Best albums of 2014: top 10

(Clockwise from top left) Damon Albarn, Kelis, St Vincent, Little DragonHere it is. The final countdown. We’ve had club bangers, blazing rap debuts, plenty of pop and atmospheric opuses. But the best is yet to come from albums that challenge the social order, boggle your mind and take you to new plains.

10. Jungle – Jungle
9. MØ – No Mythologies to Follow
8. Essa – The Misadventures of a Middle Man
7. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
6. Broken Bells – After the Disco
5. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
4. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
3. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
2. Kelis – Food
1. St Vincent – St Vincent Continue reading

Kelis review – a twist of triumphant soul

Somerset House, LondonKelis @ Somerset House, London, July 14, 2014, by Aaron LeeShock attraction isn’t Kelis’ style. And touring material for her latest album, Food, you get the sense that her biggest obstacle has been getting those hungry for the days of her reign as queen of the alternative bad girls to quit jilting her and get with the vibe. Her collection of soulful vignettes has been well received, and at Somerset House she exhibited exactly the confidence that has seen her win crowds and remind listeners just why they feel in love with her in the first place. Continue reading