This record maintains a level of sophistication that no other album has this year and includes a number of standout songs. A fantastic record, and one in my view, that deserves to number one.
2. Milo Greene- Milo Greene
So near, yet so far. This record was my number one for most of the year, but fell at the final hurdle. This west coast pop rock band have produced a fine record filled with great songs, catchy riffs and lyrics to match. Only downside is its length.
3. The Kissaway Trail- Breach
A fantastic record from the Danish trio. It's been a few years since their last offering and after loosing a few members they have come back with an equally strong record this time round.
4. Sigur Ros- Kveikur
There aren't too many superlatives left to describe this album, but after taking time out, and losing members, Sigur Ros have come back bigger and better than before with their best album since Takk...
5. Local Natives- Hummingbird
The second record from the Los Angeles natives, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner was a corker to say the least. Nearly four years since the release of their debut, most people could be forgiven for forgetting about this band, but boy are they back.
6. Peace- In Love
A band from Worcester, who act like they are from Brooklyn. This is a debut that provides the swagger and rock n roll that a lot of indie bands lack.
7. Paul McCartney- New
Whatever you do, don't underestimate this record. Macca may have been on the tail end of some dodgy hits over the past decade, but this proves that working with the right people really does deliver.
8. Dutch Uncles- Out Of Touch In The Wild
The second coolest thing to ever come out of Marple, Dutch Uncles bring their typical time signatures to the mainstream with their toe tapping third record.
9. Everything Everything- Arc
Everything Everything returned this year with a sophisticated indie record that put them well on the road to success. This singles filled album is one that has seen their song writing improve tenfold.
10. White Denim- Corsicana Lemonade
Amazingly, their sixth album, this is a record that saw White Denim take a leaf out of The Black Keys book of success. A change from their usual sound to a catchier indie rock that, the masses want. A band to watch on the rise in 2014.
4. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
5. Spector, Enjoy It While It Lasts
6. David's Lyre, Pictures Of Our Youth
7. Beach House, Bloom
8. Field Music, Plumb
9. RoloTomassi, Astraea
10. Django Django, Django Django
Top Ten Gigs
Beach House, London Roundhouseâ€¨â€¨
Hot Chip, Southampton Guildhallâ€¨â€¨
Race Horses The Lexingtonâ€¨â€¨
Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Southampton Cellarâ€¨â€¨
Rolo Tomassi, Xoyoâ€¨â€¨
Spector, 100 Clubâ€¨â€¨
Ed Harcourt, Cecil Sharp Houseâ€¨â€¨
Guillemots, Village Undergroundâ€¨â€¨
Jake Bugg, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Bombay Bicycle Club, Portsmouth Guildhall
â€¨Top Ten Festival performances
Richard Hawley, No Direction Home
The Low Anthem, Truck Festival
Pulled Apart By Horses, XFM All-Dayer, Camden Barfly
â€¨Django Django, No Direction Home
Peace, Dot-to-Dot Nottinghamâ€¨â€¨Alt-J, Bestival
Mystery Jets, Truck Festival
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Bestival
Willis Earl Beale, Bestival
Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, No Direction Home
Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hoves of Destiny, Lilliput
â€¨Best Musical experience of the year:
The BSP Krankenhaus club night series. We went to all 7 Brighton events, each one a different eclectic mix of bands and fun, including an early view of some up n coming 2012 bands like Palma Violets, and Savages first ever live performance.
â€¨Most disappointing musical experience of the year:
Getting to Lucy Rose gig a bit late at Winchester Railway and getting stuck at the back with the chattering Winchester youth.
How To Watch The Olympics
The montage of film clips screened by Public Service Broadcasting as a backdrop to their fantastic live sets