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Mix: 2014 Picks

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of 2014. There’s something about a new year that always feels like a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate. For music enthusiasts, this is a time to anticipate new releases and artists.

Who are you excited to hear more from in the coming year? Listen to tracks by musicians with new music to be released in 2014 and those who show promising potential…

ALEXIS’ PICKS:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J87zzOt940E?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Quilt | Song:  Arctic Shark
Album Held in Splendor is due out through Mexican Summer on Jan. 28.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ZSI4-MHWg?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  Bombay Bicycle Club | Song:  It’s Alright Now
I saw the band in 2012 and am definitely looking forward to new music. So Long, See You Tomorrow comes out in February.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsoqmFL1vlU?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: The War On Drugs | Song:  Red Eyes
Lost in the Dream, due out in March, is the band’s third album and first new music since 2011.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W97JLBc7C8k?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Phantogram | Song:  Fall in Love
I’ve lost touch with the Phantogram over the last year or so, but this song from the Feb. 18 release of Voices has me excited for what 2014 has in store for the band.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJWRz3oALnM?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Gardens and Villa | Song:  Bullet Train
We launched The Spec with a feature on Gardens and Villa and I’m excited to hear its sophomore album, Dunes, due out Feb. 4.


DEE’S PICKS:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQS4oa-dgLY?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  Metronomy | Song: I’m Aquarius
This track is on the forthcoming release Love Letters, due in March 2014.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sng_CdAAw8M?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  Rhye | Song:  Open
I feel like in 2014, Rhye will be what The Weeknd was for 2011. I mean, the band DID get “Best New Music” honors from Pitchfork and an 8.5 album rating for Woman.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTmkrslAKxU?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  Broken Bells | Song:  Your Head is on Fire
I’m patiently waiting for the January arrival of Broken Bells‘ sophomore album, After the Disco.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hniPVDz12bc?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  The Kills | Song: Satellite
There’s been confirmation that The Kills, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, is working on a new album to be released in 2014. Anticipation!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3m1EORF9Ec?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist:  St. Vincent | Song: Human Racing
The darling Annie Clark will release a self-titled album in February 2014, her first record on her new label Loma Vista. The album was written with Midlake’s percussionist McKenzie Smith and Homer Steinweiss, drummer for Dap-Kings.

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