Here it is, at long last, our top 20 tunes of the year. We waited until right at the end of the year to make sure we didn’t miss out on anything. There were a lot of strong tracks that came out in the last few weeks, so finalising this top 20 has been a difficult task, especially when you look back at the amazing music that’s come out this year. It should be noted that, as always, we genre hop a lot, so in the end, what you have here is a fairly diverse range of music styles that we think ultimately sums up 2014 for us. Obviously, there are going to be tunes that we forgot about or ones that we haven’t heard or ones that we maybe should have included and didn’t. But whatever, that’s just how it goes with these lists.
So without further ado, here’s the Dubstep.co.uk Top 20 Tunes of 2014 (listen to them all in the podcast):
An absolute barnstormer of a tune. The impact of that bass and those horns hitting you smack in the face is nothing short of phenomenal. One of the best bits of trap music we’ve heard probably ever.
No messing around for this aptly named tune from these two heavyweights. Slow, methodical and on point.
Huge tune from earlier in the year from his equally huge debut album. Everything Moody Good touches turns to gold.
A dose of nostalgia from one of the best in the business. It’s the kind of tune that can’t help but make you smile.
CoMa’s I Monster is an astounding accomplishment. It’s an absolute feast. There aren’t too many people who can pull off 20-minute tracks without coming across as pretentious twats. Thank you, CoMa, for being the exception.
Another trap tune. This one comes from Void, one of the standout albums of 2014. Polished, diverse and provocative, RL Grime kicked ass this year.
Every year, the folks from Inspected put out a Movember charity collab tune, and every year it’s amazing.
Dark, moody, mysterious: we LOVE Lorn, even though we don’t know a whole lot about him. His Maze To Nowhere series is excellently weird and we can’t wait for part 3.
We could have put a handful of Culprate tunes up in this list, especially considering how good Deliverance, his recent album, is. But this tune, with CoMa and Koda, gets the checkmark from us this time round.
The Unknown LP was fantastic, but it was this laidback ambient tune that really stood out for us.
We don’t really know anything about Memory Cards, but whoever he/she/they are, they’re making amazing tunes.
This tune has longevity, no doubt. Defo the highlight of the latest Friends Are Eclectic compilation from Future Follower Records.
A newcomer to the scene (from what we can tell), this tune popped up on the Buygore Fresh Blood EP.
Extremely powerful. Mr FijiWiji’s presence here does wonders.
Ah, Mujuice. One of the most reliable producers around. This year’s Metamorphosis LP was a wondrous thing to behond and the opening track, Siberia, is beautiful.
One of our fav discoveries of the year. Cannot wait for more tunes next year.
The remix that broke the Internet. Moody Good delivers once again.
He’s back. Nuff said.
A stunning remix of an awesome tune. The floaty vibes here epitomise tranquility.
Who is YUME? We don’t know really. But this tune, complete with Final Fantasy samples, is breathtaking and is without doubt our favourite tune of the year. An odd choice, perhaps, but once you hear it, you can’t escape its grasp.
Wanna listen to them all? Then check out our end of year podcast.
Crooked Colours Returns with “I’ll Be There” from Sophmore LP
After the success of their debut album “Vera” from a year ago, and fresh off their tour with Irish singer EDEN, Crooked Colours returns to drop a bring new single, “I’ll Be There”, from their upcoming sophmore album expected to arrive in 2019.
Additionally, the group has announced a 13-date tour of the United States, which you can the schedule for below:
Oct 24 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
Oct 25 – Belmont – Montreal, QBC
Oct 26 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Oct 27 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
Nov 01 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Nov 02 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 03 – Gamh – San Francisco, CA
Nov 08 – Holocene – Portland, OR
Nov 09 – Fortune – Vancouver, BC
Nov 10 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Nov 13 – 7th Street – Minneapolis, MN
Nov 14 – High Noon – Madison, WI
Nov 15 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Crankdat Drops New Single ‘Say It’
Crankdat just hooked fans up with a brand new track, “Say It”, which features some melodic and rhythmic drum & bass sounds to accompany strong fluid vocals from Los Angeles based singer songwriter Sara Skinner.
“The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless. I produced the beat earlier this year [originally] with no intentions of doing anything with it — sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun…I sent it to this vocalist I met on the Internet a few months prior, Sara Skinner…the first demo Sara sent back was absolutely GOLD. She did her thing, and she nailed it. Afterwards, I finished processing the vocal and engineering the beat, and thus, ‘Say It’ was born! – Crankdat.
Folded Dragons Releases New Single “Fake Love”
Folded Dragons have returned armed with a brand new single, “Fake Love”, this is sure to help your week flow by just a little bit smoother.
Jason Chen, Ak Benjamin, and Ysabelle all come together for this track that is full of chord progressions and melodic elements that these artists have become known for.
Check out the track below:
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