ARTINFO's Best Songs 2013 (So Far)
As we've said before, it’s really hard to keep up with all that's new in the music world. Which is a shame because 2013 has been a great year for everything from hyperactive house music to straightforward indie rock. Yesterday, we went over the albums you have to check out from this year, but for those of you who don’t have an hour to dedicate to a whole record, here are the songs you can’t miss from the first half of 2013.
Two Norwegian producers, prolific on their own, get together and make the most epic dance track of the year. Shades of Georgio Morodor, with heavy synth-melodies and a four-on-the-floor beat that just don’t stop. Let the end summer fade to the sounds of this one.
Their album can be tedious, but then again, how can you go anywhere but down after opening like this? Harkening back to sounds of UK garage, with a vocal-sample flip from motivational speaker Eric Thomas, this should be playing in every club.
The first tease from one of the most anticipated collaborations of the year: Super-producer Madlib and Gary, Indiana’s resident street poet, Freddie Gibbs, combine to convince hip-hop fans that in the age of hyper-commercialization, there are still a few people out there who do it for the love of beats and rhymes.
Superchunk has been at it awhile, and their latest material, set to be released in August, is some of their best yet. Straight power pop that puts a smile on your face, a summer anthem with a singalong chorus meant to be shouted out loud.
Can we ignore Skrillex any longer? Probably not. The kids love him, even though he looks an anemiac Corey Feldman, and this song, which he produced for rapper A$AP Rocky, is one of the best hip-hop anthems of the year. Expect trunks to rattle from the bass thump of this one.
The San Francisco band combines jangle rock and showgaze into a delightfully upbeat song about heart break. Yeah, happiness and sadness may be the opposite of one another, but here they make such wonderful bedfellows.
The first single off of the Detroit rapper's upcoming album "Old," proves that there really isn't a beat that Danny Brown can't rapper over. Unfortunately, the official version features a lackluster guest verse from A$AP Rocky (it's not his fault, we can't think of anyone else who Brown wouldn't have made look bad), but we'll always have the original scifi/horror masterpiece.
The aggresive collaboration between the British psych rockers and Khan always seems as if it's milliseconds from careening out of control, but somehow it never does. It's the sort of mesmorizing track that makes us long for an acid western for it to be the theme song too.
Even though it's only three and a half minutes long, the Glasgow producer's latest A-side, feels hours long (in a good way), a non-stop barrage of synth explosions, hand claps, and ridiculous bass drops. As immediately accessible as it may be, the best part are the numerous subtle production details, some of which you won't hear until your 50th listen.
Simply put, the year's most unhinged song, a delirious mixture of 8-bit bleeps, squelched rapping, and a chrous that makes reference to a Pokemon. It shouldn't work, but the track and rapper are genuinely weird in an impossible to turn away from way. Play this for the next person who foolishly tells you all rap music sounds the same.