KS: Best of 2014 Playlist

Ah 2014….what can I say about you: a year of emerging female vocalists, dream pop, “feelings” music, deep[er] house w/ a 90’s and 80’s twist, rap always, some good indie rock, more pop/unst unst, and a healthy amount of contemporary/funky/classical beat-making (yum, my fave).

Pharrell’s “Happy” was definitely played at LEAST once at every gathering of any mass of humans, around the world. Go P.W. Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor was “All About That Bass”….yadda yadda yadda…”I am Lorde Ya Ya Ya”…..

But on to the good stuff…..

I’ve put together a playlist of 20 songs from my favorite albums, artists, and experiences of 2014: Some songs represent amazing full albums and break out artists you’ll need to check out, while others stand awesomely on their own. A few in there I had to include as they mark significant moments in my year. But all are songs that have been released in 2014. oh, and Drake.

Honorable mention goes to Pharrell’s “Happy”, Kiesza’s “Hideaway”, and Iggy x Charli XCX’s “Fancy” (yea, I had to) as they were undoubtedly significant players this year. I didn’t include them in the playlist, because, well, I just don’t need to make you listen to those songs for the billionth time/I care about your ears….and sanity.

(boring side note: I had to go with Spotify vs. SoundCloud this year because 1. they had more of the songs/artists I wanted to add and 2. SoundCloud appears to have deleted my 2013 playlist (oh the sadness). Of course, as you indie music lovers know, not everything we love and peep on the blog streets through SoundCloud are avail on the law-abiding Spotify; so not ALL my 2014 faves could be in one playlist.)

Without further adieu…..whether you’re turnt, in chill mode, dancing, or crying; I hope you discover something new and for you:

(In the next few days I will be posting Top 10 of 2014 Lists: Albums and Breakout Artists, so stay tuned!)

Thank you all for listening and your support!

It’s been REAL 2014. Peace Out. XOXO

The Way She Moves by Tenru

it’s just so pretty and vibey and sexy

[can’t wait for more tenru!]

The Way She Moves by Tenru on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

The Rhythm by MNEK

it’s the sweetest sensation

[deephousegame]

The Rhythm by MNEK on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

No Tv No Radio – For A Minute

xxyyxx about you much?

all good, i’m still down with this piece coming to us from new talent in belgium. he’s got more fun on his soundcloud. will be watching out for more no tv no radio!

No Tv No Radio – For A Minute by No Tv No Radio.

Jessie Ware – You & I Forever (SG Lewis Remix)

can’t you see it?

it’s forever

[sexified]

Jessie Ware – You & I Forever SG Lewis Remix by SG Lewis on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

Van Gogh by Milwaukee Banks x Andrei Eremin

i paint a picture for them haters who go and steal my brush

[lupe fiasco vibes]

Van Gogh Milwaukee Banks x Andrei Eremin by Milwaukee Banks on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

Panther by Made In Heights

feel you get closer now

much closer then you’ve been

but i need you in my arms

my eyes

my soul

my sunlight skies

i need you my life

Panther by Made In Heights on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

Stand For [Produced by Diplo & DJ Dahi] by Ty Dolla $ign

i’ll stand up witcha

Stand For [Produced by Diplo & DJ Dahi] by Ty Dolla $ign.

Liz – Don’t Say feat. Tyga (Beshken Remix)

i don’t wanna walk; i wanna fly

maybe this time we can make it work

ain’t nuthin’ to talk about

[yee LIZ]

Liz – Don’t Say feat. Tyga Beshken Remix by Beshken.

Flight Facilities / Lido – Two Bodies Ft. Emma Louise (Myles.William Remix)

Flight Facilities pretty with an r&b/hip hop twist by Myles.William

Flight Facilities / Lido – Two Bodies Ft. Emma Louise Myles.William Remix by Myles.William.

Catching Flies – Solid Steel Radio Show 14/11/2014 Part 1 + 2 (Ninja Tune)

my queen, you’re my sun

don’t leave, it’s just begun

[catching flies never fails; always 100% on point]

Solid Steel Radio Show 14/11/2014 Part 1 + 2 – Catching Flies by Ninja Tune on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

I Don’t Need Another Lover by Billie Black

from the conception to the close

Billie Black – I Don’t Need Another Lover by Billie-Black.

Can’t Stop Ft. Kanye West by Theophilus London

to grow old in my arms

oh girl

take all, can’t stop

my love

vibes!

[theophilus’s new album Vibes! was produced by Kanye; looking forward to scoping it]

Can’t Stop Ft. Kanye West by TheophilusLondon on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

Got It by Marian Hill

i got this thing

gonna break down

[simple break downs but it totally makes you want to get down]

Got It by Marian Hill on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

Doubt by Kele Okereke (Album Out Now: Trick)

please check out Kele’s new album Trick (released 10/13/14). You might know Kele as the lead singer as Bloc Party. His solo project takes a darker, deeper, housey’er approach, and I like it.

Doubt by Kele Okereke.

Frank Ocean’s Swim Good – Tincture Cover (Silo Arts & Records)

new spin and bringing some good FO back

Swim Good – Frank Ocean Tincture Cover by Silo Arts & Records.

[#BANDTOWATCH] BROODS – Four Walls

[been keen on broods for a bit, and today they released their new album Evergreen. The producer is the same man behind Lorde’s Pure Heroine, which you will definitely hear hints of throughout Brood’s new album. I say they are the London Grammar of 2015.]

fallen at the hand of a perfect man

BROODS – Four Walls by BROODS on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.

ODESZA – Say My Name (Slow Magic Remix)

slow magic this remix is. thank you.

[ft. slow magic’s dad on the strings! so hawt.]

ODESZA – Say My Name Slow Magic Remix by Slow Magic.

MØ – Walk This Way (SLOWOLF Remix)

all my life, i step to the rhythm

MØ – Walk This Way SLOWOLF Remix by _MØ_.

another previously blogged remix: http://konstantsurprises.com/2014/08/02/mo-walk-this-way-alle-farben-remix/

Kiasmos – Bent [Erased Tapes Records]

[go and go and go

drive and drive and drive

forward forward forward]

Kiasmos – Bent by Erased Tapes Records.

Watch Gorgon City Perform on Pioneer’s DJsounds Show

omgawd they the next big thing. get at them deep house vibes.

Watch Gorgon City Perform on Pioneer’s DJsounds Show | DJcity News – Music and news for DJs and producers.

Kendrick Lamar – i

[sorry to say, but will.i.am much? that #mainstream life]

“i love myself” – kendrick

Kendrick Lamar – i by TopDawgENT on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds.