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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

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Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

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Great Ytene
Great Ytene

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Habibi
Habibi

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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. 

Morgan Delt
Morgan Delt

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Neneh Cherry
Blank Project

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Optimo
Dark Was The Night

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Pye Corner Audio
Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1-4

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Real Estate
Atlas

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Robert Turman
Beyond Painting

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Ruth White
7 Trumps From the Tarot Cards and Pinions

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Sun Araw
Belomancie

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Temples
Sun Structures

Listening to this album six years after release it is remarkable how fresh it sounds. The debut album from Kettering's finest Temples is a tour de force of '60s psych moves shot through with pounding modern day production techniques taking in bits of the Zombies, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly and Tame Impala. A truly great British guitar pop album that shouldn't be ignored. 

WOO
When The Past Arrives

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Ø (Mika Vainio)
Konstellaatio

‘Konstellaatio’, the 2014 studio album from the late Finnish electronic musician Mika Vainio under his Ø moniker, arrives on double-vinyl from the Sähkö Recordings label which was established by the artist himself back in 1993. It’s a bleak yet incredibly beautiful sonic experience, containing nine tracks of droning electronics that vary from dense to airy.