Tuesday, 31 December 2013

LISTEN: '2013: The Best Of'

Now for the final post of 2013, and also my favourite time of the year. The day that my annual 'Best Of' compilation is created. I began making these in 1997 and haven;t stopped since. In 2010 and 2011, I made 100 track, 6 part compilations. But I've decided to slim them down to the bare essentials over the last couple of years! This year I began the process while listening back to all the best albums of 2013, picking out the finest tracks and noting them down. Then after adding lots more songs to the contenders list, I slimmed it down to about 100 songs. That then became 50, and then a high level of quality control was needed in order to trim off a few songs so the compilation would fit onto 2 CDs. So here they are, the best tracks of the year. There are loads more that I didn't have room for, proving that 2013 was indeed an amazing year for music. Unless you were listening to what was in the charts that is...

Happy New Year to all readers, bands, artists, labels, PR people and others who have supported this site over the last year. May 2014 bring you all the very best.







PART 1
PRIMAL SCREAM - 2013
ZOO ZERO - FRAKTION
JOHN GRANT - PALE GREEN GHOSTS
THE FALL - THE REMAINDERER
TEETH OF THE SEA - BLACK STRATEGY
SAVAGES - CITY'S FULL
ATOMS FOR PEACE - JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER
JAGWAR MA - THE THROW
TEMPLES - KEEP IN THE DARK
ATLANTER - TREE SONG
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - SIGNAL 30
CROCODILES - HEAVY METAL CLOUDS
PARQUET COURTS - YOU'VE GOT ME WONDERIN' NOW
EDWYN COLLINS - 31 YEARS
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE - PAINTING
NEON NEON - MID CENTURY MODERN NIGHTMARE
CHARLIE CLARK - SUNKEN SHIPS
NORTHERN UPROAR - ALL THAT WAS HAS GONE

PART 2
EUROS CHILDS - TETE A TETE
STEVE MASON - A LOT OF LOVE
YUCK - MIDDLE SEA
THOUGHT FORMS - GHOST MOUNTAIN YOU AND ME
TOY - JOIN THE DOTS
DEPECHE MODE - HEAVEN
THE HOSTS - SEPTEMBER SONG
THE PASTELS - SUMMER RAIN
MIDLAKE - THE OLD AND THE YOUNG
SUEDE - HIT ME
LOW - HOLY GHOST
TROUMACA - LAYOU
MELT YOURSELF DOWN - RELEASE!
METAMONO - DEUCE
THE LEISURE SOCIETY - FOREVER SHALL WE WAIT
I AM KLOOT - SOME BETTER DAY
DAVID BOWIE - (YOU WILL) SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 30 YEAR WAR

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