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top 5 tracks of 2013 that missed out on our mixtape

When l was growing up l relied on mixtapes from my mates to find out about new music. One of the reasons my older brother still hates me is because l used to brutalise his record collection. Robbing Radiohead albums and Bloodhound Gang CDs that the local Woolworths refused sell to me, because at 27 l still look 16 and when l was 16 l looked seven. l would return borrowed items to his room, scratched, worn out and unplayable. Our relationship paid the price. l shifted the blame onto the overzealous cashier who refused to serve me down 'Our Price'. Times have changed. Soundcloud makes life a whole lot easier. Nearly all good music is accessible via this revolutionary, online community. Nearly being the operative, but frustrating word. Yesterday we posted our favourite tracks from the past year, up on the i-D Soundcloud account. However a few choice artists we equally adore prefer to remain more illusive. Refraining from sharing their sounds up on the cloud. To show them the love they deserve, we created this space just for them. Look below.

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Text Milly McMahon
Artwork Clare Elliott

Listen to our Best Tracks of 2013 mixtape here.

  • 1. Why'd you only call me when you're high? Arctic Monkeys

    Alex Turner has honed his craft to a fine art, of which now he is now the master. The Arctic Monkeys released their fifth studio album to date this year. The band defined a noughties moment, epitomising a distinct and classic kind of polished style. Despite the genre they promoted then being less popular today, the Arctics continue to remain of cult status. Produced by Simian mobiles James Ford, the tracks trippy video was directed by legendary filmmaker Nabil. Why'd you only call me when you high is pure, polished brilliance.

  • 2. Refelktor, Arcade Fire

    The lead single of Arcade Fire's new album, Refelktor epitomises the ambitious, anthemic arrangements, that this 5 man, 1 woman band from Montreal have become so famous for creating. Advancing their signature orchestral sound, the album picks up from where the previous award winning LP 'The Suburbs' left off. Musing on the higher purposes behind emotions, life and the afterlife, Reflektor is a musical masterpiece. 

  • 3. Kings of Leon, Beautiful War

    Described by Zane Lowe as 'The Best Song The Kings of Leon have ever written or recorded' Tennessee-born, legendary musicians and brothers Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill have created some of the best modern rock music of this generation. Capitalising on the raw, unbridled and wild sound their younger lifestyles epitomised, something crazy lurks behind the boys eyes and can be heard in their haunting sound. Writing Beautiful war on the very same day Caleb penned the outstanding 'Use Somebody' their sound today feels like the calm that descends after a heavy storm.

  • 4. Bound 2, Kanye West

    This year baby North entered the world, Kanye's first born. Proclaiming his wife to be the modern day Marylin Monroe, riding a motor bike suggestively, Kim Kardashian awkwardly restricted the G.O.O.D music artist's hillside views throughout his Bound 2 video, directed by Nick Knight. "What would Jeromey Romey Romey Rome think?" The track is our favourite off the hip hop Gods Yeesuz album. There are a few questionable rips up on Soundcloud, but if Yeezy deems his music not worthy of being played outside of his financial control we will respect his wishes. Kanye, number four is for you and your bi$$ions.

  • 5. Hey ya, Vampire Weekend

    Major label XL and Soundcloud have had serious issues that they have spent the past year trying to resolve. 'Hey Ya' is the second song taken from the XL signed NYC born and based bands third album, released in May this year. Perfecting their quintessentially British sound for the past eight years, the stirring yet simple instrumentals on 'Hey Ya' are timeless and the poetic lyrics profound. Understated and accomplished this is music that pays no regard to popularity and shuns chart success in favour of integrity and skill.