Albums of the Year 2013 longlist

My full Albums of the Year 2013 longlist –
The 1975 – The 1975
65daysofstatic – Wild Light
About Group – Between The Walls
Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse
Andrew Bird – I Want To See Pulaski at Night
Arcane Roots – Blood & Chemistry
Atoms For Peace – Amok
August Burns Red – Rescue & Restore
Bay Blue – Bay Blue
Biffy Clyro – Opposites
Black Tusk – Tend No Wounds
Bonobo – Late Night Tales
Bonobo – The North Borders
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
Cloud Control – Dream Cave
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
David Bowie The Next Day
Deltron 3030 – Event II
Brandt Brauer Frick – Miami
The Bronx – The Bronx IV
Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension
Cult Of Luna – Vertikal
Dutch Uncles – Out Of Touch in the Wild
Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
Everything Everything – Arc
Foals – Holy Fire
F Buttons – Slow Focus
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die
Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light
Gnarwolves – Fun Club
Grey Reverend – A Hero’s Lie
Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees Of Reality
Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion
I Am Kloot – Let It All In
Intronaut – Habitual Levitations
Jackson And His Computer Band – Glow
Jaga Jazzist – Live With Britten Sinfonia
Jamie Lenman – Muscle Memory
Jetplane Landing – Don’t Try
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Kanye West – Yeezus
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
letlive. – The Blackest Beautiful
Machinedrum – Vapor City
Major Lazer – Free The Universe
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding
Max Raptor – Mother’s Ruin
Melt Yourself Down – Melt Yourself Down
Mojo Fury – The Difference Between
Mount Kimbie – Could Spring Fault Less Youth
The Mouse Outfit – Escape Music
Newton Faulkner – Studio Zoo
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
Palms – Palms
The Physics House Band – Horizons/Rapture
Pretty Lights – A Colour Map of the Sun
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Tape Cuts Tape – Black Mold
TesseracT – Altered State
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Tricky – False Idols
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
This Town Needs Guns – 13.0.0.0.0
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
Various – Sound City Real to Reel
Vondelpark – Seabed
The Wave Pictures – City Forgiveness
White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
Wildlife – On The Heart
Young Knives – Sick Octave
Zomby – With Love

Which is the best Album of the Year 2013

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Albums of the Year 2013

IN THE festive run-up to the end of the year, it’s a time for tradition – and it’s traditional for me, as a music fan and also a big fan of making lists of things, to sit down with some headphones and a pad of paper and beat myself up royally about which 10 albums from the year I like best.
This year is no different – I’ve been compiling potential contenders since January, the first ones in the running being Everything Everything, Dutch Uncles and Bay Blue.
And now I’ve whittled it down to my favourites. These are, in alphabetical order…
Bonobo – The North Borders
A masterclass in crafting an intelligent, emotive electronica LP which grows better each spin from one of my all-time favourites. Bonobo, real name Simon Green, just never disappoints.
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Channelling the spirit of disco, the mysterious French duo remided the world how to have fun on a dancefloor, and also put out this year’s most irresistible pop tracks in Get Lucky to boot. Believe the hype, this album’s release was the musical event of the year.
Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
This unlikely pairing produced for me the Album of the Year, a sparsely funky LP which mixes hip hop beats with old school ska cool.
Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
A droning, pulsating, invigorating album which envelops the listener in a blanket of fuzzy rock.
Intronaut – Habitual Levitations
In what was hardly a vintage year for metal music, Intronaut’s prog-metal album was head and shoulders above its peers.
Jamie Lenman – Muscle Memory
A surprise return from former Reuben frontman Lenman saw a double-disc hard-soft approach – one half was hardcore math-metal and throat-shredding vocals, the other mixes folk, country, swing, a capella and any other genre he fancied experimenting with.
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding
Deliciously raw, low volume alt-country from the foprmer Screming Trees frontman and his finger-picking accomplice.
Melt Yourself Down – Melt Yourself Down
A thrilling melting pot of jazz, world music, pop, funk and avant guard from a supergroup made up of musicians from the likes of Acoustic Ladyland, The Heliocentrics, Transglobal Underground, Mulatu Atstake and more.
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
A band determined not to travel the obvious routes, eschewing guitars and song structures from meandering brass and piano, Field Of Reeds is a subtle work of brilliance.
White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
Another fizzing selection of experimental jam rock laced with a twist of blues, punk, prog, soul, jazz and more from White Denim.
To hear a track from each selection on Spotify click here, and cast a vote for your favourite below.
Of course, if you don’t agree, leave a shout in the comments suggesting your top albums of 2013!

Which is the best Album of the Year 2013

Felt Hits: Island-like

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AFTER last time’s Arctic Monkey’s AM effort, my little artist helper has headed back in musical time to the ’80s.
This minimalistic take pulls up to the bumpers of a true icon, who you’d have to have been inhabiting a rock surrounded by an expanse of water throughout that decade not to recognise.
If you’re looking at this picture and thinking ‘I’ve Seen That Face Before’ then please leave a comment below!

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