With wide-reaching arms and hungry ears, each of our writers has compiled his or her top albums of the year, for you to peruse our eclectic, atypical, and only occasionally overlapping tastes. You'd be well-served to check out every single record here.
Vivian Hua - dance, indie, pop, psychedelic, electronic Troy Micheau - metal, electronic, experimental, ambient Jason Simpson - pop, soul, electronic, ambient Ian King - electronic, ambient, instrumental, pop Peter Woodburn - ambient, metal, garage, indie Judy Nelson - dance, electronic, indie, pop, hip-hop Albums of the Year 2014
FESTIVAL PREVIEWS COMPILED BY JUDY NELSON AND VIVIAN HUA
"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. This post features two indie electronic acts fronted by adorable females: Sweden's Little Dragon and Brooklyn's Friends.

 

Little Dragon

After the release of their understated 2011 album, Ritual Union, Swedish pop musicians Little Dragon are back with a brand new track, "Sunshine"! A recent trip to Sasquatch Festival in George, WA was largely underwhelming save for a few acts, and Little Dragon were definitely one of the standouts. Their charmingly innocent approach to experimental electronic music is made all the more impressive when one considers that they play every single part of their music live. No samples. "Sunshine" will be released June 28th via Peacefrog, in conjunction with Absolut Vodka (you can see a video related to that HERE). Included below is a J Boogie remix for "Crystalfilm", its original music video, and the band's upcoming tour dates. Little Dragon - "Crystalfilm" (J Boogie Remix)

 

Yet another Little Dragon-related post, but with more of a focus on Scott Hansen, also known as Tycho or graphic artist ISO50. His latest record recently came out on Ghostly International, and it certainly sounds music created by someone who knows how to craft a visually-evocative landscape. The music...

Remix City Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don't have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. After The Internet's recent release of the Cocaine EP featuring their track of the same name, The Internet is ready to share Swedish pop titans Little...