TMobotron
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01.03.14 Tmobotron's 2013 Tracks 01.01.14 Tmobotron's 2013
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Tmobotron's 2013 Tracks

Keeping it to only 1 track per artist. The top 20-30 are absolutely essential IMO.
100The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer
99Friendzone
8AM
98NGUZUNGUZU
Skycell
97Queens of the Stone Age
If I Had a Tail
96Volcano Choir
Acetate
95Key Nyata
Dangerous Group
94Kaiju
Rudebwoi
93Thriftworks
Terry - D
92Polyenso
Dog Radio
91Vampire Weekend
Step
90Kahn
Badman City
89Savages
Shut Up
88Kryptic Minds
Badman VIP
87Beyonce
Drunk In Love
86Cakes Da Killa
Goodie Goodies
85Ganja White Night
Black Widow
84Shpongle
How the Jellyfish Jumped Up the Mountain
83Letlive.
Younger
82Disclosure
When a Fire Starts to Burn
81The Weeknd
Live For
80Amarionette
When Under Pressure Explode
79Adrian Sherwood and Pinch
Music Killer (Dubplate Pressure)
78NA
Flute Gasp
77Floating Points
Wires
76Todd Terje
Strandbar
75Joy Orbison
Big Room Tech House DJ Tool - TIP!
74Four Tet
The Track I've Been Playing That People Keep Asking About And That Joy Used In His RA Mix And Daphn
73Trade
Positive Neckline
72Comadre
Drag Blood
71Frightened Rabbit
Late March, Death March
70Paysage d'Hiver
Schlussel
69Julia Holter
In the Green Wild
68Kacey Musgraves
Merry Go 'Round
67P Jam
Untitled

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NRIGg5-dhA
66Lights
Siberia (Acoustic)
65ASAP Rocky
Goldie

Technically released in 2012, but easily the best part of 2013's LongLiveA$AP.
64Arcade Fire
Afterlife
63Dance Gavin Dance
Turn Off the Lights. I'm Watching Back to the Future pt. II
62Daft Punk
Doin It Right
61R Kelly
Spend That
60Off With Their Heads
Shirts
59Slugabed
DO U C ME THO
58V.I.V.E.K
Asteroids VIP
57Depth Connection
Droplets
56Erdbeerschnitzel
Cushion
55Coheed and Cambria
Gravity's
54ASAP Ferg
Shabba Remix
53Dubbel Dutch
Deepa
52James Blake
Digital Lion
51Sophie
Bipp
50Denzel Curry
Threatz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwnVI_x5g0I -- The difference between 3.5 and 4 for me. Threatz is stunning with its aggressive nature and is the definite highlight of Nostalgic 64.
49Drake
Wu-Tang Forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadS0AFcmjA -- The best mood of any track on the album and one of the best hooks.
48Kanye West
New Slaves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8Uxvp1ctfA -- I really like Yeezus, but I do have my reservations. It's a huge step down from MBDTF, and Bound 2 has always been terrible. But I've always been sure about "New Slaves".
47Oneohetrix Point Never
Zebra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1QAM9rq1PA -- R Plus Seven is such a complete work as a whole, I almost never even bother to look or remember which track is which, but I suppose if I had to pick, Zebra would be the best piece.
46Chance the Rapper
Cocoa Butter Kisses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TErySTMbFlk -- "Cigarettes on cigarettes my momma think I stank, I got burn holes in my hoodies all my homies think it's dank" - The biggest hook on the album, but the track also has my favorite delivery from Chance.
45Darkside
Golden Arrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8NaWT0WvEE -- Overall, I like Jaar's solo work more, but if every track on the album was as good as "Golden Arrow", I wouldn't be so sure. Just the best blend of Jaar's moodiness and the psychedelic instrumentation, with a perfectly-executed climax.
44TNGHT
Acrylics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm7XRkpkti4 -- It wasn't appreciated quite like "Higher Ground" or "Goooo", but I've personally always loved it about the same. Whatever your thoughts are, the ominous music-box segments and the beefy horns in the climax still undeniably managed to shake the walls. I'm pretty sad about the hiatus, and especially sad (and a little annoyed) that we didn't at least get another release out of them before it happened, but "Acrylics" is a good one to remember them by (for now).
43Forest Swords
Thor's Stone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SE8hH_EZbo -- A little over half-way through this track, I was completely sold on the album. Amazing organic melodies.
42L-Vis 1990
Ballad 4D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4G5qlTIlU -- One of the most tangibly swaying pieces of music I've ever heard - the way the melodies on this submarine track swell and float to the surface is entirely unique.
41Paula Temple
Colonized

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuriyWZt9uM -- If an industrial mill's heavy mechanical clatters played techno music.
40Baths
No Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zHleDQVBf8 -- Probably the catchiest track on the album, and the steady pacing behind the growing energy of the track is just perfect.
39Kingdom (NYC)
Corpse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57XPv5-OUvc -- Probably my least favorite of Kingdom's 4 EPs so far, but still an awesome release. Corpse is the highlight because it relishes in the cold, brooding nature that made up my favorite parts of his earlier work.
38Helix (US)
Whoosh Ice Dispenser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX-oM1Vq10g -- An EP made up mostly of extremely functional, stripped-down analog techno, Whoosh Ice Dispenser manages to stand out with its viscerally bouncy bassline.
37Jeremiah Jae
Evil Laugh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIcJ8tYawzI -- Jae puts a little more oomph and a little more darkness into the airy flutterings of FlyLo productions. "Evil Laugh" has the best synths of the mixtape, and Jae's delivery is at its peak too.
36Juicy J


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgSH3LPfo6g -- File the entirety of Stay Trippy under "tracks to bump in the whip", but make sure "Bounce It" is on top of the list.
35Pusha T
Numbers on the Board

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DawrlSwHUiM -- "Numbers on the Board" showcases some of Pusha's best lyrical boasting but the track excels because of the startling, buzzing bassline and the off-kilter clattering of the drumbeat.
34Walton
Need to Feel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxf3SQRt0U -- With a catchy vocal sample and a loud, wriggling bassline as hooks, "Need to Feel" manages to be garage/house indulgence without giving in to overbearing sweetness or cheesiness (looking at you, Disclosure).
33Actress
Wee Bey

http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/119222 -- So by now, 2014's Ghettoville has leaked, which makes this appetizer EP easy to overlook, especially since this 2-track EP's A-side is featured as the album's closer. But the missing B- side, "Wee Bey", is the real gem here, and one you don't want to miss. You don't want to miss Ghettoville either, by the way. (Can't find a good link for this one, the sample there doesn't do it much justice. Some dolt did upload a 33 RPM rip to youtube though, so there's that -- http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=yo0BniC5oco)
32Chelsea Wolfe
They'll Clap When You're Gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATXL0y63eFM -- Pain Is Beauty was my introduction to Wolfe, but when I heard she made dark, experimental folk, "They'll Clap When You're Gone" was pretty much exactly what I was hoping to hear.
31M.I.A.
Come Walk With Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_11uQVI21mQ -- I thought the whole album was a lot of fun, "Come Walk With Me" is just the most.
30Boards of Canada
Jacquard Causeway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90LJ85ri2pg -- I do miss the vocal sampling in their earlier work and Tomorrow's Harvest never quite reaches the powerful moodiness of MHTRTC or Geo, but "Jacquard Causeway" is easily one of the best uses of Boards of Canada's analog synths in their career. (This youtube video is perfect for the track)
29Mosca
Kneecap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP8TvVa7aZk -- Shifting more towards the techno side of things, A Thousand Years' Wait is a bit of a departure from the lighter house and garage styles Mosca dabbled in previously. He could've easily continued on that path and likely garnered more acclaim considering the praise tracks like "Bax" and "Dom Perignon" (rightfully) got. But hey, he apparently can do techno just as well, so why not? But thankfully it isn't a complete departure, because some of the melodic aspects of the Eva Mendes EP do find themselves creeping in a bit to provide some important color to techno's typically less vibrant makeup.
28Wil Wagner
More Like Signals Midbest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa0GpVgaU5o -- Wil Wagner is an amazing song- writer, which is what makes all these tracks of just him and an acoustic guitar so great, but the energy he pulls out of this one makes it a personal favorite.
27Wen
Commotion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x383142K44 -- What all the commotion is about.
26C.O.N.E.
Doppa

https://soundcloud.com/cone/doppa-on-brackles-show-rinse -- It may not show in this snippet from a Rinse FM show, but the full version of "Doppa" starts out big and ends up huge. Instrumental grime.
25Bloom
Juniper

https://soundcloud.com/bloombeats/juniper-clip -- It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the overall aesthetic makeup of this type of instrumental grime (I mean come on, using gun cocks as such a functional percussive element is just fucking cool). But the start-stop rhythms here finding their tension release in laid-back "ha ha" vocal samples just takes it to a new level. (Link is just a clip)
24Jam City
Worst Illusion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMI_GK2bthE -- Like much of the Night Slugs crew, Jam City has always been able to work a vivid aesthetic into his tracks while maintaining their peak-hours club appeal. Because of that, his inclusion into the "Club Constructions" series made me a bit concerned that his works would be stripped of their life for hollow, mechanical beat tracks (as was the case with Girl Unit on Vol. 5). Fortunately, Club Constructions Vol. 6 sounds like a plain old Jam City EP, and it rules. "i fucking hate this city" - treeqt. (1.5)
23Laura Stevenson
Telluride

http://vimeo.com/70650472 -- Laura Stevenson can make a great track out of anything, but personally I really love when she lets loose vocally like she does here. (Could only find live clips of the track, but this one's pretty solid).
22The Knife
Stay Out Here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs4XTEHHgdM -- I'm not sure I could endorse listening to an individual track of The Knife's recent ambitious work out of context, but "Stay Out Here" is the type of track capable of obliterating any weariness brought on by a double-disc album's length.
21Captain, We're Sinking
Brother

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvxmjcD4nCI -- "The night's when you feel the most alive / The night's when you're not scared to die" The catchiest track on the album, but also the most powerful (and its reprise in the closer is brilliant).
20Danny Brown
Break It (Go)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-24miV6grMk -- From what I can tell, Break It is pretty far from most others' favorite when it comes to Old. Maybe it takes Danny Brown's exotic abrasiveness a bit too far, but to me, the borderline-obnoxious claps, the wonkiness of the synth-lines, and the thump of Rustie's 808s are the perfect backdrop to DB's psychotic delivery. Also, "Who the fuck is you fuckin' with / I've been in the dirt like a catcher's mitt / I'm an activist on actavis / Won't smack a bitch but I'm like a pimp".
19bansheebeat
Nightosphere

http://bansheebeat.bandcamp.com/album/nightosphere-single -- Whether it's in the cascading synth-lines that accompany a groovy bassline in running over the Tron-like chord progressions found on ?Ninetails? or the playfulness of the perfectly restrained melody that takes the forefront of the melancholy backdrop on ?Nightosphere?, every track that's present here is bursting at the seams with style and atmosphere.
18u-Ziq
Houzz 10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvhVQVulg1c -- Most of the work on here is rooted in the calculated restraint that defines Autechre's most captivatingly hypnotic work, and yet it's u-Ziq's willingness to let up on that restraint that makes Chewed Corners the gleefully indulgent piece that it is. Specifically, central track ?Houzz 10? seems to work as the standout of the album. The track just feels ready to burst at any moment, firing on all cylinders from the word ?go? with a simplistic and infectious piano melody that feels like it's on the brink of collapse the entire time, running the forefront of the track's dense melodiousness until it finally fades back out into the more controlled tracks that surround it. Although ?Houzz 10? runs the risk that standouts always do of being the track that the rest of the album fails to live up to, it works instead more like the climax of a great movie ? and Chewed Corners is undeniably a cinematic affair. There's a consistent energy and passion that can be found on the most routine tracks of the album, but the frantic pacing and uneasy fragility of ?Houzz 10? wouldn't be so memorable and startling if it wasn't surrounded by the blissfully chilled-out retro- futurism of tracks like ?Twangle Melkas? or the smooth, sparkling melodies that dominate ?Mountain Island Boner?.
17Justin Timberlake
Mirrors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuZE_IRwLNI -- I love every track on the album, but Mirrors has my favorite vocal-work from JT, and the latter half is the best counter-point to the first out of all the 2-parters.
16Peverelist and Kowton
Beneath Radar (Kowton Mix)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vunXiNNm1Vg -- Have yet to hear a bad track that's touched the hands of Peverelist, but Kowton's mix works better to make the most out of this track's simple melody and garage shuffle.
15Deafheaven
Dream House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWyVhIBmdGw -- "black metal now available in color" - sniper
14Obliteration
Black Death Horizon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLrxzmokIMo -- Can't think of a better death metal track post-90s. The groove and the hanging tremolos in the latter half are incredible, and the sound they're pulling out of their bassist is brutal AF.
13Zomby
Sphinx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXJXJMRDGmg -- Practically every one of With Love's 33 tracks has been my "favorite" at one point or another, so who knows with time whether "Sphinx" will stick, but the over-arching synth-lines capture the sense of loss that Dedication did so well while still retaining the power of Disc 2's trap undercurrent.
12Rustie
Slasherr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stT4VAnVfY4 -- So packed to the brim with neon radiance and hip-hop power that it leaks out into whatever environment it's played within.
11Sigur Ros
Brennisteinn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc6zXSdYXm8 -- Their most powerful track outside of Untitled 8.
10Old Apparatus
Dourado

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD0EI5RDIm0 -- Technically released in 2012 but appearing on 2013's Compendium compilation, "Dourado" is the darkest track of the bunch. Driven by the haunting drones of organic vocal tracks and a complex, forceful drum track, "Dourado" is impossible to shake.
9Jon Hopkins
Collider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeBdrFMKTzM -- Powerful, riveting, living, breathing, etc. etc. "Collider" is the highlight of Immunity, and a track that forcefully grabs you and doesn't let go for the entirety of its 9 minute duration.
8Logos
Swarming

https://soundcloud.com/logos262/ldn042-04-logos-feat-rabit-4? in=logos262/sets/logos-cold-mission-lp -- The density of the chilling atmosphere and the massive scale of the soundstage present here is only more impressive when considering the minimalistic approach Logos takes, which is something that could be said about the whole album. Never have I heard music that does so much with so little. (The link is only a sample of the track, unfortunately)
7Tale Of Us
Another Earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dHAgbTF_eA -- The cold rhythm that makes up this track's rhythmic backbone is the perfect antithesis to the vibrant synth-lines that flutter over "Another Earth". Their discordant nature is undoubtedly the immediate intrigue of the track, but it's the way the two elements of the sound play off of each other that really elevates it to the next level.
6Ten Walls
Gotham

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I047BWE9YHg -- Ten Walls' follow-up EP, Requiem, shows what "Gotham" would sound like if the producer had taken the easy route and injected the track with traditional club force. But "Gotham"'s well- executed restraint in the muffled horn melodies and arpeggiated synth lines creates a backdrop to the house track's undeniable groove that ends up being much more powerful than its club-friendly alternative, which functions successfully on its own, only in much shallower territory.
5The National
Graceless

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81yl_r5lT4w -- Any one of the tracks from Trouble Will Find Me could've made the list, but "Graceless"'s has consistently been the part of the album that captivated me most, thanks in large part to its continually increasing momentum. This band just never fails to impress.
4The Juan Maclean
Feel Like Movin'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUnMmUwsG0g -- Full of retro charm, "Feel Like Movin'" is all of your childhood nostalgia filtered through gleefully infectious house at its finest.
3Tessela
Hackney Parrot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiVe8qePd3Y -- "Hackney Parrot" is the dance track of the year. Its old-school vocal track and powerful break beats might be off- putting to some, but if you can embrace them their impact is pretty much unparalleled.
2Nils Frahm
Says

https://soundcloud.com/erasedtapes/nils-frahm-says -- With stiff competition, "Says" is the best subtly building electronic track of the year.
1Burial
Come Down To Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1bb2JakOmo -- I absolutely love the 3 EPs before this, and I couldn't envision where there was room for improvement before. But with this release it's clear - the first half of "Come Down To Us" is the best thing Burial has done since Untrue, easily.
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