WHERE THE FUNK HAS 2014 GONE? – MOJO20’S FAVE SONGS OF 2014

Where the fuck has 2014 gone?!! It‘s almost over so here’s 10 of our favourite songs that came out this year, both dancefloor-filling releases and hidden gems on our favourite artists‘ latest albums. If we don’t see you before, have a fantastic New Years Eve night and an incredible 2015.

Stu’s choices: (@mojo20_music)

Lilly Woods & The Prick (Robin Schulz remix) – Prayer in CLW
It’s not very often that a dance track grabs my attention and certainly not to the extent that it becomes one of my favourite songs from the whole of the past year, but this one has managed to maintain my interest consistently since I first heard it towards the beginning of the summer. It still has that awful effect on me however, where if I hear it at any point, I immediately want to go out and get drunk. In the summer, it was the perfect party aid, in the Winter, it’s actually a bit depressing and a bit of a nuisance, but I still love it.

First Aid Kit – Stay GoldFAK
Following the third LP release by one of my favourite bands, at least one of the tracks from the album was going to become a soundtrack to 2014 for me, and it ended up being the title track ‘Stay Gold’. Another beautiful release by First Aid Kit, that embodies everything that people have come to love about these two Swedish sisters. The rest of the album is outstanding but this one in particular makes the cut for me.

Bombay Bicycle Club – FeelBombayBicycleClub
One of the biggest indie party tunes to be released this year had to be by Bombay Bicycle Club, and it’s the Eastern themed ‘Feel’ with that unmistakable sound, and upbeat tempo, it’s been a Transmission standard since it was first released, and is likely to be sticking around for a few years to come.

Royal Blood – Little MonsterRB
Since Royal blood first surfaced earlier in the year, they’ve taken over and brought guitar music back to the mainstream, and even picked up a number one selling album along the way. Since first hearing ‘Out of the Black’ I’ve been interested in their sound, and was eager to see what was next, but it was when third single ‘Little Monster’ was revealed that I really started paying attention, and even after the album release and a couple more single releases, this one stands defiantly as one of my favourites in 2014.

Kasabian – StevieKasabian
Kasabian for me have always been one of those bands, where you enjoy a lot of their material but would never come out and call yourself a fan. When asked by someone who my favourite bands were, Kasabian would have never even popped into my head as someone I’d like to mention. With the new album being released this year, there was no shortage of new material, and we even did a live podcast review of it, and this track slid by me completely unnoticed. But when watching footage of the band at Glastonbury this summer, I remember being blown away by the strings, the brass, the catchy and dynamic chorus and especially Kasabian’s now famous stage production quality. Days after seeing it for the first time I realised I needed this song in my life and went back to watch it again, without even knowing the title of the track. When I found it, I downloaded it and it’s been playing in my headphones ever since. Not only that but it led to a few months of binging on their previous albums, going to see them play live when they headlined Benicassim festival, and eventually becoming a fully fledged Kasabian fan.

Honourable mentions: Slaves – Hey, Kyla La Grange – The Knife, Paolo Nutini – One Day, Blood Red Shoes –The Perfect Mess, Alt-J – Every Other Freckle, Jack White – Black Bat Liquorice

Rob’s choices: (@robertmsmith)

Shakey Graves – Hard WiredSG
I first heard Shakey Graves on The Inbetweeners 2 film where an acoustic version of one of his songs was used and I instantly fell in love. Since that point, I’ve kept my eyes and ears out for new music, I didn’t have to wait long as a second album, And The War Came was released in October. Not going to say too much as I’ll be doing a ‘You Oughta Know‘ feature on him in early 2015!

TV On The Radio – Right NowTVOTR
I bloody love TV On The Radio and was shocked to discover they had released a new album this year. I had no idea it was on the cards so downloaded it straight away once I realised. There’s some great tracks on it but ‘Right Now‘ jumped in to my head when Stu text me about doing this feature. It’s unashamedly TVOTR with a funk-pop twist. It’s also catchy as hell so I‘m gonna go and listen to it a few times before writing about my next choice!

Jamie T – ZombieJamie T photographed this month at the recording studio he rents in Hackney
2014 saw the return of the once indie king, Jamie T. Was his new stuff worth the wait? Absolutely. Did it make us all realise how much we adore him? Absolutely. Did I struggle to choose between this track and ‘Don’t You Find’? Abso… you get the point. In the end, I chose this one because it’s just unadulterated fun! Catchy riffs blended with the catchiest chorus of the year makes this a highlight of 2014.

Jungle – TimeJungle
I saw Jungle perform at Leeds Festival 2014 and although I don’t attend the festival for its dance music, I ended up seeing a lot of dance acts this year and Jungle were phenomenal. The energy they have mixed with their easy to sing along with lyrics and impeccable talent, Jungle are ones to watch in 2015 and the not so distant future after an already impressive 2014; the Jungle really IS massive!!

George Ezra – Blame It On Megeorge-ezra
I shouldn’t like George Ezra. If I had to choose one genre of music to listen to for the rest of my life, it’d probably be indie. George Ezra isn’t the typical indie I’m on about and on paper – George Ezra is not my kind of music. Well, you can screw that metaphorical paper up and throw it in the bin because George Ezra is one of my favourite artists to emerge in 2014! His album is one of the most played on my iTunes and I love it more and more with each listen. Struggled to pick a track but I went with this one as this is the one I have to thank for introducing me to the guy!

Honourable mentions: Taylor Swift – Blank Space (don’t judge. It’s catchy as hell!!), Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk, Tove Lo – Habits, Ben Howard – I Forgot Where We Were, Interpol – All The Rage Back Home, Band Of Skulls – Himalayan.


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