Well not quite a best of. That would be an impossible task having released music from Tame Impala, Young Dreams, The Presets, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cut Copy, Movement, Darkside, Beni, Pond, Shine 2009, CEO and Canyons as well as Club Mod artists Softwar, wordlife, Naysayer + Gilsun, Villa, SymbolOne and Roland Tings. What a wild ride.
Here we opt out of picking favourites and instead list a selection of videos, remixes, cover versions and modcasts that might have gone unnoticed. Maximum holiday stimulation.
"In year 2013 I released an album with Shine 2009, did a decent amount of touring/traveling and made some songs that i'm really excited about. But most importantly, in 2013 I was introduced to some excellent new artists and became friends with the best people in the world. This list is about my favorite people of 2013"
1. Elo Suova
My son was born in late August. He'll be the voice of generation alpha.
"2013 has been a year of working on a new album. A year of living in Los Angeles, taking a lot of hikes, eating a lot of kale and getting in tune with a lot of vibrations. It's been a year of discoveries also, mostly the discovery that real life can be stranger than fiction, and that the future is now, and that everything can kill you.
Here are some things i found out about in the science/tech world that blew my mind throughout 2013 and how they could probably kill you."
DARKSIDE set the bar high this year with their guitar driven electronic master work. The duo's multi-instrumentalist wonder Dave Harrington gives us an interesting spin on our annual list series.
"This year we finished and released our first record - it's been pretty insane and I'm genuinely excited about it. I also just put in an order for my first pedal steel guitar and I hope to have it early next year. I'm not sure how good I'll get at it but I'm gonna try, it's kind of my New Year's resolution. So here's my list of my 5 favorite pedal steel players."
Wow it's that time ALREADY? Cool the panic as Naysayer & Gilsun kick off our end of year Recommends series by counting down their 2013 highlights. The duo poll high on our own list with the refined minimal house EP All That Good Work / Blue on Club Mod. Revisit it here.
Luke Neher aka Naysayer
Two thousand and thirteen. A year of musical neogenesis and spiritual regeneration. For many of us the dry scrubland was burnt off to make way for a blossoming new undergrowth. Amongst the soot and charred earth we found not just new sounds, but old ones; re-issues. Five re-issues.
Conceived by German DJ Ralf Behrendt in 1982, Saâda Bonaire brought together sultry female vocalists Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld, The Slits producer Dennis Bovell and copious musical talents from the local immigration centre. The world infused dub disco project only had one single to boast - the leftfield freedom anthem You Could Be More As You Are.
Foolishly canned by the suits at EMI upon release, the group now have a second chance with this 13 track compilation on Captured Tracks that resurrects lost gems from their sessions at Kraftwerk's studio in Cologne. With never before published photos and in depth interviews, this is a must buy for fans of Lizzie Mercier Descloux, Grace Jones and the Compass Point sound.
The album title says it all. Smoothest tunes from the Kiwi oddball. Warped pop that sounds like Hall & Oates on ludes, recording in a whale's stomach. Only in actual fact, it was laid down in a Tokyo hotel room over the course of a month, with a small parade of visitors. High probability that someone spiked the tea ceremony.
Connan nails it with incidental hits like the title track and the surreal soul of 'Do I Make You Feel Shy?'. Not to forget the 5-part odyssey 'It's Your Body'.
Following on from recent posts on Doing Bird and Kennedy, we bring you another example of inspired ink in the shape of The Travel Almanac, a magazine that comes courtesy of New York-based John Roberts and his German partner Paul Kominek.
Roberts might be familiar to some from his excellent duo of artful techno albums on Dial Records or for the Naysayer & Gilsun remix recently released on Club Mod, while Kominek rings a bell due to the records released under the name 'Pawle', also predominantly on Dial.
The Travel Almanac relishes in approaching everyone's favourite hobby from mostly unexpected angles, via a host of impressive cultural icons conversing on the unlikely topic. Those featured in the elegantly laid out tome have so far included David Lynch, Juergen Teller, Bernard Sumner, Harmony Korine, Green Gartside, Tsumoir Chisato and Willem Dafoe, in addition to hotel guides, travel essential debriefings and photo essays.
Hunt it down before you next take off.
doingbird #seventeen has hit newstands. The 200 page art-fashion bible is the latest issue edited by its founders, renowned photographer Max Doyle and art director Malcolm Watt, featuring a perfectly bound international network of cross-disciplinary specialists.
Portraits from Amsterdam's post-punk underground Paradiso, a photo essay of colour saturated American high school football muscle, musings on Paul Schrader's masterpiece Cat People, a Q&A with video installation artist Ed Atkins and various fashion spreads.
Includes contributions from Roe Ethridge, Walter Pfeiffer, Ben Toms, Rene Vaile, Shauna T, Fergadelic and Douglas Lance Gibson.
Gazing at the works of LA artist and former South Park animator Eric Yahnker who creates twisted, lightly perverse coloured pencil and pastel drawings, satirising American popular culture and politics.
Yahnking your chain with these catalogue selections...
Installation image from Ebony & Benghazi, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, 2013
Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Jack Daniels White Rabbit Saloon , Sydney, Australia
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Mountain Sounds Festival , Central Coast, NSW
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Marathon Music Works , Nashville, TN
Upset, Nagoya, Japan
Echostage, Washington, DC
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Cable, Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
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