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Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now? (2013)

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How good is this track?! It is a recent find and I think I might have to revisit my best-of review of 2013. Her song ‘Are You With Me Now?’ features on her album Mug Museum. Like another Welsh singer-songwriter, Cate Le Bon is based in the US. I think there is more than a coincidental touch of John Cale about this sound.

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James Blake – Retrograde (2013)

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From one English award-winning songwriter to another… James Blake released ‘Retrograde’ in 2013 as the lead single from his sophomore album Overgrown. The sound was sparse, atmospheric and totally original.

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Sweet Baboo – Let’s Go Swimming Wild (2013)

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The talented Stephen Black is a singer-songwriter from Wales. In 2013, he released the quirky album Ships on Moshi Moshi Records. ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ gives listeners a slightly psychedelic flavour of Sweet Baboo.
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Tchami feat. Kaleem Taylor – Promesses (2013)

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Let’s dance. Martin Bresso (aka Tchami) is a house music producer from Paris. In 2013, he carved out a little spot on the dancefloor for himself with the banging tune that is ‘Promesses’. Kaleem Taylor lays down the vocals against the thickest of basslines. Boom! Have a great weekend.

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Still Corners – The Trip (2013)

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London-based duo Still Corners released their song ‘The Trip’ as the first track on their 2013 long player Strange Pleasures. The album does not get any better; Tessa Murray’s voice drifts over waves of Greg Hughes-penned dream pop.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street (2013)

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‘Jubilee Street’ was the second single from The Bad Seeds’ album Push the Sky Away. This slow burner has echoes of The Velvet Underground; a song about a prostitute named Bee who lived on Jubilee Street in Brighton. Before the Australian star left the city for L.A., following the death of his son, he had spent the best part of two decades down on the south coast. That’s enough time to see a lot of change. Have a great weekend.

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Cage The Elephant – Telescope (2013)

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In 2013, Cage The Elephant found glam in their rock for their album Melophobia. “In a far and distant galaxy/Inside my telescope I see/A pair of eyes peer back at me/He walks and talks and looks like me.” Lord Bowie could not have put it better.

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Alvvays – The Agency Group (2013)

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Now let’s turn up the dissonance dial a touch. Toronto-based band Alvvays self-released their debut album in 2013. It featured this peach. Molly Rankin hits the high notes on ‘The Agency Group’.

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Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You (2013)

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We finish the week with something a little weird and wonderful. Connan Mockasin’s ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’ mimics and evokes to great effect. Despite the R&B machismo of the chorus, its psychedelic funk production has to be heard to be believed. The song features on his 2013 album Caramel. Have a great weekend.

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Burial – Come Down To Us (2013)

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In 2013, the mysterious and reclusive William Bevan released his EP Rival Dealer. Burial had had already gained a reputation for standing a head above his electronic peers and this release did nothing to dowse the excitement. The 13-minute closer ‘Come Down To Us’ manages to be both funereal, layered, spacious and upbeat.

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Le Couleur – Femme (2013)

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Canadian band Le Couleur channel a vintage form of electro-pop for the song ‘Femme’ off their 2013 Voyage Love EP. Laurence Giroux-Do, Patrick Gosselin and Steeven Chouinard had approached French producer French Fox to produce a nostalgic, welcome view of glamour and Twiggy. It feels like being in a French discoclub in 1982.

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Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu (2013)

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The singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey is a founding member of the band Portico Quartet. ‘Cucurucu’ was his fourth release after leaving the group in 2011 to go solo. It features on his first studio album First Mind, which, like the work of Portico Quartet, also received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Mulvey has previously revealed that the song’s title is a meaningless noise a child would make, but to these ears, the salsa-infused sound has more to do with the time he spent studying music in Havana. A salsa infusion as it would be sung by Ian Brown, that is.

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Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance (2013)

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Featuring the well placed vocals of Pharrell Williams, ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’ is a celebratory disco track off Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories. The YouTube video is the glitter ball on top. Have a great weekend.

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Woodkid – I Love You (2013)

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French music video director and neofolk artist Yoann Lemoine is better known to some as Woodkid. His track ‘I Love You’ features on the autobiographic album The Golden Age. You will have to forgive him the indulgent video, that sport of what he does and has done for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey’s …

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Midlake – The Old & The Young (2013)

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Has it really been a decade since Midlake released their sublime second album The Trials of Van Occupanther? To my ears, they have never again reached those high sounds. That said, in 2013, the troubadour in them had a momentary return. From their fourth album Antiphon sprung ‘The Old & The Young’ with its echoes of the psychedelic side of Laurel Canyon.

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