La Roux – “Sexotheque”
Some of the most satisfying pop of 2014. Period.
Lauryn Hill – “Black Rage”
If anyone could capture the narrative around race relations it’s Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Lowell – “Words Were The Wars”
Lowell’s melancholic, ambitious opener builds to a fever pitch before burning out.
Lykke Li – “No Rest For The Wicked”
Melancholia at its best.
Mary J. Blige – “Therapy”
London revived Blige’s career and produced one her best songs to date.
Mr Little Jeans – “Haunted”
Norwegian pop export ditches striking Arcade Fire covers for hook-heavy, guitar laden pop on her debut LP.
Phantogram – “Fall in Love”
Ethereal vocals over faltering grooves build on their enthralling major label debut single.
Phox – “Slow Motion”
A charming debut with the best clarinet solo heard in years.
Prince – “FUNKNROLL”
Prince teaches the kids a thing or two about funk, mixed with is trademark swagger.