“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach
And we’re back! Yet another year is nearing its end and once again the online stratosphere is gearing up to share their favourite books, films, and music. For me, this will be the seventh consecutive year of publishing my “The Soundtrack of” series, a ten article series through which I will share and discuss my top 100 favourite songs of 2013.
Sharing my musical favourites isn’t unlike revisiting a memory. At least for me it is, seeing as I memorize everything through music (and movies). I’m strange like that! But seriously, music has always been the super-glue that connects everything and everyone in my life.
This annual series is in no way, shape or form a representation of the years best. Nor is it an elitist way of me telling you what you’ve been missing out on over the course of a year. Music is objective, so all this is, is me sharing my personal taste; songs that struck a chord, instrumentals that made feel a certain type of way, and lyrics that made me think. In short, this soundtrack was the background noise to my life in 2013.
Feel free to join in by sharing your favourites of 2013!
During the month of December I’ll be posting ten blogs, in which I’ll be discussing ten songs per blog, until we’ve reached the number one spot.
The list will cover a wide range of musical genres, but ultimately the main focus will be my hip-hop and all its siblings (soul, jazz and R&B).
So, without any further ado…let the countdown commence!
French Hip-hop producer L’Orange took me by surprise last year with his nostalgic debut ‘The Mad Writer’. His fusion of jazz and hip-hop is reminiscent of many great hip-hop producers from the 90s. But it also has a chromosome in coming with Madlib’s musical recipe, only less fragmented and experimental.
‘Monochrome’ was the second song I heard off the new L’Orange album. By then I had realized that the album would be a collaborative effort with Stik Figa (in my mind, an often underrated emcee). This song dropped on L’Orange’s soundcloud somewhere mid-summer and become an integral part of the ‘heavy rotation’ playlist on my iPod. As with ‘The Mad Writer’ L’Orange lured me in with those dusty old samples. The rest of the album did not disappoint. Look it up! If traditional hip-hop production is your thing, this is definitely one record you don’t want miss.