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Bountiful Summer: Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far 2014
John Doran , July 18th, 2014 12:48

Here is tQ's half year studio album list voted for by Luke Turner, Rory Gibb, Laurie Tuffrey, Sophie Coletta and John Doran (who wrote and compiled the feature)

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About ten years ago my friend who is a writer told me about his theory for pulling an all nighter to get a big commission done. He said the key was to start drinking red wine at the same time as starting the writing. He told me: “You have to take the first sip at exactly the same moment you make the first keystroke. If you start drinking first, you'll just fuck it off and go to the pub, and if you start writing first you'll just get tired and disheartened and not finish.” I think he put this theory into practice on several occasions while a computer games journalist. One night he had to write the entire 18 page news section for X Gamer magazine and started at 10pm at night, finishing just before his deadline of 10am the next morning.

Somewhere around 4AM, seven large glasses of cabernet sauvignon in, his juices must have been really flowing as he unleashed a masterful potato metaphor, the like of which the world had never seen before and has probably never seen since.

He began by saying that racing games were like the humble spud – a staple so basic that there were limits to how much culinary trickery could embellish it. TOCA (Touring Car Racing) were about to release a new game called Racing Driver, but this one came complete with a narrative that was “a tale of romance, drama and revenge”. He then asked the reader to imagine a bored housewife dressing a series of baked potatoes in miniature tuxedos to illustrate the pointlessness of the game's narrative. The foodstuff had been pushed beyond breaking point by decorative fuckwittery. His news piece concluded along the following lines: “Romance? In a driving sim? It's fucking ridiculous! And if TOCA serve us up a baked potato in a tuxedo then heads are going to roll!”

All I can say is that if you try the same approach with Monster energy drink (Chaos, Energy and Assault flavours) and highly sugared tea, the same amounts of inspired creativity do not materialise, only despondency, panic and double vision. In fact the only potato related event to happen to me in the all-nighter it's taken to complete this chart is the fact that I now have the theme music from CBeebies' Small Potatoes trapped on loop inside my noggin. So I'm going to keep this introduction quite short.

2014 is probably the first year for a while where the release schedules for the second half look a lot more promising than the first half, but that hasn't stopped this list of 75 albums from being one we're really buzzing off. As usual the left field electronic/dance choices of Rory Gibb have been a key element to the list looking like it does. We're sad to announce that after three excellent years Mr Natty Gibb will be leaving the Quietus. He's been a good friend and an absolute asset to the site - we're hoping he's going to keep on writing for us - but we're pleased that in the future he's going to be adding to the sum of human knowledge while listening to ear-boggling footstep on his iPod. Jah bless Mr Rory Gibb.

Of course the aesthetic of tQ is an organic thing and it has already shifted dramatically in other positive directions because of the welcome addition of our newest recruit, Sophie Coletta, who also voted toward this chart along with Laurie Tuffrey, Luke Turner and myself. As always, this isn't supposed to be a tablet brought down from Mount Sinai in a hail of thunderbolts, it merely represents the albums that the staff have listened to the most this year so far. Taste in music is completely subjective and so is this Top 75. It is compiled from studio albums released between January 1 and June 30, 2014… well, for the most part at least. It wouldn't be a Quietus chart if we didn't bend the rules a few times. For example, we know Jar Moff's Financial Glam came out in December 2013, but we hadn't got to grips with it then. Also we've been a bit cheeky with 'Pipes' by Katie Gately… it's not an album and it came out last year but it's just so great we had to acknowledge it (although it has been reissued recently). The same goes for the live album released by Islam Chipsy's group EEK on December 31 last year.

To put it simply, we're not as interested in the rules as we are in spreading the word about great music. However, I fully appreciate that due to a lack of excellent and extended potato metaphors, many readers will skip straight over this intro so as to waste no time before getting stuck into posting pedantic comments at the foot of this feature. More fool them: the silly pilchards. There is another kind of reader, however; the reader who digests the introduction entirely, unswayed by flashy root vegetable-based literary flourishes, who is strikingly handsome, quiveringly beautiful and possesses fabulous smelling hair. And that reader is, of course, you, dear heart.

As you'll probably notice there are a lot of bands and artists from Poland in the chart. This reflects an interest that everyone in the office has in Polish underground music. In fact we have some interesting news about this on the horizon, but more on that in due course.

I hope you enjoy the chart as much as we've enjoyed listening to all this music. Please feel free to give us your own selections below and draw our attention to albums we may have missed. Thanks for reading. Take it easy. Don't imbibe Monster energy drink: it's horrible - you'd be just as well getting some whizz in.

75. Teitanblood - Death
(Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

More on Teitanblood coming soon

74. Yann Tiersen -
(Mute)

Read our review of ∞ here

73. Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm - The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
(History Always Favours The Winners)

Read our review of The Death Of Rave here

72. Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
(Hyperdub)

Read our review of Asiatisch here

71. Man Forever - Ryonen
(Thrill Jockey)

Read our review of Ryonen here

70. Derek Piotr - Tempatempat
(MonotypeRec.)

More on Derek Piotr coming soon

69. HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club
(Ghostly International)

Read our review of Psychic 9-5 Club here

68. Liars - Mess
(Mute)

Read our review of Mess here

67. Lust For Youth - International
(Sacred Bones)

Read our review of International here

66. Echoes Of Yul - Tether
(Zoharum)

More on Echoes Of Yul coming soon

65. Eomac - Spectre
(KILLEKILL)

Read our interview with Eomac here

64. Ekoplekz - Unfidelity
(Planet Mu)

Read our review of Unfidelity here

63. Wrangler - LA Spark
(Memetune)

Read our interview with Wrangler here

62. Cities Aviv - Come To Life
(Young One)

Read our review of Come To Life here

61. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
(Reprise)

Read our review of Once More 'Round The Sun here

60. Gyratory System - Utility Music
(Soft Bodies)

Read our review of Utility Music here

59. Behemoth - The Satanist
(Nuclear Blast)

Read our review of The Satanist here

58. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
(Jagjaguwar)

Read our review of Burn Your Fire For No Witness here

57. Innercity Ensemble - Black/White
(Instant Classic)

Read our review with Kuba Ziołek here

56. Prostitutes - Petit Cochon
(Spectrum Spools)

Read our review of Petit Cochon here

55. The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage?
(Thrill Jockey)

More on The Soft Pink truth coming soon

54. Ronika - Selectadisc
(Record Shop)

More on Ronika coming soon

53. Moodymann - Moodymann
(KDJ)

Read our review of Moodymann here

52. Scott Miller, Lee Camfield & Merzbow - No Closure
(Cold Spring)

More on No Closure coming soon

51. Ø - Konstellaatio
(Sähkö)

Read our review of Konstellaatio here

50. Tinariwen - Emmaar
(Emar)

Read our review of Emmaar here

49. YG - My Krazy Life
(Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam Recordings)

Read our review of My Krazy Life here

48. Heterotic - Weird Drift
(Planet Mu)

Read our interview with Heterotic here

47. 100s - IVRY
(Fool's Gold)

Read our review of IVRY here

46. Anat Ben-David - MeleCh
(self-released)

More on Anat Ben David coming soon

45. Some Truths - Some Friends I Lost To Bedlam, Others I Abandoned There
(Mordant Music)

Read our review of Some Friends I Lost To Bedlam, Others I Abandoned There here

44. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
(Domino Recording Company)

Read our review of In Conflict here

43. Traxman - Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2
(Planet Mu)

More on Traxman coming soon

42. Sd Laika - That's Harakiri
(Tri Angle Records)

Read our review of That's Hara Kiri here

41. DonChristian - Renzo Piano
(Camp & Street)

Read our review of Renzo Piano here

40. Legowelt - Crystal Cult 2080
(Crème Organization)

More on Crystal Cult 2080 coming soon

39. Marc Almond - Dark London: The Tyburn Tree
(Sospiro)

Watch the Quietus for more on Marc Almond later this year

38. Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi & Randall Dunn - Shade Themes From Kairos
(Drag City)

More on Shade Themes From Kairos coming soon

37. Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Fire Water
(Ván)

Selim Lemouchi R.I.P.

36. Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki Diabate
(World Circuit)

Read our interview with Toumani and Sidiki Diabate here

35. DJ Taye - Overdose On Teklife Vol II
(self-released)

34. Diamond Version - CI
(Mute)

Read our review of CI here

33. Noura Mint Seymali - Tzenni
(Glitterbeat)

More on Noura Mint Seymali coming soon

32. Merkabah - Moloch
(Instant Classic)

More on Merkabah coming soon

31. KIT - Lownt God Rising
(self-released)

More on KIT coming soon

30. Bong - Stoner Rock
(Ritual Productions)

Read our interview with Bong here

29. DJ Q - Ineffable
(Local Action)

More on DJ Q coming soon

28. Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine
(Soundway)

Read our review of Ibibio Sound Machine here

27. Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth - The Living Daylights
(Embassy Entertainment)

More on The Kid & Bronze Nazareth coming soon

26. Jar Moff - Financial Glam
(PAN)

Read our review of Financial Glam here

25. Future Islands - Singles
(4AD)

Read our review of Singles here

24. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
(Loma Vista/Republic)

Read our review of St Vincent here

23. Laibach - Spectre
(Mute)

Read our review of Spectre here

22. Yvette - Process
(Tough Love)

Read our review of Process here

21. Joey Anderson - After Forever
(Dekmantel)

Read our review of After Forever here

20. Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit
(Harbinger Sound)

Read our review of Divide And Exit here

19. Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
(self-released)

Read our review of Because I'm worth it here

18. Chrononautz - Public Domain Fuckover Series #1 - 6
(self-released)

More on Chrononautz coming soon

17. Klara Lewis - Ett
(Editions Mego)

Read our review of Ett here

16. Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials
(Southern Lord)

Read our review of Terrestrials here

15. Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim
(Hubro)

Read our review of Stein Urheim here

14. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
(Domino Recording Company)

Read our review of Present Tense here

13. Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom
(Bella Union)

Read our review of Angel Guts: Red Classroom here

12. Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish
(Crammed Discs)

Read our review of Beware The Fetish here

11. Russell Haswell - 37 Minute Workout
(Diagonal)

Read our Russell Haswell primer here

10. EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
(Nashazphone)

Read our review of Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute here

9. Actress - Ghettoville
(Werkdiscs/Ninjatune)

Read our review of Ghettoville here

8. Olga Bell - Krai
(One Little Indian)

Read our review of Krai here

7. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Piñata
(Stones Throw)

Read our review of Piñata here

6. Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19
(Workshop)

Read our review of Workshop 19 here

5. Katie Gately - Pipes
(Blue Tapes)

Read our review of Pipes here

4. The Body - I Shall Die Here
(RVNG Intl.)

3. Perc - The Power And The Glory
(Perc Trax)

Read our review of The Power And The Glory here

2. East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER
(Stolen)

Read our review of TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER here

1. Swans - To Be Kind
(Mute)

Read our review of To Be Kind here

The Quietus Albums Of The Year So Far 2014

  1. Swans - To Be Kind
  2. East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER
  3. Perc - The Power And The Glory
  4. The Body - I Shall Die Here
  5. Katie Gately - Pipes
  6. Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19
  7. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Piñata
  8. Olga Bell - Krai
  9. Actress - Ghettoville
  10. EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
  11. Russell Haswell - 37 Minute Workout
  12. Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish
  13. Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom
  14. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
  15. Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim
  16. Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials
  17. Klara Lewis - Ett
  18. Chrononautz - Public Domain Fuckover Series #1 - 6
  19. Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
  20. Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit
  21. Joey Anderson - After Forever
  22. Yvette - Process
  23. Laibach - Spectre
  24. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  25. Future Islands - Singles
  26. Jar Moff - Financial Glam
  27. The Kid & Bronze Nazareth - The Living Daylights
  28. Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine
  29. DJ Q - Ineffable
  30. Bong - Stoner Rock
  31. KIT - Lownt God Rising
  32. Merkabah - Moloch
  33. Noura Mint Seymali - Tzenni
  34. Diamond Version - CI
  35. DJ Taye - Overdose On Teklife Vol II
  36. Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki Diabate
  37. Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Fire Water
  38. Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi & Randall Dunn - Shade Themes From Kairos
  39. Marc Almond - Dark London The Tyburn Tree
  40. Legowelt - Crystal Cult 2080
  41. DonChristian - Renzo Piano
  42. Sd Laika - That's Harakiri
  43. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman Vol 2
  44. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
  45. Some Truths - Some Friends I Lost To Bedlam, Others I Abandoned There
  46. Anat Ben-David - MeleCh
  47. 100s - IVRY
  48. Heterotic - Weird Drift
  49. YG - My Krazy Life
  50. Tinariwen - Emmaar
  51. Ø - Konstellaatio
  52. Scott Miller, Lee Camfield & Merzbow - No Closure
  53. Moodymann - Moodymann
  54. Ronika - Selectadisc
  55. The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage?
  56. Prostitutes - Petit Cochon
  57. Innercity Ensemble - Black/White
  58. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  59. Behemoth - The Satanist
  60. Gyratory System - Utility Music
  61. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
  62. Cities Aviv - Come To Life
  63. Wrangler - LA Spark
  64. Ekoplekz - Unfidelity
  65. Eomac - Spectre
  66. Echoes Of Yul - Tether
  67. Lust For Youth - International
  68. Liars - Mess
  69. HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club
  70. Derek Piotr - Tempatempat
  71. Man Forever - Ryonen
  72. Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
  73. Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm - The Death Of Rave
  74. Yann Tiersen - ∞
  75. Teitanblood - Death

Peter Meeuwsen
Jul 14, 2014 12:11pm

here's my 25 cents:

1. Blank Realm - Grassed Inn (Fire Records)
2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
3. Big Ups - 18 Hours Of Static (Tough Love)
4. Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung)
5. Ela Stiles - Ela Stiles (Fire)
6. Good Throb - Fuck Off (SuperFi)
7. Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation Records)
8. Psalm Zero - The Drain (Profound Lore Records)
9. Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In The Red Recordings)
10. Innercity Ensemble - II (Instant Classic)
11. White Suns - Totem (Flenser Records)
12. Fenster - The Pink Caves (Morr)
13. Wooden Wand - Farmer's Corner (Fire)
14. Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones Records)
15. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right (Hardly Art)
16. Jon Porras - Light Divide (Thrill Jockey Records)
17. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
18. Idylls - Prayer For Terrene (self released)
19. Greys - If Anything (Carpark Records)
20. Chicago Underground Duo - Locus (Northern Spy)
21. Fire! Orchestra - Enter (Rune Grammofon)
22. Scraps - Electric Ocean (Fire)
23. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks)
24. Gang Wizard - Important Picnic (MIE)
25. Tara Jane O'Neil - Where Love Shine New Lights (Kranky)

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schlep
Jul 14, 2014 12:34pm

My favorite thing this year is from the vault, Fushitsusha w/ Peter Brotzmann live 1996. Lays everything to waste. http://www.utechrecords.com/#Fushitsusha-Nothing-Changes-No-One-Can-Change-Anything-I-Am-Ever

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Jul 14, 2014 12:45pm

Been a bit patchy this year so far, but I have really liked the Behemoth/Freddie Gibbs & Madlib/Strand Of Oaks/YG/Angel Olsen albums

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Levi Goreky
Jul 14, 2014 12:47pm

Behemoth - The Satanist is my favourite album of the year so far. Thanks for listening.

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Luke
Jul 14, 2014 1:31pm

Bad news about Rory Gibb. (For The Quietus, that is.) He probably picked a lot of the best albums on this list.

Anyway, the most glaring omission is Lone's Reality Testing, which is simply the best album released this year thus far. Also,

Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
Millie and Andrea - Drop the Vowels
Thug Entrancer - Death After Life
Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Mark McGuire - Along the Way
Trust - Joyland
Terrence Parker - Life on the Back 9
Dutch E Germ - In.Rak.Dust
Martyn - Air Between Words
Jokers of the Scene - End Scene
Grenier meets Archie Pelago
SFV Acid - Amber's Stuff
Patten - Estoile Naiant
Afterhours - Lowlife
Meishi Smile - Lust
Dalhous - Will to be Well
Napolian - Incursio
M Geddes Gengras - Ishi
Hauschka - Abandoned City
Kyle Bobby Dunn - And the Infinite Sadness

And not released in the UK till next week, so I can understand it's absence, but I expect to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's 'Pika Pika Fantajin' on your year end lists.

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mutt_R
Jul 14, 2014 2:01pm

my top 5 so far this year? in no particular order with no particular place to go, the new ones by SHARON VAN ETTEN, CLOUD NOTHINGS, ANGEL OLSEN, SUN KIL MOON & THE WAR ON DRUGS. thanks for playing, drive home safely…….INNIT.

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Sophie Jane
Jul 14, 2014 2:25pm

Was the new Little Dragon album that bad to not even make your list?

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Asunderground
Jul 14, 2014 3:02pm

Nice to see Xiu Xiu in there. Hexis, Perturbator and Thantifaxath are also worth a note.

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aaron.
Jul 14, 2014 3:14pm

Sorely missing Sun Kil Moon's 'Benji', in my opinion. Same as Amen Dunes' 'Love'. And I never expected to actually like it, but there was something raucous and ebulliently, patently fun about the Ratking album. In general it has been a pretty dull half-year for electronic, full-length pieces, though... Abdulla Rashim and Kassem Mosse are the only LP's I've purchased and listened to repeatedly.

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nigeyb
Jul 14, 2014 4:01pm

Only know about 15 of these albums. I always chuckle at how the Quietus manage to find so many obscure albums to fill their lists with. I'm amazed there's no Luke Haines, Cleaners From Venus, The War On Drugs, Smoke Fairies, Mungo's Hi Fi. Beck, Sun Kil Moon, Teleman, The Boys, Warpaint and many more. My own list of albums that to some extent has enriched my year so far goes a bit like...

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies
Strands Of Oaks - Heal
Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
James - La Petite Mort
Chain and the Gang - Minimum Rock N Roll
Luke Haines - New York in The '70s
Gallon Drunk - The Soul of the Hour
The Boys - Punk Rock Menopause
Ben Watt - Hendra
The Cleaners From Venus - Return To Bohemia
Future Islands - Singles
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Alexis Taylor - Await Barbarians
Dirt Music - Lion City
Beck - Morning Phase
Fujiya & Miyagi - Artificial Sweeteners
Jah Wobble presents PJ Higgins - Inspiration
Mungo's Hi Fi - Serious Time
Ray Lamontagne - Supernova
Addis Pablo - In My Father's House
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Ed Harcourt - Time Of Dust
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill - William S. Burroughs In Dub
Real Estate - Atlas
Pete Molinari - Theosophy
Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Young Fathers - Dead
Metronomy - Love Letters
Yann Tiersen - ∞ (Infinity)
Warpaint - Warpaint
The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
Teleman - Breakfast
Tackhead - For the Love of Money
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Mogwai - Rave Tapes
The Band Of Holy Joy - Easy Listening
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Back On The Controls
Jack White - Lazaretto
Hollie Cook - Twice
Fear of Men - Loom
Eagulls - Eagulls
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Trampled By Turtles - World Animals

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—OT—
Jul 14, 2014 5:40pm

How come Edvard Graham Lewis is omitted here?

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Tog
Jul 14, 2014 5:48pm

Thanks for the list. Plenty to check out that I haven't even heard of as usual. Notable omissions for me include;
Wife- What's between
Ben Frost- AURORA
Millie and Andrea- Drop the Vowels
Bo Ningen- 3
Warpaint- Warpaint
Bok Bok- your charizmatic self,
Evian Christ-Waterfall
Seun Kuti- A long way to the beginning

Particularly Ben Frost as I thought he was a Quietus favourite?

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paul
Jul 14, 2014 7:43pm

Circle Cycle Monsters: Corn Field
Moon Lapse: Elope
Spirit Bears: Vancouver
Pedestrian Walkers: Recycle the Dark Matter
Gentrification: Pigs

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Luke
Jul 14, 2014 8:52pm

In reply to Tog:

Similar to Ben Frost, I'd have thought the new Fennesz would be right up the Quietus avenue. However, the Bok Bok and Evian Christ records you mentioned are EP's, otherwise I'd expect a couple of the recent PAN releases to be up there too (M.E.S.H. and Beneath).

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John Doran
Jul 14, 2014 9:21pm

I can't/won't speak for anyone else at tQ but I was disappointed by Aurora. It's a shame, for me at least, that he's gone in such a maximal, celestial fuzz with whopping great beats direction. I find By The Throat to be a much weirder and beguiling album. It's by no means a bad album but doesn't stand up to repeated listens.

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Blue Tapes
Jul 14, 2014 11:00pm

Dear The Quietus, thank you massively for championing Katie's release - it's not only one of the best pieces of music I've ever released (I've released um 12), but is genuinely one of the best pieces of music I HAVE EVER HEARD.

And I don't dispute your retrospective accolades for the following reason:

When it came out, literally no one wanted to cover it. NO ONE. It was weird. Everyone privately told me how much they loved it and how amazing it was but said that they couldn't cover it. Slowly but surely something has shifted politically where apparently its ok to now discuss it - The Wire, review, for instance, is coming out next month - a year after the tape was released.

I'm not going to pretend to understand how this works. But I'm really happy stuff has changed.

But of all the mainstream outlets, The Quietus was first on the ball with this. Massive props to Tristan and Rory and John.

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14 Shofar
Jul 15, 2014 7:25am

A very decent list... though obviously not as good as my own:

01. The Soundcarriers - Entropicalia
02. Klara Lewis - Ett
03. HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club
04. Lucy - Churches Schools and Guns
05. Kasai Allstars - Beware the Fetish
06. Addison Groove - Presents James Grieve
07. Polar Bear - In Each And Every One
08. Prostitutes - Petit Cochon
09. Millie & Andrea - Drop the Vowels
10. Ninos Du Brasil - Novos Mistérios
11. Wen - Signals
12. Wife - What's Between
13. Liars - Mess
14. Mica Levi - Under The Skin OST
15. Dalhous - Will to Be Well
16. Evil Blizzard - The Dangers of Evil Blizzard
17. Peter Christopherson - Time Machines II
18. Warpaint - Warpaint
19. OOIOO - Gamel
20. Edvard Graham Lewis - All Over

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Mister Listicle
Jul 15, 2014 7:31am

Thank you Quietus for all the suggestions, only 20 or so I've heard on this list so lots to track down. I'd also have put in Sun Kil Moon's 'Benji' but I figure that'll get enough love from Mojo, Uncut and more mainstream reads eventually so what the hell.

Can you please do a 'Reissues of the Year So Far' feature as well? I love your annual reissues lists.

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John Doran
Jul 15, 2014 12:36pm

In reply to Mister Listicle:

Yeah, I'll probably crack on with that soonish.

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Bibble
Jul 15, 2014 3:54pm

Will there be a Spotify playlist this year? Discovered some of my favourite music from the previous ones. Thanks for doing it!

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Kevin Johnson
Jul 15, 2014 4:25pm

Ben Frost, Aurora
Valerio Tricoli, Miseri Lares
Millie & Andrea, Drop the Vowels
Wen, Signals
Warpaint, Warpaint
Paco Sala, Put Your Hands On Me
Visionist, I'm Fine Pt. II
M.E.S.H., Scythians
Clay Rendering, Waters Above the Firmament
Taylor McFerrrin, Early Riser

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Jul 16, 2014 2:21am

In reply to John Doran:

Cheers John, that'd be great.

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opinion
Jul 16, 2014 3:08pm

Thanks for the tips, tQ. Lots of new listening to be done. Real shame that Rory is moving on, as he tends to pick/review the kind of stuff I'm mostly into. Great to see YG, Legowelt and Inga Copeland featured - no love for the Wen album or the Bok Bok ep?

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Echorich
Jul 17, 2014 1:50am

I'd like to see Ben Watt's Hendra and Gruff Rhys's American Interior on this list. Also rating Warpaint, 6th Borough Project, Neneh Cherry and Kelis' releases very high.

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scooper
Jul 18, 2014 5:19pm

In reply to John Doran:

i wanted to like aurora but found it, well, what he said. lawrence english's wilderness of mirrors gives me what i don't get from aurora.

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scooper
Jul 18, 2014 5:36pm

arve henriksen's cosmic creation has some of his very best works as a soloist on it; perhaps that it was paired for release with the unlikeable chron makes it hard to recommend, but it's one of the best things i've heard this year. some others i don't see here:

young and in the way, when death comes to life
xmm, elgtrakket (digital-only "mini album" on geir jenssen's biophon label)
circle, leviathan
dead congregation, promulgation of the fall
and the new godflesh ep, which yes it's an ep, but a really fantastic ep and boding well for the LP in the fall

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Levi
Jul 18, 2014 9:45pm

Glad to see Freddie Gibbs & Madlib on the list.

I would also suggest giving Kangding Ray - Solens Arc a listen if you haven't yet. Probably his best stuff yet.

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Jul 19, 2014 5:31am

What dire fucking banality. Or at least make two lists, one for new, mostly dogshit music per above, and another for the 100+ years of previously recorded music you currently enjoy, are discovering & so forth.

Also, how the fuck did you forget this?

http://thequietus.com/articles/14119-the-fall-remainderer-review

wake up, simps.

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John Doran
Jul 19, 2014 8:28am

In reply to :

It's an EP, silly Pilchard.

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Kelly Zai
Jul 20, 2014 10:35am

No Beef of Ogg? Beef of Ogg are the winners. Why no Beef of Ogg?

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Someone who is strikingly handsome, quiveringly beautiful and possesses fabulous smelling hair
Jul 20, 2014 12:04pm

Loved your introduction! And I also want to thank The Quietus for having such an exciting list, Pitchfork is starting to get too obvious in my opinion ^^ One album that I think you haven't reviewed is from the Swedish band Makthaverskan, their album "II" is easily one of the most addictive listening experiences this year and another album that was good was Perfect Pussy's album "Say Yes To Love" oh and don't forget Mac DeMarco's "Salad Days" !!!!!!!

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Julian Bond
Jul 20, 2014 1:59pm

I approve of "Top Albums of the half year" published in July. So I hope your "Albums of the Year" will be published in Jan and not late Nov. On which, I wonder how many of these you will still want to listen to when the whole year list comes around.

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John Doran
Jul 20, 2014 4:50pm

We'll want to listen to most of them but not all of them. Any list like this - as with any review on this site hopefully - is simply a capsule of how one or more people felt about music at a certain time. I'd hate it if we were playing a long game and only choosing records that we felt would stand up to scrutiny in ten years time. That isn't how music works. It's for the enjoying in the here and now. I don't care what people will be into in a decade's time and I don't care if this list looks odd or unfashionable then. That's not what it is compiled for.

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Mathieu R
Jul 21, 2014 1:05pm

I'm telling you, Morgan Delt's self-titled LP is all you can possibly wish from a psychedelic rock record.

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Papa Liebespeare
Aug 11, 2014 1:32pm

So long as we're all in agreement that Moodymann has the best LP COVER of 2014 thus far. Right guys? Guys..?

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underlander
Aug 13, 2014 5:44am

Dunno, East India Youth seems overrated to me even after dozens of listens. Not bad album by any means but, you know.

And yes, this year's LPs by The War On Drugs and Sharon Van Etten are worth mentioning, to say the least.

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morhic
Aug 13, 2014 9:26pm

for me number one with a t bullet is OOIOO's new album "Gamel"

amazingly fresh

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Duplan
Aug 17, 2014 11:00pm

WHAT ??????????

No SUN ARAW - BELOMANCIE ?????

Fans of Bitches Brew Miles, Sun Ra, and any other psycho-acid-abstract-jazzrock music, this is your new favorite !!!

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Dino
Sep 1, 2014 4:59pm

Where's the bitchin Bajas?

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Gavin Hellyer
Sep 16, 2014 9:40am

A great list and good to see the Actress album so high as he got a lot of unfair criticism for that I reckon. I'd also recommend the Marissa Nadler and Benjamin Shaw albums. Not to mention Soused.

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Justin Lowes
Oct 4, 2014 8:41pm

WTF! No Black Bananas? "Electric Brick Wall" is by far one of the freshest and most innovative albums of the year. Although there are some rad records I'm pretty disappointed in the mediocrity of sounds that made this list.

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Baggieboy
Oct 19, 2014 2:08pm

Cherryghost anyone?

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mutt_R.
Oct 19, 2014 10:23pm

i agree with Edmund Au-Yeung…..

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odlid falpp
Nov 29, 2014 12:12pm

Cryonisthon? PQX? Ffs.

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