional album. Third and fourth goes to Glass Animals and Jungle, two amazing groups that have such a different and groovy sound. I didn't put the two side by side intentionally, but Glass Animal's beautiful live set that features jungle like props is a definite must see. Warpaint makes the top 5, they can make anyone feel like a badass, props.
Continuing on, we have Todd Terje with It's Album Time. This has to be one of the coolest albums I've stumbled upon this year. I've never listened to anything this disco-esque, and I definitely fell in love. Whether I'm traveling on a bus, or taking a jog, It's Album Time makes it more interesting. The last four albums of my list slows it down a bit. Jessie Ware, Angus and Julia Stone, Ben Howard, and Sam Smith's 2014 releases ends off my top ten beautifully :) Okay, this post is getting too long, but before I finish this off, I have to list three awesome EPs: Rosie Lowe - Right Thing, Panama - Always, Rae Morris - Do You Even Know?
That is all, until next time x