QUARTERLY REPORT: Best of 2014 (July-September)


It’s that time of year again. Following March’s Quarterly Report and June’s MidYear Recap, today I bring you a list of my 50 favorite tracks, as well as my 10 favorite albums, from this past quarter. July through September, artists ranging from Flying Lotus to Jessie Ware, Ariel Pink to Sophie, have been worthy recipients of our attention. Check out the full list below. And next time we count down, we’ll be taking a look back at 2014 as a whole.


1 alt-J, “Every Other Freckle”

2. Aphex Twin, “minipops 67 [120.2]”

3 Arca, “Thievery”

4 Ariana Grande, “Break Free” (feat. Zedd)

5 Ariel Pink, “Put Your Number In My Phone”

6 Ballet School, “Lux”

7 BenZel & Stevie Neale, “Wasted Love”

8 Caribou, “Our Love”

9 Clark, “Unfurla”

10 Dornik, “On My Mind”

11 FKA twigs, “Pendulum”

12 Flying Lotus, “Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

13 Foxygen, “How Can You Really”

14 Future Brown, “Wanna Party” (feat. Tink & 3D Na’Tee)

15 Grouper, “Call Across Rooms”

16 Iceage, “The Lord’s Favorite”

17 iLoveMakonnen, “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” (feat. Drake)

18 Jeremih, “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (feat. YG)

19 Jesse J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”

20 Jessie Ware, “Kind of… Sometimes… Maybe”

21 Juce, “Burning Up”

22 Kendrick Lamar, “i”

23 La Roux, “Tropical Chancer”

24 Lace Curtains, “Wilshire and Fairfax”

25 Lauryn Hill, “Black Rage (sketch)”

26 Lydia Ainsworth, “Hologram”

27 Marianne Faithfull, “Late Victorian Holocaust”

28 Mr Twin Shadow, “In the House of Yes”

29 The New Pornographers, “War on the East Coast”

30 Nick Jonas, “Jealous”

31 Peaking Lights, “Everyone and Us”

32 Perfume Genius, “Grid”

33 Perfume Genius, “Queen”

34 QT, “Hey QT”

35 Robin Schulz & Lillywood, “Prayer In C”

36 Run The Jewels, “Blockbuster Night Part 1”

37 Rustie, “Attak” (feat. Danny Brown)

38 SBTRKT, “Voices in My Head” (feat. A$AP Ferg)

39 Sophie, “Hard”

40 Spoon, “Inside Out”

41 Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

42 Thom Yorke, “The Mother Lode”

43 Tinashe, “Feels Like Vegas”

44 Tobias Jesso Jr., “True Love”

45 TOPS, “Outside”

46 TV On The Radio, “Happy Idiot”

47 Vince Staples, “Blue Suede”

48 Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, & A$AP Ferg, “Old English”

49 Zola Jesus, “Dangerous Days”

50 Zola Jesus, “Go (Blank Sea)”


1 alt-J, This Is All Yours

2 Aphex Twin, Syro

3 Ariana Grande, My Everything

4 FKA twigs, LP1

5 Lewis, Romantic Times

6 Perfume Genius, Too Bright

7 Rustie, Green Language

8 Spoon, They Want My Soul

9 Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

10 Ty Segall, Manipulator 


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