The notion of the official one is gradually dying, suffocated beneath Soundcloud embeds and, at the some other end of the spectrum, event-release visual-albums. At the same time, the internet’s atomization associated with music consumption and the erosion from the traditional full-length has meant that songs—standalone tracks—are more important than ever. Possibly that’s why your votes for the Best Song 2013 category were so damn broad, with a solid consensus hard to strike. Still, after much counting, verifying, and disqualifying (“Latch” came out in 2012—you should know that because it topped last year’s poll) we got there. Whether a hearty slab of vinyl or a cluster of megabytes, here are the tracks that soundtracked your 2013. And not a Blurred Line in sight—high fives all round.
Last year you voted for Disclosure‘s “Latch”, Grimes‘ “Oblivion”, John Talabot‘s “Destiny”, Burial‘s “Kindred” and Andy Stott‘s “Numb”. Can you get even more diverse this year? Let’s see.
1 . Mount Kimbie – “Made to Stray”
With a well-received and artistically advanced second album Chilly Spring Fault Less Youth in the bag, London’s mildest associated with beatmakers finally busted out of the post-dubstep annex they’d been backed directly into. “Made to Stray” was Install Kimbie in confident voice—literally, Kai Campos proved he was a lot more than ready to get behind the mic and play frontman. The Plastikman snares helped too, of course.
2 . Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
Well, this had to be here didn’t it? The particular other huge single of the year featuring Pharrell (and the one that wasn’t morally dubious). From TV trails to wedding discos, this was what the mainstream was up to all summer. Plus frankly, it’s quite a tune. The fact that we never, ever want to listen to it again shouldn’t be kept against it. “Like the legend of the Phoe- *VINYL SCRATCH NOISE*
3. Pet Shop Boys – “Vocal”
When we opened the “Vocal” video back in 06, we were immediately taken with PSB’s swift return to their electronic roots after the somewhat middle-aged Elysium. Sure, a heady dose of nostalgia ricochets off those synth stabs plus ridiculous snare rolls but hey there, you know who’ve earned it? Pet Shop Boys. There’s an argument that Electric was a go back to the heady days of Behaviour and Actually . This is a primary reason why.
4. Arcade Fireplace – “Reflektor”
Despite the album being a bloated frustration, first single “Reflektor” aced this. Producer James Murphy seized on the awkward, oh-so-pale funkiness the Montreal band had flirted along with on The Suburbs and stretched this out for seven-and-a-half minutes and 2 videos. Somehow, it could have eliminated on for twice that duration and we would’ve been cool with this. Also, it features Davie Bowie on backing vocals. No biggie.
5. Moderat – “Bad Kingdom”
The particular alliance between Modeselektor and Apparat through up some brilliant occasions this year (“Let In the Light” only just missed out on making the top five) yet this is the most memorable. First up, “Bad Kingdom” is heavy —that gargantuan bassline wallops the wind out of you at the very start of II— but it is got a certain grace too. Yes, beneath the malevolent murk is a heartsore break-up song and somehow, it is that sublime, melancholic chorus which hits the hardest. ~
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