11. Darkside: Paper Trails

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

London’s post-industrial dance rock trio Factory Floor kicked off their eponymous full-length album debut with “Turn It Up,” the first single from their DFA Records release. Factory Floor comes out swinging on this upbeat, if at times slightly disorienting, high energy, dance-til-you-puke sonic journey. Known for their mix of analog and digital instruments, the drum-kit on this track provides a visceral heartbeat while a menagerie …

12. Jason Molina: Captain Badass

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

When Darkside remixed the entirety of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories this summer, it was clear they were warming up to something much bigger. Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington have been concocting a musical experiment since their 2011 EP, and new singles “Golden Arrow” and “Paper Trails” are evidence their work will continue to blur genres and break new ground in electronic music. …

1. Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

As 2013 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the hundreds of songs that hit our headphones, had us dancing and influenced daily life throughout the year, many of which we reported on in our weekly feature, ListenUp. Below are 12 of our favorite singles and albums, as well as sadly, several musical tributes to the legends we lost in 2013.