Things You May Have Missed 2014 – Part 1

Music

With 2014 now behind us, it’s time to reflect on the year. Everyone has been putting together their top 10s and arguing over who has been the best but I’m not going to do that. You all know about the releases from Freddie Gibbs, Run The Jewels, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug etc. but what about all the people that got overlooked this year? That’s what this article is all about, shining a light on all the amazing music that hasn’t been fully appreciated.

I’ve included a Youtube link for each release (where possible) and I’ve put them all in to a playlist that you can access here.

I originally split this article in 2 but the site was loading way too slow so I’ve had to split it up in to 15 parts. Click here for part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6. The other 9 parts will be coming soon.

100s – Ivry

Holy mother of funk this is the god damn funkiest album I’ve heard in a very long time. Bringing P funk in to the future, 100s somehow manages to make music that is intensely nostalgic but forward thinking at the same time.

Free download here

9th Wonder – 9th Wonder Presents Jamla Is the Squad

A real treat for all you fans of soulful hip-hop with beats from 9th Wonder and Khrysis and raps from underground mainstays like Rapsody, Phonte and Masta Killa.

Buy it here

Akrobatik – Built to Last

After some serious health issues Ak is back and as fierce as ever with one of his most consistent projects yet.

Buy it here

Antwon – Heavy Hearted In Doldrums

Antwon blew my mind with his 2013 album In Dark Denim and this new project doesn’t disappoint. An eclectic mix of sounds and exciting production make this a really interesting listen.

Free download here

Apollo Brown – Thirty Eight

Apollo Brown further cements himself as one of the best beat makers in the game with this selection of intensely chunky, soul infused beats.

Buy it here

Apollo Brown and Planet Asia – Abrasions Stitched Up

These two have worked well in the past and continue that trend on this tasty little EP.

Buy it here

Ashli Orion – King of Nothing

Complex electronic beats on this great free mixtape.

Free download here

Ayatollah – Be Real Black For Me

Old school legend with a nice bunch of instrumentals and stellar guest vocals from the likes of Inspectah Deck and Anthony Hamilton.

Buy it here

Blackbear – The Afterglow

Syrupy sweet RnB with a dark after taste.

Buy it here 

Black Milk – Glitches in the Break

After such a long wait between AOTY and No Poison No Paradise it seemed likely we wouldn’t get anything new from Black Milk for a while but then he surprised us with this fantastic EP. As much as I loved his last LP this new offering is even better, the beats are sublime and the raps compliment it perfectly. With another full length release dropping later in the year Black Milk seems to be back in the swing of things, and that makes me a very happy man.

Buy it here 

Proceed to part 2.

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