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July 1, 2014 - Best of 2014 (so far)

Jul 01, 2014

The best in electronic music from the first half of the year! Includes music from Holly Herndon, FKA twigs, and more

Tonight, I played some of my favorites from this year so far. I know that there’s some great tracks/albums that slipped under my radar or didn’t have enough time for tonight, so you can expect that the end of the year list would be different from what I just played.

Honorable mentions:

Dego – “Nuts”

Vic Mensa – “Down on My Luck”

Leon Vynehall – “Butterflies / This Is the Place”

Throwing Snow – Mosaic

Robyn and Royksopp - Do It Again

Various Artists – African Shakedown 002

This week in electronic music:

A new Matthewdavid album was just released today.

Mu-Ziq will be releasing a new album titled Rediffusion.

Simian Mobile Disco shared more details about their upcoming album Whorl as well as some tour dates. They also released the first single off the LP called “Tangents”.

Next week is the Bonobo show in First Avenue’s mainroom.



Title (album)  

Why the album/single is great

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio’s Theme (Adult Swim Singles Program 2014)

He can still craft epics


If It Wasn’t True (Northtown EP)

Disco highlight from Las Vegas newcomer

Todd Terje

Preben Goes to Acapulco (It's Album Time)

Terje has an eye for incredible composition

Wild Beasts

Sweet Spot (Present Tense)

Intimate and spacious


Complex (Adhesive EP)

Noise becomes danceable, catchy


Take Your Body Off (The Power and the Glory)

Angry “political” techno (one of the tracks on the LP is named after David Cameron)


Mess on a Mission (Mess)

Band’s focus on repetition and simplicity fits an electronic format

Holly Herndon

Chorus (Chorus - Single)

A powerful statement on our tech-addled pace of life


Break a Mirrored Leg (Acid Beth EP)

Combination of ambient and breakneck techno


Airglow Fires (Reality Testing)

Excellent fusion of hip-hop & electronica


Take Time (feat. Novelist)

Sparse but incredibly hype beat, and Novelist’s bars are also great


Static Kings (Becs)

Sound and static combine to transport listeners to another world

Ben Frost

Venter (A U R O R A)

Pulverizing, dark synths

Ricky Eat Acid

In my dreams we’re almost touching (Three Love Songs)

Dream-like ambient

Hannah Diamond

Attachment (Attachment - Single)

Pristine, sterile, interesting pop

FKA twigs

Two Weeks (Two Weeks - Single)

Incredible vocal performance on top of flowing, evocative beats