The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.
Disclosure have brought classic house back into the spotlight, and it’s superb.
Despite their ages, Guy (22) and Howard (19) Lawrence have polished off the records of notable UK garage producers Artful Dodger and MJ Cole and listened to them on repeat until there was just enough influence to make Settle – one of the strongest electronic releases of 2013.
While many a dance album becomes repetitive three tracks in, Settle starts with the infectious “When a Fire Starts to Burn” and changes at every turn, including the retro-inspired “Latch” and the definite dance-floor pleaser “Confess to Me” featuring Jesse Ware.
But the excitement only grows once you realize that Disclosure are a live act. These tracks, however made in studio, have live drums, live guitars and live vocals on stage. If the music’s right, dancing at a club can be pretty fun, but when it’s live, that’s a whole new level.