Staff Picks: Dries’ Best Albums of 2013

December 3rd, 2013 by Billy Dries


Blood Orange - CoverBlood Orange – Cupid Deluxe – 

With his sophomore release, Blood Orange delivered an absolute masterpiece. The R&B meets disco groove of the album immediately captured me and drew me in. From the first track, “Chamkay”, to the closing, “Time Will Tell”, the album keeps the listener guessing, weaving in and out of multiple genres it gets almost anybody on their feet and dancing.

 



arcade-fire-reflektor-cover-500x500 (1)Arcade Fire – Reflektor – 

This is something that I’ve been looking forward to since I finished listening to The Suburbs for the first time, and the record kills it. Teaming up with one of my favorite producers, James Murphy, Reflektor takes a couple steps ahead of the bands previous work, while still maintaining the heartfelt emotion that Arcade Fire so adequately layers into each song. I thought that Arcade Fire could never outdo Funeral, but with this bad boy I think you could make the argument.

 


Rhye-WomanRhye – Woman – 

Starting off 2013 behind a veil of mystery, Rhye, then still an unnamed band with two singles out, “The Fall” and “Open”, had their sights set on March for the release of Woman, their debut LP. The album is rich and soulful, with the instrumentation of Robin Hannibal, and the beautiful, falsetto, voice of Mike Milosh, the two weave together a style of downtempo R&B that is completely their own. I can listen to this album from front to back every day of the week, and it will give me goosebumps every time.

 


Disclosure-SettleDisclosure – Settle – 

Enter two limey brothers, younger than myself. They call themselves Disclosure, and create dance music that can get the most lead-footed hipsters moving. Exploding onto the scene with their debut album, Settle, they made themselves known on the European and American club circuit. They make fires burn, they help me lose my mind, and they latch right onto my brain, their songs have been stuck in my head for months now, but that’s not a complaint…in fact I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 


4e6c6fb2Daft Punk – Random Access Memories – 

Daft Punk, man. DAFT PUNK comma space MAN. This is the most highly anticipated album of every year since Discovery was released, and it didn’t disappoint. With their back to the basics approach to EDM, using live instruments, they tore themselves away from the genre that they created, and has been bastardized by the likes of Skrillex. They no longer rely solely on music editing software and loop after loop, now they do it live, and I think music fans can appreciate it. Hey maybe they’re too soft now for the EDM crowd now, but is that really any great loss?


Recommended Playlist:

When A Fire Starts To Burn – Disclosure

Doin It Right – Daft Punk

Reflektor – Arcade Fire

3 Days – Rhye

Help Me Lose My Mind – Disclosure

Touch – Daft Punk

Open – Rhye

The Fall – Rhye

Time Will Tell – Blood Orange

Latch – Disclosure

Porno – Arcade Fire

Beyond – Daft Punk

Afterlife – Arcade Fire

F For You – Disclosure

Lose Yourself To Dance – Daft Punk

Uncle Ace – Blood Orange

Here Comes The Night Time – Arcade Fire

Last Dance – Rhye




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