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Best Of 2014: Staff Lists


Our ever-expanding pool of contributors add a touch of humour to the end of year proceedings for the now obligatory staff lists.

Of all the lists compiled for our annual end of year formalities, the staff list is probably the one the core editorial team at Juno Plus enjoys putting together the most, allowing full scope to get creative. As with previous years, no boundaries were set when the request was sent to our team of contributors to deliver their own lists, and though all the submissions are music-related they do reflect the team’s diverse tastes. Once again the mooted ‘producers pets’ list didn’t arrive nor did the the proposed ‘Top bear & grime-related tweets from Bass Clef’ but the following selections should offer something a little more lighthearted for anyone experiencing end of year overkill.

Brendan Arnott: 10 records that come close to capturing the sad, occasionally beautiful, but-all-too-often-full-of-senseless-brutality year that was 2014

1. C.P.I – El Túnel / Proceso (Hivern Discs)
2. Lnrdcroy – Much Less Normal (1080p)
3. Aurora Halal ‎– Passageway (Mutual Dreaming)
4. Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
5. Objekt – The Stitch Up (White Label)
6. Joey Anderson – After Forever (Dekmantel)
7. Phork – High End (NNA Tapes)
8. FKA Twigs – Two Weeks / Pendelum 12″ (Young Turks)
9. ##### ‎– ##### (No ‘label’ – RHD-#####1)
10. Daywalker & CF – Supersonic Transport (L.I.E.S)

Chloe Frieda: 10 of my favourite experimental records of 2014

1. Alessandro Cortini – Sonno (Hospital Productions)
2. K. Leimer – A Period of Review (1975-83) (RVNG Intl)
3. Neotantrik – Omnichrom (Pre- Cert Home Entertainment)
4. Mike Weis – Don’t Know, Just Walk (Type)
5. Klara Lewis – Ett (Editions Mego)
6. Container – Adhesive (Liberation Technologies)
7. Rkss – Tunnel (Reject & Fade)
8. Beatrice Dillon – Blues Dances (Where to Now?)
9. Lewis – L’Amour (Light in the Attic)
10. Nico Motte – Rheologia (Antinote Recordings)

Emma Tucker: 10 times the video was as good as the track

1. Mattis Dovier for Plurabelle
2. Daniel Brereton for Erol Alkan
3. Joao Retorta for Moiré
4. Chad Vangaalen for Timber Timbre
5. Rachel Noble for Throwing Shade
6. Jesse Kanda for Arca
7. Lee Stringle for Odonis Odonis
8. Markkus Hofko for Flying Lotus
9. Murlo for Murlo
10. Metahaven for Holly Herndon

Flora Pitrolo: 10 past perfections which made the present perfect in 2014

1. Elektro Kultura – Elektro Kultura (Стотројка, 2014)
2. Bossa Luce – Cicli Siderali verso L’annientamento (Direct Cut, 2014)
3. Colin Potter – The First Six Albums (Integrated Circuit Records, 2014)
4. Victrola – Maritime Tatami (Dark Entries, 2014)
5. Ende Shneafliet – The Trumpett Years 1981-1983 (Vinyl on Demand, 2014)
6. Guyer’s Connection – Portrait (Minimal Wave, 2014)
7. Schleimer K – Schleimer K (Infrastition, 2014)
8. V/A – Electronic Jugoton: Synthetic Music from Yugoslavia 1964 – 1989 (Croatia Records, 2014)
9. Martial Cantarel – Austerton (Onderstroom, 2014)
10. Vogue – Sahara (Annalogue, 2014)

James Manning: Top 10 weirdo drum and bass, house, dubstep and techno tracks of 2014

1. Ena – Midair (Samurai Horo)
2. ASC – Loophole (Samurai Horo)
3. LXC – Vril Yo – (Alpha Cutauri)
4. Elemental – Scant (Alpha Cutauri)
5. Katsunori Sawa – Surface (The Weevil Neighbourhood)
6. Anthone – Breath (The Weevil Neighbourhood)
7. Club No-No & SVN – Untitled (A1) (SUED)
8. Ligovskoï – Labiate (Abdulla Rashim remix) (Dement3d)
9. Arrrgh – Slow Depression (Hidden Hawaii)
10. Late Echo Express – Untitled (A1) (Hidden Hawaii Sub)

Josh Hall: Shinichi Atobe’s Free Access Zones in order of preference

1. Free Access Zone 2
2. Free Access Zone 3
3. Free Access Zone 7
4. Free Access Zone 1
5. Free Access Zone 6
6. Free Access Zone 8
7. Free Access Zone 4
8. Free Access Zone 5

Matt Anniss: 10 breakthrough singles, albums and EPs that pushed their creators into the limelight

1. Jack J – Looking Forward To You (Mood Hut)
2. Ruf Dug – Magnetic Atmosphere (It’s A Lectric World)
3. Happy Meals – Apéro (Night School Records)
4. Andras & Oscar – Café Romantica (Dopeness Galore/Chapter Music)
5. Jay-L – Together (white)
6. Al Dobson Jnr – Rye Lane Volume 1 (Rhythm Section International)
7. D.K – Drop (Antinote)
8. Ninos Du Brasil – Novos Misterios (Hospital Productions)
9. Mo Kolours – Mo Kolours (One-Handed Music)
10. Panoram – Everyone Is A Door (Firecracker Recordings)

Matthew Kent: 15 floaters for 2014

1. Lejsovka & Freund – Mold on Canvas (Bark & Hiss)
2. Gigi Masin – Talk to the Sea (Music From Memory)
3. Sun An – Ice Cream Memory Card (Buena Vista Discography
4. Mura Oka – Auftakt (Latency Recordings)
5. Marble Sky – Marble Sky (Students Of Decay)
6. Lewis – Romantic Times (Light In The Attic)
7. Mittland Och Leo – Optimists (Jj funhouse)
8. Ø – Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings)
9. Mari Kvien Brunvoll – Everywhere You Go (Villalobos mixes) (Sei Es Drum)
10. Charcoal Owls – Tin Roofs (Night School)
11. Lawrence – A Day in the Life (Mule Musiq)
12. Sword of Jah Mouth – Invasion (Tuff Scout)
13. Paranoid Society – Metro Space Satellites (Alpha Cutauri)
14. Air – Music For Museum (The Vinyl Factory)
15. Papiro – Teopatia (Planam)

Oli Warwick: 10 excellent really long tracks

1. Karen Gwyer – “Lay Claim To My Grub” (No Pain In Pop)
2. Yør – “Lack Of Being” (Crème Organization)
3. Rene Audiard – “Cywillzacja Pt 2” (Blank Slate)
4. JTC – “Veronja One” (Bopside)
5. Aybee & Afrikan Sciences – “Deep East Suite Part 01” (The Call) (Deepblak)
6. Shackleton – “Vor Und Zur Acck” (Woe To The Septic Heart)
7. FiS – “Speech Spirits (Oren Ambarchi the nagger)” (Loopy)
8. Move D – “Willenios” (Off Minor Recordings)
9. Shinichi Atobe – “Butterfly Effect” (DDS)
10. Panoptique – “Boiler Broom” (Antinote)

Pietro Barbieri-h: Top 10 reissues of 2014 that’ll still blow your mind in 2024

1. Transllusion – The Opening Of The Cerebral Gate (Tresor)
2. Donato Dozzy & Nuel – The Aquaplano Sessions (Spectrum Spools)
3. Monoton – Monotonprodukt02 (Desire)
4. Muslimgauze – Chasing The Shadow Of Bryn Jones 83-88 (Vinyl On Demand)
5. Charles Hayward – Smell Of Metal (ΚΕΜΑΛ)
6. John Gibbs & The US Steel Orchestra – J’Ouvert (Tec Records)
7. Nana Love – Disco Documentary (BBE)
8. Gloria Ann Taylor – Deep Inside You (Selector Sound)
9. Rammellzee vs K-Rob – Beat Bop (Profile Records)
10. V/A – Anthology Of American Folk Music 1-4 (Light In The Attic)

Richard Brophy: 8 Albums and 12 12″s of 2014

1. Gesloten Cirkel – Submit X (Murder Capital)
2. Alessandro Cortini – Sonno (Hospital)
3. Juju & Jordash – Clean Cut (Dekmantel)
4. The Cyclist – Flourish (All City)
5. Population One – Theater of a Confused Mind (Rush Hour)
6. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)
7. Sumerian Fleet – Just Pressure (Dark Entries)
8. Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 (Workshop)
9. Silent Servant / Broken English Club – Violence & Divinity (Cititrax)
10. Gavin Russom – The Purge (Entropy Trax)
11. Whirling Hall of Knives – Comminute (Earwiggle)
12. Void Vision – Sour (Mannequin)
13. Ekman – Panzerkreuz 1015 (Panzerkreuz)
14. Fred Ventura – Don’t Give Up (Disco Modernism)
15. Buz Ludzha – Love Repetitive Rhythmics (All City)
16. Omar S – Romancing the Stone (FXHE)
17. Machinegewehr – Abhinada (Bordello A Parigi)
18. DJ Fett Burger & Luca Lozano – Hands of Doom (Sex Tags Ufo)
19. Musumeci – Tag Fuer Tag (Traxx Edit) (Mannequin)
20. The Hunt – Revengers of the Darkness (Giallo Disco)

Scott Wilson: Top 10 hypothetical club constructions

1. M.E.S.H. – “Scythians” (PAN)
2. Amnesia Scanner – “AS SEMBLY” (self-released)
3. Life Sim – “Carrion” (PC Music)
4. DAT Oven – “Icy Lake (Total Freedom remix)” (Night Slugs/Fade To Mind)
5. Mumdance, Logos and Rabit – “Inside The Catacombs” (Different Circles)
6. Bloom – “Vessel” (Crazylegs)
7. Sentinel – “Sliiingbraid” (self-released)
8. Holly Herndon – “Home” (RVNG Intl)
9. Tinashe – “2 On (Yung Gud remix)” (self-released)
10. Lotic – “From the Front” (feat. Dr. Luke, Rabit, Sugur Shane, DJ Karfox, Big Hud, Fat Pimp) (self-released)

Tony Poland: 10 questions that defined 2014 in no particular order

1. Where’s that new Black Sites 12” Bill?
2. Did Resident Advisor clone Andrew Ryce in a manner similar to this Michael Keaton classic?
3. Who is Bruce/TB Arthur/Rezzett?
4. Should I really buy those Diagonal Rave Tapes?
5. What the hell is this track Lena/Bankhead/BUFO?
6. Why are you sending me this mate?
7. Who did The Stitch Up?
8. Does the world need this much deep house/industrial techno?
9. Don’t you think this Traumprinz remix sounds like Moby?
10. Did you really retire Terrence?