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25 of our favourite things in 2014 so far

OK, so it's only April BUT there have already been a host of lovely new records out and it's too easy to forget them all by the time the end-of-year lists come around. So we've quickly chosen 25 records that have caressed our ears in the first few months of 2014. In no particular order, then, here's the stuff we've been most impressed by so far this year. Head over to Twitter or Facebook if you want your say! Oh, and do check out our Top 25 Bestsellers of 2014 (so far) too...
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Cheatahs
Cheatahs

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Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions

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EIAFUAWN
Birds In The Ground

Probably the best alt/lo-fi guitar album of the last ten years. Yet unheard by probably 99.9% of the population. Yeah these descriptions aren't supposed to be too opinionated but despite the awkward name and barely there profile, EIAFUAWN have made an album that surely will be adored by those who heard it. Think something between Tortoise, Elliot Smith, and Modest Mouse and will brilliant inventive songs throughout. Don't say we didn't tell you. 

Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

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Great Ytene
Great Ytene

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Habibi
Habibi

Classic girl group stuff from Habibi who you'd think from the name and the artwork were a kind of world music thing but they are actually four lasses from New York making music in the style of Vivian Girls, Shangri Las and Frankie Rose.  Post punk lo-fi pop with a Motown edge. What is not to love?   

Helm
The Hollow Organ

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Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL
Only Lovers Left Alive OST

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Mac DeMarco
Salad Days

I have a feeling that Mac DeMarco may be a fan of Minor Threat. Because who actually uses the phrase 'Salad Days' any more? This is his second album proper, featuring more of that incredibly casual and personable crooning that he's built his career on. DeMarco is the sort of musician who seems to be enjoying himself so much that it's difficult not to get swept up by it. 

Metronomy
Love Letters

To this writer (and please forgive my bias) this was their best record. Predecessor The English Riviera may have had the consistently great tunes and dance-pop moves that saw it reach near iconic status but Love Letters was a more out-there experimental work that ranged from Motown pop (the title track) to introspective yearning (I'm Aquarius) to superb shimmering jangle pop that brought to mind the likes of Love and the Teardrop Explodes. Not particularly a fan favourite it seems but Love Letters is a diverse and fascinating document. 

Neneh Cherry
Blank Project

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Pye Corner Audio
Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1-4

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Real Estate
Atlas

Real Estate were really on fire around the turn of the...um...noughties to the tens. They'd already made the magnificent Days album  - a decade best surely but Atlas was no slouch either honing their particularly lovely brand of guitar pop and providing enough jangle to fill even the longest summer day. Utterly gorgeous sun dappled guitar music for fans of Felt, the Smiths, the Feelies, R.E.M etc.   

Robert Turman
Beyond Painting

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Ø (Mika Vainio)
Konstellaatio

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