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Music: Best of 2013


Total Freedom performing at Galaxy, Tokyo, April 5, 2013. Photo: Ching-Yen/PROM.

1 DEAN BLUNT, STONE ISLAND (self-released) Formerly of the duo Hype Williams, Dean has chosen a path for his recent material that aches with restraint. This album is like an open window into his head. Listen in on his mind: smashed car windows, harp arpeggios, hope, and the voice of his conscience.

2 E+E, “EL SUEÑO DEL FORASTERO” (self-released) As E+E, Elijah Crampton makes music that catalyzes an emotional reaction in me that I cannot control. His gestures feel laced up in melancholy yet also bound by a vicious sense of humor. Often, as with this track, it’s as though he’s speaking some dead language—the actual meaning of which I can only guess.

3 DEEJAÝ LIL-FOX, “FODENÇIA DO GUETTO” (self-released) Lil-FOx, to me, is the most mischievous of them all. Most of his uploads are less than a minute long and many are just ten-second clips, which is to say that Lil-FOx’s feed is

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