You might've seen NME's Top 50 Albums Of 2014 and Tracks, by now. Here's the Top 10 individual album picks from NME staff - and listen to a playlist of tracks below. Laura Snapes, Features Editor 1. St Vincent - 'St Vincent' 2. La Roux - 'Trouble In Paradise' 3. Iceage - 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love' 4. Makthaverskan - 'II' 5. Ex Hex - 'Rips' 6. Aphex Twin - 'Syro' 7.
By now you'll have seen the list - the 50 mightiest anthems 2014 had to offer, topped by Future Islands' heartstring-ragging dancefloor lament 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' and propped up by songs from Caribou, Sharon Van Etten, Mac DeMarco, La Roux, FlyLo, Run The Jewels and more. No doubt some of you disagree with our picks and are rattling our inboxes with letters raging at the tracks that didn't make the cut as we speak.
Finally, a fitting way to listen to your Bloc Party vinyl collection. A Korean Lego enthusiast, known on YouTube as Hayarobi, has put together a working turntable using over 2400 Lego pieces. Hot on the heels of a dancing Lego version of Spongebob Squarepants, his creation uses a traditional phono cartridge but, other than that, is pure Lego. Impressive, right? Check it out below.
Looking through NME's 50 Top Tracks of 2014, one thing is clear: it's been a life-affirming year for music. From Future Islands' breakthrough 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' to the emergence of Fat White Family with seedy anthem 'Touch The Leather, St Vincent's crystallisation of the modern world in 'Digital Witness' to Run The Jewels taking it up a notch with 'Blockbuster Night Part 1', the list includes a variety of stone-cold classics to entrants we couldn't have predicted back in January. The return of Aphex Twin, for example. Caribou's career highlight album with 'Our Love'.
It's not unusual for things to go wrong during concerts. I'm thinking of Paul McCartney's grasshopper attack, the frontman of NY deathcore band Emmure getting electrocuted and rogue fans bum-rushing the stage at Justin Bieber's concert in Dubai. Random attacks can't be predicted, nor can technological malfunctions or natural disasters.