It’s my birthday! So, before we begin our two-week look back over the past year, let’s go deeper still into the past.

A fortnight ago, I would have told you I’d listened pretty much exclusively to brand new music this year. But then, in preparation for these blogs, I started looking into my play counts, and discovered a whole bunch of tracks from before the year began.

So here are 11 songs, released as recently as December 2013 and as long ago as 1985, all of which I fell in love with for the first time during 2014.

I picked up in the fire sale of last year’s ‘best of’ lists. Songs from old favourites which had somehow passed me by until now. Songs that have been sitting around for a while, just waiting to click in my brain.

Listen to the playlist in the widget below, or find it on Spotify here.

  • Charli XCX – SuperLove
  • Flume – Insane (feat. Moon Holiday & Killer Mike)
  • Star Slinger – Mornin’
  • Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
  • Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise 
  • Burial – Hiders 
  • Kanye West – The New Workout Plan 
  • Moderat – Bad Kingdom 
  • Schoolboy Q – Hands On The Wheel 
  • Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
  • Bat For Lashes – Laura

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