Happy holidays from Oneohtrix Point Never: Daniel Lopatin has let two new tracks into the world, one that’s a leftover from the sessions that led to last year’s amazing R Plus Seven, and sounds right at home among that record’s tense, cyclical aesthetic. The other, “Bubs,” comes from a collaboration with PC Music leader A. G. Cook, and while the majority of PC Music‘s output has never really been our thing, when it’s interwoven with Lopatin’s bent knack for structure, everything suddenly seems to snap into place.
Running down a list of our favourite tunes of the year once again proves to be the most fun (and certainly most difficult) list to put together. Sure, the year may have been a bit light on the album side, but at the track level, 2014 delivered in spades. We stopped ourselves at 50, mostly assembled in the 3.5 hour Spotify playlist below, but there are certainly plenty of worthy tracks well beyond this list, so let us know your own picks in the comments.
I’m not really sure how to explain what’s going on in Neo Bahamut, but it’s a weird, sometimes off-putting but often thrilling 24 minutes that can be taken as a complete mix or by individual tracks, all for free courtesy of Eric Berglund’s Sincerely Yours.
Tom Krell, who’s responsible for one of our favourite albums this year, has unearthed an old gem from 2012’s Total Loss sessions. “Tomb For Anatole” is a sad, slow burner that shares a lot of the same weight that Total Loss carried, so if you love that record as much as we did (and still d0), you’ll want to grab the track while you can for free here. [via]
Johnny Jewel‘s Soundcloud page is the gift that keeps on giving: We’ve already highlighted one gem from the seemingly endless sea of riches he’s uploaded over the past few weeks, but nothing (so far) has rivaled the ambitious scope of “The Other Side Of Midnight,” a sweeping, widescreen 31-minute/7-movement epic dubbed “electronic wall paper for your dreams.” Apparently it’s on iTunes, but you can get it for free here.