Putting together a ‘top ten tracks of 2014’ is like trying to get a man pregnant – an impossible task. So instead, we give you some of the things we found titillating this year. In no particular order:
Jack J - Looking Forward to You
Jack J, half of Pender Street Steppers and Mood Hut affiliate, stepped out on his own and delivered “Looking Forward to You”. A nod to a number of classic dance genres, the song’s easy drums, groovy bass line, and cooing vocals will have you wiggling your hips through an after party or bobbing your head smoking j at the beach.
Moodymann feat. Andres - Lyk U Used 2
Moodymann has been putting out fantastic house records for nearly twenty years. “Lyk U Used 2” is a soulful number that came from his self-titled LP that dropped earlier this year. Although the songs vocals tell the woes of a flame burning out, it really gets me in the mood… to dance.
FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
“Two Weeks” is a tantric song where FKA Twigs exudes empowered femininity. Twigs is seducing a man out of another relationship claiming that she can take better care of him.
Floating Points - King Bromeliad
Sam Shephard, aka Floating Points, dropped this lovely jazz-influenced house track via his label, Eglo Records. The song opens up with sounds of a crowd chatting (or a party?) and then shakes its head clear into loose drums, keys, and, squirming synths. Its dark and moody.
Pender Street Steppers - Openin’ Up
The Pender Street Steppers and other Mood Hut affiliates have placed Vancouver’s underground scene on the map. Their track, “Openin’ Up” is a hazy listen of something totally new.
Lnrdcroy - Sunrise Market (extended mix)
Lnrdcroy is another fantastic producer from Vancouver. “Sunrise Market (extended mix)” is an atmospheric dream. The track first appeared on his debut album on 1080p and later on Rhythms of the Pacific Volume 1.
Fatima - Do Better
It’s hard for a song to go wrong when you’ve got Floating Points heading production, Theo Pharrish assisting with writing, and, of course, Fatima’s lovely vocals. “Do Better” is the opening track from Fatima’s “Yellow Memories”. It was inspired by the pre-disco group 100% Pure Poison. People should start paying closer attention to this chick.
Seven Davis Jr. - Friends
Seven Davis Jr.’s “Friends” bursts with manic energy while remaining a pleasant and bubbly listen. Claps, frantic hi-hats, and Davis Jr.’s casual vocals make for a perfect weekend anthem.