2) Chromeo - White Women : Not as good as their last full-length, but smooth 80's electro-funk at its best.
3) Broken Bells - After the Disco: Immaculately conceived new wave pop.
4) Ceo - Wonderland: Since Passion Pit was taking a break this year...
5) Tamas Wells - On the Volitility of the Mind: I think I was the only one to listen to this album this year (besides a smattering of Japanese and Chinese fans). Excellent folk.
6) Swans - To Be Kind: Hard to listen to, hard to ignore.
7) Future Islands - Singles: Tom Waits meets Tom Jones with drum machines.
8) Metronomy - Love Letters: Drifting into Beatles worship occasionally, and I like it.
9) Ava Luna - Electric Balloon : If Talking Heads were riot grrrls.
10) Aphex Twin - Syro: Can't beat this for pure IDM goodness.
11) Molice - Resonance Love: My current favorite J-rock band puts out another solid album that will likely be ignored.
12) Eagulls - Eagulls: Hints of the Cure and MBV.
13) Buffalo Daughter – Konjac-Tion: BD keeps putting out the quality tunage, only to be completely ignored by the hipster music press abroad. Underrated, as always.
14) Perturbator – Dangerous Days: Badass synthwave. 'Nuff said.
15) St. Vincent - St. Vincent: Can't deny the clever writing and creative production.
16) Laibach - Spectre - It's mostly for "The Whistleblowers", but if you've seen some of the other tracks live, you'll know what I mean.
17) Liars - Mess - Probably should be much higher on the list. Best indie dance record, best video of the year with "Mess on a Mission".
18) Orax – After Death - Not quite as badass as Perturbator, but its a fine EP regardless.
19) Moth Equals – Sick Puppy - Abstract hip-hop/trip-hop worth a serious listen.
20) Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita - Still around and still crazy.
Honorable mentions and latecomers
FKA Twigs - LP1
Yung Bae – Bae
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Gazelle Twin - Unflesh
Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong - Savage Imagination
Perc - The Power and the Glory
Einsturzende Neubauten - Lament
The Bug - Angels and Devils
t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 - 肉体からの離脱
Various Artists – Living Room Visions Winter 2014
Phoenix #2772 – Interludes
Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP
Robert Parker – Modern Moves EP
猫 シ Corp. – HIRAETH
Street Cleaner – Payback
DataDisc Online – INTENET NOWww
Austin Wintory – The Banner Saga OST
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl OST
Echoes of Yul - Tethe
Phrostylicious Productions – Luna – Shattered Hearts – Episode 1 OST
Carla Bozulich - Boy
Slough Fey - Digital Resistance
Canooooopy - ひょいとくだ巻く未亡人 [mind your widowed line]