the big list: the best in music for 2013

End of year lists are pretty much…the best part of the year. So here’s our (heavily biased) idea of what happened in music in 2013: 

Album of the Year:

(the nominees…)

 – Haim : Days Are Gone

– Kanye West : Yeezus 

– Arctic Monkeys : AM

– Arcade Fire : Reflektor

– Disclosure : Settle

– Jagwar Ma : Howlin’

– Rudimental : Home

– Tegan And Sara : Heartthrob

– Laura Marling : Once I Was An Eagle

– James Blake : Overgrown 


WINNER: Haim – Days Are Gone 













Record Of The Year:


– “Royals” – Lorde

– “Days Are Gone” – Haim

– “The Wire” – Haim

– “When A Fire Starts To Burn” – Disclosure

– “Latch” – Disclosure

– “Black Skinhead” – Kanye West

– “Blood On The Leaves” – Kanye West

– “Still Into You” – Paramore

– “DNA” – Empire Of The Sun

– “Master Hunter” – Laura Marling

– “Reflektor” – Arcade Fire

– “R U Mine” – Arctic Monkeys

– “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift

– “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu 

WINNER: Haim – “The Wire” 

Gig of the Year:

– Tegan And Sara – Sydney Opera House

– Lorde – Splendour In The Grass

– Laura Marling – Splendour In The Grass

– Haim – Splendour In The Grass

– Alison Wonderland – Splendour In The Grass 

– Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – The HiFi 

– James Blake – Splendour In The Grass 

WINNER: Tegan And Sara

(Honourable mention to Alison Wonderland, for delivering the most badass/hectic DJ gig this year)

Best/ Weirdest/ Freaky Music Video of the Year: 

– “Bound 2” – Kanye West

– “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

….actually that just about covers it.

WINNER: Miley Cyrus…for making demolition work thoroughly traumatising. 

Biggest Musical Fuck Ups of 2013

– The One Direction Movie

– Festivals Cancelling (that’s you Harvest…Homebake)

– Bottle throwing at gigs (it’s not cool, see Azealia Banks) 

WINNER: The One Direction Movie

Biggest Musical WTF?? 

– Miley Cyrus

….there’s no need for any other nominees. 














Breakthrough Artist

– Haim

– Lorde

– Jagwar Ma

– Vance Joy


Quote of the Year:

“Now is an important time not to Google myself.” – Miley Cyrus 


Let us know what you think (i.e. we want your outrage.) 




Azealia Banks drops new single, starts Twitter feud…


Azealia Banks


A whirlwind of profanities, controversy and enough attitude to sink a continent, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has blazed into 2013 on the back of a single that has ignited a Twitter war with fellow rapper Angel Haze, led her to call Perez Hilton a “messy faggot”, and has nearly gotten her dropped from her record label, Interscope Records.

Bad publicity aside, BBD (‘Bad Bitches Do It’) glides on a killer pulse and Banks’ rambling,  ballsy lyrics: ‘Tits out for ya wife, nigga/ I’m bringing out the dyke in her’.

Azealia Banks’ debut studio record Broke With Expensive Taste will be released mid February

Del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’ gets stonewashed

Lana Del Rey feat. Azealia Banks

Blue Jeans (Smims & Belle Remix)

The polarising freight train that is Del Rey continues to burn through the music scene, and this new remix from Smims and Belle is only going to confuse people further

The original was a slow burn of apathy with Del Rey’s treacle-like voice above a scattered and heavy backing.

The remix has rapper Azealia Banks freestyling over a thumping backing perfectly geared for the indie dance-floor. It retains the busy backing of the original, but skews it with lazer beams of synths and a deep, dub like bass.

Smims & Belle are wise not to screw to much with the original vocal, the opening showcases Del Rey’s drawl for nearly a whole verse before they start slicing it up like sashimi.

A fiery remix.


P.S. Head over to the ‘Listen In’ page and have a listen, what do you think??