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Year in Review: The Best Songs of 2013

Patrick Topping

Song: When A Fire Starts to Burn
Artist: Disclosure
Album: Settle
Label: Island

Released: June 4, 2013

disclosureFrom the most blogged about techno act of the year, an incendiary track to kick from their debut album. A rounded sine-wave hook parsing the four-to-the-floor pulse with hi-hat shots, and a brazen vocal sample delivered with attitude make this song utterly catchy.


Song: Cherry
Band: Chromatics
Album: After Dark II
Label: Italians Do It Better

Released: June 25, 2013

The breathy Ruth Radelet paints a chilled neon-noire portrait of restless troubled city-girl “Cherry”, as the ebbing reverb-soaked track flickers with a lilted plucked bass groove and pitter-patter hi-hat rhythm, amidst swaying iridescent guitar licks and swirling synth arpeggiations.


Song: Wings
Band: Haerts
Album: Hemiplegia EP
Label: Columbia Records
Released: October 8, 2013

A shimmering pop-ballad from indie pop group Haerts featuring rawly emotive vocals, channelling a heartbroken Stevie Nicks, that soar over a near-disco rhythm, spirited bass grooves, and incandescent synth-laden guitars.


Song: The Fall
Artist: Rhye
Album: Woman
Label: Polydor

Released: March 5, 2013

At the outset of Rhye’s resplendent piano-grooved “The Fall”, a whispered falsetto vocal swoons  “make love to me” in a warmly initmate tone. The track reveals itself to be cooly adorned with viola and cello curves, violin plucks, and a rasped muted trumpet – a true dose of scintilating sentimentality.


Song: KV Crimes
Artist: Kurt Vile
Album: Walkin on a Pretty Daze
Label: Matador Records

Released: April 9, 2013

Kurt Vile’s 2013 album Walkin on a Pretty Daze was a triumph for the young Philadelphia guitarist – his hometown even hosted a parade to celebrate the release of the album.

The sunny windmill-strummed guitar anthem “KV Crimes” captures that exuberance, in the browed manner one would expect from King Kurt. Plus… more cowbell!


7 thoughts on “Year in Review: The Best Songs of 2013

  1. Wow Sasha this list is pretty bad. Four songs? Seriously dude…You couldn’t even include a Jhene Aiko song? She’s killing it this year.

    Posted by Patrick Lucas | December 16, 2013, 11:13 pm
    • Sorry that I couldn’t satisfy you with an inherently subjective list that makes me shorten a year’s worth of music into five songs. Jhene Aiko and so many other people that didn’t make this list were awesome this year.

      Posted by Sasha | December 17, 2013, 11:18 am


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