The Best Records Of 2014’s First Quarter


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And to kill time while our blog is on annual leave exploring Australia, here’s a special edition of the loop to recap the best records that have seen the light of day so far this year, focusing in popular favourites that haven’t yet been released as singles, such as the week’s honorary number one, Philadelphia rocksters The War On Drugs and ‘Burning’ our favourite from their acclaimed latest opus; those that we originally ignored or didn’t appreciate as much as they deserved, Future Islands‘ terrific ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You)’ is a good example; or tracks from albums that didn’t have a clear standout moment but are still worthy of notice.

Check this informal edition with the first quarter of 2014 music review after the jump


THE WAR ON DRUGS
Burning
(Secretly Canadian)
From 'Lost In The Dream'

BEYONCÉ
Pretty Hurts
(Columbia)

From Beyoncé'

ANGEL OLSEN
Jagjaguwar
(Columbia)

From 'Burn Your Fires To No One'

SUN KIL MOON
Carissa
(Caldo Verde)

From 'Benji'

FUTURE ISLANDS
Seasons (Waiting On You)
(RE) (4AD)

From 'Singles'

WILD BEASTS
A Simple Beautiful Truth
(Domino)

From 'Present Tense'

ST. VINCENT
Digital Witness (Darkside Remix)
(Other People)

From 'St. Vincent'

BURIAL
Rival Dealer
(Hyperdub)

From 'Rival Dealer EP'

PERFECT PUSSY
Big Stars
(Captured Tracks)

From 'Say Yes To Love'

CLOUD NOTHINGS
Pattern Walks
(Wichita)

From 'Here And Nowhere Else'

ISAIAH RASHAD
Soliloquy
(Top Dawg)

From 'Cilvia Demo'

DAMIEN JURADO
Magic Number
(Secretly Canadian)

From 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son'

REAL ESTATE
Primitive
(Domino)

From 'Atlas'

ACTRESS
Gaze
(Werkdiscs)

From 'Ghettoville'

NENEH CHERRY
Naked
(Smalltown Supertown)

From 'Blank Project'
MARISSA NADLERMARISSA NADLER
Firecrackers
(Bella Union)

From 'July'


TODD TERJE FEAT. BRYAN FERRY
Johnny & Mary
(Smalltown Supersound)

From 'It's Album Time'


LIARS
Can't Hear Well
(Mute)

From 'Mess'

BLANK REALM
Fallin Down The Stairs
(Fire)

From 'Grassed In'

SCHOOLBOY Q
Break The Bank
(Top Dawg)

From 'Oxymoron'

POSSE
Interesting Thing No. 2
(Beating A Dead Horse)

From 'Soft Opening'

MICA LEVI
Love
(Rough Trade)

From 'Under The Skin OST'

TIMBER TIMBRE
Hot Dreams
(Arts & Crafts)

From 'Hot Drea,s'

NACHO VEGAS
Un Día Usted Morirá
(Marxophone)

From 'Resituación'

LINDA PERHACS
Prisms Of Glass
(Ashmatic Kitty)

From 'The Soul Of All Natural Things'

EMA
So Blonde
(Matador)

From 'The Future's Void'

TOVE LO
Habits
(Universal AB)

From 'Truth Serum EP'

STROMAE
Tous Les Mêmes
(Island)

From 'Racine Carrée'

MILLIE AND ANDREA
Stage 2
(Modern Love)

From 'Drop The Vowels'

KATY B
Still
(Sony)

From 'Little Red'

EAST INDIA YOUTH
Glitter Recession
(Stolen)

From 'Total Strife Forever'

THEE SILVER MT ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA
Birds Toss Precious Flowers
(Constellation)

From 'Hang On To Each Other EP'


SZA FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR
Babylon
(Top Dawg)

From 'Z'

YOUNG FATHERS
Low
(Big Dada)

From 'Dead'

FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB
Thuggin'
(Madlib Invazion)

From 'Piñata'


Waste Of Time
(Sony)

From 'No Mythologies To Follow'

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
You'll Be Lonely
(Daptone)

From 'Give The People What They Want'

MAC DEMARCO
Blue Boy
(Captured Tracks)

From 'Salad Days'
SEPTEMBER GIRLS
Sister
(Fortuna Pop)

From 'Cursing The Sea'

MOODYMANN FEAT. ANDRES
Lyk U Use 2
(KDJ)

From 'Moodymann'

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