The best things in life are free and Sound Sunday certainly proves that this can be true for music. This edition is dedicated to the best music of 2013: 12 months, 12 best editions, 12 amazing artists.
January launched with lots of great music that defined the rest of the year. By far the most influential and also one your favorites was The Incredible Dubstep edition. To represent this edition, I selected one of my favorite albums of the year: Synthetic Symphony by Dysphemic & Miss Eliza.
Genre: electronic, classical, drum and bass, dubstep, glitchhop
Every new year comes with big plans and challenges. In between all these taxing events, don’t forget to tend to your soul. In 2013, Sound Sunday provided acoustic support with its Music for the Soul edition. Representing this edition is Clementine, a group of university students from Sydney, Australia, with their EP Sweet or Bitter.
Genre: alternative, r&b, soul, soul-jazz, pop
March brought you a Rock edition, which provided the drive needed to make it through the rest of the cold season. The artist that left a lasting impression here was Thot with the album Obscured by the Wind.
Genre: alternative, electro, rock, ambient rock, industrial rock, post rock
April came and it was time to nurture the soul again. This brought about The Magnificent R&B Soul & Hip Hop edition. Next to an EP from Omarion, India Shawn’s debut, and an album from Toronto’s Rochelle Jordan, Cantaloop impressed with their single Blessed.
Genre: funk, soul, hip hop
In May, I emptied my archives and created a true melting pot of Global Music. Each album represented another corner of the world and the respective language. From Japanese to Spanish and many others in between. Turns out this was May’s most popular edition. The honor to represent the lot falls to the Spanish band Sant Gatxo with their album Llum.
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Listeners of Sound Sunday clearly appreciate rock and soul, as those two themes repeatedly top the favorites throughout the year. In June I combined them into a single Rock Soul & Blues edition. My pick from this edition is Minneapolis-based artist Observer Drift with Fjords.
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock, shoegaze, electronic, lo-fi, chillwave
Genre: electronic, melodic, chillwave, chillout, glitch-hop, trip hop
Apparently, I liked this album so much, I accidentally included it in another edition, a few months later.
Rock, one of your most favorite genres, goes well with pop and they come in many different flavors. In August I gave you a taste of country and you liked my Country Pop Rock edition. This gives us another chance to remember Vancouver’s Betty McDaniel with her posthumous album Free At Last.
Genre: country, folk, gospel
In September I returned to more modern music and the Ambient Electronic edition turned out to be a popular one. My pick here is Montréal-born music producer Exist Strategy with his album Lost Manifest.
Genre: ambient, electronic, dubstep
In October, you liked the Chillwave edition. One of the best albums from that edition is a sampler form the Keats//Collective, featuring Crowns, Dinosaurs Rex, Saint Pepsi, and Harrison; Sound Sunday presents Choice Cuts.
Genre: electronic, chillwave, disco, funk
The e-theme continued into November, where you most liked the Electronic Dance edition. Here, one of my favorites Dysphemic and Miss Eliza made an appearance with their single Oblivion. But above all, this edition contained my favorite discovery of the entire year: OVERWERK and his EP After Hours.
Genre: electronic, electro house
At the close of the year, we return to what is at the core of our existence. One of the final editions of the year focused on music to Relax & Sleep Better. I recommend Stellardrone‘s Light Years to drift off into dream land.
Genre: ambient, electronic, cinematic, soundscape
Several well-deserving editions and artists didn’t make the cut. Some of my personal highlights, however, shall find some space here. One of them is Moon Hooch. Featured twice, once in January’s dubstep edition and a second time in October’s Jazz edition, Contra is one incredible single and a free download you shouldn’t miss!
Genre: electronic, cave music, classical, jazz, edm, dubstep, house
An artist I discovered back in 2011, and have since featured once a year, is Coins. He previously made it into the August 2011 Music For The Week and September 2012 Electronic Music editions. In June 2013’s Music To Dance & Relax edition I featured his single Care of Cell Block 101100.
Genre: electronic, dance, house, techno
Genre: ambient, instrumental, progressive, metal
What Is The Music You Wish For In 2014?
2013 was diverse and Sound Sunday was subject to many subtle experiments. We know this column has a loyal group of followers. While also working on its “commercial” success, we don’t want to alienate you! Help us direct Sound Sunday onto the right path with your suggestions.
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