Every year I go through my Spotify playlist and pick my favorite tunes of the past year. I mainly do it for myself so I can look back years from now and remember, but of course I love spreading good music to friends as well so I hope someone out there will get inspired from this list! 2014 has by far been my favorite music year ever so it was really difficult to narrow it down to just 14 picks, so at the end of this post I will post an equally long list of tracks that almost made the cut.
I also feel like I should mention some artists who haven’t made this list but who I’ve listened to religiously throughout the year: Kasper Bjorke, Jungle, Urulu, Finnebassen, Glass animals, Whilk & Misky, Kellerkind, Whomadewho, Yanee, Totally Extinct Dinasaours, to name a few.
Ok enough talking, here we go.
1. Laura Doggett – Phoenix (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
I can’t really explain why this song is my number one pic, all I know is it’s the one song that I’ve played the most in 2014 and I love it to pieces. I suppose maye it has helped me through some hardships and given me a feeling of hope – it’s funny how sometimes songs can capture a feeling you’re having so accurately and bring it to the surface.
2. Joachim Pastor – Wayfaring Stranger Aka Aka remix
My little sister/soulmate/best friend Cassie moved to Europe this summer from far away Minneapolis, Minnesota, and this song was running hot in my speakers as I helped her unpack her life from suit cases in her new apartment. Coincidentally the lyrics are all about traveling so it quickly became the theme song of the beginnig of our new life journey.
3. Qtier – Set Me On [David August Remix]
Ah, I can’t express my love for this track enough… definitely the most romantic/beautiful track I heard all year. I was lucky enough to be at David August’s live show in Berlin when he dropped this jem in the evening sun set.
4. Barac – Cuvantul Lui Iancu
One might wonder why this repetitive minimalistic underground track is one of my big faves, and I’ll do my best to explain, but really it’s just one of those “you had to be there” stories. Basically this year I discovered how amazing Romanian Micro house is thanks to my friends in the dj collective Sono Unica, and although I’ve been listening to this music for the last couple of years when going to their parties, it wasn’t until I saw Romanian legends Rhadoo and Petre Inspirescu play at this obscure club called “Ibiza Underground” on Ibiza this summer that I truly understood it. The dark and mysterious setting mixed with the minimalistically intense beats and interesting looking people dancing in very particular ways made for a beautiful memory that I’ll never forget. It’s hard to pic a favorite track since a lot of them sound very similar but I’m gonna go with this one.
5. Bob Moses – Grace
Chill deep house
Ahhh I just love Bob Moses’ sound… deep, dark, mysterious vocal house with enchanting lyrics and chill singalong hooks.
6. Patryk Molinari – Monkey City
Minimal / tech house
My absolute favorite party dance track of 2014! Makes you want to dance, as the title suggests, like a monkey Many friday nights have started with this jam!
7. Ost & Kjex – Indie
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one Ost & Kjex track. “Indie” has been one of the most played tracks in my Spotify; I have a thing for loungy/jazzy chill songs that you can lazily sing along to while folding laundry or whatever.
8. Gorilli – Platsen Brevid
Swedish hip hop
As you probably know I have always had a sweet spot for Swedish hip hop. This is actually an older release but I discovered it last year, and I can’t stop playing this loungy beauty.
9. Caribou Tale of Us – Can’t Do Without You
Besides being a great track, this takes me back to my ‘vacation’ in Amsterdam when my sister and I visited all the top deep house clubs and stopped by the legendary Trouw where we heard this beauty in the late hours of the night. It takes me back to all the impressions I had of Amsterdam and how tall and handsome all the people were, how laid back the girls dressed, how friendly everyone was, how new and exciting everything felt…
10. Croatia Squad – Work it
My favorite workout track of 2014!
11. Tube & Burger – Imprint of Pleasure
Tropical deep house
When my sis and I went to Tube & Burger’s set at the deep house club Air, they dropped this tropical jam and we lost it
12. Hot Since 82 – Restless
Soulful deep house
Great workout track!
13. Munk & Lizzie Page
Pop (Catchy but non-commercial)
A favorite among me and my loved ones. Done a lot of silly dances to this unique pop tune.
14. Cherub – Doses and Mimosas
Some more catchy and unique indie pop for your liking!
Close runners up:
Elekfantz – teasing me
Tomas Barford – november skies (+remix)
Aran mp3 – Not Alone
Oliver Shories – Noise ball
Pete Oak – Blonde
Dan Croll – From nowhere (where is remix? Adriatique)
Amine Edge & Dance – Going To Heaven,
Gabriel Rios – Gold (Thomas Jack radio edit)
Pherell Williams – Happy
Howling – Ame remix
Millok – I’m Trippin
Vaults – Premenitions
The irrepressables – In This Shirt
Still Blue – Dim Vach, Lokasti (dsf & badi remix)
Compuphonic – Sunset