05) The Acid – Liminal
Teaming up with Grammy nominated British producer Adam Freeland and Drake collaborator Steve Nalepa, Australian troubadour Ry X dropped the introspective folk for fragmented dubstep on this intriguing record under the guise of The Acid. A curveball it may be, but Liminal is a beautifully imaginative after-hours affair whose slow-burning charms unfold with each listen.
04) Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Released just a few months after their underwhelming joint E.P. with Robyn, Norwegian duo Royksopp quickly returned to form with a typically engaging blend of melancholic electro and throbbing synth-pop which left you thinking that they may have called time on the conventional studio effort just a little too prematurely.
03) I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro
Released way back in mid-January, the first great dance album of 2014 found I Break Horses frontwoman Maria Linden taking full control of the band with breathtaking results. Indeed, eschewing the My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze of their debut in favour of recapturing both the glamour and the melancholy of the early 80s electro scene, Chiaroscuro was a master class in reinvention.
02) FKA Twigs – LP1
Previously a backing dancer for Jessie J, 26-year-old Tahlia Barnett left the “Price Tag” star trailing in her wake with a mesmerising blend of seductive R&B, avant-garde pop and ghostly electronica that drew favourable comparisons with everyone from Aaliyah to Bjork.
01) Caribou – Our Love
After building a career on the kind of psychedelic electro jams that were almost impossible to dance to, producer Dan Snaith decided to engage the feet as much as the heart with an exquisitely produced flirtation with the mainstream which proved that when it comes to club music, accessibility and intelligence needn’t be mutually exclusive terms.