Best of 2013 Music XWHY

XWHY XMAS Guestlist #7 – Dom

And on the last day of the Christmas playlist countdown, our final ‘Best of 2013 Music’ selection…

It’s our final playlist in the XWHY XMAS Guestlist series, and it falls on a beautiful, lazy, pre-Christmas Sunday. Top up your hangovers with a mince-pie-sherry combination, sit somewhere in the long, low light and have a listen to a few of the best tracks from this year.


Some of you might know him from his NTS Radio shows, others of you might recognise him as the curator of our Missed Mixtapes’ series, and the rest of you need to start paying more attention…
Dominic Roarty is our Sunday savant. Here’s what he had to say…
This was a difficult task. In no particular order…

King Krule – Baby Blue

6 Feet Beneath the Moon is one of my favourite albums of the year from Croydon’s Archy Marshall. Baby Blue is the best one. I love the clean guitar and the Dury-esque vocal.

My sandpaper sigh, Engraves a line, Into the rust of your tongue
I could’ve been someone

Teenage angst at its best.

Seven Davis Jr. – Pornostar

Seven Davis Jr. made some great, hazy soul music over more than a decade, never released it, then buried it in storage in some vault in LA. Kutmah managed to track it down and released it on his IZWID label this year. This track is so hot, check the lurching synths. One for the end of the party.

Sampha – Can’t get Close

Dual is so good. One of my most listened to EPs in a while. Its been a great couple of years for Sampha, with colabs with Jessie Ware, SBTRKT and Drake all under the belt. ‘Can’t get close’ is a song he wrote about the father he lost when he was nine. Gospel-esque melodies about family regret – its powerful stuff.



Mount Kimbie – So Many Times, So Many Ways

One of the best live shows I have seen this year was Mount Kimbie playing by the sea in France. I had listened to the album already, but it wasn’t until I heard this performed that I really came to appreciate this track. I love the building guitar loops and chugging bass.

Grandbrothers – Ezra Was Right

Germany’s Grandbrothers have made something really interesting. There are elements of techno, jazz and experimental Steve Reich style sounds. Opening with sparing pianos, the track gradually moves towards the dancefloor with a driving keyboard part (that will stick in your head) and electronic drums.



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