Prick Up Your Ear’s Favorite Albums of 2014

30. Arca – Xen
29. SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
28. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
27. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
26. Jessie Ware – Tough Love
25. Lewis – Amour
24. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
23. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
22. Clark – Clark
21. Fucked Up – Glass Boys
20. Real Estate – Atlas
19. The Juan Maclean – In A Dream
18. Ariel Pink – pom pom
17. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
16. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
15. Future Islands – Singles
14. FKA Twigs – LP1
13. Francis Harris – Minutes of Sleep
12. DJ Dodger Stadium
11. Objekt – Flatland
10. How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”
9. Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba
8. Seekae – The Worry
7. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
6. Aphex Twin – Syro
5. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
4. Leon Vynehall – Music For The Uninvited
3. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
2. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
1. Caribou – Our Love

Album Premiere: Blue, The Misfit – “Child In The Wild”

Blue, The Misfit

Dallas, TX may not be known for it’s hip-hop/rap scene. Too often is it overshadowed by the Houston rap scene (Bun B/UGK, Zero, Trae the Truth, etc…) but that isn’t to say that there aren’t some really talented acts you’ve never heard to be coming out of the big D.

Enter Blue, The Misfit. He’s a young producer-turned-rapper who’s already made somewhat of an impression on some of the biggest names in hip-hop today. He’s just released his debut album which is streaming via Red Bull. In addition to Blue showing off his own skills, it gives other Dallas acts A.Dd+, Snow tha Product, and relative newcomer Sam Lao a chance to show their stuff (side note, if you haven’t heard last year’s “DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man Is King” mixtape from A.Dd+, I highly recommend clicking on the link there).

Check out the album and an interview with Blue here: Blue, The Misfit – “Child In The Wild”

My friend Mikel also wrote a review of the album here that’s worth checking out.

Album Recommendation: Leon Vynehall – “Music for the Uninvited”

Last night I had a lot of time to kill (hence the higher-than-one-a-week post rate) so I decided to browse through some of Resident Advisor’s recent recommendations and do some catching up. At the top of the list was a recent release from producer Leon Vynehall titled Music for the Uninvited, and it is one of the best albums i’ve heard so far this year.

Since I’ve never heard of him, or this album before 3:30 this morning, I figure that there a lot of people who haven’t heard of him either. So this is me spreading the word about this release, which you should listen to right away. His downtempo-style house is just fantastic, whether you’re out on the dancefloor, or just looking for some background music. The songs feel spacious, not too tight, which gives all of the synths and loops room to breathe and be heard. I’ve posted the whole thing below. It’s worth a listen, especially with some good headphones or speakers.

Mix: Four Tet – Boiler Room x Ray-Ban SXSW 2014

A few days late getting this up, but if you haven’t heard it, it’s a fantastic mix. Four Tet plays a few unreleased tracks that are going to be coming out on his TEXT label later this year. I was sad that I didn’t make it to this show at SXSW, but the set is a great listen regardless. Check it out.

Remix: I Break Horses – “Faith (The Field Remix)”

A new sprawling, 11-minute remix from The Field. Here, Axel Wilner remixes fellow Swedes, I Break Horses. Keeping only traces of the original in tact, the remix feels like a b-side from his latest album Cupid’s Head (which I highly recommend). Listen below.