Welp…Here’s the final Everything Ecstatic post of the year folks. Chronicling our 35 favorite songs of 2014. Look for audio and video below some of the tracks and a spotify playlist (in order) at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
35. SBTRKT (ft. Sampha)– “Temporary View”
While most of the buzz on Wonder Where We Land was around “New Dorp, New York” featuring Ezra Koenig, “Temporary View” was the most SBTRKT of them all. It sees Sampha and Aaron Jerome doing what they do best: elevating each other and creating soulful soundscapes.
34. Snakehips – “On & On”
Solid electronica for your dome.
33. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining”
This single did exactly what a good single should: suck you into the album.
32. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Overdone”
“Overdone” effectively made me dive into this band’s entire discography. A heck of an album opener.
31. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
Pitchfork’s #1 Song of the Year
30. War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
Merely stands out as the most notable song on an album filled with pleasantries.
29. Sun Kil Moon – “Ben’s My Friend”
My most listened to song of the year according to Spotify.
28. Sinkane – “New Name”
Get in touch with your International side.
27. Jean Grae – “underneathu”
On her late-2014 EP, 5. Jean channels her inner Erykah Badu and proves once again that she’s a hip-hop Renaissance woman of the finest order. Peep the funky video/act below:
26. Courtney Barnett – “History Eraser”
Oh Courtney, you’re so clever.
25. Hospitality – “Rockets And Jets”
Amber Papini is a wonderful songwriter and this song reminds me of the lyrical honesty of Animal Collective’s “Fireworks.”
24. FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”
23. Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Jackson”
“Populist-punk” — A wise man
22. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ft. Ab-Soul – “Lakers”
A dope shout to the purple and gold.
21. Isaiah Rashad – “Heavenly Father”
Most slept on MC of the year. Isaiah Rashad is next level on this existential jam.
20. St. Vincent – “Regret”
Don’t forget what an awesome guitarist Annie Clark is.
19. Open Mike Eagle – “Dark Comedy Morning Show (ft. Toy Light)
Infectious beat is the best out of a solid year for Eagle and LA’s Hellfyre Club.
18. Allah-Las – “Had It All”
Retro-rock at it’s most accessible.
17. Børns – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Surprising single from the new LA band.
16. King Tuff – “Black Moon Spell”
So. Much. Gnar.
15. Damon Albarn – “The Selfish Giant”
Albarn and producer Richard Russell absolutely kill it on this one.
14. Stars – “From The Night”
The brightest spot on the Canadian band’s 7th LP is beyond repeatable.
13. D’Angelo – “Betray My Heart”
14 years, eh D’Angelo? This track is the truth.
12. Raury – “God’s Whisper”
Put homie on your radar. The 18-year old Atlanta MC brought the heat on this epic track.
11. Run The Jewels – “Angel Duster”
Might be my favorite jam on my favorite album of the year. Focus on the lyrics and you’ll understand how real El-P and Killer Mike are. More please.
10. ODESZA ft. Zyra – “Say My Name”
My song of the summer.
9. Tune-Yards – “Wait For A Minute”
One of Merrill Garbus’ best tracks. She doesn’t try too hard here and just let’s her wonderful voice do the work.
8. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
Everything I’ve ever wanted out of an electronic production.
7. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)” Hippie Sabotage remix
My kind of pop music. The drums on this remix are absolutely fucking perfect. Best drums I’ve heard since Disclosure’s “Latch”
6. Sam Smith – “Money On My Mind”
Sam Smith’s relevance as a pop star cannot be overstated. This is a real track and it was the first glimpse into the psyche of now one of the biggest stars in the world before his super-stardom hit.
5. Run The Jewels – “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”
Best hip-hop beat of the year and one of the best I’ve heard in years.
4. Ryn Weaver – “Octahate”
Ryn’s gonna be big…real big. “Octahate” warrants a massive energy explosion on every play.
3. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
The soundtrack to my cross-country road trip is this warm and soothing jam. It’s the perfect companion for any morning.
2. Perfume Genius – “Queen”
The stunning beat on this track layers over Mike Hadreas’ shout at the world. The most important song on the most important record for the LGBT community this year. The world’s been waiting for Mike Hadreas.
1. Flying Lotus w/ Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
Perfection attained. “Never Catch Me” represents a significant accomplishment for Flying Lotus’ Steven Ellison, who expressed how much he wished he had produced a beat for Kendrick’s good kid M.A.A.D. city. He finally got his chance on his own record and he made the most of it. A stunning display of capturing the unique emotion that Kendrick’s voice exudes into a decadent production that takes the listener on their own roller coaster ride of highs and lows of the soul. I saw FlyLo premiere this track at FYF Fest in August and it resonated with me how much this collaboration meant to him. Even though he’s one of the most well-respected producers in the game, he still quests to work with Kendrick, his fellow Angeleño. Hiro Murai’s video told the story of the track visually and it stands as the peak and very essence of FlyLo’s treatise on death in You’re Dead!
And here’s the playlist in order, minus Jean Grae’s “underneathu”, which was not available on Spotify at time of publication. Hear it on the video linked in the post. Enjoy!