With 2013 coming to a close, it’s time to hear what our Murfie staffers have to say about the best albums that were released this year.
Everything by Moby is pretty much awesome. He manages to evolve his style with each album while still appealing to his core fan base.
I’ve spent a lot of time in the Caribbean, so I’m always looking for new sources of great reggae music. A colleague of mine at Murfie turned me onto Kiwi. They do an amazing job of mixing in traditional rhythms and chords with a few modern twists.
This is hard-hitting future roots reggae with elements of rock, rap and electronic. The buzz around this album is well earned—it’s arguably JBB’s best album ever during their 18-year career.
“Royals” blew up the radio, but the rest of this album is pretty awesome. Check out “Team”. This really stands out as something different this year. Also, she is only 16!
Just relentless intensity rarely seen outside of hardcore or metal. Equally desperate and commanding.
Obsidian takes some of the best elements of Will Wiesenfeld’s debut Cerulean and reinvents them in such a way as to broaden the range of genres you’d expect to hear from him. Unlike Wiesenfeld’s other work, this material could be played by a band and proves that he’s not just a DJ behind all his gear. There were a lot of albums out this year that I absolutely loved, but this was one that I came back to over and over again.
Next up is 2014! Let’s see what we get :-)
Have you ever discovered a band during their live show, and found yourself a delighted dancing machine? Well, that happened to me when I saw the band Kiwi play a show with New Kingston, Groundation and John Brown’s Body in NYC. We’re talking jazzy, rootsy music with the whole works: horns, keys, guitar, bass, and positive, clever vocals. Alright, enough with the intro—take a listen for yourself!
Who: Alex Tea of Kiwi; interviewed by Kayla Liederbach
What: An interesting discussion about Kiwi, music fusion, the rise of the homemade music movement, influence from The Beatles, The Wailers and more.
Where: Murfie HQ via Skype
When: Thursday, November 14th, 2013
How: Recorded by Kayla Liederbach
File: mp3 version
Guess what—for the first time, we’ll be getting a free streaming concert on the Murfie Podcast! Tune in this Wednesday night at 9pm CT/10pm ET to hear Alex play us acoustic songs by Kiwi!
VIEW EVENT DETAILS HERE
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