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Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:09 pm
by Rob Hall
Has anybody got any thoughts? I sat down last night and it wasn't difficult to come up with a good hours' worth of tracks that had surfaced this year, but I'm not sure that each of them is from a killer album. Also, I seem to have retreated to my comfort zone of jazzy/soulful stuff, but I'm not counting that as a bad thing.

Among tracks that I picked out:

Zara McFarlane - You'll Get Me In Trouble (contender for top 10 albums of the year)
Frazey Ford - September Fields (contender for top 10 albums of the year)
Jose James - Angel
Melanie Di Biasio - I'm Gonna Leave You (contender for top 10 albums of the year)
Aziza Brahim - Julud
Takuya Kuroda - Rising Son (definitely one of the top 10 albums of the year)
Orlando Julius - Buje Buje
Sinkane - How We be
Pierre Kwenders - Mardi Gras
Meta Meta - ...for Oya
Adreyana Tirana - Lost Where I Belong
Hawk House - My Mind Is The Weapon

Tracks released previously but picked up and enjoyed this year:
Da Lata - Places We Go
Soul Jazz Orchestra - Sun Flower
Mop Mop (feat Anthony Joseph) - Let I Go
Flying Lotus - Pretty Boy Strut
Robert Glasper (feat. Lalah Hathaway): Cherish The Day

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:34 pm
by Jamie Renton
That's an intriguing selection Rob. A combination of stuff I've got, stuff I like, names I've heard and things I don't know. I'm looking forward to exploring the last 2 categories when time permits.

I recently submitted my nominations to the fRoots albums of they year poll, but am not at liberty to share them here (if I told you, I'd have to kill you).

I shall ponder and cogitate (podigitate?) upon individual track selections and get back to you with the outcome of my podgitations.

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:24 pm
by will vine
I shouldn't really, but I do. I feel guilty about no longer searching for the next big thing, the previous big thing, or even anything vaguely current. I doff my cap to all those of you still up to the task. The default position on this site probably is that one should be forward looking and constantly interested. Should I resign my commission?

I continue to beachcomb amongst familiar old catalogues and sometimes distractedly stumble on something unfamiliar to delight me.

This year I put forward,as examples of this, The Pimps of Joytime, and Harry Manx.

Anyway, despite all that, I do like an end of year list or two. Show me what I've missed.

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:21 pm
by Rob Hall
I've long since given up trying to be bleeding edge Will. I'm of a mind now where I just listen to stuff I like. My daughter and her boyfriend have introduced me to some stuff, various radio shows have introduced me to others. If I like it, I like it. I've been as guilty as anyone in the past of liking stuff because I felt I ought to, for whatever reason, but I like the feeling of not caring any more. Having said that, the list above isn't the complete list, it's edited for SOTW consumption, so maybe I'm being inconsistent. Some of the less SOTW-inclined acts that I've enjoyed listening to this year have included Jeffrey Dean Foster*, Chuck Prophet, Prefab Sprout, Bonobo, Kindness, etc.

(* I encourage anyone with a taste for American singer/songwriters to check out Jeffrey Dean Foster's new album, 'The Arrow'. I've got a spare copy I'll send to anyone that wants it - PM me if you're interested.)

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:37 pm
by Chris P
Of my 6 fRoots album picks of the year, 5 were 'folk', so I won't mention them here. I know there are a few who are partial such as Andy, Aly, & Norman (and Adam if the album in question is at least 40 years old!), but it seems a little out of Charlie's SotW orbit, as do several of the weirder rock albums I like from this year. Of the worldwide music I like the Meta Meta album a lot. Think the Ibibio Sound Machine album could be a pick (but haven't heard it yet), certainly Prodigal Son (see youtube clip) is a track of the year. Sedat Anar, a turkish santur player & singer, has made a fine album on Kalan label (plenty of youtube clips up). The Xylouris White 'goats' collaboration sounds really good from what I've heard so far. A Cretan lauto with an unusual kit drummer duo.

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:05 pm
by Jamie Renton
The Ibibio Sound Machine album is definitely up there Chris. A real grower too.

I'd also go along with Rob's choices of Orlando Julius & Aziza Brahim.

Other albums I've had time for this year include those by Massilia Sound System, Aurelio, the Cumbia Allstars, Olcay Bayir & Eccodek.

As far as particular tracks go, best to check my mix from earlier this year (if you haven't done so already): viewtopic.php?f=44&t=23139 I plan to stick a follow up online soon as well.

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:22 pm
by David Flower ... ms-of-2014

I find it always hard to come up with more than a handful of essential CD each year, then see a list mentioning ones I've never even heard of. Here is one such list from the US. A few guests are invited to submit their favourites.

slightly off message, here's another ... lbums-2014

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:11 am
by DavidM
Here's the list of Dr Wax of the Clarksdale Radio Show;

Top 2014 :
. Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Terry "Harmonica" Bean - Twice As Hard (Broke & Hungry Records)
. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Emma Jean (Truth & Soul Records)
. Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - Cold World (Daptone Records)
. The Como Mamas - Out Of The Wilderness/Well, Well Don't Worry'Bout Me
. Willie West - Lost Soul (Timmion Records)
. C.W. Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo
. L.C. Cooke - The Complete Sar Recordings (Ace Records)
. Cracking The Cosimo Code ~ 60s New Orleans R&B & Soul (Ace Records)

Re: Albums/tracks of the year for 2014?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:45 pm
by will vine
Thanks for these lists fellas. They haven't fallen on stony ground. I'm investigating bits and pieces from them and I may get back to you on some of them.