BEST OF 2014



In 2014, Ani Difranco offered us sweet optimism through soulful blues, neosoul, and jazz. Beck returned with mellow California folk covered in reverb. Hollie Cook’s blissful throw back reggae made my 1 year old daughter first find her rhythmic head bobbing last summer. Finally, Sinkane’s afro-beat electro-pop album revealed a new sound that was quick to impress.

Here are Modulation’s picks for 2014 by Allison Graves


Ani DiFranco

Allergic To Water  

“Dithering” “See See See See” “Woe Be Gone”


Morning Phase

“Morning” “Say Goodbye “Blue Moon

Hollie Cook


“Looking for Real Love” “Superfast” “Win or Lose


Mean Love

New Name” “Moonstruck” “Hold Tight



Arcade Fire Reflektor


Broken Bells After the Disco

“Holding On for Life”

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

“Hunter of Invisible Game”

Dan Croll Sweet Disarray

“Only Ghost”

Fink Hard Believer


Meshell Ndegeocello Comet, Come To Me


Nick Mulvey First Mind

“Fever To the Form”

Nickodemus & Quantic Chef

“Mi Swing Es Tropical (feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars)”

Phil Beaudreau Ether

“Won’t Get Away”

Röyksopp Running To the Sea

“Something In My Heart”

Spoon They Want My Soul

“Inside Out”

Sylvan Esso Sylvan Esso


The Breadwinners, City Culture & Stally As Far As I Can See (Disco Special)

“Far As I Can See (feat. City Culture & Stally) [Triple Discomix]”

TV on the Radio Seeds

“Happy Idiot”

Zero 7 On My Own

“Don’t Call It Love (12″ Version)

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