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Best Of 2014...

Clark: Clark (Warp)

Beavering away in the background whilst more high profile Warp acts hog all the limelight Chris Clark has yet to make a bad album so expectations were pretty high for this eponymously titled effort, and expectations were promptly exceeded as he set about dragging techno along all manner of bewidlering paths. more


Adam Cohen: We Go Home (Cooking Vinyl)

Bad enough having a famous dad, but try being a singer/songwriter when your old man is the source material (alongside Bob Dylan) for everything that came after. You are on an absolute hiding to nothing, and yet Adam Cohen has quietly and resolutely set about finding his own path and finally succeeded more


The Bug: Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)

Kevin Martin has numerous releases by numerous pseudonyms under his belt but it’s his Bug project that consistently delivers the goods and his fourth outing finds him getting weirder, nastier and just downright noisier on an album of two halves but many, many more moods. more


Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: Zim Zam Zim (Bronzerat)

He really has no right to be making albums this good when he’s well into his dotage (73 at last count) but Arthur Brown’s appetite for life just oozes out of this (Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits via Screaming Jay Hawkins) and we’re delighted that he’s refusing to have anything to do with retiring. more


FKA Twigs: LP1 (Young Turks/XL Recordings)

Having got everyone in a proper old Lather with her calling cards 'EP1' and 'EP2' Tahliah ‘FKA Twigs’ Barnett then delivered on that promise with one of the best debut albums in recent memory, and anyone who uses Gavin Briars Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet as intro music is alright in our book. more


Not only but also...

Mogwai: Rave Tapes (Rock Action) more
Pere Ubu: Carnival Of Souls (Fire Records) more
Spike: 100% Pure Frankie Miller (Livewire/Cargo) more
Dub Collosus: Addis To Omega (Echomaster) more
Bob Mould: Beauty & Ruin (Merge) more
Poemss: Poemss (Planet Mu) more
Paul Rodgers: The Royal Sessions (429 Records) more
Automat: Automat (Bureau B) more
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (Constellation) more
Rodrigo Y Gabriela: 9 Dead Alive (Rubyworks/Because) more
Pixies: Indie Cindy (Pixiesmusic) more
Kitten Pyramid: Uh-Oh (Kitten Pyramid) more
J Mascis: Tied to a Star (Sub Pop) more
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson: Do Tell (Cadiz Music) more
Earth: Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord) more

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