Top 50 Albums of 2013 Part 1: Pop/Electronic

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look back on all the amazing music that has come out this year. Like the last couple of years we’ll put all our favorites by category and alphabetize them first, then do a top 25 ranking. So here is all our favorite pop/electronic albums of the year, alphabetically.

Akron/Family – Sub Verses

Beacon – The Ways We Seperate

The Besnard Lakes – Until Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Boats – A Fairway Full of Miners

Camp Counselors – Huntress

Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP

Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

Helado Negro – Invisible Life

Indians – Somewhere Else

Jamaican Queens – Wormfood

Javelin – Hi Beams

Lorde – Pure Heroine

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

Odesza – My Friends Never Die

Pacific Air – Stop Talking

Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides

Radiation City – Animals in the Median

Saint Rich – Beyond the Drone

Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now

Still Corners – Strange Pleasure

Teen Daze – Glacier

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We the Common

Typhoon – White Lighter

Washed Out – Paracosm

Wild Nothing – Empty Estate

Wild Ones – Keep It Safe

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

Live: Javelin + Jamaican Queens

Mississippi Studio played host to some new electronic-pop music on Wednesday night. Jamaican Queens was up first with their brand of dub-pop. The vocal manipulations were highlight of the show. As people were filing in to the venue Jamaican Queens got the smaller crowd to start grooving along with their heavy bass lines.

Next up was Helado Negro, a one man band from Brooklyn. This guy has some of the smoothest, fresh squeezed electronic beats that I’ve heard in a while. What makes his music more unique is that he sings in Spanish. Though it doesn’t really matter what language you’re fluent in, because it fits the music so well. Helado Negro’s latest album is called Invisible Life and is out now.

Last up was NY/L.A. duo Javelin. Their live performance was pretty spectacular. Amazing drumming and really cool, live auto tune. As Mississippi Studios got more packed, the tunes started getting faster and the dancing started to spread around the entire crowd. Their latest full length album is called Hi Beams, and it is really good, listen to the single below.

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Jamaican Queens

The debut album from Detroit’s Jamaican Queens really hits all the right spots. They have a unique blend of glitch-pop, hip-hop, and singer-songwriter types of styles. Wormfood is filled with great lyrics and songwriting, with topics from relationships to hospitalizations to being selfish. The album starts out with one of my favorite tracks “Water.” This track has a great build to an epic climax of three verses being layered over one another. The next song, “Kids Get Away,” keeps up the energy with a hard hitting synth line and well delivered chorus. Along with those two tracks, the closer, “Caitlin,” are my favorite on this debut full length. I have a feeling these guys are the next big up-and-comers and I’m excited to see what they come up with next. Jamaican Queens are on tour right now and are playing Cozmic Pizza in Eugene on May 7th, and Mississippi Studios on May 8th.

This week saw the release of Oberhofer’s latest EP Notalgia. Filled with catchy guitar riffs and overall positive feeling rock-pop. The opening track, “You + Me” is such a lovely song about friendship. Definitely one of my favorite artists over the last several years, you don’t want to miss this EP.