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My top 20 most played albums of 2014

D’Angelo — Black Messiah
Flying Lotus — You’re Dead
A Winged Victory For the Sullen — Atmos
Cookies — Music For Touching
FKA twigs — LP1
Sharon Van Etten — Are We There
Aphex Twin — Syro
Mogwai — Rave Tapes
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) — Soused
Sylvan Esso — Sylvan Esso
The Necks — Sex*
Moodymann — Moodymann
Caribou — Our Love
Eno + Hyde — High Life
Sturgill Simpson — Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
St Vincent — St Vincent
The Wytches — Annabel Dream Reader
Swans — To Be Kind
Run The Jewels — Run The Jewels 2
Grumbling Fur — Preternaturals

I made a list because the internet loves a list. I also made it because I grew so tired of the endless year-end lists predicting everything that will happen in 2015. It’s my revenge as it were. We have no idea what the future ofeverything will bring guys, therefore my list is a list of great albums that actually exist. Unlike lists predicting the future, I rather hope that my list will not succumb to instant ephemerality.

This list took a long time to become a list. In fact it isn’t even a true list, it’s a list of twenty remarkable albums from twenty remarkable artists, all of whom made this shortlist out of a long list of more than 40 remarkable artists whose music I played over and over in 2014. Twenty felt like the right number, that way you can get your heads around my eclectic listening tastes. Twenty makes for an easy list to research, because I know you don’t have any time; but you should take a listen to these albums.

Ok, that’s the list thing out of the way for 2015.

(*The Necks album was released in 1989. I added it here because I just discovered it in 2014. And it is wonderful.)

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