2013 Best House Albums
2013 Best House Albums
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Presenting our Top 50 Albums of 2013. At the end of the list you'll find our individual contributors' personal top 10 albums and tracks. Don't forget to check out the My Year in Music feature in The Pitch, where our writers and editors run down their personal highs and lows of 2013.
94. Colette: When the Music's Loud [Candy Talk] 2013On her first LP for her own label after a career's worth of releases on influential West Coast imprint Om, singer/DJ/producer Colette leaves behind the deep house sound the world was then discovering in favor of Italo-disco, electro, and some 80s synth love. The album's lyrics are about that DJ life but the beats are about the dancefloor.
84: Classixx: Hanging Gardens [Innovative Leisure] 2013This record was classic (pun intended) before it came out. "I'll Get You" was revolutionary in 2009, and even though it took these sunny-side LA bros four years to release a proper LP, we still "liked bass." Hanging Gardens is 12 tracks of happy-go-lucky perfection. If you soundtracked the best first date in history, you'd get this. Swipe right forever.
48. Ricardo Villalobos: Alcachofa [Playhouse] 2003While Chilean-German eccentric Ricardo Villalobos is probably best-known for his lengthy DJ sets, his first artist album established him as a minimal techno pioneer. Named for the Spanish word for artichoke, there is not a single track under seven minutes on Alcachofa, revealing the producer's mindset as never being too far from the club, especially those dark, dirty techno ones.
7. Disclosure: Settle [PMR/Interscope] 2013As debuts go, it's hard to get more perfect than this. Chicago house-inspired tunes like "When a Fire Starts to Burn" united underground support while "Latch" launched the career of a popstar. Few acts can toe the line between accessible and innovative; that balance has won Disclosure critical acclaim, but Settle's unrelenting danceability from start to finish wins the night.
For the rest of the year, we'll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2013. View all our DJ's favorite albums here, and see what KEXP listeners voted for in our 2013 Top 90.3 Albums Countdown here.
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