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2013 Music Index

Favorite Heartbreaker

Secret Boyfriend 'This Is Always Where You've Lived' • Blackest Ever Black
Warm, weird and lonely, this one's shifts track-to-track from experimental tape textures to neofolk to stuff that sounds like coldwave with a soul. Somehow, to my ear, it never misfires.
N.B.: This guy runs the recommended Hot Releases label out of North Carolina. 

 

 

Favorite Bedroom Pop Artist Discovery — Now

Rollin Hunt 'The Phoney' • Moniker
He's apparently inspired a tribute comp and has been recording tracks since he was eight, but I hadn't heard of this L.A. production designer (ex-Chicago). 'Bombed-out lo-fi'? I dunno, maybe I just don't notice it anymore. Hunt nails the fundamentals on this gem so well that it doesn't matter.

 

 

Favorite record labels:

Sacred Bones (Pharmakon, The Holydrug Couple)
Blackest Ever Black (see below)
Superior Viaduct (Heldon, Craig Leon)
Modern Love (Miles)
Numbers (Rustie, SOPHIE)
Hyperdub (DJ Rashad, Burial)

 

 

Favorite releases from Blackest Ever Black, in no particular order:

Alexander Lewis 'A Luminous Veil' ep
Raspberry Bulbs 'Deformed Worship'
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement 'Black Magic Cannot Cross Water'
Moin 'EP' Cut Hands 'Damballah 58' 12
Prurient 'Through the Window'
Tropic Of Cancer "Restless Idylis'

 

 

Favorite record of 2013, overall:

Wolf Eyes 'No Answer: Lower Floors' • De Stijl

 

 

Almost universally acclaimed records that I'm sure are great and that I've listened to a bunch, but have a difficult time appreciating as much as others:
 

DJ Koze 'Amygdala' • Pampa
Autre Ne Veut 'Anxiety' • Mexican Summer / Software
Waxahatchee 'Cerulean Salt' • Don Giovanni
Darkside 'Psychic' • Matador / Other People
Arcade Fire 'Reflektor' • Merge
Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories' • Columbia
Danny Brown 'Old' • Fool's Gold
Kanye West 'Yeezus' • Def Jam

 

 

Important releases that I've heard but would like to spend more time with:
 

Matana Roberts 'Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile' • Constellation
Fire! Orchestra 'Exit!' • Rune Grammofon
Logos 'Cold Mission' • Keysound
Oneohtrix Point Never 'R Plus Seven' • Warp
Jon Hopkins 'Immunity' • Domino
Rashad Becker 'Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. 1' • PAN
Julia Holter 'Loud City Song' • Domino
John Wizards 'John Wizards' • Planet Mu
Janelle Monáe 'The Electric Lady' • Bad Boy
The Knife 'Shaking The Habitual' • Mute / Brille / Rabid
Pusha T 'My Name Is My Name' • Def Jam / G.O.O.D.
Julia Holter 'Loud City Song' • Domino
Speedy Ortiz 'Major Arcana' • Carpark
Parquet Courts 'Light Up Gold' • What's Your Rupture? / Dull Tools
Deerhunter 'Monomania' • 4AD
Earl Sweatshirt 'Doris' • Columbia / Tan Cressida
Majical Cloudz 'Impersonator' • Matador
Run The Jewels 'Run The Jewels' • Fool's Gold
Rhye 'Woman' • Republic / Innovative Leisure / Loma Vista
Mutual Benefit 'Love's Crushing Diamond' • Other Music
Neko Case 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…' • Anti-
Blood Orange 'Cupid Deluxe' • Domino
Bill Callahan 'Dream River' • Drag City
Jon Hopkins 'Immunity' • Domino

 

 

Songs that I listened to most, according to an unscientific glance at Spotify and iTunes 'data'
 

'Boys' • Sky Ferreira
'Julie Profumo' • The Cleaners From Venus
'KV Crimes' • Kurt Vile
'Loftmane' • The Range
'Court of Devotion' • Tropic Of Cancer
Gun' • Churches
'Is This How You Feel?' • The Preatures
'Today Tomorrow' • White Poppy
'When A Fire Starts To Burn' • Disclosure
'Honest' • Heavenly Beat
'Hood Pope' • A$AP Ferg
'Free Your Mind' • Cut Copy
'Strictly 4 My Jeeps' • Action Bronson
'Black Sea' • The Field
'All You're Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang)' • Classixx
'Fuckin' Problems' • A$AP Rocky (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar)
'Feelin' (feat. Spinn & Taso) • DJ Rashad
'Say That' • Toro Y Moi
'San Francisco' • Foxygen
'Anomaly' • Doldrums
'The Throw' • Jagwar Ma
'Play By Play' • Autre Ne Veut
'Slasherr' • Rustie
'Crawling On Bruised Knees' • Pharmakon
'Answer' • Tyler The Creator
'Warm In The Winter' • Glass Candy
'Hive' • Earl Sweatshirt
'Water Me' • FKA twigs
'Diane Young' • Vampire Weekend
'Hannah Hunt' • Vampire Weekend
'Your Drums, Your Love' • AlunaGeorge
'Everything's Fine' • Minks
'Bipp' • Sophie
'Lunar Phobia' • No Joy
'Idle (Second Thoughts)' • ADULT.
'It All Feels Right' • Washed Out
'Fall Back' • Factory Floor
'Sugarcrush' • Joanna Gruesome
'Prism' • Tim Hecker
'Utopian Disaster (End)' • Silent Servant
'Calm Down' • The Love Language
'Take My Hand' • Charli XCX 
'Tijuana Teal' • Heavy Hawaii
'Suki and Me' • Alex Calder
'Follow Your Way' • Holydrug Couple

 

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