Now that I’m in the middle of a short break from work, it’s a good time to look back to some of my favorite music releases of 2014.  Like last year, a good number of these will be industrial releases, though I’m going to be listing albums from other genres as well.

This is a personal favorites list after all!

10. Tangent – Transience

Let’s begin with an ambient electronic album.  Here is a mix of tracks that are both soothing and tense.  “Radiating Singularity” is a good example, with a heavy beat mixed over what would otherwise be a calming sound scape.

9. Megadrive – 198XAD

Megadrive’s past releases didn’t quite grab me as much as other retro synth albums, but I can only describe this one as AWESOME.  Favorite track: “Narc.”

8. Trevor Something – Trevor Something Does Not Exist

Another retro-sounding album with a little bit of a twist, as Trevor Something presents his own takes on “So Far Away” by Lazerhawk and “Genesis” by Grimes.

7. Perturbator – Dangerous Days

And of course, I couldn’t have other retro synth albums here without mentioning Perturbator.

Check out the official music video for “She is Young, She is Beautiful, She is Next.”

6. Neurotech – Infra Versus Ultra

I can’t help but describe Neurotech’s sound and vocals as ethereal.  My favorite tracks: “Unleashing the Dead” and “Atlas.”

5. Cryo – Retropia

Cryo released a preview of this album in 2013 with In Your Eyes, and I absolutely loved The Portal then, despite how simple of a song it really is.  Retropia didn’t disappoint, and it continues Cryo’s distinct beat-heavy style.  My favorite tracks: “The Portal,” “Common Man,” and “Too Much.”

4. Kishi Bashi – Lighght

My feelgood music for the year.  I randomly decided to check this out after hearing about it on my local NPR station, and well, now I’m hooked.  “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” is especially fun.

3. 3teeth – 3TEETH

3teeth came right out of nowhere and blew me away with his harsh vocals and abrasive noise.  For a taste, check out “Pearls 2 Swine.”

2. Youth Code – A Place to Stand

I would describe Youth Code as a mix of punk and industrial music.  Very loud, and very much full of energy.  Favorite track: “To Burn Your World.”

1. Click Click – Those Nervous Surgeons

Click Click’s been around for a really long time, and they still know how to deliver.  I’d recommend checking out “Man in a Suit.”  “Factory” is also excellent for it’s ambient qualities.