Another fifty modern day classics as the top 200 countdown reaches the point where pretty much any song on the list could’ve been in the top 10.  Skimming through the songs I’m almost embarrassed to damn some of these with what may seem like faint praise… but my longlist was 500 tracks so some mighty audio beats have fallen at the wayside long before here.

Also I’m sorry for the almost complete lack of text or description, I’m a little busy right now but I figured it’s the music not my waffle that counts ultimately!
As ever there are Whyd, soundcloud and spotify playlists below although the number of tracks available on each service decreases from 199 on Whyd to about 100 on Spotify.


Top 200 of 2013 – 101-150 / 151-200 [/highlight]


100. 100. Avec Sans – Shiver

You got carried away, you got carried away,
you said walking walking walking right over my grave

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99. Jean Grae – Before the Summer Broke / Kill Screen

Cause I don’t get what you be putting me in lanes for
It’s fucking music, what you giving it a name for
” (lyrics)

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98. Pye Corner Audio – Black Mist

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97. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle

I miss the smell, the dust, the coins, the trust
The squeaky carts, the vibrations
The bucket full of bleach, the dryer sheets
” (lyrics)

If you ever wondered what the Mouldy Peaches would sound like fused with hip-hop, then wonder no more. In 2007, while on tour supporting his album None Shall Pass, indie rapper/ producer Aesop Rock wrote a fan email to folk singer and former Mouldy Peach, Kimya Dawson. A few years later they reconnected during the creation of arts-and-oddities blog 900Bats, which in turn sparked the pair’s collaborative musical efforts. After appearing on each other’s respective recent solo records, both found more worth pursuing within the group dynamic, and The Uncluded were hatched.

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96. Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You

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95. Grumbling Fur – Tilda Holds a Sword and Lilies


94. Sky Valley Mistress – Dirty Blonde Blues

Their debut EP “The Best Thing You’ve Never Heard” sits somewhere between R.L Burnside and the Alabama Shakes.

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93. PVT – Vertigo (Hype Williams Snapback Remix)

92. The White Mandingos – My First White Girl

I would yell and she’d never say a word back
She used the word “cock”, I’d never heard that
” (lyrics)
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91. Vic Mensa – Lovely Day

Oh oh oh what a lovely day
Is what a lovely day

90. Tricky – Valentine (Andy Stott Remix)

89. Thunderbird Gerard – Live

88. Suzanna Choffel – Guardians

Who will guard the guardians of my heart?
I put them there so when my world falls apart, someone remains in charge, someone remains in charge.

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87. Samthing Soweto – Jack Of All Trades

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86. Public Service Broadcasting – Theme From PSB

85. Andrew Ashong – Never Dreamed

84. Dessa – Warsaw

And I’ve done some living in a glass house
High note blew the motherfucking walls off

83. Chaos In The CBD – 78 To Stanley Bay

82. Maxo Kream – Lewinsky

81. M.anifest – Someway Bi

Cross my T’s and dot my I’s
Stress wey e dey my chest I ostracize

80. Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ – School Dayz Are Over

79. Glasser – Design

78. G/L/A/S/S/C/A/N/D/Y – THE POSSESSED (Runway Edit)

77. Daniel Avery – Drone Logic

76. A$AP Ferg Feat. Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes and Migos – Shabba (Remix)

75. Only Real – Blood Carpet

74. Kwabs – Spirit Fade

73. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

72. Fat White Family – Cream Of The Young

71. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu

70. Alex Smoke – Dust [Tessela RMX]

69. Endless Boogie – Taking Out The Trash

68. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

67. Mungo’s Hi Fi – Dubplate Master

66. Congo Natty – UK Allstars (Congo Natty meets Benny Page)

65. Summer Camp – Fresh

64. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop

63. Pronto Mama – Rubber

Rubber” follows up on Glaswegian band Pronto Mama’s excellent “Still Swimming” single which was one of my top 25 tracks of 2012.

Both the video and song are charm personified, beginning with gentle keys, soothing brass and a funky bass line. As is Pronto Mama’s way it doesnt take too long to build to a call and response cacophony of”Open up lets go, we’ll have a meeting of the souls“. Having seen the band live last summer I’d love to witness the singalong po-going mayhem this tune induces at their gigs. Come to London soon please.

It’s available as a free download – which I’d have embedded here but they’ve turned off sharing – and has been universally acclaimed with the except of one curmudgeon on Youtube:

so yees use yer deprived backgrounds as an anchor for your “creative outlets” whilst singing in a regional accent to indie music (SO UNIQUE!!!) to bathe us all in a sea of realism. Yawn.

62. Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper (Feat. Big Boi)

61. Ana Threat – Bretzel High stomp

60. Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

59. Shy FX – Soon Come (feat. Liam Bailey) / Liam Bailey – Save Some Love

58. KA – Off the Record

Originally only available on the vinyl version of the “Grief Pedigree” album, “To Our Name” has thankfully broken free for our digital listening pleasure on the hip-hop veterans soundcloud page.


57. Safia – Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues

56. Rejjie Snow – Loveleen

55. Gregory Porter – No Love Dying

54. Donnie Trumpet – Zion ft. Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa

53. Busta Rhymes & Q Tip – Thank You

52. Gilligan Moss – Choreograph

51. Palace – Veins (demo)

Thanks must go to Beatnik online for tipping us the wink on Brighton based four piece, Palace. All three demos on their soundcloud page are worth a listen but the wistful bluesy “Veins” is the standout.

They state their main influences as “White Denim, Kraftwerk, Wu Lyf, Jeff Buckley, Foals, Wu Tang Clan and Nigerian Blues” although I’m not quite hearing Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s oeuvre in their gentle blues rock as yet.

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