13 for ’13: Electronic Playlist

jamesblakeIt’s been another good year for electronic music. Here’s my top 13 electronic tracks of the year, in no particular order:

James Blake – Retrograde 

Retrograde is beautiful. The sudden burst of synths is beautiful. James Blake is beautiful.

Burial – Rival Dealer explicit

Burial likes to make these 2-3 track EPs that last about 30 minutes with crazy reverbs and strange samples, but they all end up as must listens.

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal

Hopkins tortures some synths for about 8 minutes.


Daft Punk – Get Lucky

How Daft Punk can manage to make a single guitar loop tireless and timeless is beyond anyone’s guess. Pharrell sings and, for once, doesn’t actually ruin a song.

Martin Garrix – Animals

Martin Garrix is 4 months younger than I am, a popular DJ, and has a global hit. I listened to this and had an existential crisis after.

Zedd – Clarity

The drop just doesn’t do it for me, but Foxes’ vocals more than make up for it.

Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) explicit

It’s like a Cher Lloyd song, but better.

Arcade Fire – Afterlife

The only song that stood out from that entire Reflektor LP.

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Shareknife

Female-sung synthpop is making a comeback and I have no problems with that.

The Knife – Full of Fire explicit

This song drags a little in the last 2 minutes, but the first 7 is so good. Always trust the Swedes for a nice jam.

Icona Pop – I Love It explicit

Icona Pop justifies arson, reckless driving, and symptoms of antisocial personality disorder with the catchiest chorus of the year.

Cedric Gervais & Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Remix)

For me, Cedric Gervais makes Lana Del Rey easier to digest. For fans of the Gatsby movie, Gervais also has a remix for Young & Beautiful.

Sky Ferreira – I Blame Myself

Sky blames herself for her bad reputation. I don’t blame her for this song.

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