So that was the year that fabulously was. A year in the Ouch House we’ll not forget. And a year perfectly soundtracked by the understated but never underrated. So if you want to treat the ears of those you love, here are our wonders of 2014. Go get. Queenie insists.
For those of you liking the kooky it had to be the majestic Metronomy’s Love Letters on Because Music, The Blue Collection on Eskimo Recordings, one play of Atella’s The Monster will make your heart will sing, or dip into the delightful PillowTalk’s Je Ne Sais Quoi on Wolf+Lamb, electronica of the blissful kind to blow your, well you know what we mean.
2014 was a year of right decent compilations with 10 Years of Crosstown Rebels and Get Lost VII mixed by Craig Richards on Crosstown Rebels, Moda Black Vol. III, Needwant:5Years, Late Night Tales complied by Bill Brewster for Nightshift and Fabric 76: Deetron ensuring the must-hear labels of 2014 were on fine form. As did Sankeys 20th Anniversary Album by Darius Syrossian which had us begging for the beast that is bigger than prince and our compilation of the year the phenomenal adventures of La Fleur on Watergate 16. So good we almost wore out our play button!
Add the wiggling wowser that is Detroit Swindle Boxed Out on Dirt Crew Recordings, Huxley’s impressive long-playing debut Blurred on Aus/!K7, the disco debauchery that is Horse Meat Disco IV on Strut Records and the enchanting Hercules & Love Affair’s The Feast Of The Broken Heart on Moshi Moshi and you have a sweet treat of a musical selection box.
As for our album of the year? It has to be the joyous The Night Is Young by The 2 Bears on Southern Fried. A true celebration of this thing we call life, it had us skipping to the woods in search of bear love. Connect to them and you connect to life – with a suitably glorious soundtrack. Enjoy and have a disco fabulous New Year.
Wildblood & Queenie’s Best of 2014 12”s
The 2 Bears Not This Time Southern Fired The woman done wrong song just got bear real. Perfection.
Horse Meat Disco Candidate For Love (Joey Negro Feelin’ Love Dub) Z Records One day all tunes will be made this way and Kate won’t stop grinning.
Hercules & Love Affair feat. John Grant I Try To Talk To You Moshi Moshi Records Those lyrics. That voice. That piano. That beautiful. That simple.
La Fleur Stella Watergate Records House deep yet delightful, a playful wonder we can’t get enough of.
Gay Marvine Lost In Music (Original Mix) Solardisco Records Who’d of thought Mr Green would complete our Pride celebrations with this anthem?
Mia Dora Jezebel Glasgow Underground It’s all about a groove. Oh and that sponge of a bassline.
Phil Weeks It’s The Inside That Counts Robsoul Recordings Nothing made Queenie get her DSD wiggle on like this beauty.
Hercules & Love Affair feat Krystle Warren My Offence (Detroit Swindle’s Anger Management Remix) Moshi Moshi Recordings The tune that made it okay to swear outrageously in public. Love it.
Brodanse Nobody Walks (Original Mix) Danse Club Records Divine and moody as hell tune (just how Wildblood likes it).
HNNY Tears (Original Mix) Local Talk This has Brighton’s Audio stamped all over it. Thanks for the many glorious years (and hangovers) Mr Holland.
Catch Wildblood and Queenie at Traumfrau Family Queermas Drama Disco on Friday 12th December.