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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

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 11 Free Music Albums: The Incredible Dubstep Edition [Sound Sunday] 11 Free Music Albums: The Incredible Dubstep Edition [Sound Sunday] Read More . 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

February

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 10 Free MP3 Albums & 2 EPs - Music for the Soul [Sound Sunday] 10 Free MP3 Albums & 2 EPs - Music for the Soul [Sound Sunday] Sound Sunday aims to please the soul. Every week ten or more artists are featured with their songs, EPs, and albums available for free. This edition is dedicated to rhythm and blues and soul music,... Read More . 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

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March

March brought you a Rock edition The Rock Edition - 10 Free Music Albums [Sound Sunday] The Rock Edition - 10 Free Music Albums [Sound Sunday] Read More , 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

April came and it was time to nurture the soul again. This brought about The Magnificent R&B Soul & Hip Hop edition Your Free Music Fix: The Magnificent R&B Soul & Hip Hop Edition [Sound Sunday] Your Free Music Fix: The Magnificent R&B Soul & Hip Hop Edition [Sound Sunday] Read More . 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

May

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

June

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

July

A chilled summer is twice as good with the right music. You most appreciated the Calm Ambient & Electronic Summer Weekend edition. Here is its protagonist, Broke For Free with the EP Gold Can Stay.

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.

August

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

September

In September I returned to more modern music and the Ambient Electronic edition 10 Free Ambient Electronic Music Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] 10 Free Ambient Electronic Music Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Tune into the music to relax your brainwaves. This edition of Sound Sunday features soothing ambient electronic sounds with many underlying genres, from drum & bass and dubstep, to rock, classical, and experimental soundscapes. Read More 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

October

In October, you liked the Chillwave edition 13 Free Chillwave Music Albums & EPs [Sound Sunday] 13 Free Chillwave Music Albums & EPs [Sound Sunday] Chillwave is characterized by the use of synthesizers, drum machines, and heavy effects processing. With roots in ambient, new wave, and synth pop, it has a musical breadth, that is thoroughly reflected in this selection. Read More . 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

November

The e-theme continued into November, where you most liked the Electronic Dance edition Electronic Dance Music: 15 Free EPs & Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Electronic Dance Music: 15 Free EPs & Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Care for some free and legal music downloads? How about some dance-oriented electronic music, including house, IDM, drum & bass, and dubstep? Get ready to dance with this edition of Sound Sunday! Read More . 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

December

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 Relax & Sleep Better With These Free Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Relax & Sleep Better With These Free Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Sound Sunday music downloads are mostly free and always legal. In this edition, find ambient, electronic, and classical music to influence your mood and maybe experience the sensation of ASMR. Can you feel it? Read More . I recommend Stellardrone‘s Light Years to drift off into dream land.

Genre: ambient, electronic, cinematic, soundscape

Special Mentions

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 Free & Fantastic: 10 Jazz Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Free & Fantastic: 10 Jazz Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Do you appreciate Jazz? You will after listening to the albums in this edition of Sound Sunday! And if you already like Jazz, you'll love what I have for you this week. Read More , 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 11 Free Electronic Music Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] 11 Free Electronic Music Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Read More editions. In June 2013’s Music To Dance & Relax edition I featured his single Care of Cell Block 101100.

Genre: electronic, dance, house, techno

Cloudkicker, aka Ben Sharp, is another Sound Sunday regular, who made it into December’s Hard Rock & Hardcore edition with his 2008 album The Discovery.

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.

I hear you on Twitter @TinaSieber, you can email me to Tina at this domain, and the comments are open for feedback, too.

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