Adam B & Ultrasound Radio USA present: Our Top 20 albums of 2014 (in 140 characters or less)



by Adam B. & Ultrasound Radio USA 

from bottom to top:

20) Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire

Forsaking industrial for doom with spectacular results.

19) Various Artists – 8-Bit Operators Enjoy the Science: Tribute to Depeche Mode

And I just can’t get seem to get enough of…

18) Tricky – Adrian Thaws

More than just a brotastic pat on his career’s butt. Beautiful arrangements and great guests (Bella Gotti!).

17) Squarepusher x Z-Machines – Music for Robots

Electro-jazz jams for 78 fingers, 22 arms, 46 chromosomes.

16) Johnny Cash  Out Among the Stars

Even lost recordings too glossy for his taste kick most other music’s ass.

15) The Glitch Mob  Love Death Immortality

Jason Statham’s nextTransporter screenplay run through Ableton and Reason.

14) Pattern is Movement – Pattern is Movement

A swirling cloud of earnest, complex music. Want them to be the next Kurt Vile/War on Drugs.

13) Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Following Laura Jane Grace’s new normal = punk anger skillfully applied to autobiography.

12) clipping. – CLPPNG

Slides neatly into Death Grips’ industrial-rap void. When Sacramento closes a door, LA opens a window.

11) A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent

In the shadow of MBV’s ’13, standing along Slowdive in ’14, holding it down for neo-shoegaze.

10) Sun Kill Moon – Benji

But Mark Kozalek can still suck my cock.

9) Cocksure – TVMALSV

Chris Connelly rips open time and space, delivers us back to the days of RevCo’s Beers Steers & Queers.

8) Eno/Hyde – Someday World

Ambient legend + Underworld leader = artsy Afrobeat? I could get used to this new math…

7) Com Truise – Wave 1 EP

Dude makes 1980s beats/pads ripe like Jersey tomatoes.

6) Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

Dark horse contender for Comeback of the Year. Subtle, smart, jazzy electro-balladry.

5) Lee Bannon – Alternate/Endings

Sacramento fella born at the wrong time, assembling straight-up d’n’b to make the Metalheadz proud.

4) Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Is it possible to improve on Daft Punk’s space disco formula from last year? All signs point to YES.

3) Run the Jewels – RTJ2

Holding the political, the personal, and the partying, this was the only rap album you needed in 2014.

2) Saintseneca – Dark Arc

Restores the creaky, creepy patina of indie-folk lost amid the pop stomp of the Lumineers and the Mumfords.

1) Aphex Twin – Syro

Having written this up in 84 places beforehand, just know this: It’s funky, it’s fun, and it’s constantly changing.