CURRENT: Thom Yorke “Youwouldn’tlikemewhenI’mangry”

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The last word anyone would use to describe present day Thom Yorke is angryAnnoyed? Yes. Paranoid. Sure. But he has definitely mellowed out sonically, as evidenced by everything from Radiohead’s brilliant In Rainbows to this year’s solo Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke’s recently released track from those Modern Boxes sessions, “Youwouldn’tlikemewhenI’mangry”, hits all the checkmarks of Yorke’s solo repertoire, with its skittering beat and Yorke’s dazzling falsetto. But this one packs a greater punch than most of Boxes, and is up there with “Hearing Damage” and “Black Swan” as one of his best solo tunes. “You’ve built this up,” he sings repeatedly before the song calmly ends. No one would consider Yorke angry, because thankfully for us, he wants to be liked.

Happy Holidays to all. Let’s make 2015 a year we can all be proud of.

CURRENT: Miguel – “nwa” (feat. Kurupt)

After spending the majority of 2013-14 writing some incredible pop songs for Mariah Carey and Jessie Ware, Miguel released a three track EP this past week, proving he hasn’t given all his best ideas away. The opening cut, with its electric guitar riff and Miguel’s effortlessly cool falsetto, is a perfect reintroduction to the R&B hit maker. What is perhaps most exciting about “nwa” is its unassuming nature; this isn’t the sound of a songwriter attempting to make a chart-busting tune on the level of “Adorn”. Miguel has already proven he is a commodity worth being treasured. While many artists find themselves restricted after commercial success, the opposite is true for Miguel. With the monkey off his back, Miguel can go back to the basics, singing songs to his OGs.

DOWNLOAD Miguel: “nwa” [ft. Kurupt]

2014 IN REVIEW: TOP 50 ALBUMS

With the year coming to a close, here’s the final piece in my round-up of the best in music, 2014 edition. All 50 of these albums are worth a spin, from ceo’s early February release to 1989‘s release in late October. The 48 other albums released between those two were just as good, from YG to Neneh Cherry to Ariana Grande to Flying Lotus. Find out my picks for the best albums of 2014 below, and maybe discover your favorite new album in the process.

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2014 IN REVIEW: TOP 100 TRACKS (100-51)

In 2014, we were wowed by amazing tracks from Perfume Genius to ScHoolboy Q, Perfect Pussy to Taylor SwiftThe War on Drugs to Sun Kil Moon. What these tracks have in common is their ability to convey certain messages with startling clarity. While there were countless other worthy songs released these past 12 months, these are the hundred that best showcase the variety of the year’s recorded output.

And in case you missed it, check out these lists of the best remixes, live performances, music videos, and new artists of 2014.

The top 50 is coming later today.

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CURRENT: Laura Marling – “Short Movie”

Laura Marling has grown up right in front of our eyes, releasing her first album, Alas, I Cannot Swim when she was just 18. Short Movie is her fifth LP, and first since 2013’s Once I Was an Eagle, and in her year away, Marling appears to have grown into her voice as her 2015 release’s title-track is one of her most assertive and unhinged songs yet. The song builds to a thrilling finale, with Marling kicking and screaming as she sings “It’s a short fucking movie, man.” She’s old enough now to see how brief our time on this rock is, yet young enough as to not accept her unchallenged fate.