Best Albums of 2014
selected by the staff of Avaz Avaz

Ağaçkakan <BR>“Fernweh” EP

“Fernweh” EP

2014’s most promising EP belongs to Ağaçkakan. Fernweh, being the only hip hop album on this list, looks like only a precursor of a greater LP.

♪♫ Listen: “Teneke Trampet

Ağaçkakan on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp.

Baba Zula <BR>“34 Oto Sanayi”

Baba Zula
“34 Oto Sanayi”

Carrying ethnic Turkish music outside of Turkey’s borders, Baba Zula has added a new chapter to their story with “34 Oto Sanayi”.

♪♫ Listen: “İtaat Etme

Baba Zula on www, Facebook, Twitter.

Bubituzak <BR>“Uzay Yolları Taşlı”

“Uzay Yolları Taşlı”

Even though “Uzay Yolları Taşlı”, the very first album of Bubituzak, takes most of its power from lyrics, it won’t disappoint those that do not know any Turkish.

♪♫ Listen: “Bir Gerçek Var

Bubituzak on www, Facebook, Twitter.

Ceyl’an Ertem <BR>“Amansız Gücenik”

Ceyl’an Ertem
“Amansız Gücenik”

“Amansız Gücenik”, Ceyl’an Ertem’s third studio album, is maybe the most poetic work of 2014.

♪♫ Listen: “Bile İsteye

Ceyl’an Ertem on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.

Gaye Su Akyol <BR>“Develerle Yaşıyorum”

Gaye Su Akyol
“Develerle Yaşıyorum”

“Develerle Yaşıyorum”, an album that is built on constant references to Turkish classical music, has become subject to much heated debates yet it definitely deserves to be listed.

♪♫ Listen: “Develerle Yaşıyorum

Gaye Su Akyol on www, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook.

Gevende <BR>“Monochroma” OST

“Monochroma” OST

Gevende’s third album, first soundtrack. Created for a computer game with the same name, Monochroma offers a rich experience that is dark and sometimes even unsettling.

♪♫ Listen: “Level II” (Spotify)

Gevende on www, Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud.

Paradisko <BR>“Chewing Gum”

“Chewing Gum”

One of the few names that carry house music one step further in Turkey, Paradisko is a great example of its genre and a must-have in all party playlists.

♪♫ Listen: “Chewing Gum

Paradisko on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Peygamber Vitesi <BR>“Ulu”

Peygamber Vitesi

“Ulu” touches your heart with its dark and lazy tunes. The album that chooses “bear” as its focal point calls you out from the depths of dark woods.

♪♫ Listen: “Çamur

Peygamber Vitesi on Soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook.

Sapan <BR>“Anlık İzler”

“Anlık İzler”

Sapan, which is a rising indie-rock band, offers a soft and refreshing sound in their debut album “Anlık İzler”.

♪♫ Listen: “Rüya

Sapan on www, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud.

The Ringo Jets <BR>“The Ringo Jets”

The Ringo Jets
“The Ringo Jets”

With a stern and oppositional stance in addition to their loud and energetic sound, The Ringo Jets are true rockstars.

♪♫ Listen: “Spring of War

The Ringo Jets on www, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter.

Yok Öyle Kararlı Şeyler <BR>“Yökş”

Yok Öyle Kararlı Şeyler

Another young and rising band, Yok Öyle Kararlı Şeyler jokingly defines their music as “humble rock or the exact opposite”.

♪♫ Listen: “Nefret Söylemi

Yok Öyle Kararlı Şeyler on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz <BR>“Otoban Sıcağı”

Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz
“Otoban Sıcağı”

Maybe the youngest band in the alternative music scene of Istanbul, Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz offers a simple and calm album with catchy melodies.

♪♫ Listen: “Kaş

Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz on Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.