Sweat’s 2013 Staff Picks

We spend all year buying and selling records – yeah, it’s a good gig. Many of you come into the store and ask what’s worth picking up. Some of you are shy but still nodding your head to what’s on in the background. And amongst the staff, we’re constantly debating and arguing over what to play next. As the year comes to a close, we want to share our Sweat Staff Top 13 of 2013 albums with you, not only in this post, but as the debut Sweat Records Radio Show on Miami’s Klangbox.fm. Yup, read what we loved in 2013 here, and tune in today at 2PM to hear Adames and new staff member Melissa give you a 2-hour sampling of the songs we couldn’t stop listening to in 2013.

The lists…

Adames (3D-VHS), in random-ish order:
Sean Nicholas Savage – Other Life (Favorite Record of the Year)
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Special Request – Soul Music
Holy Ghost – Dynamics
inc. – No World
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
Atom TM – HD
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web
Pusha T – My Name is My Name
Disclosure – Settle
*Dim Past – Black Dolphin*
All Laraaji Warp rereleases
Honorable mention: My Bloody Valentine – MBV


Emile (AKA MLE/Cheetah Flores), in alphabetical order:
Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus
B/B/S – B/B/S
betacicadae – mouna
Blackout Beach – Blues Trip
Colorlist – Sky Song
Disclosure – Settle
Ensemble Pearl – Ensemble Pearl
inc. – No World
King Khan & The Shrines – Idle No more
Mark Templeton – Jealous Heart
Shannon & The Clams – Dreams In the Rat House
Superman Revenge Squad Band – There is Nothing More Frightening than the Passing of Time
Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
…Yeah, yeah, one of these things is reallllly not like the others, but that Disclosure album didn’t leave my car for months.

Honorable mentions:  Givan Lötz – Snarling, Dim Past – Black Dolphin, Giulio Aldinucci – Archipelago, Motél Mari – Eternal Peasant Remixes  (I released all the aforementioned, so I’m biased), Active Child – Rapor EP (this was only a digital release so couldn’t make the official list), Aidan Baker – Already Drowning (it took nearly the entire year to get my hands on a physical copy).

A shit-fuck-ton of incredible reissues/compilations this year too, of Stereolab, Songs:Ohia, Califone, Pelican, Labradford, Saint Etienne, Alice Coltrane, William Onyeabor, Unwound, Rodan and Laraaji. If you’re not on that Laraaji tip yet, take a few days off of life and immerse yourself.


Farrah (AKA DJ Tanner), from 13-1:
13. Bass Drum Of Death – s/t
12. California X – s/t
11. Fuzz – s/t
10. True Widow – Circumambulation
9. Forest Swords – Engravings
8. Russian Circles – Memorial
7. Rhye – Woman
6. Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
5. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
4. inc. – No World
3. Jessie Ware – Devotion
2. Deafheaven – Sunbather
1. Disclosure – Settle [it’s seriously sick how much I can’t stop playing this album]


Jsin, from 1-13:
1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
2. Bill Callahan – Dream River
3. Arctic Monkeys – AM
4. Forest Swords – Engravings
5. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
6. Lilacs & Champagne – Danish & Blue
7. Deafheaven – Sunbather
8. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
9. Disclosure – Settle
10. Danny Brown – Old
11. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
12. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
13. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin


Lolo’s Top 13 (in ABC Order):
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Yellow Cocktail Music
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Disclosure – Settle
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Holy Ghost! – Dynamics
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
David Lynch – The Big Dream
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Savages – Silence Yourself
Suede – Bloodsports
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
Washed Out – Paracosm


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