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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Youmna Saba

In no particular order:

– Billie Holiday: Rare West Coast Recordings
– Arvo Pärt: Arbos
– Fawzi Sayeb: Taqasim
– Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti: Bach Violin Concertos
– Kyung-So Park: Be My Neighbour

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Serge Yared (The Incompetents)

Albums:

1. Hobocombo: Moondog Mask
2. Scott Walker & Sun O)))): Soused
3. Richard Reed Parry: Music For Heart & Breath
4. Perfume Genius: Too Bright
5. Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love To London
6. Aphex Twin: Syro
7. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde: High Life
8. Baxter Dury: It’s A Pleasure
9. Chuck E Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss
10. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Cold World

Reissues:

1. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. Jon Hassell & Brian Eno: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
3. Bob Dylan & The Band: The Complete Basement Tapes
4. Various artists: C86
5. Captain Beefheart: Sun Zoom Spark 1970-1972
6. Yo La Tengo: Extra Painful
7. Ariel Kalma: An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings 1972-1979)
8. The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
9. Led Zeppelin: III
10. Craig Leon: Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos/Visiting

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Charlie Rayne

In no particular order:

– The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream
– Mac Demarco: Salad Days
– Rachel Glassberg: …And Other Disasters: Home Recordings
– Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness
– Sun Kil Moon: Benji
– Robert Leslie: A Shard Of The Mosaic
– Featherweights: S/t
– Youmna Saba: Njoum
– Future Islands: Singles
– Martha Rose: Behind Our Eyes

+ Reissue:
– Lewis: L’amour (1983)

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

FAREEQ EL ATRASH

John Imad Nasr

In no particular order:

– El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2
– Black Milk: If There’s A Hell Below
– Seun Kuti: Long Way To The Beginning
– Original soundtrack: Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol.1
– Royce The 5’9” & DJ Premier: PRhyme
– Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata
– Satti : Food Idea EP
– The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
– El Rass & Munma: Adam, Darwin & The Penguin
– Wu Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

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Edd Abbas

10. Common: Nobody’s Smiling
Not your typical Common album, he uses a very serious attitude and a much darker approach than usual; the album is produced by NO I.D, who had previously worked on lots of singles but never on an entire album

9. The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
This is the follow-up to the concept album released last year, entitled “Undun”; not a bad sequel at all, it leaves you wanting more because of its short length, worth listening to

8. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!
Fly Lo is always experimenting and trying to take it to another level; if you’re into TripHop, Experimental Hiphop and ambiant/electro music and all about new sounds, that’s your album

7. I Am Legion: I Am Legion
If you’re into Grime, heavy basslines and fast rhyming, this is one of those albums you should check out

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist: FASH-ionably Late
This is for Hip-Hop Heads; sick rhyming on top of beats by the one and only Alchemist, this is a must!

5. Jhene Aiko: Souled Out
A very soulful voice coming out of the new school, very smooth and chilled album; strictly for late nights!

4. Dilated Peoples: Directors Of Photography
Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu got back together after almost 7 years to hit us with a Bomb; whether you’re a fan or not, you gotta check this out

3. Mobb Deep: The Infamous Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep took us back to the 90’s with this album; if you grew up in the Golden era, this one is for you!

2. Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence): Lord Steppington
This was album of the year for me as soon as it came out, until J-Cole’s album dropped; the long awaited collaboration between Hip-hop giants Evidence & Alchemist dropped early this year, and it was the only thing I was listening to for 3 months; this album is a must!

1. J-Cole: Forest Hills Drive
Best album you can get this year, from production to lyrical content; this album is J-Cole’s best work till now, hands down

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

WANTON BISHOPS

Eddy Ghossein

In no particular order:

– Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
– Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
– Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Temples: Sun Structures
– Jack White: Lazaretto

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Nader Mansour

In no particular order:

– Brian Jonestown Massacre: Revelation
– Mamani Keita: Kanou
– Majid Bekkas: Al Qantara
– Jack White: Lazaretto
– Dirty Three: Toward The Low Sun
– Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away + Abattoir Blues
– Grinderman: Grinderman 1 + 2
– Soft White Sixties: Get Right
– Tinariwen: Emaar

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

MASHROU’ LEILA

Firas Aboufakher & Carl Gerges

In no particular order:

– Jungle: S/t
– Sbtrkt: Wonder Where We Land
– Chet Faker: Built On Glass
– Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Hans Zimmer: Interstellar OST
– Wild Beasts: Present Tense
– Feu Chatterton: Chatterton
– Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
– Taylor Swift: 1989

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Haig Papazian

In no particular order:

– David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant
– St. Vincent: S/t
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Jungle: S/t
– La Roux: Trouble In Paradise
– Lykke Li: I Never Learn
– Wild Beasts: Present Tense
– Owen Pallett: In Conflict
– Christine & The Queens: Chaleur Humaine

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE

Hassib Dergham

In no particular order:

– Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
– The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream
– Beethoven: Symphony 7, Allegretto (mvt 2)
– David August: Epikur
– Snarky Puppy: We Like it Here
– Tame Impala: Lonerism
– Fat Freddy’s Drop: Slings And Arrows
– Men Without Hats: The Safety Dance
– Sigur Rós: Takk… + The Rains of Castamere + Àra Bàtur at Abbey Road Studios
– Jack White: Lazaretto

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Wassim Bou Malham

In no particular order:

– Arctic Monkeys: AM
– Arctic Monkeys: Humbug
– Isaac Hayes: Black Moses
– Mos Def: The Ecstatic
– Queens Of The Stone Age: Like Clockwork
– Queens Of The Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf
– Various artists: The DFA remixes (Chapter one)
– Various artists: The DFA remixes (Chapter two)

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