What better way to welcome the New Year and our little effort if not by publishing what best was heard in the last year. This time, through some great track selections: 20 gems from all across the world that made our heads spin in 2013.
20. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
You know what? They actually made a good enough album. But a much better single!
19. Kavinsky – Rampage
From the hugely successful album “OutRun”, this is the most banging retro-synth tune out there right now.
18. Orelha Negra feat. Amp Fiddler – Queen of Hearts
Portugal’s (trip)-hip-hop outfit Orelha Negra deliver it again with this “Mixtape II” album-opener “Queen of Hearts”.
17. Ducktails – Letter of Intent
The single from Matt Mondanile’s, still lo-fi yet more indie sounding new album “The Flower Lane”.
16. Snarky Puppy – Something (with Lalah Hathaway)
Contemporary Jazz wonderkids gathered an all-out vocal cast for “Family Dinner” – and Lalah Hathaway is the proof.
15. SOHN – Bloodflows
Newcomers SOHN, deliver a very dark and dreamy single called “Bloodflows”.
14. Yo La Tengo – Before We Run
Veterans Yo La Tengo continue to amaze indie-lovers everywhere.
13. Talc – Back to Saskatchewan
Guitar-driven post-progressive “Back to Saskatchewan” is a powerful example of Talc’s nifty return to action.
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Under The Earth
Good rendition of “Under The Earth” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O is looking amazing as ever.
11. Deerhunter – Pensacola
Bradford Cox from Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza sings like bubblegum pop nostalgia in this non-single from “Monomania”.
10. Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
Moody man Mark Everett delivers a live performance of the single from the same-titled album “Wonderful, Glorious”.
9. Bonobo – Cirrus
Amazingly trippy single from Bonobo’s new album “The North Borders”
8. James Blake – Retrograde
If you were alive in 2013 you couldn’t have missed Blake’s new album single. Beautiful!
7. Ochre – Glassmaker
After arriving to his long desired musical dream with, ironically, “No Time For Dreaming”, Charles Bradley
6. Suuns – Bambi
Crazily haunting “Bambi” is the master-example of how different their album “Images Du Futur” is.
5. Tom Odell – Sense
There’s something undeniably beautiful about Tom Odell’s “Sense”. Maybe because he stripped to piano-only.
4. Dead Meadow – 1000 Dreams
Totally out there single from the best channellers of 70’s melodic rock right now. Plus a fucking amazing video.
3. Lilacs & Champagne – Le Grand
From the people who brought you Grails, “Le Grand” is a masterpiece of symphonic horror.
2. Outfit – I Want What’s Best
The single that’s making people cross-dress ’till morning. Contagious electro from Outfit’s debut “Performance”.
1. Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man That Will Find You
There’s been a lot of distrust around “Caramel”, Mockasin’s second album. But this single is just perfectly creepy.
And for your musical enjoyment, all 20 tracks in a convenient playlist.