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 at Holocene: Teen Daze

Thursday night at Holocene brought chill wave rockers from Vancouver, B.C. Teen Daze. The first act was a couple of local DJs, Phillip Grass. They spun some really great tunes and played some remixes to set up the night.

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After Phillip Grass played their beats, Camp Counselors came on to play. After an issue with one of his mixers, Camp Counselors a.k.a Cemeteries slayed the stage. The Camp Counselors project is a little more haunting and more soundscape kind of music.

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Last up was Teen Daze. I wasn’t quite sure what the show would be like, but Teen Daze has a full band that they tour as. The show had a great post-rock vibe to it. Teen Daze played a lot of songs off the latest album, Glacier. They have a great chill sound and the live performance brings out rock elements a little more. Teen Daze is a must see live band.

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Top Albums of 2012 Part 2 of 5: Electronica

For the next installment of our top 50 albums list comes the most exciting category, electronic music. This category if for those artists pushing the technology side of music, whether it’s trip-step, chill-wave, or dance, good electronic music gives me entirely brand new sounds that I haven’t heard in music before. So enjoy our alphabetical list of electronic albums from 2012.

Crystal Castles – (III)

This Crystal Castles album is by far my favorite one of theirs, I never got into their music until this one came out in November. (III) is super rich in dark flavors, yet is very satisfying to dance to. It really engulfs all kinds of electronica and delivers a sound that is hauntingly beautiful.

Grimes – Visions

Visions is the perfect blend of electro-pop and dance. Grimes has been able make some of the freshest beats this year. Definitely worth listening to.

Onuinu – Mirror Grazer

This local Portland band has the whole electro-pop sound on lock down. Mirror Grazer is a super danceable album that will have your party going till the early hours of the day. Right now they are on tour so check here if they coming near you.

POLIÇA – Give You The Ghost

POLIÇA has a really unique sound, with lots of vocal manipulations and larger than life beats. Give You The Ghost is one of my favorites to go on a walk with, especially out in the cold weather.

Purity Ring – Shrines

Purity Ring’s Shrines is an album that has such an incredible sound to it. Not only is every song super good and fresh, but the whole album goes together really well and it is impossible to skip a song on it. Definitely one of my favorites this year.

Slow Magic – Triangle

Slow Magic is quite an appropriate name for an artist who makes this music. Great instrumental electronic music, some of the finest I’ve heard in some time. This album has it magical moments so check it out here.

The Soft Moon – Zeros

Soft Moon makes some of the most anxious music that I’ve heard ever. With that said Zeros is still such a great album for that aspect. Some really dark guitar and bass riffs that clash with the keys and synths makes for an intense listen. You can stream the whole album here.

Teen Daze – All Of Us, Together

This is Teen Daze’s first full length album which came out in June. It is a wonderful piece of instrumental electronic music. Above is my favorite track off of All Of Us, Together and you can check out the whole album here.

Young Magic – Melt

Melt is one of my favorite albums this mostly because the beats and sounds he gets are out of this world. The record includes a bunch of field recordings from all over the map, which adds a whole other depth to the music. If you haven’t heard this album yet, please go listen to it right now here.