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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Superstructure: Chipsilanti Free Album

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Todd Osborn shares another free gift during the holiday, this time its all covers made on old computers. Anyone remember his gem from 2010?

Superstructure is yet another alias of Todd Osborn (Osborne, Soundmurderer, TNT, Starski & Clutch, etc). Continuing the tradition of intellectually undemanding Formula Fresh releases this release is a special holiday giveaway of cover versions made with older computer/game systems (ZX Spectrum, C64, NES).

This free album is also a precursor to Todd’s upcoming Drip.fm channel that will start subscriptions in 2014.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Tracklist
1 Telephone Line
2 Sweet Baby
3 Minute by Minute
4 Sharing the Night Together
5 Feels So Good
6 Sentimental Lady
7 Your Wildest Dreams
8 Always
9 BLT (Bonus Track)

Machinedrum Vapor City Citizenship

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Machinedrum and Ninja Tune have expanded nicely on the continuation of keeping Vapor City an experience beyond just an album release with a release date.

Introducing “Vapor City“, sort of looks like Africa broken up into boroughs. I’m guessing you sign up and join as a citizen and once a month for the new few months new boroughs unlock and i’m sure new music will be given away like today. Vizion Center just went live which is a above, its a really special collection of ambient tracks from Travis.

ISO50 playlist: 2013 Top Songs #10 thru #1

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We’ve finally reached it, the Top 10 songs of the year. Make sure to check out the rest of the playlists easily by using the Featured Post Section on the right side, I hope you’ve found something new or just a playlist to sit back with.

**Side note: I didn’t include Moodgadget or Ghostly International releases because that would just not be fair.

#10 Jessy Lanza5785021

Just how everything expands after the 3 minute mark does it for me, Junior Boys perfection.

#9 DJ RashadPass That Shit (feat. Spinn & Taso)

I need the extremes of both ends of the music spectrum to make me feel normal, being from Detroit you couldn’t get enough Ghetto-Tech, this song just makes me happy.

#8 DianaBorn Again

“The Pop Song of the Year” for me, all ages and genres, nothing matters but the music here.

#7 PtakiKrystyna

The Polish in me and my love for slow disco bumped this song into the Top 10. Really though you can’t deny that bassline and the sample, just heavy lush disco, its like the West Coast Rap of Disco.

#6 Toro Y MoiSay That

If anyone deserves Top 40 support its Chaz, keep him happy and in the studio.

#5 Boards of CanadaNothing Is Real

They came back in such a perfect way this year.

#4 The FieldA Guided Tour

My favorite listening album of the year, beautifully prepared, a formula that doesn’t need adjusting.

#3 Majical CloudzChildhood’s End

The only emotionally vocal song that hit me this year, he does simplicity soo well.

#2 Dirty BeachesCasino Lisboa

This song is the definition of passion and drive.

#1 BibioA Tout a l’heure

Uplifting done right, changes my mood instantly, music is priceless when it can do that to you.

ISO50 playlist: 2013 Top Songs #20 thru #11

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Aaaannnd we’re down to the Top 20 *dodges tomatoes*

#20 The Beat BrokerDeparture

#19 CFCFBeyond Light

#18 Juana MolinaEras

#17 MachinedrumGunshotta

#16 Four TetParallel Jalebi

#15 Toro Y MoiRose Quartz

#14 Oneohtrix Point NeverAlong

#13 LawrenceLucifer

#12 Sally ShapiroLives Together (The Field remix)

#11 Standish/CarlyonNono/Yoyo (HTRK remix)

ISO50 Playlist: 2013 Top Songs #30 thru #21

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Some many underdogs here, remember there’s the dance world, indie rock world, electronic, beats, and soo many more genres being covered on this blog. Once all 50 are revealed this will be a beautifully diverse review of the year, enjoy.

#30 BlondesAndrew

#29 Keep Shelly In AthensRecollection

#28 CFCFCamera

#27 Ken CamdenEta Carinae

#26 FunctionInter

#25 Marcel DettmannLightworks

#24 Tornado WallaceBit 1

#23 LegoweltSark Island Acid

#22 Hot ChipHow Do You Do? (Todd Terje remix)

#21 Four TetFor These Times

ISO50 Playlist: 2013 Top Songs #40 Thru #31

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It only gets better and better the further we get into this…

#40 SampsPlans

#39 LapaluxSwallowing Smoke

#38 Benoit PioulardMargins

#37 Om UnitCorridor 2013

#36 Jon HopkinsOpen Eye Signal

#35 Zomby777

#34 Soviet SovietNo Lesson

#33 Jensen SportagBellz

#32 Jacques GreeneQuicksand

#31 DarkstarTimeaway

ISO50 Playlist: 2013 Top Songs #50 thru #41

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This doesn’t need much of an introduction, its a best of list that we’ve been doing for years, the great thing about them is that i’ve made them into a nice 10 track playlist for you. I hope you enjoy, remember you don’t have to agree with me, I hope I turn you onto some new music by the end of it.

#50 HoldenSome Respite

#49 Airbird & NapolianIn The Zone

#48 OrphanMost Is Missing

#47 MilesLoran Dreams

#46 GonnoAre You Asleep

#45 Atoms For PeaceDefault

#44 BonoboCirrus

#43 MonteTrue

#42 QueensCables

#41 AlmuniaThe Magician

Makelberge + Doldrums + Dark Sky + Prins

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Photograph by Francis Anderson

Photograph by Francis Anderson



Monday is the best day for this kind of music, proper New Age updated, I hope to hear more from Nicolas Makelberge, composition wise he’s fusing together some real beauties.

A real gentle one from Doldrums, loving the second half, I was expecting something more harsh or poppy after his huge touring stretch in 2013.

I posted this song before by Dark Sky but it was only a clip, needed to share and revisit the full version, this sort of defines the best of the deep tech-house genre for me.

Prins Thomas remixing Komon & Appleblim, stellar as always, opens up really nicely.