Best of 2013

Robert Glasper Experiment

51. Black Radio 2
- Robert Glasper Experiment

"some of the best music you’re going to hear this year" Pop Matters
• Buy: CD ( £8.15) | MP3 ( £7.09)| Vinyl ( £28.73)
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Jagwar Ma

52. Howlin
- Jagwar Ma

"Jagwar Ma make it look effortless" NME
• Buy: CD ( £4.99) | MP3 ( £6.69) | Vinyl ( £30.70)
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Oneohtrix Point Never

53. R Plus Seven
- Oneohtrix Point Never

"the album makes sharp use of contrasts between the real and the virtual" Pitchfork
• Buy: CD ( £13.66) | MP3 ( £7.49) | Vinyl ( £16.74)
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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

54. Jama Ko
- Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

"An album of stunning vocals"
BBC Music
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Bonobo

55. The North Borders
- Bonobo

"a triumph--each listen is a revelation" Clash Music
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Patti Griffin - American Kid

56. American Kid
- Patti Griffin

"It's her devastating voice and ear for the smallest detail that makes all the difference." Q
• Buy: CD ( £7.99) | MP3 ( £5.69) | Vinyl ( £20.33)
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Paul McCartney

57. New
- Paul McCartney

"this album proves his talent is timeless" The Telegraph
• Buy: CD ( £2.98) | MP3 ( £7.09) | Vinyl ( £26.04)
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Grant Hart

58. The Argument
- Grant Hart

"there is something of the divine in its living, breathing whole" Uncut
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Jason Isbell

59. Southeastern
- Jason Isbell

"Southeastern is easily Isbell’s best solo album" Pitchfork
• Buy: CD ( £8.99) | MP3 ( £7.99) | Vinyl ( £16.80)
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Ariana Grande

60. Yours Truly
- Ariana Grande

"An impressive debut for Grande" Pop Matters
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Charles Bradley - Victim of Love

61. Victim of Love
- Charles Bradley

"This is living breathing music that avoids the trap of comfy nostalgia." Q
• Buy: CD ( £10.10) | MP3 ( £7.49) | Vinyl ( £14.17)
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Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

62. The 20/20 Experience
- Justin Timberlake

"Ambitious and judicious" Pitchfork
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M.I.A

63. Matangi
- M.I.A

"Matangi reveals, more explicitly than ever, her terrible secret: that she’s also a quite brilliant pop star" The Guardian
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Elvis Costello & The Roots

64. Wise Up Ghost
- Elvis Costello & The Roots

"A crisp, funky, even dangerous sounding album" Drowned in Sound
• Buy: CD (From £9.13) | MP3 ( £7.09)| Vinyl ( £19.52)
Julia Holter

65. Loud City Song
- Julia Holter

"This is wild music, a celestial cabaret that absorbs and unsettles" NME
• Buy: CD ( £6.45) | MP3 ( £6.99)| Vinyl ( £17.95)
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Earl Sweatshirt

66. Doris
- Earl Sweatshirt

"This is knockabout punchline rap made into high art" The Guardian
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Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

67. Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
- Mount Kimbie

"Ruthless in their pursuit of greatness" NME
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Gary Numan

68. Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)
- Gary Numan

"It's electronic-age angst, refracted through pop history" Rolling Stone
• Buy: CD ( £9.25)| MP3 ( £7.99)| Vinyl ( £23.40)

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Russian Circles

69. Memorial
- Russian Circles

"consistently epic and life-affirming" Drowned in Sound
• Buy: CD ( £10.20) | MP3 ( £7.49) | Vinyl ( £20.16)
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Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves

70. Same Trailer Different Park
- Kacey Musgraves

"She sings with an affectless detachment reminiscent of, say, Aimee Mann, and uses it to cut sharply through the lies people tell themselves." The Guardian
• Buy: CD ( £5.52) | MP3 ( £5.99) | Vinyl ( )
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Martin Simpson

71. Vagrant Stanzas
- Martin Simpson

"Simply a delight" The Telegraph
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Flume - Flume

72. Flume
- Flume

"The musical collage approach, far from jarring, is the starting point for a captivating album of pop electronica." Q
• Buy: CD ( £9.46) | MP3 ( £6.49) | Vinyl ( £19.43)
• More by Flume

Jonathan Wilson

73. Fanfare
- Jonathan Wilson

"Perhaps the most sophisticated celebration of simplicity ever recorded" The Independent
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Bombino - Nomad

74. Nomad
- Bombino

"Nomad confirms Bombino's promise, but with a few added surprises" The Independent
• Buy: CD ( £7.50) | MP3 ( £7.79) | Vinyl ( £22.45)
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Richard Thompson - Electric

75. Electric
- Richard Thompson

"Up there with his best" Mojo
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Tomorrow's Harvest - Boards of Canada

76. Tomorrow's Harvest
- Boards of Canada

"There is joy in these grooves; the attentive care of studio perfectionists, and the warm embrace of an old friend" Independent on Sunday
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Rokia Traore - Beautiful Africa

77. Beautiful Africa
- Rokia Traore

"Rokia rocks, and it's a fine and bracing thing to hear" The Independent on Sunday
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Willis Earl Beal

78. Nobody Knows
- Willis Earl Beal

"A masterful song cycle of raw confessionals, ghostly R&B and gritty stompers" Mojo
• Buy: CD ( £12.89) | MP3 ( £7.49)| Vinyl ( £14.94)
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Steve Earle - The Low Highway

79. The Low Highway
- Steve Earle

"The whole Steve Earle range is here, from the coffeehouse, acoustic folk-Americana title track to unabashed rock." Mojo
• Buy: CD (From £8.99) | MP3 ( £7.69) | Vinyl ( £19.00)
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Eminem

80. The Marshall Mathers LP 2
- Eminem

"There is no apology...no concession; just a considered, virtuoso application of talent" The Guardian
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| Vinyl ( £17.14)
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Phoenix - Bankrupt!

81. Bankrupt!
- Phoenix

"A thrilling ride unlike many others you’re likely to experience in 2013" Drowned in Sound
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Manic Street Preachers

82. Rewind the Film
- Manic Street Preachers

"It reveals a broader musical and emotional palette than they've exposed before" The Independent
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Camera Obscura

83. Desire Lines
- Camera Obscura

"When slipping downtempo into ballads, Camera Obscura are in a league of their own" Mojo
• Buy: CD ( £8.85) | Vinyl ( £16.56| MP3 ( £7.49)
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Future of the Left

84. How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
- Future of the Left

"Biting, poetic and awkward, this is music with brains to match its brawn" Kerrang
• Buy: CD ( £9.99) | Vinyl ( £19.75) | MP3 ( £7.49)
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Lissie

85. Back To Forever
- Lissie

"fist-pumping verses and “Kids-in-America”-like big choruses" The Independent
• Buy: CD ( £2.78) | Vinyl ( £21.95) | MP3 ( £5.69)
• More by Lissie

King Krule

86. 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
- King Krule

"This strange and beguiling album is more about texture and space than traditional songcraft" The Observer
• Buy: CD ( £10.07) | Vinyl ( £21.99) | MP3 ( £7.49)
• More by King Krule

Congo Natty

87. Jungle Revolution
- Congo Natty

"An unapologetic blast of tough breakbeats, deep bass, [and] roots consciousness" Mojo
• Buy: CD ( £10.35) | CD ( £19.38) | MP3 ( £7.99)
• More by Congo Natty

Wayne Shorter Quartet

88. Without A Net
- Wayne Shorter Quartet

"Full of spontaneity" BBC
• Buy: CD ( £10.34) | MP3 ( £7.99)
• More by Wayne Shorter

Jessie Lanza

89. Pull My Hair Back
- Jessie Lanza

"[She] … has a diffident, aloof sexiness that makes the record intriguing and accessible" The Observer
• Buy: CD ( £11.98) | Vinyl ( £17.37) | MP3 ( £6.19)
Chris Wood

90. None The Wiser
- Chris Wood

"one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form" The Independent
• Buy: CD ( £13.21) | MP3 ( £6.99)
• More by Chris Wood

Slaid Cleeves

91. Still Fighting The War
- Slaid Cleeves

"It's not morose--his voice is too engaging, his songs (and band) too good" Mojo
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• More by Slaid Cleeves

Pusha T

92. My Name is My Name
- Pusha T

"it’s a showcase for Pusha’s cold-blooded flow and crammed with memorable lines" NME
• Buy: CD ( £8.59) | MP3 ( )
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Caro Emerald - The Shocking Miss Emerald

93. The Shocking Miss Emerald
- Caro Emerald

"Often-inspired mix of vintage jazz and modern hip hop" Independent
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Lanterns on the Lake

94. Until The Colours Run
- Lanterns on the Lake

"Until The Colours Run casts a spell which lingers" Uncut
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Laura Veirs

95. Warp and Weft
- Laura Veirs

"A work of lyricism and maturity, this is one of Veirs' finest yet" Uncut
• Buy: CD ( £9.19) | Vinyl ( £22.14) | MP3 ( £7.49)
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Danny Brown

96. Old
- Danny Brown

"'Old' is a perfect example of why 2013 is a very exciting time for hip-hop" NME
• Buy: CD ( £8.44) | MP3 ( £9.89)
True Romance - Charli XCX

97. True Romance
- Charli XCX

"An imminent star" Guardian
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Nils Frahm

98. Spaces
- Nils Frahm

"Even when battering his piano strings with a toilet brush, Frahm creates something mesmerising" The Observer
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Deer Tick

99. Negativity
- Deer Tick

"A records that spurts gloriously in all directions" Uncut
• Buy: CD ( £9.02) | Vinyl ( £19.23) | MP3 ( £7.49)
• More by Deer Tick

Death Grips

100. No Love Deep Web
- Death Grips

"They've released a record ruthless and rewarding enough to animate that image" Pitchfork
• Buy: CD ( £14.01) | Vinyl ( ) | MP3 ( £7.99)
• More by Death Grips

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