coin coin chapter two, matana roberts - it’s been a while since i fell in love with a jazz record like i did with this one. i really love matana’s spoken word on top of smooth and uncertain sax phrases, and then chaos usually comes by, not for long tho, more like a wave hitting the shore.
favourite songs: thanks be you, amma jerusalém school, lesson.
kiss land, the weeknd - i’m really surprised how this record ain’t even on top 50 lists. i know i’m kinda biased since this is like michael jackson singing reinterpretations of r. kelly songs by phil collins - three of my favourite artists right there - but i think this was really great. i’d strip down the production on the next album though, and make it more like the trilogy bonus tracks.
favourite songs: adaptation, professional, tears in the rain.
matangi, m.i.a. - i wasn’t sure about this album for some time, some of the songs are quite mediocre, but then it has that creative and unexpected production and i just can’t deny it, it’s great. it is one of my favourite records of the year, no doubt, but i wouldn’t give it as an answer to those what would you take to a desert island questions.
favourite songs: double bubble trouble, matangi (whew, that outro), bring tha noize. (
i wanted to say come walk with me because it has that fucking great middle part, but the rest of it is so corny smh)
nobody knows, willis earl beal - another album i haven’t seen on anyones list and i can’t understand why but oh well. i love artists who channel other artists - channel, not copy - and willis does it quite well. and in my opinion, if you gonna make music that’s been so well done decades ago, you better bring something to it, and he did that too.
favourite songs: too dry to cry, coming through, ain’t got no love.
old, danny brown - first of all: it’s no xxx and i didn’t want it to be. i’d rather have a more mature album - like the first half of this record + float on - and have the ignorant stuff as singles or features, idk, but it would be way better if it was more cohesive.
favourite songs: clean up, wonderbread, float on.
run the jewels, run the jewels - another probably biased pick - el-p is one of my favourite rappers and producers oat - but i don’t really care, this album is amazing from start to finish. you basically have two of the most original writers on the same project, el-p’s schemes are so great it’s stupid, unlike killer mike who’s more direct, yet still lyrical, but mike’s southern flow just suits el’s production, which we already knew from r.a.p. music. no doubt rap album of the year.
favourite songs: sea legs, run the jewels, banana clipper.
shaking the habitual, the knife - if i had to choose one album to represent this year, it would be this. i wouldn’t even think twice. mostly because this is where i am right now, i don’t really know, nor have much to say about it, i just connected to it the day it came out like yea, this is was i need right now. i could get deaf listening to the ending of full of fire that i wouldn’t even mind tbh.
favourite songs: full of fire, wrap your hands around me, a tooth for an eye.
sunbather, deafheaven - their best record imo, specially when it comes to song structure and composition. the production gets bit stupidly harsh sometimes, i think it doesn’t suit some of the songs. listen to it from start to finish, it’s really well put together too.
favourite songs: dream house, irresistible, vertigo.
yeezus, kanye west - so, i don’t know if that’s the point but i see this album as kanye’s slim shady, and from that point of view i do believe that it’s really well thought. i like how he goes ignorant on some tracks but with great and intelligent references, like on send it up. some chorus are cringeworthy, same with that chief keef feature. it’s no mbdtf, but nothing will ever be mbdtf.
favourite songs: on sight, send it up, new slaves.
you’re nothing, iceage - let me say that seeing them live kind of made the album even better, i don’t think it would be here without that fact. it’s not my favourite iceage record, but i do like how they kinda stepped it up, being more diverse and experimenting a bit more. i do hope that they stick with this sound and perfect it tho.
favourite songs: you’re nothing, ecstasy, morals
honourable mentions a-z: 20/20 experience pt.1, ambassadors of peace & magic, american kid, cut 4 me, engravings, excavation, everlast, ii (both moderat and mortal orchestra), immunity, indigoism, kveikur, london ep, loud city song, mcii, modern vampires of city, music for private ensemble, my name is my name, no better time than now, pain is beauty, pearl mystic, reflektor, r plus seven, silence yourself, sleeper, teethed glory and injury, the electric lady, the night’s gambit, virgins, york
so yea, this is me. i’m most likely forgetting about some on the honourable mentions but i’ll add it up if it comes to mind. if you want to discuss this just hit me up, but don’t message me downtalking my choices, or saying x is better than y, that’s not the point. this is my taste, this is where i am right now, these are 2013 albums i’ll probably be listening to for years. even though there might be better albums, technically or wtv, i relate the most to these.
50 tracks and worst of the year to come btw