best songs of february 2014

The 20 Best Songs of February 2014

The best songs of the month, featuring St. Vincent, Future, Chad VanGaalen, Cousins and more.

- Mar 3, 2014
The Oscars may have been last night, but today Chart Attack has some trophies of our own, for the best songs of February 2014! They're made of our appreciation rather than gold, but which is more valuable, really?

Álauda, "HoneyPriest"

Alauda 'Honey Priest'

"...her gurgling contexts are filled with surprises and new discoveries in a well-plumbed field, and each new collection of joyously off-kilter sonics become a colony of new and vivid corals hiding beneath the silt."

Chad VanGaalen, "Where Are You?"

"Round and round it swirls in a cycle of frayed circuitry and stark, monstrous rhythm sections, like The Creature from the Black Lagoon just stepped behind a drum kit."

St. Vincent, "Prince Johnny"

St. Vincent "Prince Johnny" (OFFICIAL AUDIO)

"...brings memories of Actor with its dignified synthetic choirs interrupted by greasy guitar licks."

Future feat. Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino, "Move That Dope"

"Considering his mammoth hits with their oddball hooks, it’s sometimes easy to forget Future’s aptitude for purist pleasing verses. But surround him with lyricists, and he brings an impressive game while refusing not to have fun with it."

The Body & The Haxan Cloak, "Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain"

The Body - Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain [Official Audio]

"The despair contains distinct antechambers that progress in a downward spiral, from putrid and devastated techno into guitars that suddenly rend the track apart like a demon emerging from previously human flesh."

Hockeysmith, "But Blood"

Hockeysmith - But Blood

"On “But Blood,” the differences between reverbed beauty, electronic experimentation and sonic dissonance are matched wonderfully, and Hockeysmith are its master trackers..."

Shlohmo & Jeremih, "No More"

"Continuing the precedent set by "Bo Peep," it's a machine fuelled by rejection and frustration, metal grinding against metal within its engine as it expels toxic smoke over the lumbering track."

Todd Terje, "Deloreon Dynamite"

"It’s final battle music beyond house or pop, and with a very cinematic build to a blissful galaxy-saving coda that washes away any hint of empty retro fetishism."

Pure X, "Starlight"

"But as with everything Pure X, pain gets its day: it's present beneath the gently lapping guitar lines and retro pop falsettos, a wariness of being hurt again."

Woods, "Moving To The Left"

"...the song urges us to dive into its paisley depths, with the bed of scraggly noise constantly disturbing the plateaus of smoky, communal spirit."

Real Estate, "Crime"

Real Estate - How to play... Crime

 "...full of the wispy cloud licks the New Jersey band are known for."

Damon Frost, "sTEP-uP"

"On his new solo venture Damon Frost of Hearin’ Aid takes his abrasive funk to new levels, finding ecstasy in eardrum eviscerating noise."

Weaves, "Buttercup"

"All the yelling that never escaped your timid throat, Jasmyn Burke releases with the gusto of a shower session but the range of something far fancier and more public. Next to her, the song stretches itself taut against layer upon layer of unrestrained experimentation"

Cousins, "Mess"

"It’s a pep talk for taking on the universe that acknowledges its randomness...That it’s grounded in reality only makes the thick guitar lines that much more heartening, each chord another bullet we’ve deflected off our chests, with the band fortifying us from within their own hurricane."

Pussy Riot, "Putin Will Teach You How To Love"

Pussy Riot - Putin will teach you how to love / Путин научит тебя любить Родину

"According to a report in Billboard, “International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said the governor of the Krasnodar region has apologized for the attack on Pussy Riot.” He also said: “…it’s a shame if the Olympics is used as a political platform” and 'we saw the strong feelings, on both sides, these things can provoke.'"

Never Young, "Teenage Dræm"

"'Teenage Dræm' starts and ends with a noisy fusillade – something like 'cheese grater against detuned guitar.' It becomes a vice grip ever more tight against the muck-pop melodies within."

Evian Christ, "Waterfall"

"Not too dissimilar from the hardcore militarism of Randomer or Tessela, but a bit more epic in scope, thanks to a piano interlude soaked in hot motor oil and blistering angrily."

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean, "Sanctified"

"Sean provides a superb hook of palatial yearning that each rapper feeds off, sending Yeezus to look for God within bottle service rather than the church service, and Ross to become the 'fresh David Koresh.'"

Sd Laika, "Meshes"

"'Meshes' hijacks dollar store samples (brassy percussion, meditative chants) with avant-garde drones, and sets them to the beat of a Velociraptor in pursuit."

You'll Never Get To Heaven, "By This River"

"It’s more rarefied than anything on their great self-titled debut, pulled through the fog by an orchestra over the reliably affecting loops of bass and keys, tightly bound together while calling out to each other from some impenetrable distance."

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