Nina Morena’s Top Releases of 2013

My top releases of 2013 in no particular order and why!tumblr_inline_myoevb2EmX1qzrvu8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Internet – Feel Good

Quite simply one of my favorite releases this year.  It’s hard to listen to an LP from A-Z and love every track.  I don’t think Sid The Kid has the best voice but the music compliments her style.

 

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Eric Lau – One of Many

I’m a sucker for compilations and beats and Eric Lau dropped this one earlier this year quietly.  I found myself adding this to my daily rotation.

 

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Amel Larrieux – Ice Cream Everyday

Normally I’d say she will “over-skat” a song and we forget what song she was singing and how long ago she started it.  I was afraid to listen but Ice Cream Everyday was one of Amel’s best efforts.  It’s a great release and has love written all over it.

 

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Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

I honestly did not think Janelle could woo me again but she did.  I’m officially a Stan but more importantly this LP showed Janelle’s ability to flip her musical styles with each song and tell a story. Now I expect greatness everytime her name appears.

 

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Quadron – Avalanche
If you don’t know who Quandron is this is a great introduction LP.  Right from the start “LFT” is a banga.  Trust me Quadron needs to be in your rotation.
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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1

Normally Top 40 artists will not make my list but this LP had me playing it so much I heard it in my head even while sleeping. Don’t bother with Part 2 because it sucks. #truestory
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Bilal – A Love Surreal

Bilal is one of those artists who gets better with time.  A Love Surreal was just a beautiful LP from start to finish.
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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Rarely do I get excited these days about releases but this year Janelle Monae & Daft Punk had me up at midnight ready to make purchases.  I’m a Nile Rogers junkie so this was one of my favorite all over the place releases this year.  It didn’t hurt to add Pharrell Williams on two of the tracks either.
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Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit

I found myself getting lost in his voice.  There are few artists who just make me smile.
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Jhene Aiko – Sail Out

I loved the whole attitude with this record.  I can’t wait for a full fledged release from Jhene.
Honerable Mentions:
Snarky Pupppy – Family Dinner Vol 1.
The Foregin Exchange – Love In Flying Colors
Zo! – Man Made
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2
Frank McComb – Remebring Donny Hathaway (LIve At The Bitter End) [DUDE SOUNDS LIKE DONNY WHOA)
Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go
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