Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014

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50. G Herbo - Welcome To Fazoland

February 17, 2014
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

49. The Body - I Shall Die Here

April 1, 2014
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

47. Ai Aso - Lone

Ai Aso - Lone
March 31, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

46. Ninos Du Brasil - Novos Mistérios

Ninos Du Brasil - Novos Mistérios
April 28, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

45. Lee Gamble - KOCH

September 12, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

44. Death Grips - Niggas on the Moon

June 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

42. Gem Jones - Admiral Frenchkiss

Gem Jones - Admiral Frenchkiss
May 3, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

41. Burial Hex - The Hierophant

Burial Hex - The Hierophant
November 21, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

40. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

39. Sun Araw - Belomancie

Sun Araw - Belomancie
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

38. Objekt - Flatland

October 24, 2014
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

37. James Ferraro - Suki Girlz

James Ferraro - Suki Girlz
July 2, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

36. Fear of Men - Loom

April 22, 2014
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

The grinding textures into which various of Fear of Men’s indie jangles disappear on Loom, their first album proper may be both the crashing of the breakers and the grinding of Chronos’s teeth.

34. White Suns - Totem

White Suns - Totem
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

33. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

LP1 is a solid, fully confident pop album built from the same blocks that formed her previous release, which nevertheless forgoes the bewilderingly alien quality of her best work.

32. Fennesz - Bécs

April 28, 2014
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

At points, listening to Bécs is to hear gauze become gossamer, and feel it too. 

30. Swans - To Be Kind

May 13, 2014
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

To Be Kind achieves an intimacy no Swans album has ever approached, but it also ranks among their most turbulent works to date.

29. Call Super - Suzi Ecto

September 15, 2014
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
It’s a techno album that actually works as an album, and it’s a damn good one at that.

28. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Syro remains faithful to the very sounds and idiosyncrasies that brought Aphex Twin about, the way it transforms and rotates any feeling of assumption while managing to sound so deliciously typical.

27. Ariel Pink - pom pom

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

Where Ariel once undermined genre through aesthetics, here he uses genre to undermine himself and his own authority over the idea of a coherent self.

25. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Perfume Genius has never sounded more intimate. In its most forward-looking moments, he is still reflecting on himself; but at its most insular, he seems to be speaking for multitudes.

23. Actress - Ghettoville

January 27, 2014
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

21. 18+ - Trust

November 10, 2014
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

20. Arca - Xen

November 4, 2014
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

It’s a gracefully self-contained ecology — a sonic environment rich with empty and warm spaces, within which the listener is urged to breathe more easily and share in a queer feeling of belonging.

17. Lil B - 05 Fuck Em

Lil B - 05 Fuck Em
December 24, 2013
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

16. Lotic - Damsel In Distress

July 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
1 review

14. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

The whole production would be grotesquely comical if it didn’t feel so unflinchingly, unapologetically sincere. And here’s the thing. Benji doesn’t resonate in spite of its awkwardness, but wholly because of it. 

13. E+E - The Light That You Gave Me To See You

E+E - The Light That You Gave Me To See You
December 18, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

12. Inga Copeland - Because I'm Worth It

May 5, 2014
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

11. C L E A N E R S - Real Raga Shit Vol. 1

C L E A N E R S - Real Raga Shit Vol. 1
January 7, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

10. iLoveMakonnen - ILoveMakonnen

June 27, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

9. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

November 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

Faith In Strangers amplifies human interaction with the elements and the fractured nature of our relationship with them; this might not be the most joyful depiction, but it has been impeccably well documented here.

8. D/P/I - MN.ROY

D/P/I - MN.ROY
October 9, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

7. Giant Claw - Dark Web

September 30, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

5. Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet - The Abyss

July 28, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

2. Grouper - Ruins

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Harris’s analog mastery has created an inhabitable space of intense clarity, so that the silences become suggestions of the room she made them in, a sustained window. The affective work of Ruins is to translate with heartfelt precision the time and space of its recording, to collapse the world of its making and its consumption.

1. Dean Blunt - Black Metal

November 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

It would be all-too easy to charge him yet again with artistic tomfoolery and arch self-consciousness, there’s a newfound purpose to his dilettantism, one that invests the album with more weight than anyone had any right to expect.

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