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XLR8R's Best of 2013: Features

Last week, XLR8R kicked off its Best of 2013 content by offering up a list of the year's most popular tunes from our Downloads section. Without question, the free downloads are some of the most easily digestible content on the site—which undoubtedly helps to explain why readers like them so much—but their popularity doesn't mean that we've lost our love for meatier articles. After all, XLR8R began as a print publication, and our drive to dig deeper, ask questions, and put together thorough, detailed articles hasn't been lost. Each week, XLR8R publishes at least two or three long-form features, and now that the end of the year is right around the corner, we've looked back and selected what we think are the 10 best of the bunch. On top of that, we've also checked our database and calculated which 10 features were the most popular with our readers. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Top Downloads (20 - 1)

The first week of our Best of 2013 coverage wraps up today, and brings with it the 20 most popular downloads featured on XLR8R this year. Out of roughly 1,000 songs posted to this website in 2013, these productions—including music from artists like Andrew Weatherall, Synkro, Gold Panda, Moby, Maceo Plex, Goth-Trad, and Jon Hopkins, among others—garnered more attention than any others in our constantly updated Downloads section. We're pleased to feature the streams and downloads of each song in the top 20 after jump, and be sure to check the bottom of this post for the link to grab all of the Top 100 Downloads of 2013 as a single ZIP file for free. Read more » 

Press Play: Daft Punk, Madlib, Com Truise, Fantastic Mr Fox, and More

With 2013 about to come to a close, it's kind of surprising how many great sights and sounds have popped up on our radar amidst the hustle and bustle of this week. Brand-new original tracks, remixes, music videos, record streams, and assorted premieres are featured in the latest edition of Press Play—including bits from the likes of Madlib, Matthew Dear, Com Truise, Daft Punk, Huxley, Recondite, Fantastic Mr Fox, Jerome LOL, and Demdike Stare, among others. It's all ready to stream on command, after the jump. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Top Downloads (40 - 21)

Today brings the second to last installment of XLR8R's Top 100 Downloads of 2013 (the first three can be found here, here, and here, respectively), which takes us through track number 40 down to 21. It's all an intriguingly eclectic group of songs, and is made even more enticing by appearances from XLR8R regulars like Coki, Oneman, Jacques Renault, Mount Kimbie, Hackman, and Lapalux, among others. After the jump, all 20 tunes can be streamed and downloaded for absolutely free. Read more » 

XLR8R's Best of 2013: Top Downloads (60 - 41)

As we continue our countdown through the 100 most popular downloads to hit XLR8R during 2013, the numbers keep getting smaller and the names keep getting bigger. The first two installments featured a handful of recognizable artists offering their work as a free download, but today's group of tracks includes music from the likes of James Blake, Robag Wruhme, Om Unit, Nightmares on Wax, Hackman, Lindstrøm, and Sophie, just to name a few. Track numbers 60 through 41 from this year's Top Downloads list can be streamed and downloaded at no cost after the jump. Read more » 

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