The best tracks of 2014 so far: FACT contributors’ picks

We’re halfway through 2014, and you might have already clocked our First and Second Quarter Reports – the FACT team’s collective favourite albums of 2014’s first two quarters. 

Much like we did last year, we’ve also invited our full-time staff and regular contributors to rank their favourite 10 tracks from the last six months. Picks extend far and wide, but a few trends are discernible: there’s a lot of love for artists constellating around the Boxed (Rabit, Samename, Mumdance) and PC Music (A.G Cook, Hannah Diamond) camps; Nicki Minaj is having a knockout year; there’s been some cracking lesser-known pop emerging from Africa and the Caribbean; and, as Maya Kalev forcefully points out, you ignore Courtney Love at your peril.

Head here to see our contributors’ favourite albums of 2014.

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Peter Rix

Copeland – ‘Fact I’ (Self-released)

DJ Q feat. Kassandra – ‘Every Time’ (Local Action)

Facta – ‘Loveless’ (Idle Hands)

Sully – ‘Solitaire’ (Keysound)

Kassem Mosse – ‘Untitled A2’ (Workshop)

Dreesvn – ‘Untitled (DJ Sotofett Remix)’ (Acido)

Shackleton – ‘White Flower With Silvery Eye’ (Woe To The Septic Heart!)

Powell feat. Russell Haswell [above] – ‘Maniac’ (Diagonal)

Fis – ‘Iterations’ (Tri Angle)

Jackmate – ‘Broken’ (Phil E)

 

Joe Moynihan

1. Suzuka – ‘Few’ (Self-released)

2. Rabit – ‘Red Candles’ (Boxed)

3. Doss – ‘Here Tonight’ (Acéphale)

4. Mr Mitch [above] – ‘The Lion, The Bitch and The Bordeaux’ (Gobstopper)

5. Flower – ‘熱帯魚の涙’ (Sony)

6. Moleskin – ‘Grand Ballet’ (Keysound)

7. SD Laika – ‘You Were Wrong’ (Tri Angle)

8. Pearson Sound – ‘Raindrops’ (Pearson Sound)

9. Samename – ‘Sakura’ (Pelican Fly)

10. Mokadem – ‘Pretend Ur Mine’ (Melodica)

 

Tom Lea

Miss Modular – ‘Reflector Pack’

The G.F.O.T.Y. track at 18 mins of the PC Music DISown mix

Hannah Diamond – ‘Attachment’

Mumdance and Novelist – ‘Take Time’

All Murlo tracks

Dubbel Dutch – ‘Load It’ Edit

Finn – ‘Only Boy’

Future feat. Andre 3000 – ‘Benz Friends (Whatchutola)’

Dark0 – ‘Gaia’ / ‘Black Rose’ / Against the Clock demo

Chris Brown – ‘Loyal’

Maya Kalev

Tracks:

Beneath – ‘Stress 1’ (PAN)

Call Super – ‘Depicta’ or ‘Acéphale II’ (Houndstooth)

Clay Rendering – ‘Temple Walking’ (Hospital Productions)

Lana Del Rey – ‘West Coast’ (Interscope)

Holly Herndon [above] – ‘Chorus’ (RVNG Intl)

Nicki Minaj feat. Soulja Boy – ‘Yasss Bish!’ (Young Money)

Mumdance – ‘Take Time’ feat. Novelist (Rinse)

Shackleton – ‘Freezing Opening Thawing’ (Woe To The Septic Heart)

Tomorrow the Rain Will Fall Upwards – ‘Thus They Sang In The Golden Skies’ (Blackest Ever Black)

YG feat. Tee Cee – ‘Meet The Flockers’ (Def Jam)

…and Top 10 Courtney Love moments: 

Instructional video on dressing for court

Interview with shoutout to Wolf Eyes

Finding the missing Flight MH370

This tweet

Coming out on stage to Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ at every show

Playing a gig in a Clapton coffee shop

Telling Liam Gallagher he looks like a “13th-century serf from Monty Python”

A comeback single that’s actually quite good

Reforming Hole with OG lineup

This photo

Alex Macpherson

1. Nicki Minaj – ‘Lookin’ Ass’ (Young Money)

2. Runtown ft. Davido – ‘Gallardo’ (Pent Hauz)

3. Davido ft. Mafikizolo – ‘Tchelete (Good Life)’

4. Neon Jungle [above] – ‘Braveheart’ (RCA)

5. Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q – ‘2 On’ (RCA)

6. Meridian Dan ft. Big H & JME – ‘German Whip’ (PMR)

7. Kiesza – ‘Hideaway (Gorgon City Remix)’ (Lokal Legend)

8. DJ Pioneer & TJ ft. Dana McKeon – ‘Circles’ (SOTU Recordings)

9. Ciara ft. Future – ‘Anytime’ (Epic)

10. Toyboy & Robin ft. Alex Adams – ‘Better Places’ (MTA Records)

…and 10 more to boot 

11. Henry Knight – ‘Olopa’ (DZ Entertainment)

12. Galcher Lustwerk – ‘Chillin’ In The Booth’ (Tsuba)

13. Lord Of The Isles – ‘301c Symphony’ (Permanent Vacation)

14. Yemi Alade – ‘Johnny’ (Effyzzie )

15. Danity Kane ft. Tyga – ‘Lemonade’ (Stereotypes Music)

16. DJ Snake & Lil Jon – ‘Turn Down For What’ (Columbia)

17. QQ – ‘Mosquito Net’ (Twelve 9 Records)

18. Ondo Fudd – ‘There Will Be A Time’ (The Trilogy Tapes)

19. Le1f – ‘Sup’ (XL)

20. Jazmine Sullivan ft. Meek Mill – ‘Dumb’

Chris Kelly

01. Que – ‘Jungle Fever’ (Self-released)

02. Bok Bok ft. Kelela – ‘Melba’s Call’ (Night Slugs)

03. Mumdance – ‘Springtime’ (Unknown To The Unknown)

04. AG Cook – ‘Had 1’ (PC Music)

05. Nicki Minaj ft. Soulja Boy – ‘Yasss Bish!’ (Cash Money)

06. Dat Oven – ‘Icy Lake (Total Freedom Remix)’ (Fade To Mind)

07. The GTW [above] – ‘Calling Cards’ (Auda)

08. Dark0 – ‘Chaos’ (Lost Codes)

09. TRC vs Murlo – ‘You & Me’ (Crazylegs)

10. Jeremih ft. YG – ‘Don’t Tell Em’ (Def Jam)

John Twells

1. Skepta [above] – ‘That’s Not Me’ (Boy Better Know)

2. Mumdance – ‘Take Time’ (Rinse)

3. Young Thug/Zuse/DunDeal – ‘Treasure’ (Self-released)

4. Katy Perry – ‘Dark Horse’ (Capitol)

5. Gage – ‘Telo’ (Crazylegs)

6. Miss Modular – ‘Reflector Pack’ (Her)

7. Zmoney – ‘Dope Boy Magic’ (Self-released)

8. Rabit – ‘Bloody Eye’

9. Que – ‘OG Bobby Johnson’ (Self-released)

10. TeeFlii – ’24 Hours’ (Epic)

Laurent Fintoni

Addison Groove – ‘Space Apples’ (50Weapons)

Jeedeci – ‘Love U 4 Life’ (Dirt Tech Reck)

Al Dobson Jr – ‘South East Clicks’ (IZWID)

LV & Joshua Idehen – ‘Imminent (EAN remix)’ (Keysound)

Joe Howe – ‘Musografik’ (Sound Pellegrino)

Pharaohe Monch – ‘Bad M.F’ (W.A.R. Media)

Badbadnotgood [above] – ‘Can’t Leave The Night’ (Innovative Leisure)

Te’Amir – ‘Move Just’ (Self-released)

Akkord – ‘Continuum’ (Houndstooth)

Danny Scrilla x Om Unit – ‘Hunch (Epoch remix)’ (Cosmic Bridge)

Kristan J. Caryl

Theo Parish – ‘Footwork’ (Sound Signature)

Moodymann – ‘Sloppy Cosmic’ (KDJ)

John Barera & Will Martin – ‘Awake’ (Supply)

Neville Watson – ‘Heartstring’ (The Nothing Special)

Scott Grooves – ‘Deeply Uncomfortable’ (Natural Midi)

Shanti Celeste [above] – ‘Days Like This’ (BRSTL)

Pender Street Steppers – ‘M Flight’ (Peoples Potential Unlimited)

Magic Mountain High – ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (No Compromise Mix)’ (Off  Minor)

Kai Alce – ‘Be Bop’ (Kolour LTD)

Traumprinz – ‘Something Magic’ (Traumprinz)

Joseph Morpurgo

Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca – ‘Complotto Geometrico’ (Andrew Weatherall remix) (Nang)

Metronomy – ‘I’m Aquarius’ (Because Music)

Delroy Edwards – ‘B4 (Untitled)’ (The Death Of Rave)

Quirke – ‘Break A Mirrored Leg’ (Young Turks)  – although I remember when it was this.

Skepta – ‘That’s Not Me’ (Boy Better Know)

Kassem Mosse – ‘A3 (Untitled)’ (Workshop)

Ben Frost [above] – ‘Nolan’ (Mute)

Joey Anderson – ‘It’s A Choice’ (Dekmantel)

Doubt – ‘Remember Fono’ (Mistress)

Hannah Diamond – ‘Attachment’ (PC Music)

Joe Muggs

Allison Chanic – ‘Painlessly in Love (Lakker Remix)’ (Bedouin)

Moody Good – ‘Ziambey’ (feat. Big Narstie) (Owsla)

Theo Parrish – ‘Petey Wheetfeet’ (Trilogy Tapes)

SRC – ‘1997’ (Progressive Intelligence)

Blackmass Plastics – ‘Newton’s Cradle’ (Ugly Funk)

Turner – ‘Locked in the Cella’ (Hatched)

Bodhi – ‘Soul Seeker’ (Ten Thousand Yen)

MMM – ‘Syncro’ (MMM)

Flava D x Moony – ‘Who I Am’ (Flava D Bandcamp)

Flowdan – ‘F About’ (Hyperdub)

…and six more

Clearlight – ‘Circular Thinking’ (Subaltern)

Pinch & Mumdance – ‘Turbo Mitzi’ (Tectonic)

Clap! Clap! – ‘Elon Mentana’ feat. DJ Khalab (Black Acre)

040 – ‘Let it be Known’ (Butterz)

Nightwave [above] – ‘Fire Hoes’ (Hekatrax)

LAS & Gantz – ‘Firepusher’ (System)

Mr. Beatnick

Telephones – ‘Hot Destinations For A Cooler You’ (Running Back)

Seven Davis Jr – ‘Celebrations’ (Funkineven Edit) (Apron)

Rezzett – ‘Zootie’ (Trilogy Tapes)

Francis Inferno Orchestra – ‘GABOS’

Bok Bok – ‘Da Foxtrot’ (Night Slugs)

Pender Street Steppers – ‘M Flight’ (Peoples Potential Unlimited)

Samoyed – ‘Dumpling’ (Astro Dynamics)

Al Dobson Jr – ‘Cameroun Special’ (Rhythm Section International)

Minor Science – ‘Hapless’ (Trilogy Tapes)

Vynehall – ‘Be Brave Clench Fists’ (3024)