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The best albums of 2013 so far: FACT contributors' picks

It’s 2013’s mid-point, and you’ve hopefully already read our First and Second Quarter Reports, which collect FACT’s favourite albums of 2013’s first two quarters. 

What follows are individual lists from FACT’s full-time staff and regular contributors, ranking their favourite 10 albums of the year so far. Some of the obvious big hitters – Kanye’s YeezusInc.’s No World and Gucci Mane [above]’s Trap House III crop up in several lists, while more surprising consensus picks come in the form of Rome Fortune’s Beautiful PimpRP Boo’s Legacy and Omar-S’s Thank You For Letting Me Be MyselfMain surprise though, surely: not a single vote for MBV

Check our team’s favourite tracks of 2013 so far here.

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Lauren Martin

01. Thundercat  [above]– Apocalypse (Brainfeeder)

02. Optimo – Optimo Present The Underground Sound of Glasgow (Optimo)

03. Gucci Mane – Trap House 3 (Mixtape)

04. James Holden – The Inheritors (Border Community)

05. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

06. Big KR.I.T. – King Remembered In Time (Mixtape)

07. Deafheaven – Sunbather (Deathwish)

08. Rainbow Arabia – FM Sushi (Time No Place/Kompakt)

09. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (Mixtape)

10. Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp (Mixtape)

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Maya Kalev
11 really great albums people might have missed

Mammane Sani – Musique Électronique Du Niger (Sahel Sounds)

Acteurs – Acteurs (Public Information)

Justin Walter – Lullabies and Nightmares (Kranky)

Dva Damas [above] – Nightshade (Downwards America)

Colleen – The Weighting Of The Heart (Second Language)

Prostitutes – Crushed Interior (Digitalis)

Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher Mix for Blowing Up The Workshop (Blowing Up The Workshop. It may be a mix but it’s 100% Galcher and it’s fucking excellent and I have rinsed it hard since it came out. It definitely counts)

Troller – Troller (Holodeck, reissue but I only discovered it this year because I’m slow)

Dark Matters Too – Tales Of Enlightenment (Light Sounds Dark)

Daniel Menche – Marriage of Metals (Editions Mego)

Eluvium – Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence)

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Joe Moynihan

1. E.M.M.A. – Blue Gardens

2. Lil Jabba – Scales

3. Various – Keysound Present: This Is How We Roll

4. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

5. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

6. Hav Lyfe – Hav Lyfe

7. Tree – Sunday School 2

8. Mumdance [above] – Twists and Turns

9. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

10. Various – Kuchiburu Network 3

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Chris Kelly

1. Kanye West – Yeezus (Def Jam)

2. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety (Software)

3. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap (self-released)

4. Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story (self-released)

5. Inc. – No World (4AD)

6. Baths – Obsidian (Anticon)

7. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador)

8. Charli XCX – True Romance (Atlantic)

9. Tyler, the Creator – Wolf (Odd Future Records)

10. Cassie [above] – RockaByeBaby (self-released)

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Laurent Fintoni 

Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly)

Sweatson Klank – You, Me, Temporary (Project Mooncircle)

Yosi Horikawa – Vapor (First Word)

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo (All City)

Young Echo – Nexus (Ramp)

Quasimoto [above] – Yessir Whatever (Stones Throw)

Airhead – For Years (R&S)

Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality (Now Again}

Snow Ghosts – Snow Ghosts (Houndstooth}

Boundary – Boundary (Boundary Music}

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John Twells

Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp (No Label)

Colleen [above] – The Weighing of the Heart (Second Language)

Kanye West – Yeezus (Def Jam)

Gucci Mane – Trap House III (No Label)

Autechre – Exai (Warp)

Young Thug – 1017 Thug (No Label)

Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story (No Label)

Omar-S – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself (FXHE)

The Devil – Harbinger (No Label)

Tree – Sunday School 2 (No Label)

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Joseph Morpurgo

01. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer

02. Kanye West – Yeezus

03. Jai Paul – leaked demos

04. Omar-S – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself

05. Mr Muthafuckin eXquire [above] – Kismet  

06. MGUN – The Near Future EP

07. DJ Clap – Best Night Ever 

08. Syclops – A Blink Of An Eye

09. Tree – Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out

10. Zs – Grain

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Chal Ravens

Dean Blunt – The Redeemer

James Holden – The Inheritors

These New Puritans – Field of Reeds

The Knife – Shaking The Habitual

RP Boo – Legacy

Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory – Elements of Light

DJ Koze – Amygdala

Pinkunoizu [above] – Second Amendment

Atoms for Peace – Amok

The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

(Bonus Pick: J. Cole – Born Sinner)

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Tom Lea

01. Kanye West – Yeezus

02. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer

03. Lil Jabba – Scales

04. Omar-S – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself

05. Slackk – Failed Gods EP

06. Bone Squad [above] – Bone Squad EP

07. A big folder of DJ Akeera tracks

08. Inc. – No World

09. Jai Paul leak

10. Mumdance – Twists & Turns

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Angus Finlayson

Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat

Darkstar – News From Nowhere

Inc. – No World

Ben UFO [above] – Fabriclive 67

Dutch Uncles – Out of Touch in the Wild

Holden – The Inheritors

John Wizards – John Wizards

RP Boo – Legacy

James Blake – Overgrown

Atoms For Peace – Amok

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Brad Rose

01. TM404 – s/t (Kontra Music)

02. Rome Fortune [above] – Beautiful Pimp 

03. Paul Jebanasam – Rites (Subtext)

04. Gucci Mane – Trap House 3 

05. Ceephax – Cro Magnox (WeMe)

06. Kanye West – Yeezus

07. Josh Mason – The Symbiont (Sunshine Ltd)

08. Tree – Sunday School II

09. Cream Juice – Man Feelings (Orange Milk)

10. Nicholas Bullen – Component Fixations (Type)

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Steve Shaw

1. Three Chairs – Demi Gods (Mahogani Music)

2. Theo Parrish – Dance of the Medusa (Sound Signature)

3. Marc Schreiber – Crossarc Chute (Entr’acte)

4. Ital – Workshop 18 (Workshop)

5. The Siege Of Troy – The Siege Of Troy (Ominira)

6. Shelley Parker – Sleeper Line (Entr’acte)

7. Laurel Halo [above] – Behind The Green Door (Hyperdub)

8. Pure X – Crawling Up The Stairs (Merok)

9. Ford Foster – Function Trax (Opal Tapes)

10. RP Boo – Legacy (Planet Mu)

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Arron Merat

01. East India Youth – Hostel

02. VA – King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label

03. Quasimoto  – Yessir Whatever

04. These New Puritans [above] – Field of Reeds 

05. David Bowie – The Next Day

06. Outfit – Performance

07. Hookworms – Pearl Mystics

08. Mick Harvey – Four (Acts of Love)

09. Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil

10. Tricky – False Idols

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