There are a lot of up-and-coming artists that I can’t wait to get more music from in 2014 and Tokyo-based Sapphire Slow is definitely placed within the top 3 in my personal books. Her Allegoria project had me from the very instant. Calm and energetic, Allegoria is a great fusion of dreampop and J-pop and a perfect example of universal genre-blending.
No matter the weather, this one will get you in the mood. Seemingly out of nowhere, the enigmatic beat constructor drops some of 2013′s finest 28 minutes of music and proves once again why he’s one of today’s greatest. It actually took me only one listen to add this to my best-of list this year.
From the man who brought us A$AP Ferg’s dancehall ode “Shabba” comes one of my favorite free albums of 2013. Egodeth: Earth For 2 by Marvel Alexander. If you’re having a slow start in the and don’t have coffee around, then this will be your ideal companion. From hip-hop, EDM to trap — this project has it all. Think of Aphex Twin meeting Flying Lotus.
Without a doubt one of my favorite producers out there at the moment. So what’s not to love when he drops a piece that collects the best of his recent works as pure instrumentals? Although it arrived late in 2013, it became one of my instant favorites of the year.
Certainly the most slept-on soundtrack of 2013. M83′s Anthony Gonzales links up with composer Joseph Trapanese to deliver best part to one of the more disappointing movies of the year. Equipped with spacy soundscapes and ambient synthesizer layers, this piece is a great example of how contemporary film scores should be designed.