So, here it is – my personal best of 2013 in a 30 songs long mix. As always, it is not a charts list like (almost) everywhere else, but rather a journey through this year in music. Check out the full track list and links to videos of all songs (where available) on the permanent page here, or listen to it in the Mixcloud player below.
Apart from the many tunes in this compilation, and the few that did not make it, there are indeed some outstanding tunes that meant more to me than just being good music.
The very best of the best…
Album-of-the-year. Buy it. Everyone! Kathy Lee is the main single, it appears, but the whole album is just perfect. 36 minutes of pure, wonderful electronic music. Very R’n'B informed (another novelty in my musical taste!), soulful, ethereal vocals, nice old school synth sounds, those broken beats I love so much, and then this one disco style hymn for my next party: Keep Moving. Go and buy Pull My Hair Back now – you won’t regret it.
Simply the best song of the year. Period. The whole album is wonderful, even though some may say it is boring, because it is so melodic and accessible. But his concert at Northside was great, and in my book he has just proven that he still has that mojo.
…and some more good things…
With this video, this young lady from the Danish countryside kickstarted her solo career with a blast. She is just crazy in the best sense of the word, and her music and live performances (saw her at Northside Festival in June) are simply amazing. Always full on, always giving everything she’s got. I’m very much looking forward to her album, which is due early next year.
This is technically a song from 2012, but I only discovered it early this year. In fact, I think it was the first album I purchased in 2013. It marked some kind of turn in my musical taste, because it is much jazzier than what I used to listen to before. I played this EP (it’s got only five tracks, so I believe it cannot really be considered a full album) all year long. It is simple, calm, but still very deep and full of small surprises. Astrid Engberg also released an album in 2013, which is much more hip-hop style with a bunch of beat producers involved and vocal collaboration with her label mate Mattic.
I actually stumbled over this duo, when I heard this song. When they released their album, I first had Try To Be in my shortlist, but over time, I found Follow more appealing and better matching, so that’s how it ended up in the compilation. There is an alternative version of Try To Be that is equally beautiful.
The hottest dress of the year and the best song of this year’s Grand Prix d’Eurovision – she should have won the contest! Ok, never mind the lyrics.
Such a great concert at Northside! I left the venue with the biggest smile on my face and the best mood I could imagine. Their album is a tour de force through 13 pop songs (20 in the “Deluxe” download version!) with tons of melodies, harmonies, rhythms, breaks… But they do have some really smart pop music on it: Cough Cough, Kemosabe, Duet and of course Don’t Cry. But wait! If you’re not into falsetto vocals, you should probably consider something else instead.
Man, this is one of the best albums of the year! The first single would be one of my favourite dance tracks of the year, even though it might probably not have been meant to be for the dancefloor. But its beat and the monotonic groove just sucks you into its very own world that I could not resist at all. Not everything on the album is danceable, but it’s got this very special atmosphere – just like his last album Insides.
Deepest and biggest bass of the year. And what a beautiful voice. Again, electronica together with R’n'B influences is my new taste of the year. Make sure you also give these songs of hers a chance: Water Me, Papi Pacify - all on her wonderful EP2. Can’t wait for a full album to come!