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5 Of The Best Debut Albums of 2014


Although It’s not quite the end of 2014 yet, we thought it appropriate to put out this list before we hear Christmas songs all day every day for a month, eurgh! These are 5 of the best Albums released this year from up & coming artists that you should definitely know about, plus some others we thought were also notable.

5. Glass Animals - Zaba

4 Piece from Oxford signed to ‘Wolf Tone’, new label from renowned Producer Paul Epsworth (Florence & The Machine, Adele). The sound of this album can only be described somehow as ’culturally rich’ incorporating elements of percussion that sound as if they were plucked straight out of the East or Africa and combined with soulful vocals and intricate, well thought through timing and rhythm. Plus our favourite track ‘Pools’ reminds us of the Lion King and we everyone loves the Lion King, listen below and you’ll see what we mean:
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4. FKA Twigs - LP1 
Tahliah Barnett started her career as a backup dancer and pushed her way to the forefront of media talk as one of the most talked about emerging British artists of 2014 with her debut ‘LP1’. This for us is not only one of the best debut’s of 2014 but one of the bravest in past years and probably years to come. It’s delicate, cutting-edge, experimental and heart-felt. you’ve probably heard this track on the radio whilst out shopping or in the car, listen to ‘Two Weeks’ below:
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3. Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Another addition to the trend of emerging girl rock bands alongside the likes of Haim & Warpaint. What we love about the debut from Glaswegian duo Honeyblood is it’s simplicity to draw from past genres including grunge and indie rock and make it contemporary without really changing anything.  This is a collection of simple pop songs with unorthodox vocal hooks laced with huge gritty guitar chords and the fattest sounding bass drum you’ve ever heard. we love this slightly softer track ‘Super Rat’ listen below:
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2. Sohn - Tremors 

This release managed to generate a lot of hate from Hipster-centric media company ‘Pitchfork’ for taking influence from music that was too current. Yes there are obvious influences from indie producers like James Blake, but there is definitely a more personal spin on it. this record sounds somewhere in between James Blake and contemporary R&B acts, with just enough irregular beats and alternative percussion to dub it ‘indie’ but catchy and textured enough to make it that bit more commercial than ‘Overgrown’ (Second album from James Blake) which we think, is not a bad thing! listen to Lessons below:

 

 
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1. Childhood - Lacuna
Lead Vocalist, Ben Romans-Hopcroft, described this record essentially as a coming of age type thing. It’s about growing up in South London with a rather blasé attitude about life and kind of realising that, actually, everything isn’t perfect. On first listen you this wouldn’t be your initial reaction to a whats sounds like a light hearted indie record containing shimmery synths backing, soft vocals and clean floaty guitar lines. But like past indie greats Bombay Bicycle Club there is an underlying solemn tone throughout, which becomes evidently clearer the more and more time you give this album. listen to ‘Falls Away’ below: 
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Other noteable debuts: 
Superfood - Superfood
Skaters - Manhattan
Naomi Punk - Television man
JAWS - Be Slowly
The Family Rain - Under The Volcano
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