Top Ten Albums of 2013

 I’ve made up lists of best albums for ages but this is the first time I’ve posted one outside of social media. So a quick disclaimer: this doesn’t represent G&G’s staff picks or anything, just mine. This was a really hard year to pick. The past three years have been absolutely excellent for music but 2013 may be the best of the century so far. Any of the top six below could be number one and I rearranged them a few times. Slots seven through ten could switch out with any of my honorable mentions easily. Heck, that I had to make an honorable mentions list at all just to sort the sheer volume of really good stuff is remarkable. Then you have all of the excellent singles out in the techno and deep house scenes this year and, well, there’s just a ton to deal with. 10. DIANA – “Perpetual Surrender”: I wouldn’t even know about this group had they not opened up for Austra on their recent tour. Expecting nothing much, I was really impressed by what Diana put on display: an energetic, jazzy synth style, flirting with influences like Sade and 80s era Roxy Music. It’s only natural that we’d end up here, with electronic music of all sorts surging into an unprecedented era of critical acclaim on the back of repurposing older styles for a new century. We’ve done industrial, cold wave, techno, rave, house, and everything in between. Why not draw on the mellower, dare I say smoother, forms of the metagenre? That it’s done with such skill is what surprised me; this isn’t usually my thing...