Badgalkiki’s Top Albums of 2014

by Kirsten Becker

2014 was an incredible year of great rock and roll music. Here are some of my favorite albums, in kind of an order, but not really.*~~

1.Aphex Twin- Syro
Kool album following a long period of just about nothing from this guy. Bonus points for being the only Aphex Twin album to not make me have a panic attack.



2. FKA Twigs- LP1
What a year for powerful women makin music. Lots of cool collabs featuring Dev Hynes, Sampha and company.


3. Actress- Ghettoville
Favorite album cover this year. Glitchy, minimalist techno vibes. Ninja Tune goodness.


4. Die Antwoord- Donker Mag
Wowie, nothing was quite better than catching Die Antwoord playing at 2AM at Bonnaroo this year. I still don’t understand the zef side but I am forever in luv.


5. Caribou- Our Love
THIS ALBUM IS SO FREAKIN GOOD. Reflective pop album about loss and love. Guaranteed to get u dancin.


6. Quilt- Held in Splendor
Throwback to 60’s psychy-folky stuff.


7. Cibo Matto- Hotel Valentine
I never thought I would ever see another album from this crazy Japanese duo. Sp00ky stories about ghosts, trip hop, lo-fi funk.


8. Hookworms- The Hum
The first track is such a good intro, haven’t stopped listening to this album just yet. The people describe this as “scuzzy,” I think that’s a good word for it.


9. Azealia Banks- Broke With Expensive Taste
FINALLY. I have been holding out for almost 4 years for this album to come out<3


10. Temples- Sun Structures
Still a pretty new band, this release follows in Tame Impala’s footsteps in the psych rock revival genre,


11. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard- I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Nothing compares to randomly seeing this band during this year’s CMJ. GREAT ROCK MUSIC.
12. London Grammar- If You Wait
Swooning female vocals and reverb-heavy pop stuff.

Honorable Mentions:

St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Gardens & Villa – Dunes
The Horrors – Luminous
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Les Sins – Michael
Clipping – CLPPNG
Holy Wave – Relax
Snowmine – Dialects