Chvrches: “The Bones of What You Believe”
One of my favourite albums of the year, and very much lived up to the rather large hype. Top of a year when the genre I love showed it was in rude health.
A worthy album of rarities from the man formerly known as Chris, earned his place at the top of the Warp Xmas tree.
Jon Hopkins: “Immunity”
Another artist worthy of the attention he is receiving – a producer par excellence.
A rare album in the fact that it was actually better than the previous effort. One of the best of a vintage year.
Boards of Canada: “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
Returned to show the rest of the pack just who was boss – a classic.
James Blake: “Overgrown”
Consistently brilliant, and blasted the difficult second album myth with ease.
Deptford Goth: “Life after Defo”
Cracking introspective electronica, showing electronic music has a heart.
Mount Kimbie: “Cold Spring Fault Less Youth”
One of the most diverse albums I’ve heard this year, good stuff.
Tim Hecker: “Virgins”
I like this because it is an album. There are no stand-out tracks, but it works as an album on the whole – one to sit and play from beginning to end.
James Blake: “Digital Lion”
A collaboration between James Blake and Brian Eno? No brainer…
Chvrches: “Lies (Ikonika Remix)”
Only recently come onto the scene, but lets face it if you’ve heard it, you’ll know why…
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers: “Get Lucky”
Sorry – but there could be no dispute – Daft Punk took us back to the 70:s and we loved it (not the album though).
I tried to resist… I tried to resist… but it was too good. Quirky pop rules.
Another absolutely bonkers track from Lunice and Hudson Mohawke – cuts like this keep me young.
I saw Kraftwerk live in 3D. I can die a happy man now.
An unexpected surprise at Sonar – they brought the carnival to Barcelona and I couldn’t tear myself away.
A great debut album, and a band that take some classic English musical roots and bring them bang up to date.
In a year of amazing surprises, this for me had to be the biggest – a British artist making his name as the new saviour of IDM.
He won the Mercury Music Prize in the UK, which is normally a bad sign – yet you feel this could actually just make him more credible. A great year for a great talent.
Another brilliant year from the boys who can do no wrong – please refer to their Moderat collaboration “Mark II” for confirmation of this.