Top 25 albums + Complete Willie Bee’s 103 list.

A quick recap of the list and the honourable mentions as well as the songs that are off of the evil Spotify’s database. (Apologies to those warring with Spotify but it is a pretty solid way to organise one’s music… get a beer into you.)

(discluding Chance the Rapper – Wonder Every Day @ 101; Miguel – Simplethings @ 99; Chance the Rapper – No Better Blues @ 76; Hopium – Cut @ 74; Taylor Swift – Shake it Off @ 58 & Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers @ 54)

(discluding Ty Segall – Stick Around @ 105)

Top 25 albums in 2014

No. 1: How To Dress Well – ‘What is This Heart?’

Listen to when: Your heart has been frustrated by love.

Key tracks: Words I Don’t Remember; Repeat Pleasure; Cyril Pour

  1. War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

    Listen to when: You are searching for some Born to Run/Darkness on the Edge of Town nostalgia.

    Key tracks: Under The Pressure; Red Eyes; An Ocean in Between The Waves

  2. Caribou – Our Love

    Listen to when: You’re wearing a fucking good pair of headphones.

    Key tracks: Can’t Do Without You; Sliver; All I Ever Need

  3. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah 

    Listen to when: You want to impress your well-read, well-versed music-loving friends

    Key tracks: The Charade; Sugah Daddy; Really Love

  4. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! 

    Listen to when: You want to listen to an album tell a story… and still come out of it unsure of what it was actually trying to say.

    Key tracks: Never Catch Me; Coronus, The Terminator; Turkey Dog Coma

  5. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow 

    Listen to when: You want to bob your head around to songs written by an awkward twenty-something for awkward twenty-somethings.

    Key tracks: Luna; Whenever, Wherever; It’s Alright Now

  6. FKA Twigs – LP1 

    Listen to when: You catch eyes with a beautiful stranger and you require insight into the future.

    Key tracks: Two Weeks; Pendulum; Closer

  7. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

    Listen to when: You’re on a long drive through the countryside in Autumn.

    Key tracks: Ben’s My Friend, I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love, Carissa

  8. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy 

    Listen to when: You’re completely isolated and you just need some time to think.

    Key tracks: The Greatest Bastard, Colour Me In, My Favourite Faded Fantasy

  9. Phantogram – Voices 

    Listen to when: You’re shirtless, hula-hoop in hand with a bunch of spaced-out pals who all have no idea what they want to do with their lives.

    Key tracks: Fall in Love; Bill Murray; The Day You Died

  10. Owen Pallett – In Conflict 

    Listen to when: You want to look deeply into someone else’s soul without caring if they are looking straight back at you.

    Key tracks: In Chorale; I Am Not Afraid; Song for Five and Six

  11. Sbtrkt – Wonder Where We Land 

    Listen to when: You are willing to be abducted by aliens in order to experience some moments of genius.

    Key tracks: NEW DORP, NEW YORK; Maybe; Problem (Solved)

  12. Andy Bull – Sea of Approval 

    Listen to when: You’re ready to burst out of your cocoon.

    Key tracks: Baby I Am Nobody Now; Talk Too Much; Nothing is Wrong 

  13. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband 

    Listen to when: You’re walking foreign streets for the first time.

    Key tracks: Pretty Girls; Klapp Klapp; Paris

  14. St. Vincent – St Vincent 

    Listen to when: You know you’re too attached to something but you just can’t give up on it… so you just masturbate or something like that.

    Key tracks: Birth in Reverse; Digital Witness; Prince Johnny

  15. Jessie Ware – Tough Love 

    Listen to when: You unashamedly want to listen to a damn good album about love.

    Key tracks: Say You Love Me; Kind of… Sometimes… Maybe; Tough Love

  16. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels II 

    Listen to when: You’re ready to lay claim to your empire… be it your culture, your company or your own self.

    Key tracks:  Oh My Darling, Don’t Cry; All Due Respect; Close Your Eyes

  17. Andras & Oscar – Café Romantica 

    Listen to when: You’re Twirling, Twirling, TWIRLING toward freedom… and sipping on an excellent latte with halfa sugar.

    Key tracks: Everytime I Go; Looking Back; Rules of Love

  18. Perfume Genius – Too Bright 

    Listen to when: You start to realise there are only a few people you give a shit about… the rest of them can take their judgmental eyes and choke on their own Ds.

    Key tracks: Queen; Grid; No Good

  19. alt-J – This is All Yours 

    Listen to when: You stop caring about all this tripe about ‘The Next Radiohead’ and want to acknowledge the quality of an extremely solid 2nd album.

    Key tracks: Nara; Hunger of The Pine; Left Hand Free

  20. Sticky Fingers – Land of Pleasure 

    Listen to when: You stink like rancid cigarettes, you’ve lost your friends you’re fuck-eyed but you’re with a bunch of people who are willing to accept a lost soul.

    Key tracks: Gold Snafu; Dreamland; Feast Your Eyes.

  21. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom 

    Listen to when: Your mind is feeling flexible and ready to turn a little bit super-saiyan.

    Key tracks: Put Your Number in My Phone; Sexual Athletics; Not Enough Violence

  22. Lykke Li – I Never Learn

    Listen to when: You’re not so angry with Lykke for pulling the pin on her visit to Australia…

    Key tracks: No Rest For the Wicked; Silver Line; Gunshot

  23. Chet Faker – Built on Glass 

    Listen to when: You’re keen on listening to a bedroom producer-cum-electronic soul maestro… and you’re roller-skating… or doing something wacky.

    Key tracks: Talk is Cheap; Cigarettes and Loneliness; 1998

  24. Real Estate – Atlas 

    Listen to when: You’re six beers down, you’re at the beach and there’s a group of pretty girls who are kind of looking at you, kinda looking out to sea. Who knows?

    Key tracks: Talking Backwards; Crime; Had to Hear

    Thank you to all who took the time to read, discuss and share these lists. As per usual it was plenty of fun! Happy 2015!


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