Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Songs of 2014: #5-4

#5. "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F*ck)" - Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P's sophomore release set the rap game on fire this year. Entering what I like to think is the second golden age of hip-hop, these kinds of relentless, socially-charged releases are just adding to the heaps of exceptional beats. In what can only be described as an epic comeback for Rage Against The Machine frontman Zac De La Rocha, this fierce standout track has every bit of vim and vigour that a classic diss track should have. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy hip-hop of the hardcore variety, there's no way you won't appreciate this verbal smack down.

#4. "Color Decay" - Júníus Meyvant

Although it hasn't landed at #1, it's safe to say this might have been my favourite song of 2014. And, chances are, not many people have heard it yet. Between the poetic lyrics, full brass section and the fact that this is the Icelandic folk artist's first and only single, I'm blown away at the potential he has, and my limitless appetite for this beautiful new classic. "Straight up right now/ Is so wonderful," sings Meyvant with his hushed, handsome rasp, and, although he's singing about love - it's almost as if he's narrating how this outstanding single has kickstarted the beginning of what will inevitably be a long, fruitful career.

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