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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Subwayz Selectionz 2014 My Top Albums of 2014 2 Lone

My Top 30 Albums of 2014

2. Lone: Reality Testing: (R&S Records)

  1. First Born Seconds
  2. Restless City
  3. Meeker Warm Energy
  4. Aurora North Quarter
  5. 2 Is 8
  6. Airglow Fires
  7. Coincidences
  8. Begin To Begin
  9. Jaded
  10. Vengeance Video
  11. Stuck
  12. Cutched Under

To be quite honest, I don't know where to begin in expressing my admiration for this album? Reality Testing was released in June and is an absolute classic. I love breaks, and I have nothing but huge respect for what Matt Cutler has achieved here. Every time I listen to Reality Testing I want to hear it again and again. There is a positive uplifting tone to this LP which is just intoxicating. It's a combination of punchy old school breaks, that are centred around adeptly programmed keyboards, with incisive vocals that seems to capture the mood perfectly. I want make it perfectly clear that this album isn't exactly inventing the breakbeat techno wheel here. Breaks and techno have been done before. But what Matt Cutler has achieved, is that he has created a body of work that has character, and not only has it reinvigorated the genre, but it has been accomplished with a sense of originality, and panache. Reality Testing is phenomenal, and has had me in it's spell for quite a while.
Take a bow Lone.

My Standout Track: Aurora North Quarter
(It's been very difficult to single out a stand alone tune)

My Top 30 Albums of 2014
27. Sully: Blue (Keysound Recordings)
26. Actress: Ghettoville (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune)
25. Lenzman: Looking At The Stars (Metalheadz)
24. Throwing Snow: Mosaic (Houndstooth)
23. Ekoplekz: Unfidelity (Planet Mu)
22. Altered Natives: Sin Elevated Art (Eye4Eye Recordings)
21. Moire: Shelter (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune)
20. Wen: Signals (Keysound Recordings)
19. Objekt: Flatland (PAN)
18. Lucy: Churches Schools And Guns (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
17. Max Graef: Rivers Of The Red Planet (Tartelet Records)
16. Caustic Window: Caustic Window LP (Rephlex)
15. Vermont: Vermont (Kompakt)
14. Addison Groove: Presents James Grieve (50 Weapons)
13. Francis Harris: Minutes Of Sleep (Scissor & Thread)
12. Cristian Vogel: Polyphonic Beings (Shitkatapult)
11. Om Unit: Inversion (Metalheadz)
10. Todd Terje: It's Album Time (Olsen)
09. Eomac: Spectre (Killekill)
08. Copeland: Because I'm Worth It (Self Released)
07. Aphex Twin: Syro (Warp)
06. Answer Code Request: Code (Ostgut Ton)
05. HTRK: Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International)
04. Kassem Mosse Workshop 19 (Workshop)
03. Martyn: The Air Between Words (Ninja Tune)
02. Lone: Reality Testing (R & S Records)

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