Been a hell of a busy year, working on my Radiophonic Workshop book and now doing a tape label. Probably missed loads of great records in 2014 but here’s my own personal choices. Obviously, stuff I released isn’t eligible..although it was all dead good.
1.Human Greed – World Fair
The brilliance of Human Greed has been quietly hidden in the music underground for a few years now and getting brighter all the time. This year they delivered their finest album yet, a dark swoon from the cold hills, a bedtime story for lost adults everywhere.
2.Sophie Cooper – Our Aquarius
Always feel a bit awkward putting close friends on the end of year list but, fuck it, Sophie really took things up a few gears this year and made such a strong album. Hard to resist such a blend of catchy songs with sparse arrangements and hypnotic instrumental folk workouts, all tastefully presented in reverberation.
5.Natural Snow Buildings – The Night Country
Sorry to be an asshole and pick something you can’t get for love or money but this European tour CDR, limited to just 50 copies, really was spectacular. Immense, dark and a fascinating evolution of their sound. Sorry!
6.Current 93 – I Am The Last of All The Field That Fell
The lyrics of David Tibet are something I never tire of. There can never be enough Current 93 songs in the world and it would be a tragic year that didn’t see a C93 album born. This one saw Tibet richly supported by the distinguished pianist Reiner Van Houdt plus special guest turns from Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony. Flawless
7.Datashock – Keine Oase In Sicht
The ultimate desert psychedelic rock album ever to come out of Germany. Datashock are the heirs of Germany’s psychedelic experimental heritage and carry the torch high.
8.Andrew Liles – The Maleficent Monster And Other Macabre Stories
A tribute to all that is great about horror soundtracks, packed in thick like a classic compilation of the best horror films that never existed. Never a dull moment and no chance to catch your breath as Liles fucks around with your favourite messed-up genres. Oh, and album cover of the year too.
EPs, REISSUES, TAPES, COMPILATIONS N STUFF
1.Various artists – Kazbek: Field recordings from the Caucasus 2012-2014
A four cassette box set (hand made out of wood) with inserts and absolutely packed full of jaw dropping sounds from the Caucasus mountains. The previous compilation CD only scratched the surface, Kazbek allows you to dive in. Easily the most played thing this year in our house bar Neil Young & Psicotropia
2.Nurse With Wound – Terms And Conditions Apply
A compilation album that brings together some rare bits of vinyl, plenty of exclusives and the Wounded bits of the Larsen collaboration. Oh, and it has some proper filth on there so watch who you listen to it with!
3.Lavender Country – s/t
Aside from this being a pioneering gay country album from 1973 and full of wit, melancholy and righteous anger, its also a damn fine record and incredibly catchy in a timeless way.
4.Ø+yn y Montibus Communitas – Offerings For The Destroyer
An amazing start from Arizona label Sky Lantern Records who kicked off their discography with a live collaboration between two of our favourite sets of South American psychedelicists.
5.Delia Derbyshire/Anthony Newley – Moogies Bloogies
Finally a lost 60s legend makes it to vinyl. This collaboration between the electronic legend and the musicals icon/comedian Newley. A rough mp3 had been doing the rounds for years but this is the real thing. Thanks Trunk Records