KCRW DJ’s Top Ranked Albums of 2014

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We posted all of our DJ’s Top 10 Albums of 2014, but here is a quick rundown of the top ranked albums according to KCRW’s talented tastemakers.

After years of staying under the radar while releasing a series of excellent remixes and solid singles, Norwegian producer Todd Terje finally gave us a full length. Obviously it was worth the wait, as it made it on 7 of our DJ’s Top 10 lists!

His album was followed closely behind by four incredible artists, selected by six DJs each. With Black Key’s Dan Auerbach as his producer, Ray LaMontagne made what is, perhaps, his best album since his striking debut. He tied with longtime favorite Beck, garage rock hero – and new Angeleno – Ty Segall, as well as Philly rockers the War on Drugs, who released a truly epic album.

All of them are solid listens through and through!


(Editor’s Note: Click on highlighted bands to find their KCRW live sessions!)

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time (Olsen) – 7

Ray Lamontagne – Supernova (RCA) – 6
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian) – 6
Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City) – 6
Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol) – 6
Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista/ Republic) – 5
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers (Matador) – 5
The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River (Harvest) – 3
Hollie Cook – Twice (Mr Bongo) – 3
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband (Loma Vista/ Republic) – 3
Clap! Clap! – Tayi Bebba (Black Acre Records) – 3
Jungle – XL – 3
Mac Demarco – Salad Days – 3