Pom Pom - Ariel Pink
Pop LP of the year. I can't possibly write another word on the subject.
Gangsta Stripper Music 2 - Beatking
He is the Beat King and he's had a sterling year. This was the Club God doin his Houston ratchet thang which is the best mix of 10s rap and 90s rave these ears have ever heard.
Black Portland - Young Thug & Bloody Jay
Atlanta's stellar nutcase duo make mental rap classic.
Two classic double LPs in one year! Maybe Four Track Mind just pips Unfidelity at the post but these albums are inseparable as they came from the same recording sessions, I think. Nick Edwards reigns in his wayward machines like never before to achieve stunning results.
By Any Means - Kevin Gates
King Kev's got the best voice in the game and his flow's incredible. An intimate insight into Kev's life. From being dirt poor with no electrical, being incarcerated as a juvenile and an adult, having children and being signed to a major record label. His life's a movie. Louisiana trap at it's finest.
$hmopcity - Kool John
The most underrated mixtape of the year. Bay Area ratchet that was all killa no filler. It's party time, are you puttin on 10 Summers or $hmopcity? It's a no brainer.
Fucking great collaboration from 666 Mafia's legendary Gangsta Boo and Club Godzilla Beatking. 80s electro, doomcore and other fucked up rave flavas clash with 2014 Texan Ratchet and 90s creepin Memphis shyt. Rewind!
Life After Death Row - Boosie Bad Azz
Lil Boosie gets out of prison and makes a hell of a poignant mixtape about the experience. True Detective had nothin on this Louisiana rapper's gritty reality.
Under The Skin OST - Mica Levi
Best soundtrack since........ Intensely sinister and harrowing. A bit like Bernard Hermann if he'd got on the painkillaz. Who'd have ever thought I'd enjoy something by Mica Levi? The world is a strange place.
Oxymoron - Schoolboy Q
The title says it all. State of the art sex, drugs and rap 2014 stylee. Oxymoron not only refers to Oxycontin addiction but to the dichotomy of Schoolboy Q's being ie. trying to be a good dad but being a bad ass gangster.
Beautiful Pimp II - Rome Fortune
Atlanta's suave space age rapper makes a sequel better than the original. Cito is on the beat throughout the entire mixtape which was a great move.
Heat Vol. 1 & 2 - YP Spoelstra
Two volumes of choice ratchet from the Bay Area's HBK Gang. YP's giving Mustard a run for his money and he's just put out a 3rd Volume, bloody hell!
Torridon Gate - Howlround
Who'd have thunk a 24 minute recording of a garden gate would be this enjoyable?
R.O.C. - IX Tab
A trip into creepy electronic zones where funny things happen.
A Que Fresco - Que & Mike Fresh
Like Speedy Gonzales, the subject of one of their songs, these guys don't mess about. This is 2014 rap at it's most buoyant and audacious. A pop triumph.
From Out Here - The Advisory Circle
Perhaps their most fully realised LP to date. A musical interzone somewhere between idyllic and peculiar. An album that plays tricks with your memory.
Reconsider Lounge - Rangers
I thought they'd vanished but thankfully here they are again. This time in short sharp mode like they were on 2010's classic Suburban Tours. OMG this is a guitar record! Remember them?Memoradelia! Why aren't they as big as Coldplay?
You Might Also Like - eMMplekz
More mental absurdity from Baron Mordant over some of Nick's most accomplished trax to date.
My Krazy Life - YG
The Power And The Glory - Perc
Bullet - Zuse
The Mobb Tape - Zmoney
Wet 2 - Skipper
Tha Tour Part 1 - Rich Gang
Pavilion - Panabrite
Oculus OST - The Newton Brothers
Influkz - Ekoplekz
We Invented The Bop 2 - Various
7 of The Moon Ballades Series - Motion Sickness Of Time Travel
Tony - King Louie
CATEGORY OF IT'S OWN
Benji - Sun Kil Moon
20 years since I've listened to anything by Mark Kozelek but I couldn't ignore this album's cult groundswell on the interweb. Holy shit things have changed since Red House Painters Ocean Beach (well mostly, he is still singing about his mum) ie. Mark's way more hokey now, gettin back to his Ohio roots. Who would have thought he could get more morose? This is a stunning work of a master songwriter. The words just poor out of him unfiltered and somehow it works. Benji is an insight into a tragedy strewn life and a morbid mind like no other. Whether I can handle listening to it again is another story.
Rustie - Green Language
Peaking Lights - Cosmic Logic
Young Thug - 1017 Thug 2
Moon Wiring Club - Leporine Pleasure Gardens (Mr Postman where's me parcel from the UK?)
Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi 2 (Only got it yesterday)
Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin (As above)
YP Spoelstra - Heat Vol. 3 (As above above)
Rangers - Session Man (Currently downloading from bandcamp)
Ripping off Young Thug is absurd. It's like ripping off Mark E Smith ie. he's so idiosyncratic if you're copying him it's so obviously not you. It makes you an instant joke.
LIFE'S TOO SHORT to bang on about artists that are dull, overrated or just plain shite like Grouper, Blanco Husalah Kokane, Salva and whoever else innit?
|There's only one Young Thug (he's on the left).|