Best of 2014

We took a bit of a break during 2014, but are back and swinging like Mayweather again now. What that meant is we didn’t keep you as up to speed as we’d like on the hot hitters of the year. Here’s a run down of our favourites.

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Royce Wood Junior – Midnight

Sublime vocals, one for a late night wind down. Bonus points for naming the TV stars of yesteryear in the video.

Leon Vynehall – Christ Air

We blogged about the album, this is the choice cut – beautiful.

Protoje – Who Knows feat. Chronixx

If this doesn’t make you want to head to Jamaica then there’s clearly something wrong with you. YEAH, OKAY!!!

Skepta – That’s Not Me

Guaranteed to shutdown any dance floor (listen to the follow up single). Skepta came through big in 2014.

Alessia – Here

Yeah you know this track, it started life as Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Rap II, revived by Portishead in their seminal track Glory Box and Tricky’s Hell Is Round The Corner.

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18 year old Alessia Caracciolo from Ontario, Canada gives it her own spin and boy does this give you the shivers. Haunting stuff from a hot young talent.

Mungo's Hi Fi feat. Charlie P – Society

Stalwarts of the UK reggae scene, Mungo’s Hi Fi from Glasgow, have shaken me to the core with their new track Society. Featuring the vocal talents of Charlie P, this is one of a number of big bass bangers on their new album – You See Me Star.

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This track took me back ten years to some good dubbing times during my early outings in London. Hopefully we’ll be hearing it a lot more this summer as the outdoor party season kicks off.

Maths Time Joy – Sanctuary

A new one on me, Maths Time Joy makes some rousing, sensual sounds and the new EP – Sanctuary is no exception. Think vocals from Inc, horn stabs and guitar riffage a la Jai Paul with poppy twiddles from AlunaGeorge.

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Pick of the tracks for me is After Hours feat. Flores but Cerulean is worth a listen too.

Set for release on 25 May, add to your Friday night post date mix for guaranteed succex!

JP Manova – Longueur d'Onde

Despite not understanding a word of what’s being said, I know I like JP Manova’s rehash of Pusha T’s – Numbers On The Board.

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There’s just something about French hip-hop that works, and this one’s definitely on my wavelength.