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XLR8R's Best of 2013: Tracks (25 - 1)

Yesterday, we kicked XLR8R's Best of 2013 coverage into high gear with a list containing the first half of our favorite tracks of the year. Now, we're rounding out the week with the second half, which comprises our top 25 tracks of 2013. Without question, it's a varied collection of tunes, but in a year when the best electronic music came from all across the map, this list offers an accurate representation of our listening habits over the past 12 months. Read more » 

Press Play: J Dilla, Kevin Saunderson, Erol Alkan, Slugabed, and More

Maybe it's because of the impending holidays, but the selections in this week's Press Play are a touch more esoteric than usual. But the best part of this ongoing feature of ours is sharing and discovering new music at the click of a button, so a few extra bits of obscure music should actually make this installment even more interesting. Plus, we've also got DJ mixes, free downloads, record streams, music videos, and more to dig into from the likes of J Dilla, Slugabed, HTRK, Kevin Saunderson, Mumdance, Lee Bannon, Erol Alkan, Vondelpark, and James T Cotton, among others. It all can be experienced in full after the jump. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Tracks (50 - 26)

As much as we'd like to think that all of our Best of 2013 content is equally important, we do realize that a few of our lists are going to be more highly anticipated than the rest. With that in mind, we're fairly certain that today's feature is one of those year-end big-ticket items, as it contains the first half of what we think are the 50 best tracks of 2013. (The second half will be published tomorrow.) Perhaps it goes without saying, but XLR8R is quite literally flooded with new music on a daily basis; as such, we're willing to admit that although our list may not be the definitive "best," it does reflect the tracks that we enjoyed the most this year, and, more importantly, found ourselves coming back to again and again. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Labels

Up to this point, the entirety of our Best of 2013 content has been focused on material that has popped up here on XLR8R throughout the year. However, starting today, we're turning our attention outward, specifically toward the new music that surfaced during 2013. Of course, much of that music was delivered by record labels, which continue to occupy an important position in the music world. While the internet has undoubtedly reduced their relative power and bridged much of the gap between artists and their fans, record labels—at least the good ones—act as curators, and help deliver music according to a particular perspective. Of course, those perspectives will often vary wildly from one imprint to the next, but that's undeniably part of what makes following labels so much fun. In truth, 2013 didn't really have one dominant label, or even a dominant sound, and as a result, the entries on this list don't necessarily have all that much in common, apart from a devotion to steadily releasing excellent music. (Keen-eyed readers will also recognize many of our picks from October's Labels We Love series.) That being said, during an era when people often complain about being overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of music out there, celebrating labels whose activities are focused on quality seems like the right thing to do. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Podcasts

Of all the content that gets posted on XLR8R each week, there's little question that our podcast series is the thing that usually gets people the most excited. Even as a litany of mix series have sprung up around the web in recent years, readers continue to flock to XLR8R on Tuesday mornings to gobble up the latest mix on offer. In 2013, we published nearly 50 podcasts, all of which were exclusive DJ mixes crafted specifically for the series. The styles explored and the artists highlighted may have varied wildly from week to week, but we'd like to think that each podcast showcased an artist putting their absolute best foot forward. (After all, we only allow people to do one XLR8R podcast; there are no repeat appearances.) Given that, it was difficult to select our favorite mixes from the past year, but our Best of 2013 series wouldn't have been complete without taking a look at the XLR8R podcast series. Our editors' top picks are below, but in the interest of providing a more thorough picture, we've also taken a look at our web traffic and assembled a list of the year's 10 most popular podcasts. Read more » 

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