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Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

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47. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

June 10, 2013
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Field of Reeds may initially come across as inhumanely taut, straining, and indistinct to begin with, but this is the sound of precociousness finally arriving at a purpose.

46. Paisley Parks - Бh○§†

Paisley Parks - Бh○§†
April 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

43. The Dead C - Armed Courage

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

42. Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

Transforming such intensity into a product so bewitching is an incredible effort, and the resulting works leave very little doubt that Colonial Patterns is more than some admirable interpretation — it’s a ruthless conquest.

41. Death Grips - Government Plates

November 13, 2013
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

40. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

On Innocence Is Kinky, Hval flaunts these contradictions of innocence, forcing us into the role of one of her fathers/lovers. With the sound of her voice, she both hands us the knife and brandishes it at us, daring us to keep listening, to listen even closer. 

39. Chief Keef - Almighty So

Chief Keef - Almighty So
September 12, 2013

38. Ahnnu - World Music

Ahnnu - World Music
September 3, 2013
Critic Score
90
1 review

37. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

To See More Light is the most dynamic and sonically prismatic album of the trilogy, and yet it manages to retain all of Stetson’s music’s singular attributes and poignancies

36. Wolf Eyes - No Answer : Lower Floors

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

It’s the understated clarity and sense of purpose that makes the atypical developments of No Answer: Lower Floors’ tracks readable.

35. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

34. The Flaming Lips - The Terror

April 1, 2013
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

The Terror may be The Flaming Lips’ most concise statement to date. But it’s not clear whether they’re at the deep end of an oscillation or whether this is the logical end of all their work.

32. Nmesh - Nu.wav Hallucinations

Nmesh - Nu.wav Hallucinations
April 19, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

30. Bill Callahan - Dream River

September 17, 2013
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

Dream River might not leap out at you, but it’s because it’s too cohesive, too flat to live a life outside of the porch of your mind, too bound up in a singularity of gaze to be anything other than what Callahan is preoccupied with at the moment. 

29. The Body - Christs, Redeemers

October 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Not only is this album a journey into the darkest caverns of the most sordid mind, but it also harbors the potential to hold you there, dangling all on your own accord.

27. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Old consistently offers up words and music that, while certainly extremely enjoyable on the most basic aural terms, also holds up to deeper dissection and analysis.

25. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
82
36 reviews

Overgrown is a remarkable effort from an artist who continues to do things his own way, regardless of the consequences.

24. Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love Is The Devil

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

The albums are two vistas from two emotional locales - Drifters being external, Love is The Devil being internal - that reflect the two facets of authentic lonerism: the perception of the stalwart nomad and the emotional derangement of permanent displacement.

23. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

It certainly speaks volumes that the group could reemerge in this climate and prove that no one is capable of exactly replicating what they do.

22. Bill Orcutt - A History of Every One

Bill Orcutt - A History of Every One
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

21. Andrew Pekler - Cover Versions

Andrew Pekler - Cover Versions
January 1, 2013
Critic Score
100
1 review

20. DJ Rashad - Double Cup

October 22, 2013
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

19. Dean Blunt - Stone Island

Dean Blunt - Stone Island
August 22, 2013
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. James Ferraro - NYC, HELL 3:00 AM

October 15, 2013
Critic Score
69
3 reviews

16. Lucrecia Dalt - Syzygy

Lucrecia Dalt - Syzygy
October 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

15. D/P/I - Fresh Roses

D/P/I - Fresh Roses
November 19, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

14. Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain

October 28, 2013
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Built on sporadic percussive takes and blistered textures, Chance Of Rain plows through unintelligible forms — all bones but no structure — struggling to establish itself as material: techno made of wreckage.

13. Sean McCann - Music For Private Ensemble

Sean McCann - Music For Private Ensemble
July 2, 2013
Critic Score
100
1 review

McCann has achieved a personal milestone while setting a benchmark for those who wish to follow in his footsteps

12. Mohammad - Som Sakrifis

Mohammad - Som Sakrifis
April 12, 2013
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

11. Tim Hecker - Virgins

October 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

10. Forest Swords - Engravings

August 26, 2013
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

Engravings seems the culmination of the sound that, it’s now apparent, Barnes was only developing on 2010’s Dagger Paths EP, bringing to that darkness a maturity that consists in a paradoxical expansion of space and in the introduction of depth perception through fog0like tendrils of white infecting that flat black panorama

9. Arca - &&&&&

July 23, 2013
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

8. 18+ - MIXTAP3

18+ - MIXTAP3
October 25, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

6. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

Arthur Ashin of Autre Ne Veut might be working with familiar musical concepts, but he employs them in ways that are, to my ears, contemporarily relevant and indispensable to the discussion over the trajectory of popular music.

5. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

Ultimately, we’re dealing with a record as messy as Yeezy himself, which is the point. 

4. Pharmakon - Abandon

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

This is a suffering that calls itself up in order to cathart itself, which expels itself from the mouth, like bile, and is captured mechanically in order to perform the same paradoxical operation of penetrative-aggression-that-is-exorcism upon the listener.

3. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Like any modernist piece of work, Loud City Song consciously walks through paths that have been beaten before, but unravels threads out into new corners and ushers you in; records of this complexity and depth rarely feel so inviting.

2. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

May 1, 2013
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

Blunt’s sometimes off-putting presence is much easier to accept when he gives this much agency to the listener, recognizing again and again that we must all frame our experiences in our own ways or risk feeling nothing at all.

1. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Despite the coded sound files, interactive website, and spellbinding videos, the album exists independently as a case for disjointed representations, cultural citation, and enchanting music.

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