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Best Of 2013...

Bill Callahan: Dream River (Drag City)

Ol' man Eagle is back, floatin' Apocalyptically on a Whaleheart down the Dream River. Eight gentle percolations fire the pressure-cooker of life, dialing us into the Callahanian mind- and soul-set. Whether it's under his previous Smog guise or the name bestowed uopn him at birth BC can (still) do no wrong. more


Queens Of The Stone Age: … Like Clockwork (Matador)

Queens Of The Stone Age returned in 2013 with their album "...Like Clockwork" which reached number two on the UK album charts and featured numerous high-profile guests on the album, including Dave Grohl, Jake Shears, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and Elton John (no really, it did!) more


Congo Natty: Jungle Revolution (Big Dada)

You can forget all that drum and bass or breakbeat malarkey the building blocks here are jungle over which Congo 'The Rebel MC' Natty layers conscious rasta lyrics, bowel loosening dub passages and some terrific guest slots by Tenor Fly, Top Cat, General Levy, Tippa Irie and Daddy Freddy. more


Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (Kscope)

His third solo album featuring a collection of stellar musicians, engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons and consisting of just six songs, three of which are 10 minute plus epics, exactly what prog fans were hoping for this delivers on pretty much every level, his best yet. more


The Ruts D.C.: Rhythm Collision Vol. 2 (Sosumi)

Follow up to Ruts 1982 classic punk dub reggae album Rhythm Collision Vol 1 featuring the Mad Professor, Prince Fatty, Tenor Fly and members of Misty in Roots and Alabama 3, if anything this surpasses the original effort, the Smiley Culture tribute 'Smiling Culture' one of the tracks of the year. more


Not only but also...

Black Sabbath: 13 (Mercury) more
Boards Of Canada: Tomorrows Harvest (Warp) more
Public Service Broadcasting: Inform - Educate – Entertain (Test Card Recordings) more
Woodkid: The Golden Age (Island) more
Atoms For Peace: Amok (XL) more
Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld: Still Smiling (Specula Records) more
John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union) more
LOWB: Leap And The Net Will Appear (Distiller) more
Ulver: Messe I.X - VI.X (Kscope) more
Norman Watt Roy: Faith & Grace (Cadiz) more
Jaga Jazzist: Live With The Britten Sinfonia (Ninja Tune) more
The Bevis Frond: White Numbers (Woronzow) more
Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon) more
Dave Davis: I Will Be Me (Cleopatra Records) more
Levin Minnemann Rudess: Levin Minnemann Rudess (Lazy Bones) more

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