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Rober Awards Music Poll 2014: Our Choices

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One day before our 2014 Music Poll closes (you can still cast your votes here) here’s some wrapping up thoughts, followed by our own choices for every category.

The consensus about 2014 is that it won’t go down in pop history as a particularly good year for music, making of the few albums which stood up from the crowd even more relevant than usual. Our favorite of them all, Ariel Pink’s “Pom Pom”, is probably one of the year’s most under appreciated. The lo-fi veteran kept of defying expectations and delivered a great collection of gems camouflaged in the apparent shape of bonkers psychedelic experiments.

Annie Clarke, a.k.a. St. Vincent, was another of the artists who shaped the last twelve months, crafting her best album to date; so were Run The Jewels, the excellent collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike, reigniting the spirit of the most belligerent hip-hop. Mark Kozelek’s songwriting, under his latest moniker Sun Kil Moon, was particularly inspired in the beautifully sad “Benji”; he also hit the headlines by igniting a feud with another of the year’s winners, The War On Drugs.

Beyoncé delivered the first great album of her solo career, as well as a case study on how to market a record in the digital era, with her self-titled Itunes exclusive. Angel Olsen reconciled noughties folk and nineties rock, whereas Flying Lotus refined his unique blend of fusion jazz and electronica. In the meantime, heartbreak was the engine behind two of the best female records, the latest by Lykke Li and Sharon Van Etten. Our Song of the year honor goes to the MOR-tastic “Brill Bruisers” by our favorite supergroup, The New Pornographers.

In Europe, Belgian star Stromae continue his way towards global superstardom; FKA Twigs added exotic mystery to R&B; Montreal carried on generating new and exciting bands such as the post-rockers Ought and Australia did the same with the Melbourne post-punkers Total Control. The world of electronica welcomed the debut of Venezuelan producer Arca. Aphex Twin returned in good shape with his first studio album in thirteen years and Sleater-Kinney paved the way for their comeback with a retrospective box-set, while Public Enemy’s deluxe editions became our favorite reissues.

Perhaps due to this perceived lesser quality in the level of new music, the categories featuring veteran artists have been the ones which got the people voting. Fans of Kate Bush, whose return to the stage after three decades of absence was one of the highlights of the year, Stromae and Prince with his new band 3rdeyegirl entered our poll by the thousands making of the best live artist category the most heavily disputed.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Foreign Language

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Almost 40% of our soon to be released list of Top 50 best films of 2014 comes from a non English speaking country, a symptom perhaps of the healthy moment and creative wealth filmmaking all over the world is enjoying.

Always a heavily competitive category, among those films that were left at the gate of our 7 nominee selection were Korean Bong Joon-Ho’s post-apocalyptic political sci-fi ‘Snopiercer’; Mexicans Diego Quemada-Díez and his moving ‘The Golden Cage’ and Amat Escalante’s violent corruption denounce ‘Heli’; the latest from such acclaimed directors as Iranian Asghar Farhadi, ‘The Past’ or Chinese Jia Zhangke, “A Touch Of Sin”, the Palestinian drama ‘Omar’ or the charming Swedish teen girls punk rebellion of ‘We Are The Best’.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Best British Picture

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2014 has been hailed as a terrific year for British Cinema, crowned by the independent, creative success stories of titles such as the tense prison drama ‘Starred Up’; the doppelganger in a dystopian future of ‘The Double’; The gripping Ulster-set thriller ’71’; or the tradition of impeccably executed period dramas carried on with the likes of ‘Belle’ and ‘Testament of Youth’, plus a number of massive crowd-pleasers such as the Oscar hopeful ‘The Imitation Game’ and the all family appeal of Paddington’s winning adaptation. A range as diverse as it was well received.

All of those titles could have been worthy contenders for the heavily disputed Best British film of the year title, and some of them have been nominated for the Rober in other categories, but the fact the following seven prevented them from getting shortlisted is an indicator of the quality of this year’s Brit crop. The actual nominees are Read the rest of this entry »

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#FilmNominations2014 : Best Hispanic Picture

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Despite the severe financial crisis affecting film production in Spain, this has been an excellent year for Hispanic movies. All across Latin America young auteurs with fresh voices keep on being discovered for the world, whereas the Spanish theaters themselves saw a record number of tickets sold, thanks to the biggest box office hit the Mediterranean country has ever released, the comedy “Spanish Affair (Ocho Apellidos Vascos)”.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Best Soundtrack

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In the soundtrack category several notable works deserve to be mentioned, from Johann Johannsson’s gorgeous score for ‘The Theory of Everything’ to Hans Zimmer’s overpowering ‘Interstellar; ‘Boyhood’ and its excellent use of indie classics as one of the key elements to help underlining the pass of the twelve years it took to make, from Coldplay to Arcade Fire, or the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ 80’s mixtape, part of its storyline. Also noteworthy are some films that dealt with a music subject, such as the jazz drumming of ‘Whiplash’ and the indie band shenanigans of ‘Frank’.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Cutting Edge

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This category highlights those works which dared challenging the establishment and took technical, creative or narrative risks, venturing to explore and push the boundaries of their film’s subjects or making the medium evolve.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Blockbuster Of The Year

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Tinseltown didn’t have the most successful summer ever, albeit without many spectacular flops, fewer tickets sold in cinemas and many disappointments in big titles’ numbers shaped 2014 as its least profitable year since 2006. However, the International market and, particularly China with an apparently endless appetite for Hollywood big budget offer, came to the rescue.

Sequels, reboots and rehashes kept reigning on the multiplexes, not even the bad reviews could put people off such vile propositions as the new Transformers or the universally appalled but still quite successful Ninja Turtles reboot. And it seems their kingdom is going to be extended during 2015 with the planned return of virtually everything you can think of that has been a hit in the past. It doesn’t help that the few films made from original ideas didn’t ignite the box office as expected. Among them the surprisingly good Tom Cruise’s Groundhog Day meets Alien Invasion ‘Edge Of Tomorrow”, which didn’t live up to the commercial expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

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#Nominations2014 : Song Of The Year

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A political statement about transgender rights; a marriage proposal; an MOR fest; an ode to the changing seasons; a love that kills and another one that heals form part of our most celebrated tracks.

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#Nominations2014 : Best Group Or Duo

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Two hip-hop collaborations; post-punk from Melbourne; last year´s rock revelations; the responsibles for the most critically acclaimed album of the year and some veterans enjoying a second coming after more than 30 years of career are our favourite bands of 2014.

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#Nominations2014 : Best Male Artist

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Six renowned men at the peak of their powers will compete for this prize.

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#Nominations2014 : Best Female Artist

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Three American alternative songwriters; an R&B superstar, a vocalist from Sweden and a British singer gone solo will fight for the female of the year Rober Award.

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#Nominations2014 : Breakthrough

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Two Canadian bands; a Swedish starlette; an exotic dancer; a Jamaican revelation and a New York punk combo are in contention for the breakthrough of the year gong.

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#Nominations2014 : Best Pop Artist

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Women dominate the pop category with five female artists nominated against just one male and a band.

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#Nominations2014 : Best Rock Artist

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The following seven bands rocked our world during 2014.

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