Here is the list of our favorite releases of 2013: not quite as deep as last year's list, which probably has more to do with our increasingly/intently focused listening habits (I feel like I listened to nothing but Anxiety for a month straight early this year, thus its spot at the top) than the quality of this year's offerings. Check our selections + a very emotional accompanying BEST OF 2013 mix (and Spotify playlist) below, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on anything we might have overlooked. Stay tuned for the GvsB songs of 2013 list -- easily my favorite post every year -- coming soon...

40 LAUREL HALO | Chance of Rain
39 LEE BANNON | Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it...
38 CFCF | Outside
37 YOUNG GALAXY | Ultramarine
36 DEATH GRIPS | Government Plates
35 SZA | S
34 TINASHE | Black Water
33 STILL CORNERS | Strange Pleasures
32 EMPRESS OF | Systems
31 TORO Y MOI | Anything In Return
30 $3.33 | $.
29 DJ RASHAD | Double Cup
28 CLASSIXX | Hanging Gardens
27 DARKSIDE | Psychic
26 RICH HOMIE QUAN | Still Goin In / I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In







25 CUUSHE | Butterfly Case







24 ARIANA GRANDE | Yours Truly







23 QUASIMOTO | Yessir Whatever







22 DEAN BLUNT | The Redeemer







21 HAERTS | Hemiplegia + remixes







20 KNX. | Anthology

mp3:
KNX. :: inTme[stndbye]






19 RECYCLE CULTURE | In Transit

mp3:
Recycle Culture :: Pt. 4






18 CHARLI XCX | True Romance







17 THE KNIFE | Shaking the Habitual







16 POSTILJONEN | Skyer







15 VARIOUS | After Dark 2







14 WHITE DENIM | Corsicana Lemonade







13 ARCA | &&&&&







12 PURE BATHING CULTURE | Moon Tides







11 GROUPER | The Man Who Died In His Boat







10 FKA TWIGS | EP2







09 JAI PAUL | leaked demos







08 DIANA | Perpetual Surrender







07 BLUE HAWAII | Untogether







06 EJECTA | Dominae







05 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | R Plus Seven






04 BURIAL | Truant / Rough Sleeper (2012)






03 JULIANNA BARWICK | Nepenthe







02 DANNY BROWN | Old







01 AUTRE NE VEUT | Anxiety




mp3:
GORILLA vs. BEAR :: BEST OF 2013 MIX

TRACKLIST:

JAI PAUL :: track 15 (all night) 00:00
AUTRE NE VEUT :: gonna die 03:20
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER :: chrome country 06:08
EJECTA :: afraid of the dark 10:59
BLUE HAWAII :: try to be 15:17
FKA TWIGS :: how's that 18:57
ARCA :: obelisk 22:25
LEE BANNON :: all u had... 25:17
BURIAL :: truant (excerpt) 29:04
DANNY BROWN :: lonely 30:58
DEAN BLUNT :: papi / MMIX 33:10
RICH HOMIE QUAN :: type of way 36:00
$3.33 :: _AS 40:12
KNX. :: luchini[instrow] 41:27
SZA :: castles 43:20
CLASSIXX :: hanging gardens 46:08
TINASHE :: 1 for me 51:20
DIANA :: new house 54:40
CUUSHE :: i love you 01:00:20
JULIANNA BARWICK :: one half 01:04:15
GROUPER :: living room 01:07:28






SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: