2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Alex

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2013, leading up to our 2013 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Vote today for your favorite albums of the year, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 10 CD pack of the Top Albums of 2013, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Voting ends on Friday, December 13th, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Thursday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list!


Classixx, 7/29/13 // photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

Hey hey, DJ Alex here! I host the overnight variety show on Friday nights (technically Saturday mornings) from 1am until 6am, assist the Music Director with reviewing new music, and fill-in on Expansions when they need someone to hop up on the wheels of steel for a three-hour mix of cutting-edge underground electronic beats. As a passionate music lover and a sucker for lists, coming up with a year-end breakdown is always a fun and frustrating ordeal. I always want to include too much! Last year I went in-depth with sharing albums, EPs, and tracks that caught my ear and filled my existence with excitement. This year I’m doing the same, but diving in even deeper. Hopefully this extensive list leads you to discover some artists, albums, or singles that catch your ear, too!

Alex’s 2013 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
10 Ka The Night’s Gambit Iron Works
9 Hammock Oblivion Hymns Hammock Music
8 Chad Valley Peace & Understanding self-released
7 Larry Gus Years Not Living DFA
6 Cock & Swan Secret Angles Hush Hush
5 Autre Ne Veut Anxiety Mexican Summer/Software
4 Lapalux Nostalchic Brainfeeder
3 Drake Nothing Was The Same Cash Money/Young Money Entertainment/Universal Republic
2 Kanye West Yeezus Def Jam
1 Classixx Hanging Gardens Innovative Leisure

11. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
12. Chants – I Feel Like I Feel It
13. Atu – Pictures On Silence
14. Darkside – Psychic
15. Keep Shelly In Athens – Home
16. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
17. DJ Koze – Amygdala
18. Disclosure – Settle
19. Thundercat – Apocalypse
20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music

Honorable Mentions:
Bare Mutants – The Affliction
Beacon – The Ways We Separate
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
Bonobo – The North Borders
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Darkstar – News From Nowhere
Deptford Goth – Life After Defo
DJ Rashad – Double Cup
Forest Swords – Engravings
Giraffage – Needs
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live
inc. – no world
j.Faraday – Beat Tape #1
Jai Paul – Leaked Demos
John Wizards – John Wizards
José James – No Beginning No End
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1
Kalabrese – Independent Dancer
Kelela – Cut 4 Me
Kraak & Smaak – Chrome Waves
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kyson – The Water’s Way
Letherette – Letherette
Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
Moderat – II
Mountains – Centralia
Natasha Kmeto – Crisis
Nils Frahm – Spaces
Pressed And – Stone Candles
Rhye – Woman
Sax G – Tu Me Manques
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
Shortcircles – Between Waves
Slow Year – Slow Year
Special Request – Soul Music
Sweatson Klank – You, Me, Temporary
Ta-ku – Songs To Break Up To
The Range – Nonfiction
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Walton – Beyond
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor?
Young Fathers – Tape One / Tape Two

Favorite EPs:
Active Child – Rapor EP
Bam Spacey – River EP
Braxton/Palmer – Creeper EP
Burial – Rival Dealer EP
Casbah 73 – Stop Where You’re Standing EP
Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells EP
Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP
813 – Recolor EP
Fjord Morrison – Old Tendency EP
FKA twigs – EP2
Isaac Delusion – Early Morning EP
Jacques Greene – On Your Side EP
Keenya – While Everyone Sleeps EP
Kid Smpl – Armour EP
Koreless – Yugen EP
LiL TExAS – Talkin 2 U EP
Locked Groove – Heritage EP
Maribou State – Truths EP
Monkey Wrench – Fatal Attraction EP
Nguzunguzu – Skycell EP
Placeholder – Under EP
Recycle Culture – In Transit EP
Romare – Love Songs Part 1 EP
Roosevelt – Elliot EP
Sampha – Dual EP
Shlohmo – Laid Out EP
Shy Girls – Timeshare EP
Sister Crayon – Cynic EP
snacs – Meaning Of EP
T. Williams – Feelings Within EP
Tender Games – Plastic Surgery EP
The Hics – Tangle EP
The Phantom – Piano Moods EP
Tiny Hearts – Stay EP
Tuesday Born – Singing In The Dark EP
Wet – EP
Wishbeard – It’s All Gonna Break EP
Yumi & The Weather – All We Can EP

Favorite Singles #1-#50:
01. Ciara – Body Party
02. Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan)
03. Kingdom – Bank Head (feat. Kelela)

04. Sampha – Happens
05. FKA Twigs – Water Me

07. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) (feat. A*M*E)
08. Blood Orange – Chamakay (feat. Caroline Polachek)
09. Rich Homie Quan – Type Of Way
10. Justin Timberlake – Strawberry Bubblegum
11. T. Williams – Smile (feat. Tendai)
12. Kanye West – Bound 2
13. Morgan Zarate – Pusher Taker (feat. Roses Gabor)

14. Lapalux – Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
15. Kwes. – 36
16. Basement Jaxx – What A Difference Your Love Makes
17. Pure Bathing Culture – Pendulum
18. Toro Y Moi – Say That
19. Karma Kid – In My Arms
20. Classixx – All You’re Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang)
21. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
22. LIZ – XTC
23. Autre Ne Veut – Play By Play
24. Jamie Lidell – You Naked
25. Bruno Mars – Treasure
26. Laura Mvula – She
27. Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
28. Snakehips – On & On
29. Darkside – Paper Trails
30. Jackson and His Computer Band – Vista
31. Thundercat – Oh Sheit, It’s X!
32. Seiho – I Feel Rave
33. Jamie xx – Untitled
34. Future Brown – Wanna Party (feat. Tink)
35. Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love
36. John Wizards – Muizenberg
37. Para One – Every Little Thing (Remix feat. Cam’ron)
38. Mitzi – Modern Life
39. Jeremih & Shlohmo – Bo Peep (Do U Right)
40. Moderat – Bad Kingdom
41. Ikonika – Beach Mode (Keep It Simple) (feat. Jessy Lanza)
42. Parquet Courts – Stoned + Starving
43. CHRVCHES – The Mother We Share
44. James Blake – Retrograde
45. Claire – Games
46. Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right (feat. Panda Bear)
47. Migos – Versace (Remix feat. Drake)
48. f(x) – Airplane
49. Vondelpark – California Analog Dream
50. Braxton/Palmer – Creeper Pt. 1 / Creeper Pt. 2

Archie Pelago – Avocado Roller
Ariana Grande – You’ll Never Know
A$AP Rocky – Fashion Killa
Bam Spacey – River
Baths – Miasma Sky
Bibio – You
Bodhi – Culture
Body Language – Just Because
Chants – RU4Real (feat. Ramzi Awn)
Chastity Belt – Seattle Party
Chesus – Special
Cock & Swan – Animal Totem
Connan Mockasin – I Wanna Roll With You
Cross My Heart – Wild Side
Dan Casey – Empty City
Danny Brown – Side B (Dope Song)
Darkstar – You Don’t Need A Weatherman
Delorean – Spirit
DJ Rashad – Rollin’
813 – Elastique
FaltyDL – Straight & Arrow
Flight Facilities – Standing Still (feat. Micky Green)
Friendzone – 8AM
Fukuyama – Jungle (feat. Ava)
Gesaffelstein – Hellifornia
Glenn Jackson – Save
Gold Panda – Reprise
Heterotic – Blue Lights (feat. Gravenhurst)
IG88 – A Subtle Separation (feat. Jenni Potts)
inc. – The Place
J.Alvarez – Format
Jacques Greene – On Your Side (feat. How To Dress Well)
Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
José James – It’s All Over Your Body
Julia Holter – Hello Stranger
Karl x Johan – Never Leave Me
Karma Kid, Friend Within & Yasim – Feeling (So Special)
Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection
King Midas Sound – Funny Love
Larry Gus – The Night Patrol (A Man Asleep)
Les Sins – Grind
Lil Silva – No Doubt (feat. Rosie Lowe)
Lindsay Lowend – Bar Harbor
Lockah x Taste Tester – U DON’T KNOW ME
Locked Groove – Dream Within A Dream
Main Attrakionz – Summa Time
Maria Minerva – Symbol Of My Pleasure (Form Of My Pain)
Mary Onettes, The – Years
Monkey Wrench – Fatal Attraction
Nobody – Beaches (feat. Baths & Nocando)
Nosaj Thing – Try (feat. Toro Y Moi)
Okapii – Gattu
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
Pomrad – Pomslap
Quadron – Hey Love
Rustie – Slasherr
Sailor & I – Tough Love
Sean Kingston – Beat It (feat. Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa)
Shlohmo – Don’t Say No (feat. How To Dress Well)
Skin Town – The Abyss
SOHN – Lessons
Special Request – Forbidden
Sweater Beats + Arnold – Jello Drip
Sylvan Esso – Play It Right
Tensnake – 58 BPM
Tirzah – I’m Not Dancing
Todd Terje – Strandbar (Disko Version)
Tom Middleton – WYV AUW CHU
Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy
Vox Mod – Iridescent Asteroid Mists (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)
xx, The – Together
Young Fathers – I Heard
Young Galaxy – New Summer

DJ Alex is on the air every Saturday morning from 1AM-6AM.

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  1. Ray
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    And this is why you are one of my favorite djs, fantastic list

  2. Brian
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Best DJ on KEXP by far . Give him some more airtime.

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