2014 was a very good year for new music and new artists. While our best albums list features plenty of more established names who've put out career bests, our best tracks list is, for the most part, dedicated to those artists who appeared out of nowhere and knocked us off our feet.
Voices come from the streets of South London (Novelist), from an imagined version of China (Fatima Al Qadiri), from Mexico City-via-Paris-via-Iran-via-New York (Lafawndah), and from... well, wherever the hell QT is meant to be from. But if there's one thread that connects all of these tracks, it's that the artists behind them are making bold, innovative, yet totally accessible music.
Real Lies are often, unfairly, compared to older music, but anybody who’s young, living in a city, and feeling disconnected - feeling like we might've reached the end of history - will know that the condition they write about is a uniquely modern one. Dab Housing is a banger: great hook, properly dubby bassline, and a chorus you can chant along to.