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The best tracks 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 tracks of the year so far. As you’d expect there’s less consensus than on the albums list, but pretty much everybody agrees that Ciara‘s ‘Body Party’ is the bomb, while Powell has emerged as an unlikely hero, appearing on four different lists (Kanye West, Rustie and Ciara are the only artists to appear more). Elsewhere, Glasgow’s Numbers label ranks highly with both ‘Slasherr’ and Sophie’s ‘Bipp’, and there’s multiple entries for Slackk, Kode9, A Made Up Sound and more – but only one vote for ‘Get Lucky’.

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

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Lauren Martin

01. Juicy J feat Trina and 2 Chainz [above] – Having Sex (Mixtape)

02. Quadron – Hey Love (Vested In Culture)

03. Gunplay – Bible On Tha Dash (Mixtape)

04. MKS – Lay Down In Swimming Pools (Unreleased)

05. Africaine 808 – Tummy Tummy (WT)

06. Doubleheart – Roots (High Sheen)

07. Romare – Your Love (You Give Me Fever) (Black Acre)

08. French Montana – Freaks feat. Nicki Minaj (Def Jam)

09. Floating Points – Wires (Eglo)

10. Natasha Kmeto – He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (Dropping Gems)

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Maya Kalev
Top 10 massive club jams

Pev and Kowton – Raw Code (Hessle)

Planningtorock [above] – Misogyny Drop Dead (Human Level)

Wen – Road (Keysound)

Powell – B2 (Death of Rave)

Kowton – TFB (All Caps)

Demdike Stare – Misappropriation (Modern Love)

Elgato – Dunkel Jam (Elgato)

Slackk – Blue Forest (Unknown to the Unknown)

Bandshell – Landfill (Liberation Technologies)

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Joe Moynihan

01. Koreless – Ivana (Young Turks)

02. E.M.M.A. – Green Light (Keysound)

03. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu [above] – Ninjya Re Bang Bang (Unborde)

04. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Domino)

05. Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix)

06. Slackk – Shogun Assassin (Local Action)

07. Rabit – Wolf Spider (Glacial Sound)

08. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Lay Down In Swimming Pools

09. Dexplicit – Bullacake (Samename Refix)

10. Powell – I Don’t Waste My Tears On You (wunderbar)

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Chris Kelly

01. Ciara [above] – Body Party (Epic)

02. Kingdom – Bank Head feat. Kelela (Fade to Mind)

03. Kanye West – New Slaves (Def Jam)

04. Beyonce – Bow Down / I Been On (Columbia)

05. Sinjin Hawke – Prom Nite (Pelican Fly)

06. Tink – When I’m Lit (The GTW rework) (self-released)

07. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) (Blasé Boys Club)

08. Rustie – Slasherr (Numbers)

09. Sophie – Bipp (Numbers)

10. Rocko – UOENO feat. Future (self-released)

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Laurent Fintoni 

Typesun – The PL (Root Elevation)

Kromestar – Rhythm On My Mind – Cosmic Bridge)

Kode9 [above] – Ice (Hardrive)

Notorious B.I.G – Dead Wrong (Waajeed Remix) (Houseshoes Presents…)

Mark Pritchard – Ghosts (Warp)

Ghostface ft. The Delfonics – Enemies (Soul Temple Music)

Kahn ft. Flowdan – Badman City (Blackbox)

Pusha T – Numbers on the Board (MMG)

Om Unit and Sam Binga – Gamma (Exit)

Strange U – Klaatu Barada Nikto (Eglo Records)

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John Twells

Rocko – U.O.E.N.O. (feat. Future and Rick Ross) (No label)

Lil Durk [above] – Dis Ain’t What U Want (Def Jam)

Rustie – Slasherr (Numbers)

Kevin Gates – Roamin’ Around (Atlantic)

Young Scooter – Colombia (No Label)

Flava D – Hold On (Butterz)

Ace Hood – Bugatti (feat. Future and Rick Ross) (Universal)

Demdike Stare – Collision (Modern Love)

SOPHIE – BIPP (Numbers)

Ciara – Body Party (feat. Future) (Epic)

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Joseph Morpurgo

01. Rustie [above] – Slasherr (Numbers)

02. Super Helpful – SUMO (Free Download)

03. DJ Rashad – Drums Please (Hyperdub)

04. A Made Up Sound – Ahead (A Made Up Sound)

05. Deerhunter – The Missing (4AD)

06. Ciara – Body Party (Epic)

07. Dirty Beaches – Au Revoir Mon Visage (Zoo Music)

08. Palace – Trust (Matrixxman Remix) (Unknown to the Unknown)

09. A$AP Rocky – LVL (RCA)

10. Kanye West – On Sight (Def Jam)

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Chal Ravens

The Knife – Full of Fire (Brille)

Demdike Stare – Collision (Testpressing)

Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens (Top Dawg)

Daft Punk [above] – Get Lucky (Columbia)

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie (RCA)

Toro Y Moi – Say That (Carpark)

Todd Terje – Strandbar (Olsen)

Pharmakon – Crawling on Bruised Knees (Sacred Bones)

James Holden, The Inheritors (Border Community)

Rustie – Slasherr (Numbers)

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Tom Lea

01. Gucci Mane – Hell Yes (Brick Squad)

02. Rabit – Double Dragon (Epoch’s Soundboy Demolition Mix) (Glacial Sound)

03. DJ Q – Trust Again (Rabit’s Trust the Pulse remix) (Unreleased)

04. Kanye West [above] – Blood on the Leaves (Def Jam)

05. Inkke – Paradise / Thinkk Star (Club Mix) (Unreleased)

06. Dorrough Music – After Party (Entertainment One)

07. Kid D – Apocalypse (Free Download)

08. DAT Oven – Icy Lake (L-Vis 1990 remixes) (Night Slugs / Fade to Mind)

09. Ciara – Body Party / Total Freedom remix (Epic)

10. Neville Bartos & Lorenzo – Coke Diet (No Label)

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Angus Finlayson

Kode9 – Uh (Rinse)

Planningtorock – Misogyny Drop Dead (Human Level)

Grouper [above] – Vital (Kranky)

Galcher Lustwerk – Leisure (White Material)

Laura Mvula – She (RCA)

RP Boo – Speakers R-4 (Planet Mu)

Powell – Oh No New York (Death of Rave)

Anthony Naples – Busy Signal (Trilogy Tapes)

A Made Up Sound – Ahead (A Made Up Sound)

Laurel Halo – Throw (Hyperdub)

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Brad Rose

01. Zebra Katz – Y I Do (No Label)

02. Rustie – Slasherr (Numbers)

03. Young Thug – Dead Fo Real (Mixtape)

04. Koreless – Sun (Young Turks)

05. Demdike Stare – Collision (Testpressing)

06. Thundercat – Heartbreaks & Setbacks (Brainfeeder)

07. Action Bronson [above] – Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Atlantic)

08. Thug Entrancer – Death After Life II (No Label)

09. Nate Young – Between Worlds (Black Moss)

10. Ciara – Body Party (Epic)

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Steve Shaw

01. WANDA GROUP – Commencement on Slavery With A Gender Perspective (Woetone)

02. Tomas More – Break O’ Dawn (Madteo’s A Cracker Dawn Fascion House Mix)

03. Dinos Chapman – Luftbobler (Actress Remix)

04. Special Request – Capsules (Lee Gamble Mix)

05. The Siege Of Troy – Schirrmacher Oasis (Ominira)

06. Point O – Big Up (Biting Ants Riddim) (Ward 21)

07. Marcy Chin – Jump Offa Di Truck (Road March Mix) (Ward 21)

08. Mykki Blanco – Ace Bougie Chick (UNO NYC)

09. Popcaan [above] – Talk Mi Business (Pyramids Riddim) (UIM)

10. Powell – Fizz (Liberation Technologies)

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Arron Merat

01. ASAP Rocky – One Train

02. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds [above] – Jubilee Street

03. Julia Holter – World

04. Goat – Stonegoat

05. Kanye West – New Slaves

06. Todd Terje – Lanzarote

07. Mikal Cronin – Peace of Mind

08. Daft Punk – Touch

09. My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow

10. Mac DeMarco – My Kind of Woman

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