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|Best Of 2014|
|It's been a strong year for electronic music, especially for albums - something that only just became aparent when we started compiling our end of year chart - there wasn't an out-an-out clear contender for the title but lots of albums which could've taken it. We compile our Phonica Best of charts by combining the end of year charts from all the staff and some of our regular customers, with added input from shop / website sales (and demand too, as a lot of records are highly limited). Can we re-iterate - Its a very objective list and its only a list, a mere reminder of some great records of the past year . We may (definately) have forgotten some, some may have been released the tale end of 2013 (Nils Frahm's 'Spaces' being an example, although it got its vinyl release and achieved a lot of recognition this year) and for others, there may not have been a physical release. We have only featured records we have stocked in the shop. There may also be a bone of contention over whether something is a single / 12 inch or an LP, Head High and Leon Vynehall being the obvious two this year…but does it matter? Both amazing records!
So a bit of a vintage year for albums this year - as seasoned electronic producers such as Andy Stott, Roman Flugel and Kassem Mosse sit high up in the charts with debut albums from DK, Be and Young Marco....and then sitting atop them all is a producer who gave us one 12inch 15 years ago and now he's back!!Enjoy the list!
|100 . DMX Krew - Shape Shifting Shaman - Shipwrec|
|99 . Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine - Soundway Recordings|
|98 . Tomaga - Futura Grotesk - Hands In The Dark|
|97 . Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper - Cantos De Lisboa - I Get RVNG|
|96 . Bitchin Bajas - Bitchin' Bajas - Drag City|
|95 . Cooly G - Wait Till Night - Hyperdub|
|94 . Sasac - Hyperion - Omega Supreme|
|93 . Gala Drop - Gala Drop II - Golf Channel Recordings|
|92 . Mind Fair - Mind Fair - Golf Channel Recordings|
|91 . Neneh Cherry - Blank Project - Smalltown Supersound|
|90 . Ben Frost - Aurora - Mute|
|89 . Joey Anderson - After Forever - Dekmantel|
|88 . A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos - Erased Tapes|
|87 . Paul White - Shaker Notes - R & S Records|
|86 . Bison - Travellers - Claremont 56|
|85 . Andres & Oscar - Cafe Romantica - Dopeness Galore|
|84 . Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty - Sub Pop|
|83 . Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares - Pan|
|82 . Vessel - Punish, Honey - Triangle|
|81 . Kaveri Special - Kaveri Special - Monamour Records|
|80 . Not Waving - Human Capabilities - Emotional Response|
|79 . Julius Steinhoff - Flocking Behaviour - Smallville|
|78 . Massimiliano Pagliara - With One Another - Live At Robert Johnson|
|77 . The Bug - Angels & Devils - Ninja Tune|
|76 . Beck - Morning Phase - Capitol Records|
|75 . Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God - Drag City|
|74 . Deepchord - Lanterns - Astral Industries|
|73 . Hashman Deejay - Sandopolis - Future Times|
|72 . Tin Man - Ode - Acid Test|
|71 . Farben / James Din - Farben & James Din - Faitiche|
|70 . CV313 - Dimensional Space - Echospace Detroit|
|69 . Prins Thomas - Prins Thomas Iii - Full Pupp|
|68 . Clap Clap - Tayi Bebbe - Black Acre|
|67 . Falty DL - In The Wild - Ninja Tune|
|66 . Torn Hawk - Lets Cry And Do Pushups At The Sametime - Mexican Summer|
|65 . Moire - Shelter - Werk Discs|
|64 . Efdemin - Decay - Dial|
|63 . Arca - Xen - Mute|
|62 . Afrikan Sciences - Circuitous - Pan|
|61 . Lee Gamble - Koch - Pan|
|60 . Barnt - Magazine 13 - Magazine|
|59 . Frank & Tony - You Go Girl - Scissor & Tape|
|58 . Steffi - Power Of Anonymity - Ostgut Ton|
|57 . Millie & Andrea - Drop The Vowels - Modern Love|
|56 . Answer Code Request - Code - Ostgut Ton|
|55 . Juju & Jordash - Clean Cut - Dekmantel|
|54 . Gunnar Haslam - Mirrors & Copulation Ep - L.I.E.S.|
|53 . Mo Kolours - Mo Kolours Lp - One Handed|
|52 . Juan Maclean - In A Dream - DFA Records|
|51 . Session Victim - See You When I Get There - Delusions Of Grandeur|
Delano is a true living legend and one of the most original and forward thinking artists today. "Twilight" will represent the sound of Delano Smith today; with an eye to the future, yet strong connections to his roots.
|49 . Copeland - Because Im Worth It - Not On Label|
A sublime deliverance of the sound that has become so closely associated with the UK selector and artist - twelve raw & robust cuts that keep you locked from start to finish. And one of the nicest guys in house music too!!
|47 . Stl - At Disconnected Moments - Smallville|
|46 . Lawrence - A Day In The Life - Dial|
|45 . Sebastian Mullaert & Eiten Reiter - Reflections Of Nothingness - Mule Musiq|
|44 . Mica Levi - Under The Skin Ost - Rough Trade|
|43 . Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch - Hyperdub|
Without preconceived ideas and developed around often purely intuitive improvised jams, the eight tracks on the album are all 'one take' live recordings. With Gigi Masin on Rhodes and piano, Jonny Nash on guitar, melodica, synths and trumpet and Marco Sterk on synths, rhythmic structures and production duties, the three of them succeed in developing a musical language all of their own. Music from Memory illustrating that they can do brand new , original albums too!!
|41 . Recondite - Iffy - Innervisions|
|40 . Matom - Love Mistakes - Planet E|
|39 . Kiasmos - Kiasmos - Erased Tapes|
|38 . Objekt - Flatland - Pan|
Theo fuses jazz & soul music with electronic production, making this album sound both futuristic and grounded in the past at the same time. Contributions come from Marcellus Pittman, Ideeyah, Duminie Deporres. Many wondered about the price, but the music is the real taking point here...
|36 . Actress - Ghettoville - Ninja Tune|
Collaborative studio album by Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and California hip hop musician Madlib - best hip hop album of the year?
|34 . Dean Blunt - Black Metal - Rough Trade|
|33 . The Phantom - The Phantom - Silverback|
|32 . Soundcarriers - Entropicalia - Ghost Box|
|31 . Flying Lotus - Youre Dead - Warp|
|30 . Vermont - Vermont - Kompakt|
|29 . Vril - Torus - Delsin|
|28 . Art Wilson - Overworld - Growing Bin|
|27 . Call Super - Suzi Ecto - Houndstooth|
"Head High album! Need we say more?" Is it a doublepack single? Is it an album? Every track's a banging techno winner on here!
|27 . Call Super - Suzi Ecto - Houndstooth|
|26 . Head High - Megatrap - Powerhouse|
|25 . Edward - Into A Better Future - Giegling|
|24 . Francis Harris - Minutes Of Sleep - Scissor & Thread|
|23 . Dr Zygote - Grupo Zygote - Black Acre|
|22 . Htrk - Psychic 9-5 Club - Ghostly International|
Rivers of the Red Planet, Graef's first full-length and Tartelet's latest album project, takes all that wildness and refines, expands, updates and scrambles it. It's as ambitious and deviously entertaining a record as you'll hear in 2014, the fulfillment of Graef's desire to make anything but another contemporary house music album.
"Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. "
|19 . Todd Terje - Its Album Time - Olsen|
|18 . Panoram - Everyone Is A Door - Firecracker|
|17 . Caribou - Our Love - Jialong|
|16 . Mark Barrott - Sketches - International Feel|
|15 . Lone - Reality Testing - R & S Records|
|14 . Young Marco - Biology - Esp Institute|
13 . DK - Drop - Antinote
A big favourite in the shop from the excellent consistent Antinote label. Beautiful house music and laid-back electronica that manages to sound classic and contemporary at the same time!
|12 . Fatima - Yellow Memories - Eglo|
|11 . Nils Frahm - Spaces - Erased Tapes|
The one and only Moodymannnnnn returns with an off-the-cuff album! As you would expect, the man from the D is in fine form, presenting some of his best work to date. And check that artwork too! Wall-to-wall killers.
Happiness Is Happening is like a concept album without a concept. A testament to the fact that the concept of an album that works within the realms and boundaries of “electronic (dance) music” can be so much more than a loose collection of 12- inches or just an exercise in style.
D’Angelo had this to say about the concept behind Black Messiah: "‘Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah."
In the mystical cycles of the sonic universe, every so often Manchester conjures up, seemingly from nowhere, an absolutely mind blowing LP; up there with anyone else the world over. One of those rare producers can produce hip hop, house and soul grooves - all contained within this one slab of vinyl!
The return of the Twin!! First album since 2001's 'Druqs' from the enigmatic Richard D James and it's a beast - especially the triple gatefold LP version. Ignore the hype - this is a great return from the Cornish wizard!
Cracked, disjointed, rattling techno from the mysterious producer that's causes ripples of excitement any time he surfaces. Responsible for coaxing I-F's Murder Capital label back into action after years of inactivity - quality over quantity guaranteed.
From a word-of-mouth secret to global obsession in the space of one year (and a bit). LP1 features none of these previously released songs; instead each track on LP1 is brand new, born out of FKA twigs’ artistic philosophy of spontaneous creation and collaboration in the studio. Its been hard to ignore FKA Twigs this year from her sell-out gigs to her stunning artwork and videos.
The most memorable and oddly cohesive album of Stott’s career to date, built and rendered in the spirit of those rare albums that straddle innovation and tradition through darkness and light. The title track hits the spot.
Another one of those 'Is it an album / is it a single' dilemma situations. Worked as an album for us, so here it is proudly occupying no. 2 in our list. Got repeated plays on the shop soundsystem and his set at our compilation launch was amazing. A no brainer.
The elusive Shinichi Atobegave us a record back in 2001 on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money. The he's back - and what a return!! Demdike Stare's label tracked him down and give us this stunning album - from an opener that sounds like an Actress track to our favourite track - a heady 9 minute-long piano house track that sounds like Dj Sprinkles before the album heads down the expected Vainquer / Basic Channel route with subtle singatures and a timeless feel that means this has already become a Phonica favourite. Pity the vinyl has all gone (and no repress apparently!)