Top 30 Albums of 2013

This is not why you come here, but at the same time as I am reading all the politics news I’m also fiendishly sampling new music from the Internet. Here are my top 10 favorites, with lots of honorable mentions and singles.

10 Most Favorite Albums (in no particular order)

1. J. Cole – Born Sinner (beat the unlistenable ‘Yeezus’ on the Billboard charts for a good reason. Genius feel-good melodies and the live band add so much)

2. Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return (perfect smart pop album)

3. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (very strong second effort from King Push. ‘Hold On’ is a classic)

4. Celestial Shore – 10x (Bonkers guitar-driven math rock jawns, like if Dirty Projectors were fronted by Phil Elvrum)

5. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (the chillest jams from Philly’s favorite son)

6. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (the long-awaited debut from the teen rapper who mysterious disappeared – his mom sensibly sent him to boarding school for a couple years so fame wouldn’t ruin his life – totally delivered. Darker and weirder than expected.)

7. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2 (just found out about Glasper – a pianist with one foot in hip hop and one foot in jazz. The drummer on this album is amazing. I like Black Radio Rediscovered Remix EP best (this adaptation of Little Dragon’s ‘Twice’ with ?uestlove and Solange Knowles is so magical), but this one just came out this fall)

8. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (unless you were living in a cave this summer, you’ve been hearing this everywhere, and rightly so)

9. Pete Rock & Camp Lo – 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s (This is a mixtape, but good enough to make the top albums. Giant pioneers of the jazzy hip hop genre you love who’ve still got it.)

10. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Part II (Part 1 had some very strong tracks but was mixed overall. Pretty much every song is awesome on Part II)

20 More Great Albums

1. Ty Segall – Reverse Shark Attack
2. Thundercat – Apocalypse
3. Grouper – The Man Who Died in His Boat
4. Pissed Jeans – Honeys
5. Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves
6. Scienze – Ella
7. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
8. Black Milk – Synth or Soul
9. Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live
10. Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go
11. Pity Sex – Feast of Love
12. Kishi Bashi – 151a
13. Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
14. Volcano Choir – Repave
15. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
16. Kooley High – Presents…David Thompson
17. Oddisee – The Beauty in All
18. Lapalux – Nostalchic
19. Samiyam – Wish You Were Here
20. Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set

Top 30 Bangers

1. Big Sean – Control (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica) (Best rap single of the year)
2. Shlohmo – Bo Peep (Do U Right) feat. Jeremih
3. Roc Marciano – Ruff Town
4. Chance the Rapper – Juice
5. Mac Miller – S.D.S. (prod. Flying Lotus)
6. Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks
7. Toro Y Moi – So Many Details
8. Oh No – Jones’s (feat. Blu and MED)
9. Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – I Wear Black
10. Durag Dynasty – Tender Greens
11.  Kurt Vile – Shame Chamber
12. The Black Opera – Manute Bol
13. J. Cole – Crooked Smile
14. J. Cole – Born Sinner
15. Gold Panda – The Most Livable City
16. Scienze – The Toast (feat. D. Julien)
17. Mayer Hawthorne – Back Seat Lover
18. Pete Rock & Camp Lo – Megan Good
19. Earl Sweatshirt – Hive
20. Earl Sweatshirt – 20 Wave Caps
21. Volcano Choir – Tiderays
22. Celestial Shore – Valerie
23. Klaus Layer – Illest in Charge (feat. Blu)
24. Danny Brown – The Return (feat Freddie Gibbs)
25. Pusha T – Hold On
26. Samiyam – Hummus (feat. The Alchemist)
27. Boldy James – You Know
28. Roc Marciano – The Sacrifice
29. Daft Punk – Fragments of Time
30. Lapalux – Walking Words

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