Probably just to mess with everyone’s year-end lists, Burial has – for the second year in a row, now – dropped a new EP just days before the year’s end. The official release is December 16 (on Hyperdub), but as of right now you can stream all three tracks/28 minutes of Rival Dealer.
Pure Bathing Culture – responsible for one of our favourite records to drop this year – close out their months-long run of amazing singles with a dewy, wistful rendition of one of Jessie Ware‘s best numbers. Moon Tides is out now on Partisan Records.
With 2013 nearly behind us, running down a list of our favourite albums of the year turned out to be trickier than we expected. There was certainly no short supply of worthy releases, so much so that it was impossible to keep the list down to last year’s cap of 30 (we tried really hard). Our top picks ended up being culled from the incredible number of full-lengths, EPs and mixtapes that dropped over the past 12 months (it might be a little unconventional to give the top spot to an album that wasn’t really an album at all, but it’s not like we can’t ignore that it was just about the only thing we listened to for weeks on end). And there’s bound to be some releases that didn’t register on our radar – or maybe something we just forgot about altogether – so as always, leave your own picks, thoughts, arguments, etc. in the comments below.
Another cacophonous number from Ben Khan, picking up where “Eden” left off and spinning its most striking pieces (elephantine horn samples; sinewy guitar) into strange new shapes that fill the space a bit more than they have in the past. No word on an official release for any of Khan’s tracks to date, but we’re really feeling the direction “Savage” is heading in.