The votes are in and the calculations are complete...here are CHIRP Radio's top albums of 2014! Our volunteers cited over 220 albums as their favorites for this year, and these are the 20 records mentioned most often.
From all of us at the station, Happy New Year and all the best for 2015!
Here's what I liked this year. I don't pretend it's a list of the most important records of the year, I'm not trying to make any type of overarching statement -- these were just truly the records that hit me the hardest in 2014, the ones that got the regular spins and that I kept coming back to over the course of the year (or in the case of D'Angelo, expect to keep returning to in coming months). Thanks for listening.
Some tough choices this year. Some of my favorites didn't make the list and some that might have made the list didn't get enough spins on my speakers to earn their way in. My DJ alterego Craig Reptile hosts Your Sunday Sonic Sundowner every Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm central time on www.chirpradio.org and you can read my music reviews and features at Popstache.
I try to base my top 10 on the albums that will stay with me the most—the ones I will listen to and love for years to come. Here's how it shook out in 2014.
Song of the year:Baths – Ocean DeathAfter last year's moody and intimate album Obsidian, Baths released this joyful, throbbing dance track as a teaser in advance of his new EP. The darkness is still there—"bury your body in my graveyard"—but this time it sounds like a celebration.
I try to make sure I always preface these lists by saying these are merely my favorite records of 2014. By no means do I claim that these are the best albums of the year because A) it's a matter of taste and more importantly B) I have not heard every record that came out in 2014 and there is a really great chance that something I've yet to discover would've ended up on this list.
My main focus in devouring music this year has been on 80s funk and boogie. If you're not familiar, boogie is what happened when disco went out of fashion yet the same producers continued making funky dance floor jams. Mainly, they slowed down the tempo and replaced orchestral strings with funky synths and electronic drum kits! Over the recent years there has been a resurgence of modern boogie and 2014 is thankfully no different. Here are some modern funk albums that have caught my ear as well as other random new releases.
2014 was an incredible year for music. I went to more shows and bought more records than any year since maybe 2010--another stellar music year. If you listen to my show, Ear Candy (Friday mornings, 9am-12pm), you know I'm a hip hop/shoegaze/pop/occasional metal/punk girl. That said, there are no surprises here. Enjoy, kids!