Without question, it's a varied collection of tunes, but in a year when the best electronic music came from all across the map, this list offers an accurate representation of our listening habits over the past 12 months.
This year’s Vapor City album saw Machinedrum further refine his sleek, R&B-infused hybrid of juke and jungle. With its muted, tensile breakbeats, “Eyesdontlie” has the telltale jittery juke pulse that has run through almost every recent Machinedrum production, but what really makes the track stand out is its gaseous, pitch-shifted vocal sample, which repeats the titular phrase ad infinitum as a growing sense of anxiety floats over the rest of the track’s skittering gradients. Midway through, the rhythm falls away, leaving behind only a smoky organ line from which ghostly chords emerge; like so much of 2013’s best music, “Eyesdontlie” finds a way of invoking the legacy of rave without bringing along the baggage of nostalgia. - Tim Gentles
Although 2013 was the year in which fun-loving Swede Axel Boman released his debut full-length, Family Vacation, it was actually another release, his Black Magic Boman EP for the Hypercolour label, that contained his most memorable offering. At its core, “Klinsmann” is a pop song—the song’s main vocal is actually lifted from a Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men tune—but there’s plenty to love in Boman’s bright synths, bubbly bassline, and relatively sparse arrangement. We weren’t the only ones to take notice, as John Talabot used a healthy portion of the track on his excellent DJ-Kicks mix. - Shawn Reynaldo