It’s that time of year again — the time in which the year’s best ear candy is served up in one delicious location for your listening pleasure. Unlike last year, however, I’ve streamlined my ‘best of’ index into a selective top ten list — so you KNOW they’re the cream of the crop.

Cheers to CHVRCHES, Disclosure and Arctic Monkeys amongst others for bringing us their indie A-game in 2013. So basically, well done to the UK; thanks for the aural alchemy. All of these artists made an impact on the music scene this past year in a major way — so if you see some cross-collaboration, well, there’s a reason. Without further ado, I present my top picks for 2013:

1. Disclosure – Latch (ft. Sam Smith)


Bonus: Disclosure – “F For You” (TEED Remix)


2. CHVRCHES – “Recover”


3. Dillon Francis – “Without You” (ft. TEED)


4. AlunaGeorge x Disclosure – “White Noise”


5. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”


6. MS MR – “Think of You”


7. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Carry Me”


8. BANKS – “Change”


9. Kanye West – “Blood On the Leaves”


10. London Grammar – “Strong”


Bonus: London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years (Sound Remedy Remix) + Free DL


And last but not least, the award for Best Remix of the Year goes to:

Grizzly Bear – “Will Calls” (Diplo Remix)

Local Natives – You & I


In case you haven’t heard, Local Natives and their gorgeous harmonies are back on their new album, Hummingbird, released January 29 via Frenchkiss records (and I insist you visit the label’s previously linked fb page, for no other reason than to view the absurdly awesome cover photo). The LA-based band does not disappoint with their sophomore effort, retaining their original melodic appeal while putting forth some new introspective material.

Local Natives are playing two sold-out shows at 930 Club in DC next month – April 5th and 6th. Sad to say, I do not have a ticket. If someone wants to remedy this, please contact me immediately. I was also delighted to see that directly following their DC stop, the group will be headed to my hometown, Tulsa for a performance at Cain’s Ballroom on the 9th. Nice!

Sample a couple of tracks off the new album – “You & I” and “Heavy Feet” – below, along with another favorite off the debut album Gorilla Manor.

oh what a fool I was to think / that I could get by on a smile and a wink