2014 is almost over – yeah I know, already! – and while you have no excuse for not having checked out NME’s albums of the year yet, it’s perfectly understandable that you’ve missed some of the year’s best debuts. Let’s put that right now: we start with Yvette – ‘Process’, a beautiful, raucous noise record made by two boys in Brooklyn.
Dapper young gentleman William Doyle, known to the musical intelligentsia as East India Youth, released his sublime debut ‘Total Strife Forever’ back in January. It’s smart, warm and strange electronica that you shouldn’t miss.
Summer jams met jangly melancholy on Toronto band Alvvays' impressive self-titled debut. It was Alvvays on repeat round the NME office, let us tell you.
New Orleans newcomer Benjamin Booker's debut lives and breathes the Deep South, from the Chuck Berry references (most effective on opener 'Violent Shiver') to the slower, more hushed tones of 'I Thought I Heard You Screaming', which sees Booker take his vocal cues straight from Bobbie Gentry's late-’60s peak.
Canadian band Single Mothers violently attack students, drugs and human nature on their bile-splattered debut 'Negative Qualities', but we won't hold that against them.
Debut LP ’18 Hours Of Static’ managed to capture the frenzied nihilism of Brooklyn band Big Ups' stunning live shows - no mean feat.
The Bronze Medal's debut 'Darlings' didn't get the attention it deserved this year; their anthemic, emotionally raw brand of National-style indie rock deserved a lot more.
Furious Glaswegians The Amazing Snakeheads fused rockabilly, goth, blues and garage on their dark debut 'Amphetamine Ballads' - and it, coupled with their incendiary live shows, won them a place on next year's NME Awards Tour.
Aussie cult folkster Ry X, Grammy-nominated British producer Adam Freeland and LA's Drake and The Weeknd collaborator Steve Nalepa came together as The Acid to push boundaries with field recordings, bass music and indie torch songs on 'Liminal'.
Montreal's Ought released this excellent debut in April - and then promptly followed it up with 'Once More With Feeling' in October. Both delivered humour, eccentricity and reckless punk clatter.
Brooklyn label Godmode's latest success was this impossible to ignore debut from Courtship Ritual - 'Pith'.
Mac DeMarco tourmate Juan Wauters released idiosyncratic debut 'North American Poetry' this year, which channels Jonathan Richman and is packed full of sharp lyrics that live up to the title.
Down in Auckland, Trust Punks – who had formed from the ashes of an indie-pop band called Grass Cannons – took the gnarled influence of the likes of Women to heart on their debut 'Discipline'.
Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls came together to each write five songs of this, their self-titled debut LP together.
Philadelphian bedroom musician Alex G mixes dusty lo-fi and warm electronics on his debut LP 'DSU'.
Fans of dreamy, soulful indie-pop should tune in to 'Conversations', the captivatingly delicate debut by Cumbria's Woman's Hour.
Leeds newcomers Adult Jazz's eclectic streak shone through on experimental debut 'Gist Is'.
Harlem-based hip-hop trio Ratking tell dark tales from New York's grimy underbelly on debut 'So It Goes'. King Krule is among the guests.
As members of New York band The Men, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi make loud, rootsy punk. The debut album from their Dream Police side project explores psych-rock and makes for a heady departure.
Revolving around a core duo of Super Furry Animals member Guto Pryce and partner Lindsey Leven, Gulp distil SFA’s flashes of psychedelic sunshine into glistening droplets of rainbow-hued pastoral pop.
The Balkan barnstormer Dena delivers with aspirational hipster rap and programmed beats on debut 'Flash'.
New Yorkers Haerts' debut album 'Giving Up' featured the sort of hyper-speed emotive pop fans of Haim will adore.
Ambient and anxious pop forms Brighton group Fear Of Men's debut 'Loom'.
“What if I never even see you 'cos we’re both on a stage”, sings 25-year-old LA singer Jillian Banks on ‘Waiting Game’, setting the mood for her brooding, beguiling debut 'Goddess'.
Bullies, bastards and bullshitters beware, Glasgow's Honeyblood have cooked up 40 minutes of sonic chemical castration and they're coming for every lover and loser that's ever fucked them over.
Oxford four-piece Glass Animals are signed to super-producer Paul Epworth's new label Wolf Tone and sit somewhere near Alt-J, Wild Beasts and 'In Rainbows'-era Radiohead in pop class.
Ultra-lo-fi, but Happyness' 'Weird Little Birthday' is nonetheless stuffed full of rich melodies and arch lyrical observations.
Grunge and classic Pavement tunes get filtered into Porches' 'Slow Dance In The Cosmos'.
Nottingham singer Ronika gives her obvious '80s influences a fresh twist on her debut LP 'Selectadisc'.
Donovan Blanc is a wannabe heart-throb who spends Friday evenings looking for ladies to photograph naked in his flat. At least that’s how New Jersey musicians Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab, formerly known as Honeydrum, describe the character they invented for their new project.