CHART SHAKER’S BEST OF 2014: THE HIDDEN GEMS


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And so arrives the first Chart Shaker countdown of the year, starting with a retrospective look at some of 2014’s most underrated gems, from artists and bands that you need to be keeping an eye on.

It’s not an exhaustive list. I am but one guy with my own taste and a bad memory. But if you’re a regular reader of my blog, then I can assure you that you’ll find something to enjoy below but, if you don’t, throw your suggestions in to the comments box.

Like last year, I’ve shortlisted the 52 songs below by choosing tracks that didn’t break the Top 75 in either the UK or on Billboard’s Hot 100. But this time round, I have also removed anyone who has already had a single or an album achieve that same feat. This really is a non-prioritised role call of brilliant up-and-coming talent who continued to deliver the goods over the past twelve months.

Click on the title to find out more about the artist and the track, and scroll down to the very bottom of the post for a perfectly coordinated Soundcloud playlist.

1. SomeKindaWonderful – Reverse

2. Seinabo Sey – Hard Time

3. Elle King – Under The Influence

4. Ryn Weaver – Octahate

5. Cheerleader – On Your Side

6. Prides – I Should Know You Better

7. Wolf Gang – Lay Your Love Down

8. Dinner and a Suit – Can’t Get Enough

9. The Griswolds – Beware the Dog

10. Strange Talk – Young Hearts

11. Night Terrors of 1927 feat. Tegan and Sara – When You Were Mine

12. Brayton Bowman – Runaway

13. Thomston – Burning Out

14. Only Girl – Feel It

15. Elsie – Take Your Time In Love

16. Jagaara – Faultline

17. HAERTS – Call My Name
https://soundcloud.com/haertsmusic/call-my-name

18. Paperwhite – Take Me Back

19. Bright Light Bright Light & The Pink Singers – Everything I Ever Wanted

20. Wildcat! Wildcat! – Hero

21. Electric Youth – Runaway

22. Avec Sans – All Of Time

23. Wonderful Humans – Worth Your While

24. Frida Sundemo – The Sun

25. Ballet School – Cherish

26. WILLA – Stay The Night

27. Susanne Sundfør – Fade Away

28. We Are The Brave – Your Ghost

29. Slow Knights – Without You

30. Priory – Weekend

31. Colleagues – Tears

32. Nick Gardner – Lose You

33. Great Good Fine OK – By My Side

34. Monsieur Adi feat. Negin – Lucky Ones

35. The Knocks feat. Powers – Classic

36. Little Daylight – Mona Lisa

37. Magic Man – It All Starts Here

38. VÉRITÉ – Weekend

39. Marlene – Indian Summer

40. SVE – Riot

41. Mia Martina – HFH (Heart F**king Hurts)

42. Allie X – Prime

43. Jennifer Davies – Choke

44. Kyla La Grange – The Knife

45. Siren – I Think I Like You

46. Sinclair – The World Is Ours

47. Zella Day – East of Eden

48. machineheart – Snow
https://soundcloud.com/mchnheart/snow

49. Grace Mitchell – Runaway

50. Field Division – Faultlines

51. Steve Grand – Time

52. Harriet – Afterglow

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