I’m bored and then i decided to write this. It has been a long time since i put on a list of something, i usually do it often but this couple of years i just don’t do it anymore. But hey today i’m in the right mood to write something, so here you go, my version on Top 10 Albums Of the Year (2013)
10. Body Music - AlunaGeorge
This british electronic-pop duo surely come to stay, i really really love their tunes with their dope sound of electronic mixed with Aluna’s soothing voice, a perfect combo i must say. Opened with a chill out track “Outlines” this album then takes you to a more upbeat songs as you listen through it. Definitely makes me have an eargasm.
On repeat: Outlines, Bad Idea, Your Drums Your Love
9. Overgrown - James Blake
Overgrown is the second album from this young and talented english electronic musician. He recently won a Mercury Prize Award for this album, and i have to say he totally deserved it! I love this album and how it makes me feel at peace while hearing it. Listen to this album while it’s raining, turn of the lights and just enjoy the music.
On repeat: Retrograde, Life Round Here
8. Holy Fire - Foals
Foals never fails to ‘wow’ me, their records easily makes me fall in love and right at that second i know that this album will definitely make it to my top 10 albums of the year list. Opened with an instrumental track “Prelude”, Foals then takes you the journey where at the end of the album all you can say is “HOLY FIRE!”.
On repeat: Milk and Black Spiders, My Number
7. Bankrupt - Phoenix
Phoenix has return with another great album! After Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix which i think is awesome i couldn’t think that they could make it any better. Although i still love Wolfgang better than Bankrupt, it doesn’t mean that i do not love this album, i absolutely loved it! The difference is i have to listen to it a couple of times before i fell in love with it. Nothing could go wrong with Phoenix i suppose.
On repeat: Bourgeois, Bankrupt
6. Kiss Land - The Weeknd
One of my favorite R&B artist today! Abel Tesfaye or known as The Weeknd put this perfect album of R&B with a mix of chill out sounds. His vocal sometimes reminds me of Michael Jackson, which is cool and makes me love him even more. I actually love all the songs in this album, it’s the kind of album where you listen to all the songs and rarely skip a track.
On repeat: Wanderlust, Belong To The World
5. Matangi - M.I.A
Finally a new record of her! She had released her single ‘Bad Girls’ since last year but her album is always postponed. So when this album finally drops imagine how excited i was and every expectation that i had about this album, she killed it all. Literally this album is the shit. I love how M.I.A put a twist of hip hop with adding some traditional sounds from her birth country, Sri Lanka. I also love how sometimes she criticize in her lyrics
"YOLO? I don’t even know anymore, what that even mean though
If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit. Back home where I come from we keep being born again and again and again. That’s why they invented karma”
On repeat: Y.A.L.A, Exodus (Ft. The Weeknd)
4. Settle - Disclosure
British electronic music duo that you can never get enough of. This duo consist of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, and their music is addictive! This album consist of 18 Tracks, a bit long though but i love it and it keeps me coming back for more. With collaboration with London Grammar, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, AlunaGeorge etc, Disclosure is definitely here to stay. Keep your ears open for this incredible duo they might take over the world.
On repeat: Help Me Loose My Mind (Ft. London Grammar), You and Me (Ft. Eliza Doolitle), Latch (Ft. Sam Smith)
3. Reflektor - Arcade Fire
The great Arcade Fire is backkk! After their super creative marketing by putting a cryptic logo which incorporated the word “reflektor” around the world, finally they release their newest album on 28th October 2013. This album is mostly influence by Haitian sound, probably because it’s Regine’s home country. This album meets my expectations and after all it’s Arcade Fire nothing could go wrong with them.
On Repeat: Normal Person, Afterlife
2. Pure Heroine - Lorde
Have you ever wonder what were you doing while you’re 16? Well whatever it was i’m sure you can’t beat this 16 year old New Zealand girl. In such a young age Ella Maria or known as Lorde has taken over the world with her debut album Pure Heroine. Her single Royals made it to #1 in USA Billboard beating Miley Cyrus causing Miley fans going berserk over it *haha*. Watch out for this girl and i hope she won’t get that artist meltdown just like Miley Cyrus.
On repeat: 400 Lux, Buzzcut Seasons, Tennis Court
1. AM - Arctic Monkeys
WELL OF COURSE I HAVE TO PUT THEM IN #1! Need i say more about this album? The Monkeys are back with another bad ass album. I gotta say that this album is very very ‘LA’ -ish and Alex admitted it that this album got some inspiration from American Rock and also American Hip Hop.
"like a Dr Dre beat, but we’ve given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster"
Listen to this album while your driving with a window open in a highway. You’ll feel incredible.
On Repeat: tough choice because i like every single song and i want to repeat it all but if i have to choose -> Do I Wanna Know, R U Mine, Arabella
Here’s a couple album that did not make it to my Top 10 List but i think it deserve a mention because they put up a great fight.
Long Live A$AP - A$AP Rocky
Modern Vampires Of The City - Vampire Weekend
Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches
Here’s some local release that i think is undeniably awesome and gives me hope on Indonesia’s music scene
Berjalan Lebih Jauh - Banda Neira
Fictional Stranger (EP) - Glovvess
Von Stufe Zu Stufe - L’alphalpha
Sorealist - Sore
Roekmana Repertoire - Tiga Pagi
Well, i hope you enjoy my list of awesome music. Go check them out if you don’t know them yet. Thanks for reading! :)
P.S: All of this are my personal opinion, if you have a different version of Top 10 Albums Of The Year feel free to shout! :D
Arctic Monkeys in Los Angeles by Søren Solkær