We're half way done 2014 already! What else is half way finished we couldn't possibly know or measure? A lot of things, probably! Very important, nice things! But don't worry: the best songs of June 2014...they're just beginning.
"Using barely more words than its title, the track reckons with its vulnerability and draws strength from it. With that as a foundation, it's no surprise that layers of warm synths and bustling live drum kit rhythms turn ascendant, hiding nothing despite a smoky, underwater introduction."
"There's a slyness to the clip's frayed graphics and upside down city drive, not to mention the lush synth tune's link to the vaporwave's joyful obsolescence."
"I don't want to spoil TOPS's "Change Of Heart" video, but there's one very good zoom out of a dog."
"Lessons learned: love conquers death, and gas is just as expensive even if you're using it to burn a body."
"Exploding out from a shimmering nucleus of magical mystery gibberish, "Bruisers" has that sprawling, blinkered ecstasy of a rock opera."
"Texture plus heart multiplied by time equals #WeMadeIt."
"Wonky Jai Paul-ish distortion cradles her swelling keys and dance chart vocals like a kind giant, and together everything builds an emancipated air that's more ready to catch the Thailand sunrise than grovel."
"Set the dancey, weekend minded song as your alarm."
"[Taken from] The new project pulled from the amorphous, screaming hip-hop foundry featuring Björk on all eight tracks."
"Since his former mentor Vybz Kartel joined #TeamLightSkin and got locked up, Popcaan's become dancehall's best hope for a party-centric yet socially-conscious global takeover."
"The untitled record's first single owes a debt to the first minute of 'Little Red Corvette,' but makes a remarkable statement with aerated electronics and Ware's vocals, weightless yet utterly commanding like a horizon of thick clouds."
"...the track doesn't stagnate in the past genres of London electro the producer venerates. Instead, it takes that enthusiasm - embodied literally here in rave head exultations from Mark Leckey's Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore - and supercharges The xx producer's windswept dancefloor into a time-bending collage."
"I think of these songs as fictional nonfiction. I’m intensely connected to the stories, and they are true to me, but they’re not a retelling of my life’s facts. They’re a transformation of my reality, where the names are changed but the point remains the same. The more I believe them to be true, the more real they become. - Peter Silberman, lyricist in The Antlers"
"Shabazz Palaces lord over their own plane of hip-hop's outer regions, reserved for swamp mystics and Dilla fiends. So even if they're going to use Fruity Loops claps and jerk-y kicks as the base like they do on new potion "#CAKE," you know something different is going to crawl out from that regional mould."
"Like a fish that spits bubbles so you can't see how deep it's going, When I'm Weak, I'm Strong has a playful and cerebral effervescence that will appeal to your favourite uncompromising poptimist."
"A sumptuous if slightly anachronistic rollout for alternative pop's next left-field hope."
"What should I do while I listen? Burn your least favourite roommate's clothes and steal his car."
"Although her first album Pull My Hair Back also had its feet planted firmly on the dancefloor, 'You and Me' is grounded with a new and exciting urgency, pushing through any hushed moments with gleaming falsettos and washes of sparkly synths foaming across the shoreline."
"...a strain of ambidextrous pop music. It's in the spongelike production and fluttering yet assured vocals; it feels like anything could happen. Throw it on with some Björk and Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and you've got yourself a sandwich."