Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Music Collective: vol. 20 {Musical Year in Review 2014}

This year has been a beautiful journey for me personally, but it was definitely a roller coaster ride with epic highs and major lows. However, I will say that this has been a phenomenal year in music, both underground and mainstream. Anyone who honestly believes that quality music fails to exist is obviously not very musically inclined, because good music is infinite and its presence is everywhere (not to be confused with the omnipresence that is God). 

For a while now, it's been a tradition to post a summary of the previous year in music, but this is the first time it's ever been quite this massive. Choosing a top 14 anything music wise was the hardest part about curating this particular play list, compiled in no particular order. The easiest category had to be top 4 videos, because I don't watch videos much and I'm more about the concept than the actual song; the hardest part was narrowing my favorite LP releases  of the year down to a list of 14 and choosing just 2 of my favorite tracks from each album.

The 4 categories (Heavy Rotation Songs, Top 4 Videos, Top 4 Mix Tapes, and Best Albums) are full of musical selections that carried me through the times I found myself trapped in darkness and the ones that kept me level-headed during all the good that happened to and around me all year. Although it took me almost a full month to recall the past year of my favorite tunes and spent many mornings in full blown jam sessions making sure I didn't miss a beat, it was definitely worth it. 

Without further ado, I present the finale Music Collective post of 2014, Musical Year in Review, according to moi.

[Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and all selections are based solely on the growth of my personal music archive throughout the year. Just the same, this collection does not revolve around industry numbers/charts or what is constantly reviewed on mainstream media. However, in no way am I discrediting musicians, artists, and performers who fall into that category. Also, please excuse the lack of reviews for albums I have listed. More album/EP/mix tape/vinyl reviews coming next year...promise.] 

♥ Top 4 Videos:

  1. Simplethings x Miguel
  2. Chandelier x SIA
  3. Maps x Maroon 5
  4. I Got U x Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones

♥ Heavy Rotation Songs:

1. Fantasy x Alina Baraz & Galimatias
2. What Love Is x Lolawolf
3. It's On Again x Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar
4. Religious x Ne-yo
5. Sunday Candy x Chance the Rapper, SoX
6. Elele x Emma Nyra ft. DaVido
7. Set Me Free x Mara Hruby
8. Magic x Coldplay
9.  9 x Willow Smith ft. Sza
10. 3005 x Childish Gambino
11. Lullaby x Chargaux
12. Two Weeks x FKA twigs
13. Touch x Shura
14. Wash it Away x Nahko and Medicine for the People

♥ Top 4 Mix Tapes:

♥ Best Albums of 2014:

  1. Music for the Uninvited - Leon Vynehall
    • St. Sinclaire
    • Be Brave, Clench Fist
  2. Nabuma Rubberband - Little Dragon
    • Pretty Girls
    • Klapp, Klapp
  3. Xscape - Michael Jackson
    • Chicago
    • Slave to the Rhythm
  4. Z - Sza
    • Warm Winds ft. Isaiah Rashad
    • Julia
  5. You're Dead! - Flying Lotus
    • Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar
    • Moment of Hesitation
  6. Cadillatica - Big K.R.I.T.
    • Pay Attention ft. Rico Love
    • Third Eye
  7. G I R L - Pharrell
    • Lost Queen
    • Gust of Wind
  8. Souled Out - Jhene Aiko
    • To Love & Die ft. Cocaine 80's
    • W.A.Y.S.
  9. Tough Love - Jessie Ware
    • Say You Love Me
    • Champagne Kisses
  10. Under Pressure - Logic
    • Alright ft. Big Sean
    • Metropolis 
  11. Jungle - Jungle
    • Lemonade Lake
    • Time (LXURY remix)
  12. Electrogram - Vinyl Theatre
    • Breaking Up My Bones
    • Gold
  13. Differentology - Bunji Garlin
    • Red Light District
    • Carnival Tabanca
  14. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
    • Money On My Mind
    • Latch (acoustic)
What music was in your (y)ear in 2014? 


  1. Ugggh, how beautiful is "Magic" x Coldplay though really? I could listen to that man's voice all day. I loved your shout outs to Miguel because I thought he had an amazing musical year this year although brief and teasing, he's definitely preparing us for the glory that will be his next album. I love Z, Souled Out, Tough Love, & In the Lonely Hour. We had some similarities in our musical year fa sho ;) Love the way you curated this list!

  2. great list/review. i loved a lot of the songs / albums listed here. but a few i never even checked out. i love that cause that means new music for me!!!!


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