My Top 10 Albums Of 2013 by Denai Moore
For every day of December, we're going to be bringing out the Top 10 albums or films of the year, chosen by someone who we think has excellent taste to show off.
Today it's the turn of hotly tipped singer songwriter Denai Moore. She's currently writing her debut album album,. which is due for release next year, but she took time out to choose her favourite records of 2013 for us. See what you think of her picks…
10. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
"The National are one of the most consistent bands out there, I don’t think they’ve ever had a bad record. This is a really strong album, full of amazing songs and he’s a top lyricist, it's a really affecting album."
9. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
"I heard the first single from this, which is called ‘Numbers On The Boards’, nd I was just blown away by it. I bought the album and I just love it. I think he’s really underrated as a rapper and I think with Jay-Z and Drake releasing records this year I think he’s been skipped over a bit, but it’s a really good album with some great collaborations."
8. Night Beds – Country Sleep
"I didn’t really know much about them until I supported them at the Borderline in London this year, but they’re just amazing. It’s a brilliant folk album. I haven’t bought much folk this year, but the singer has just got a great voice. It’s a really honest and minimal record and I think sometimes you can get carried away by production, but this is really stripped back and just all about the songs."
7. Everything Everything – Arc
"This is one of the best things I’ve ever heard all year. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite like them. I like it much more than their debut, this is a much more likeable album, they’ve really honed it on what their sound is. People have told me they’ve found Jonathan’s voice a bit annoying, but I don’t hear that. Their singles are incredible, ‘Cough Cough’ especially, it’s one of the best tracks I’ve ever heard".
6. Foals - Holy Fire
"I think this album has Foals’ best songwriting to date on it, some of the tracks are incredible, especially ‘My Number’, that’s the best song they’ve ever written. I’ve always been a massive fan, from the start, but this is their best one yet, it’s a really solid, mature album."
5. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
"I’ve been looking forward to this all year and it’s not disappointed me. It wasn’t what I expected at all, there’s a lot of percussion on this album, it’s a very different record, but it’s a really good one all the same. They’re a band I really look up to, I love how they’ve gone about things in their career and this album has not disappointed me. I like it when bands change and challenge people."
4. Kanye West – Yeezus
"He’s an amazing artist. People can try and dismiss him, but he’s the best musician out there. Over the last few years he’s developed so much and made really interesting albums, all of which sound nothing like the last one. I’m not sure this is even a hip-hop record, I’m not sure what it is, I really like it though."
3. Janelle Monae - Electric Lady
"This is her best album yet, it's just the complete album, all the songs flow together really well and it's very strong from start to finish. Her voice is incredible and she does such great collaborations. I love the track she does with Solange and the one with Miguel, they're both such great songs. She's another artist who I really look up to."
2. James Blake – Overgrown
"I know a lot of people didn't really think he'd win the Mercury and were surprised, but I think it was the right choice. To me, he's the best British artist to come out in the last five years and this album is just incredible. He's such an interesting artist and really different from everyone else. I supported Justin Vernon from Bon Iver's band Volcano Choir and I spoke to him after the show and he told me he thought James Blake was the best artist on the planet at the moment, I couldn't disagree with him."
1. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
"It was really hard to pick a Number One, but I've listened to this so much. To me, it's better than the last one, there's so much more going on and the songwriting is just incredible. It's a shame they don't get along anymore and I'm gutted at how it's worked out, they're so good. It's brutally honest songwriting, really raw, but so compelling. Everyone should go check this band out."