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2014 has been a pretty ripper year for music, seeing the emergence of new (and incredible) artists, the continuing domination of cult favourites and resurgence and unexpected comebacks. Not to mention U2 infiltrating our iPhones...

Words by

Giulia Brugliera


Chet Faker - Built On Glass

This is the one album that you couldn’t get away from this year. Then again, with a voice as smooth and soulful as Nick Murphy’s, why would you want to? Built On Glass is a blend of RnB and soul that is sometimes sexy and sometimes mournful and a brilliant debut from Aussie Chet Faker. 


 LP1 is an album beyond just the ethereal songs on it. The amazing cover art and haunting film clips showcasing Twigs exceptional look and dance moves (if you haven’t watched her Google Glasses video – go do it now) all form part of FKA Twigs very specific artistic vision.

Lil Kim - Hard Core

Queen Bee has been set on a triumphant come back throughout 2014. Aside from giving birth to an heiress, Royal Reign, and riding on a prolonged beef with Nicki Minaj to thrust her into the limelight, Kim has also dropped her long awaited comeback album. Dropped on September 11 for free, the mix tape saw Kim return to some of the lightning fast lyricism that established her as the queen of rap back in the '90s. Switching from reggae vocals to heavy electronic backdrops and featuring cameos from rappers such as French Montana and Cassidy, Kim’s long awaited sequel puts Hard Core as one of the best comebacks and albums of 2014.

Banks - Goddess

The dark darling exploded onto the music scene quite like none other we've seen. Her brooding, ambient music, heartfelt lyrics and delicate beauty proved to be a winning combination, stealing the hearts of the indie music scene as she continued to open her heart to theirs. She even listed her private mobile number on her facebook page, just in case anyone wants to talk.

bAnoffee - bAnoffee (EP)

This girl is everywhere and for good reason. The It Girl of the emerging music scene, Martha Brown aka bAnoffee makes music that, like her name, is purely indulgent. Her debut EP is a delicate mix of thoughtful, empowering and bold, and with lyrics like I'm a fucking ninja now, it's no wonder we can't get enough.


U2 Songs Of Innocence

So I’m sure you all remember waking up one day in September and thinking when and why the hell did I download a whole U2 album… That’s because the Irish band made a deal with Apple to force it onto everyone’s iTunes without our permission.

In response to the foreseeable anger and ridicule at this and in what seems like a self admission of their growing irrelevance the band maintained it was simply out of a desire to share their music with as many people as possible. Tip: If you want people to listen to your music, make it good- don’t force it into our faces.

The Kite String Tangle Vessel (EP)
Elizabeth Rose Elizabeth Rose (EP)
Sticky Fingers Land of Pleasure
Lykke Li I Never Learn
Remi Raw x Infinity

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It’s the fun, jaunty-pop we’ve come to know Arcade Fire for.
Looks like this New Orleans band has finally hit its stride.
On NYC, Panorama Music Festival and Brazillian poetry.
On music, long-distance relationships and supporting local talent.
A fat bunch of hits does not an album make.
An all-out glam rock album.
There's a certain charm about this album.
Musicians are advised to back up their music.
On band mates, women in music and overcoming stage fright.
Talking touring, Netflix and time spent at home.
Easygoing and atmospheric.
Is it wrong to want more?
A debut album four years in the making.
Frankly, not their best work.
A voice for the angry.
The little electro band that could.
The first single off her forthcoming album.
In an unannounced Australian capital city.
Is it still relevant to rap about gangsta shit?
*By a person who didn't really know her music until now
Talkin nail polish, EPs and the possibility of a Killing Heidi Reunion.
A little West Coast act doing big things.
The self-awareness sets her apart.
Strangely underwhelming.
Clearly a very personal album for frontman, Kele.
I didn't want this to be a hate letter....
That Rihanna reign just don't let up.
There's still nobody out there with a voice like this.
Us Y-chromosomer’s are falling behind the times.
A lush and detailed listen.
Confident and charismatic.
The best week of Melbourne's music year is on the horizon.
We heard everything...
Heading into darker, more abstract territory.
And launches new video, 'With Her'.
We get to know one of Melbourne's busiest musicians.
Talking The First Wives Club and GarageBand.
Madonna will bring her Rebel Heart tour to Australia next year.
Chet Faker will embark on a final celebration of his multi-platinum, chart-topping album Built on Glass.
Sweden, you’ve done it again.
Australian musicians are taking centre stage.
An album that is somehow both loud and indescribably quiet at the same time.
With all in- app purchases going to charity.
"The mid-song break down on the title track is still one of my favourite musical moments from recent memory."
"Oh, this is what feel good music is."
Dreamy pop tunes coming to you live.
Hoooooooooboy. Get ready to start planning your trip to Byron, the lineup for Splendour In The Grass 2015 is finally here.
One of the smoothest voices in Melbourne.
Returns to Australia for Vivid Live.
The hauntingly beautiful sounds of London Grammar hit Festival Hall.
It may not be groundbreaking, but this is definitely emotional enough.
It's like it's 2012 all over again and in a very good way.
Comfortingly few muscle tees.
Get ready for your next fave artist Australia.
Take those early high school years and turn them into a bratty pop record.
The Backstreet Boys are coming back, awright.
The singer/songwriter gears up to grace our shores.
Client Liaison are hitting the ground running in 2015.
Like we needed another reason to <3 her.
It's been a pretty spectacular year on the catwalk.
Polyvore's most popular this year.
Tumblr's most popular models of this year.
Is there anything more 'Melbourne' than a laneway party?
Absence must make the heart grow fonder, as Chet Faker announces an Australian Tour after a year of worldly adventure
Zoe Kravitz to hit Topshop Sydney this Friday
The label has unveiled its second campaign for Fall featuring a new breed of cool kids.
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Gorman is in a constant state of flux - but in a good way.
Actual great vintage tees without the hassle.
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Everyone the world over just amped up their squat regime.
We love the internet, especially the endless hours of shopping fun it provides us.
How can one person have so many talents? I mean, really.
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Listen Out have revealed their 2014 line-up.
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