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As the end of 2013 winds down to its final hours, we at Nest HQ have reflected on an unbelievably productive and respectable year in dance music, with an abundance of great records, remixes, and videos flooding our libraries from January to December and making the arrangement of these year-end “Best of” lists no easy feat. However, Joseph and I have done our best to highlight those artists that have made a lasting impression on us this year and pushed the boundaries of artistic creativity, taste, and overall quality amongst their growing sea of peers.

To more accurately display our own personal choices (and double the amount of list space), Joseph and I have each compiled our own lists for the 10 best albums, originals, remixes, and music videos of the year below, with hyperlinks to stream each nomination for all four categories. Needless to say, there is a substantial amount of great content that unfortunately couldn’t make the cut, but we’d like to congratulate the entire dance music community for an exceptional year in 2013 as we look eagerly to 2014.

Happy New Year from all of us at Nest HQ!

 Joseph’s Best of 2013

Albums
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy [dream.hax]
Blue Hawaii – Untogether [Arbutus]
Boys Noize – FABRICLIVE.72 [fabric]
Classixx – Hanging Gardens [Innovative Liesure]
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories [Columbia]
Disclosure – Settle [PMR/Island]
Gesaffelstein – Aleph [Bromance/Parlophone/EMI]
James Blake – Overgrown [Polydor]
London Grammar – If You Wait [Ministry of Sound/Columbia]
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return [Carpark]

Originals
Chrome Sparks – Marijuana [Future Classic]
Classixx – Borderline ft. Jesse Kivel [Innovative Liesure]
Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right [Columbia]
Destructo – Higher [OWSLA/Boys Noize Records]
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit [Parlophone/EMI]
Hot Since 82 – Hot’s Groove [Moda Black/Ultra]
Marcus Marr – The Music [DFA]
Skream – Rollercoaster [Ammunition/UMO]
TJR – Whats Up Suckaz [Rising]
Toro Y Moi – Harm In Change [Carpark]

Remixes
Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (Giraffage Version) [Self Released]
A$AP Rocky – Wild For the Night (Dog Blood Remix) [NEST IV]
Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right (Daedelus’ Pacific Drift) [Self Released]
Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath (Colta & curl up Remix aka “Breath Noise”) [Self Released]
Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) [Circus]
Janet Jackson – I Get Lonely (DJ Hoodboi Remix) [Self Released]
Kill the Noise – Rockers (Bro Safari & UFO Remix) [OWSLA]
Miguel – Do You… (Cashmere Cat Remix) [Self Released]
Panama – Always (Wave Racer Remix) [Future Classic]
Sage the Gemini – Gas Pedal (Salva Remix) [Self Released]

Videos
Anamanaguchi – Meow [dream.hax] (Director: Daniel Gray Longino & Eric Notarnicola with Anamanaguchi)
Arnold / CZ – Plus and Minus / Das Why [WeDidIt] (Director: SuS Boy)
Disclosure – White Noise [PMR/Island] (Director: Luke Monaghan)
Duke Dumont – 100% [Ministry of Sound] (Director: Ian Robertson)
Flosstradamus & DJ Sliink – CROWD CNTRL [Fool’s Gold Records] (Director: Elizabeth de la Piedra & Kyle Depinna)
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit [Bromance/Parlophone/EMI] (Director: FLEUR & MANU)
Sinjin Hawke & Morri$ – Ferrofluid [Fractal Fantasy] (Director: Cyberlight)
Skrillex & Alvin Risk – Try It Out [OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic] (Director: Skrillex & Alvin Risk)
Slick Shoota – F Dat [Mad Decent] (Director: Ossian Melin)

Jonah’s Best of 2013

Albums
Bonobo – The North Borders [Ninja Tune]
Classixx – Hanging Gardens [Innovative Leisure]
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories [Columbia]
Daniel Avery – Drone Logic [Phantasy]
Disclosure – Settle [PMR/Island]
Gesaffelstein – Aleph [Bromance/Parlophone/EMI]
Hot Natured – Different Sides of the Sun [FFRR]
James Blake – Overgrown [Polydor]
Kastle – Kastle [Symbols]
London Grammar – If You Wait [Ministry of Sound/Columbia]

Originals
Booka Shade – Love Inc [Embassy One]
Breach – Jack [dirtybird]
Daft Punk – Instant Crush [Columbia]
Disclosure – White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge [PMR/Island]
DJ Snake ft. Alesia – Bird Machine [Mad Decent]
Gorgon City – Real ft. Yasmin [Black Butter]
Justin Jay – Static [dirtybird]
London Grammar – Hey Now [Ministry of Sound/Columbia]
Ninetoes – Finder [Kling Klong]
Panteros666 – Baby F-16 [Bromance]

Remixes
AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix) [Self Released]
Crystal Fighters – LA Calling (Curses Remix) [Self Released]
Disclosure feat. London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix) [PMR/Island]
Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) [Circus]
Hot Natured – Reverse Skydiving (Shadow Child Remix) [FFRR]
Kill The Noise – Rockers (Bro Safari & UFO! Remix) [OWSLA]
London Grammar – Strong (Jonas Rathsman Remix) [Self Released]
Mike Metro & Benson – In The Ghetto (Motez Remix) [Jump To This]
Panama – Always (Wave Racer Remix) [Future Classic]
Rachel Row – Follow The Step (Justin Martin Remix) [Pets]

Videos
Boys Noize – Starwin [BNR] (Director: Mike Bishop)
Disclosure – White Noise [PMR/Island] (Director: Luke Monaghan)
Gesaffelstein – Hate or Glory [Bromance/Parlophone/EMI] (Director: FLEUR & MANU)
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit [Bromance/Parlophone/EMI] (Director: FLEUR & MANU)
Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz [Matador] (Director: Gordon von Steiner)
Oliver – Night Is On My Mind [Fool’s Gold] (Director: Greg Brunkalla)
Phuture Doom – Burn The Knowledge [OWSLA] (Director: N/A)
Piff Gang – Middle Finger [N/A] (Director: Jack Loveday Exton)
PURPLE – The Club [WeDidIt] (Director: Pedro Maia)
Skrillex & Alvin Risk – Try It Out [OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic] (Director: Skrillex & Alvin Risk)

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