“Another Life” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 1 – Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

It never seemed like the day would come when D’Angelo would truly be back, and then in a sudden flurry he released a single in “Sugah Daddy” and quickly released Black Messiah afterwards. Somehow, Black Messiah exceeds the legendary hype, and was well worth the 14-year wait. In a year full of very good albums, Black Messiah stands head and shoulders above the rest and should be legitimately considered an instant classic. Between D’Angelo’s encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of soul and R&B music to the outstanding musicianship displayed by all artists involved, Black Messiah should be a blueprint album for future generations of aspiring artists.

Also listen to: “The Charade”, “Back to the Future (Part I)”, “Really Love”, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, “Brown Sugar”, “Spanish Joint”, “Cruisin'”

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“Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 2 – Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs

You can go on forever about the obvious influences of The War on Drugs, but the fact remains that they simply know how to write impactful music. Much like last year’s Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze, released by former bandmate Kurt Vile, Lost in the Dream is a breezy, frequently gorgeous album steeped in Americana.

Also listen to: “Under the Pressure”, “An Ocean Between the Waves”, “Eyes to the Wind”, “Suffering”

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“Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)” by Run the Jewels

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 3 – Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike return once again with one of the hardest hitting, politically charged and poignant hip-hop albums of 2014 with Run the Jewels 2. The chemistry between the two rappers is unmistakable and every track is as sharp and biting as it is immensely enjoyable. By far the most enjoyable hip-hop album of 2014.

Also listen to: “Blockbuster Night Part I”, “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”, “Jeopardy”, “Run the Jewels”

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“Seasons (Waiting On You)” by Future Islands

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 4 – Singles by Future Islands

Lead single “Seasons (Waiting On You)” is such a strong opener (arguably one of the best songs of 2014), that you would be forgiven to find the rest of the album a sort of let down in comparison. While the aforementioned track is still clearly the crown jewel of Singles, there isn’t as much of a drop off as what may appear the first time through. Instead, while lacking the immediacy, every track on the album is extremely rewarding with each listen bringing out new favorite songs.

Also listen to: “Back in the Tall Grass”, “A Dream of You and Me”, “Sun in the Morning”, “Balance”

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“Digital Witness” by St. Vincent

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 5 – St. Vincent by St. Vincent

Strange that four albums in (five if you want to include her project with David Byrne), St. Vincent finally went with an eponymous title for her latest release, but it’s somewhat appropriate– St. Vincent is a far cry from her humble beginnings on Marry Me. As the album art would lead you to believe, St. Vincent is the mark of an artist that has completely found, forged, and executed their musical identity. It’s not that she is breaking any new ground, a lot of what’s here has been hinted at in previous efforts, but St. Vincent’s confidence is off the charts and that assuredness makes the experimentation that does bubble to the surface (“Huey Newton”, “Bring Me Your Loves”) all the more daring and delightful.

Also listen to: “Birth in Reverse”, “Rattlesnake”, “Huey Newton”, “Prince Johnny”, “Cruel”, “Cheerleader”, “Strange Mercy”, “Marrow”, “Marry Me”

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“Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) by Flying Lotus

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 6 – You’re Dead! by Flying Lotus

By far and away the best album from Flying Lotus yet, You’re Dead! is also the closest FlyLo comes to making a jazz album. Always one for heavily layering and blending an impressive concoction of genres, You’re Dead! works so well because of his laser focus on the topic of mortality and the range of emotions and questions that surround it. The results are tracks that fall everywhere between solemn to absurd– and through it all, Flying Lotus almost constantly strikes gold.

Also listen to: “Coronus, The Terminator”, “Tesla”, “Turkey Dog Coma”, “Dead Man’s Tetris”

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“Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 7 – LP1 by FKA Twigs

Considering the level of hype surrounding FKA Twigs’ debut, it seemed almost impossible for everyone’s expectations to be met. That being said, and much like Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE, FKA Twigs’ incredibly creative take on a normally traditional genre is a much needed kick and certainly has sparked healthy debate amongst many circles. With an extremely sparse and abstract approach to R&B and pop music, FKA Twigs is hard to categorize, but that doesn’t make her debut any less enjoyable.

Also listen to: “Pendulum”, “Video Girl”, “Lights On”, “Water Me”

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“minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” by Aphex Twin

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No. 8 – Syro by Aphex Twin

His first album in 14 years, Syro is a particularly interesting entry in music this year considering the completely different marketplace for electronic music. When Aphex Twin first came into popularity in the early 90’s, his albums were largely groundbreaking and he himself was viewed as a leader at the forefront of that particular wave. Now, with the electronic landscape largely dominated by dubstep, Syro is every bit of fresh air that Aphex Twin delivered when he first came into the fray. An album densely packed with complex textures and layers, Syro, despite the purposefully obtuse titles, is very easy to dive into and enjoy.

Also listen to: “aisatsana [102]”, “XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]”, “produk 29 [101]”, “Avril 14th”, “Flim”, “4”

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“Our Love” by Caribou

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 9 – Our Love by Caribou

The sixth album from Dan Snaith, Our Love is every bit as good as the best work you’ll find from his collection. It’s a much more inviting and personal album than what you usually find from him, especially on the title track and “Can’t Do Without You.” The sheer maturity in the songwriting and the depth within each and every track make the album one of the most engaging listens of the year.

Also listen to: “Can’t Do Without You”, “Silver”, “All I Ever Need”, “Odessa”

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“Ben’s My Friend” by Sun Kil Moon

Everyday Tuneage Best Albums of 2014
No. 10 – Benji by Sun Kil Moon

The prolific Mark Kozelek may be making more news recently for his off-stage antics than what he’s done on stage or in studio, but that does not take away from the brilliance he displays on his latest release Benji. Largely a heavy album that deals directly with mortality, Kozelek’s lyrics are sharp and never heavy-handed no matter the severity of the topic. Instead, his conversational tone adds a personal reassurance that isn’t easy to come by given the material.

Also listen to: “Carissa”, “Truck Driver”, “I Love My Dad”, “I Know It’s Pathetic But That Was The Greatest Night of My Life”

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