I previously posted our top upbeat tracks from 2014, so here are our top downbeat tracks from 2014. This is actually a pretty dang good and coherant playlist even though I listed the tracks alphabetically by track title.
"Ain't got nobody" by Sísý Ey
An Icelandic act associated loosely with gusgus. A straight-ahead mellow thing with some beats. Nice.
"Automaton (feat. Braids)" by Max Cooper
Glitchy, moody, and full of ginger ale hiccups. Burp.
"A brain in a bottle" by Thom Yorke
The brain (in a bottle) behind Radiohead, Mr. Yorke suddenly dropped an album of moody little tracks that shuffle guiltily along the dusk line. This is my fave of the lot.
"Eleven (feat. Mohna)" by Christian Löffler
Another moody track (a theme in this list?). Sweetly moody.
"Fading nights (feat. Anna Naklab)" by Parra for Cuva
A straight ahead mellow and moody thing. Yawn. (But a good yawn.)
"Góða Tungl" by Samaris
Actually from a couple years ago but didn't hear it until a couple weeks ago while perusing a record shop in Reykjavik. Heard it. Bought it. Mesmerized...
"I feel safe" by AxH
Based on the low end, I don't feel safe at all. Drub-step.
"L" by Tyco
The entire album this track came from is rather wonderful, a sensual mix of guitars and electronics.
"Long Time (feat. Laëtitia Dana)" by La fine équipe
Soul music locked in a cave with David Lynch.
"Love is to die" by Warpaint
Ethereal guitars, shaky drums, and whispers... If you are vexed, Disco/Very from the same album is a great upbeat track.
"Notes" by Christian Löffler
This is a remarkable track, cinematic in that it vividly tells a story. I'm not sure what the story is, but I suspect it's about a pumpkin farmer.
"Parallel Jalebi" by Four Tet
chickachickachicka with ooo ooo ooo ahhh ahhh ahhh.
"Projects" by A/T/O/S
The entire album by A/T/O/S (aka A Taste of Struggle) this track comes from kicks the big butt. Sophisticated, smooth, and the farthest thing from a struggle to listen to.
"Shortcuts (Lulu Rouge remix)" by Trolle//Siebenhaar
I don't know what the original sounds like, but it doesn't matter since there's no way it could sound better than this. Slow, plodding, and enough low end to cause J-Lo to turn around and face you in shame.
"Teacups" by Sorceress
Smokier than a vape addict; smoother than melted butter.
"Water Me" by FKA Twigs
Oh no! You got Coco Rosie in my Sade!!!
"Youth" by Daughter
Quiet and nice, a girl and her guitar...