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Every year our staff members make a list of their 10 favorite albums of the year. Obviously all of our favorites were released by artists on our roster, but here is our list of favorite albums of 2014 that we didn’t work.

Heathcliff Berru
Aby Ngana Diop – Lital
How to Dress Well – What is this Heart
Future – Honest
FKA Twigs – LP 1
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Boris – Noise
Lee Fields and The Expressions – Emma Jean
Moodymann – S/T
Honorable Mention: The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

 

Nick Dierl 
The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Father – Young Hot Ebony
United Nations – The Next Few Years
Tunji Ige – The Love Project
Lee Fields and The Expressions – Emma Jean
I Love Makonnen – I Love Makonnen EP
Grouper – Ruins
Ryley Walker – All Kinds Of You
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP
Tony Molina – Dissed And Dismissed
Honorable mention:
everything Skepta did in 2014
Palmistry – Ascension
Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp II
Snootie Wild ft. K. Camp – “Made Me”

 

Duncan Will
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love (Reissue)
Future Islands – Singles
Boosie Bad Azz – Life After Death Row
Merchandise – After The End
Palmistry – Ascensión
Pure X – Angel
Doss – S/T EP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Yung Gleesh – Cleansides Finest 3

 

Kathryn Kenealy
YG – My Krazy Life
Moodyman – Moodyman
Sage the Gemini – Remember Me
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – That’s It!
FKA Twigs – LP1
Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House
Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19
Lee Scratch Perry – Back On The Controls
Father – Young Hot Ebony
Teyana Taylor – VII

 

Bradley Bledsoe
Future – Honest
Lockah – Yahoo Or The Highway
I Love Makonnen – I Love Makonnen EP
Rich Gang – The Tour: Part 1
Lust For Youth – International
Andre Martel – His Majesty Obscured
FKA Twigs – LP 1
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field of Love
Eagulls – S/T
Father – Young Hot Ebony
Other Favorites:
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait EP , SUKI GIRLZ,  Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol. 1 (12/30/13), Dej Loaf – Sell Sole

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Following the release of its lead single “Smile,” Mikky Ekko is back today to announce the release date of his debut LP, as well as announce his forthcoming co-headlining tour with HAERTS. Time is set to be released on January 20th by RCA Records and will be available for pre-order on November 10th. Its release will come on the heels of the aforementioned dates with HAERTS as well as his November tour with alt-J, on which he will be performing “Smile” along with his collaborations with Dave Sitek, Jeff Bhasker, Stargate, Dennis Herring, Clams Casino, Blood Diamonds, Justin Parker, Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco – all a part of Time. Check out Hippie Sabotage’s recent remix of “Smile,” as well as the original’s video and all upcoming Mikky Ekko tour dates below.

STREAM: “Smile (Hippie Sabotage Remix)” - 

https://soundcloud.com/mikkyekko/mikky-ekko-smile-hippie-sabotage-remix

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Domo Genesis premiered a new song from his upcoming Under The Influence 2 mixtape last night on his Odd Future Radio show, Hall of Flames with DJ Body Oil. The song is now available on soundcloud. You can tune in to Odd Future’s 24/7 radio station on http://dashradio.com/Under the Influence 2 will be available on OddFuture.com on November 5th.

LISTEN: “Strictly4myniggaz” - 

https://soundcloud.com/ofwgkta-official/strictly4myniggaz-domo-genesis

Domo Genesis on the cover art for the mixtape: 

“This is a photo of me and my mom when we were really poor , my face isn’t showing, but she still smiled. It’s like a symbol of perseverance in a way to me. She’s smiling but we were down bad, me not looking seems to fit that. This just shows me that it’s about more than money and that I was already happy before it.”

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STREAM: “Air Jordans” -
Having already shared “Kyoto” and the Neana collaboration “IDONO”, Drippin is back with “Air Jordans”, the third single from his debut EP Silver Cloak which will be released November 11th via New York City’s Lit City Trax label. “Air Jordans” is streaming via the soundcloud link above while “Kyoto” and “IDONO” can be heard below.

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STREAM: “A Soft Opening” -
Berlin-based singer and producer Dan Bodan is proud to share “A Soft Opening,” the opening track from his debut LP, Soft. Debuted at Dummy Mag, they write, “Soft is a record that matches tender-voiced, heartfelt singing with experimental production from a raft of underground musicians – and its album opener ‘A Soft Opening’ captures that combo pretty fluidly, at once lush and engrossing, and at the same time coarse and jarring.” Produced by LA duo 18+ (Houndstooth, fabric) and 14 year old Latisha Faulkner, ”A Soft Opening” adapts poetry by Dena Yago of New York’s K-Hole collectiveSoft will be available on October 28th via DFA records and a limited edition vinyl pre-order is available here. DFA are also announcing the simultaneous release the album as a limited cassette edition via the Canadian cassette label 1080p. Ltd to 300 (worldwide mail-order) from 28th October. More information available at http://1080pcollection.bandcamp.com.
Tour Dates:
November 1st – Berlin, DE @ Berghain w/ Kelela