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Fish's 28 Songs Of 2013
1John Newman
Tribute


Love Me Again - The best track to reach #1 in I don't know how long. One of the biggest choruses you'll have heard all year courtesy of that-guy-that-sung-on- that-Rudimental-track. Little touches like the brass in the chorus set this even further aside from typical chart music and just accentuate how fucking huge this track is, but it's John Newman's vocals which truly power this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfihYWRWRTQ
2Danny Brown
Old


Smokin & Drinkin - If I weren't limiting myself to 1 song an album I could easily have 5 or 6 off Old, but this is the pick of the lot. Beat of the year, with Danny Brown's machine gun squawk on top making this an absolute banger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0rYiIiJusQ
3Bring Me The Horizon
Sempiternal


Can You Feel My Heart - Can't believe how much Sykes' screams have improved since 2008's Suicide Season. He straddles that line between singing and strained screaming perfectly here. Add in the catchy electronics and this is one of the best tracks they've written yet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJJYpsA5tv8
4Drake
Nothing Was The Same


Hold On, We're Going Home - A glorious little tune. Perfectly fine tuned and squeaky clean in the production department, Drake will take you on a journey through the nostalgia of late nights with young love on the most r&b he dared go on Nothing Was The Same. http://youtu.be/GxgqpCdOKak?t=2m33s
5Lorde
Pure Heroine


Ribs - Darker and subtler than her better known singles. Lorde weaves a complex and less accessible melody here, but ultimately it's so much more satisfying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qaeoz_7cyE
6Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe


Gun - Catchy, cute, immense, etc. The album's packed full of tracks like these, but Gun edges it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktoaj1IpTbw
7The Weeknd
Kiss Land


Belong To The World - Kiss Land is still a huge disappointment, a black mark in the love affair that started when I finally listened to House of Balloons in a small hotel room in France almost two years ago. Belong to the World isn't anywhere near one of Tesfaye's best tracks, but there's still something compelling about his pretty boy voice contrasted with that grimy sample. Frankly, who cares where or not he was allowed to use it or not? http://youtu.be/lYO77zNhWl4?t=2m20s
8London Grammar
If You Wait


Strong - One of those tracks that manages to make a slow tempo huge and uplifting. The video matches it well. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=6drfp_3823I
9Goldfrapp
Tales of Us


Alvar - Starts off dark and bare, but slowly builds and rises, til you're starting to peer into the light. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2eWxkn-Chs
10Kanye West
Yeezus


Black Skinhead - Kanye kills it here. Beat kills. Song kills. No more analysis needed. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=YLx11xq6X7Q
11The National
Trouble Will Find Me


Humiliation - At first I largely disregarded Humiliation as one of the many of the meh tracks off Trouble Will Find Me, but it's probably my favourite now. The carefully crafted instrumentation is a perfect example of how simplicity can be so powerful. The pitter patter of the percussion, the light piano chords and the continuous ringing of the guitars, all tied together with Matt Berninger's vocals and lyrics. The moment when small guitar notes are plucked out at 3:47 gives me chills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn9W0LfGdtE
12The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us is the Killer


Prancer - This is the pinnacle of The Dillinger Escape Plan moulding a more accessible sound out of their normally inaccessible music. A thunderous riff to kick it off and Puciato's piercing scream somehow forming a hook at 0:55, with a more polished production than 2010's Option Paralysis. As a whole the album isn't as good as its predecessor, but this is the kind of track that makes you want to go into your kitchen and start smashing shit. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=X01H4icz5aU
13 Parks, Squares and Alleys
Youth (Single)


Youth - One of my favourite tracks of the year comes from an unknown and otherwise unremarkable teenager in the depths of Eastern Russia. You wouldn't know it based off this track though. The song is the perfect representation of nostalgia and longing the cliched title would suggest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O9l0W8qD4M
14ASAP Rocky
LongLiveA$AP


Wild for the Night - Everyone thought this track would be a joke when they first saw the tracklist. And it kind of is. But it's such a banger. http://youtu.be/1eWdbMBYlH4?t=1m41s
15Outfit
Performance


I Want What's Best - Who would've I'd find one of my favourites of the year on Made In Chelsea? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md_Y8RYdu6Q
16 The Story So Far
What You Don't See


Things I Can't Change - Once upon a time the only songs I could love were the ones built around catchy, power chord driven choruses. I still have some time for those days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ARZTR_Ju8
17Still Corners
Strange Pleasures


The Trip - Twinkly guitars, neon synths, smoky female vocals, driving through the city at night etc etc. If you like Chromatics, Beach House, or any of that kind of stuff then listen to this album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ll91YBdVE
18Arcade Fire
Reflektor


Reflektor - This album drags. You'd think this song would too, with its 7-and-a-half minute run time, but it plays around with its hook quite a bit and towards the end the song intensifies and the bass punches in and everything. Great song, and it's always nice to hear a bit of French. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7E0fVfectDo
19Burial
Rival Dealer


Rival Dealer - This is effectively two different songs. The first is manic and raw; you can almost hear sirens screeching around you. The second is ethereal. I love both. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd3Ch53PxBs
20Chase and Status
Brand New Machine


Lost & Not Found - A tribute to the 90s that influenced them, Chase & Status prefer to float you through the air than stuff the beat in your face on this one, but its subtle hook is what truly drives it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A- w1nmEQ7IM
21A Day To Remember
Common Courtesy


Violence - I'm one of the few who prefers What Separates Me From You, and found Common Courtesy a disappointment, but there are still a few of those tracks that make me want to jump up and bash my head in time to the music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6lanUBSwlo
22 JMSN
Pllaje


Ada - 2012's Priscilla was heavily Weeknd-influenced, to the point that I could barely take it seriously, but Plajje is a great little EP that sees JMSN slowly evolve into his own master. This track is especially good. Will probably review this at some point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Z6c4zeUqI
23Snowmine
Dialects


Rome - LAMINATE PET ANIMAL was just another of the okay-albums I consumed in a short period of bandcamp binging in 2011, but this track has really piqued my interest for their upcoming sophomore. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=vZTPYjFuobE
24Sigur Ros
Kveikur


Hrafntinna - Hard to pick a particular track off this album since it's so consistent. Brennistein might be the best, or Stormur the most immense, but I think Hrafntinna best represents what Kveikur is all about. The light ringing of various drums and cymbals is the base for its immensity and serenity. The percussion drives this album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_1mE93fHoY
25Have a Nice Life
The Unnatural World


Defenestration Song - The most I've enjoyed a HANL song since Bloodhail. I can't get enough of that moment when the mood suddenly darkens, the guitars intensify and the vocals drop into a deep snarl. Sounds like Joy Division on cocaine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpbAFttP_Io
26Sadistik
Flowers For My Father


Petrichor - Not really sure why I love his flow so much here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un2wO_v35_I
27Say Lou Lou
Julian


Julian - Dark, seductive pop. Duo to watch for the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RteQ47_z7K0
28 Martin Garrix
Animals (Single)


Animals - Such a bizarre drop but it's so fucking good. The middle of the packed dancefloor at 3am with the strobe light all over you. Biggest club track of 2013, and I?m not sure the producer is even old enough to have ever been to a club. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCYcHz2k5x0
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