Posted in music on December 3, 2013

by Bill Pearis

#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
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Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:

Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.
The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.

You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..

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The Quietus - Top 100 Albums of 2013
1. Grumbling Fur - Glynnaestra (Thrill Jockey)
2. These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds (Infectious)
3. David Bowie - The Next Day (EMI)
4. Factory Floor - Factory Floor (DFA)
5. Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust (Trash Mouth)
6. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
7. Daniel Avery - Drone Logic (Phantasy)
8. Frisk Frugt - Dansktoppen Møder Burkina Faso I Det Himmelblå Rum Hvor Solen Bor, Suite (Exotic Pylon)
9. Foals - Holy Fire (Transgressive)
10. RP Boo - Legacy (Planet Mu)
11. Savages - Silence Yourself (Matador)
12. Stara Rzeka - Cień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem (Instant Classic)
13. Kanye West - Yeezus (Virgin Records)
14. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation (Tri Angle)
15. Rashad Becker - Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. 1 (PAN)
16. Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo - Still Smiling (Spècula)
17. Jon Hopkins - Immunity (Domino)
18. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
19. Pinkunoizu - The Drop (Full Time Hobby)
20. Logos - Cold Mission (Keysound)
21. Laurel Halo - Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub)
22. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual (Rabid Records)
23. Kelela - Cut 4 Me (Fade To Mind)
24. Fire! Orchestra - Exit! (Rune Grammofon)
25. Teeth Of The Sea - Master (Rocket)
26. Pet Shop Boys - Electric (x2)
27. Floorplan - Paradise (M-Plant)
28. Vatican Shadow - Remember Your Black Day (Hospital)
29. Matmos - The Marriage Of True Minds (Thrill Jockey)
30. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP (RCA)
31. A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord (Columbia)
32. Heatsick - Re-Engineering (PAN)
33. British Sea Power - Machineries Of Joy (Rough Trade)
34. Wire - Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
35. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks/World Music)
36. (Ensemble Pearl) - (Ensemble Pearl) (Drag City)
37. Le1f - Fly Zone (self released)
38. A Hawk And A Hacksaw - You Have Already Gone To The Other World (LM Dupli-Cation)
39. Don Christian - The Wayfarer (self-released)
40. L.Pierre - The Island Come True (Melodic)
41. WANDA GROUP - Piss Fell Out Like Sunlight (Opal Tapes)
42. Suede - Bloodsports (Warner)
43. Charles Cohen - The Middle Distance (Morphine)
44. Satelliti - Transister (Cuckundoo)
45. Rabih Beaini - Albidaya (Annihaya)
46. Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On (Jagjaguwar)
47. John Foxx And The Maths - Evidence (Metamatic)
48. NYPC - NYPC (The Numbers)
49. Matt Berry - Kill The Wolf (Acid Jazz)
50. Katie Gately - Katie Gately (Public Information)
51. Tamikrest - Chatma (Glitterbeat)
52. Wolf Eyes - No Answer: Lower Floors (De Stijl)
53. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu (SVART)
54. Prurient - Through The Window (Blackest Ever Black)
55. Emptyset - Recur (Raster Noton)
56. Gary Numan - Splinter (Cooking Vinyl/Mortal)
57. Heterotic - Love & Devotion (Planet Mu)
58. The Stranger - Watching Dead Empires In Decay (Modern Love)
59. Sons Of Kemet - Burn (Naim)
60. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation)
61. Miracle - Mercury (Planet Mu)
62. English Heretic - "Anti-Heroes" (self-released)
63. Derek Piotr - Raj (self-released)
64. Kerridge - A Fallen Empire (Downwards)
65. My Bloody Valentine - m b v (Pickpocket Records)
66. The Botanist - IV: Mandragora (Flenser)
67. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady (Atlantic)
68. Tal National - Kaani (Fat Cat)
69. Young Echo - Nexus (Ramp)
70. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon)
71. Dawn Richard - GoldenHeart (101 Distribution)
72. Årabrot - Årabrot (Fysisk Format)
73. Endless Boogie - Long Island (Drag City)
74. Body/Head - Coming Apart (Matador)
75. TVO/Covered In Sand - Red Night Variations (Broken20)
76. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris (Columbia)
77. Dethscalator - Racial Golf Course No Bitches (Riot Season)
78. The Body - Christs, Redeemers (Thrill Jockey)
79. James Holden - The Inheritors (Border Community)
80. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name (Good/Def Jam)
81. DJ Rashad - Double Cup (Hyperdub)
82. *AR - Fragments (Sustain Release)
83. Wölfbait - Wölfbait (Art For The Blind)
84. Barn Owl - V (Thrill Jockey)
85. Hey Colossus - Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo (MIE)
86. oVo - Abisso (Supernatural Cat)
87. Carcass - Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
88. Lescop - Lescop (Pop Noire)
89. Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon (RCA)
90. Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
91. Palehorse - Harm Starts Here (Candlelight)
92. Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats - Mind Control (Rise Above)
93. Comanechi - You Owe Me Nothing But Love (Tiger Trap)
94. Cathedral - The Final Spire (Rise Above)
95. White Hills - So You Are So You'll Be (Thrill Jockey)
96. Chrome Hoof - Chrome Black Gold (Cuneiform)
97. Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu (Domino)
98. ÄÄNIPÄÄ - Through A Pre-Memory (Editions Mego)
99. The Ex And Brass Unbound - Enormous Door (Ex)
100. Shitfucker - Sucks Cocks In Hell (Hells Headbangers)

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Comments (29)

who are these bands

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 2:59 PM

Much respect for leaving Arcade Fire off the list entirely. Everyone knows the album blows, but they're too much of pussies to omit it. Have to pass the 'cool' test. So right on to these guys.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:01 PM

the most decent list out there so far. none of those hipster brooklyn shits

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:02 PM

Finally, someone includes Nick Cave.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:03 PM

Definitely the better of these lists but I haven't heard of like, at least half of these releases.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:10 PM

no grimes ?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:11 PM

I forgot about Daniel Avery. That album was bomb same with Laurel Halo, Jon Hopkins, and James Holden.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:15 PM

>>Definitely the better of these lists but I haven't heard of like, at least half of these releases.

Those are the lists I like, the ones with releases I haven't heard of. Check them out and maybe discover something life changing....or at least worthwhile. Personally I could care less what anyone thinks of albums I already have an opinion on, use these lists for stuff I've missed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:39 PM

Finally, a list!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:43 PM

this Frisk Frugt record is pretty cool, missed that one this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 3:58 PM

forgot Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 4:02 PM

# 100 is the best album ever

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 4:31 PM

No Haim? Did management forget to pay the outstanding balance?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 5:11 PM

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 5:43 PM

Shitfucker has a swastika as their album cover. They are GG allin type nuts. I guess also D whats your take on this band?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 5:46 PM

5:11 wins.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 5:51 PM

"The Quietus - Top 100 Albums of 2014"

Great proofreading fucking morons

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 5:55 PM

The Quietus has consistently been one of the best online music publication for years. All around great writing by people who actually understand good music, not the shitty buzz band promoting machines that people mistake as music journalism.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 6:07 PM

6:07, "All around great writing" is so subjective. I've read a ton of articles written by blowhards. But, they do have good stuff sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 8:49 PM

About as original as a self-replicating Saltine.

Wait, that's interesting.

I take it back!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 9:34 PM

"My ultimate holiday gift is a big bag of weed, a massage, a a a aI think a bottle of even williams"- Frohawk on his radio show. Legend

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 9:57 PM

best list so far. Way more inclusive of electronic artists, but it leaves out the shitty albums that daft punk and disclosure made this year

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 10:12 PM

I know you guys aren't really into house music. But, these guys DOP are really onto the proper way to criticize daft punk. I feel like this critique of them trhough their youtube page is well thought out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypzPTDozUMU

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Posted by car diagnostic tool | December 4, 2013 5:50 AM

This list is the worst

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 9:31 AM

Ha ha love number 100!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 10:13 AM

Grumbling Fur!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 5:43 PM

Holy Moses this is good. How they have transformed a simple musical figure into something ominous and powerful.

Posted by Kenval | October 28, 2014 11:41 AM

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