As we wind down 2013, our Music Design team shares their favorite music of the year. Since a Music Designer’s job is literally to listen to and program music all year, their recommendations shouldn’t be taken lightly.


Janice Williams

My Favorite Picture of You – Guy Clark
On My Mind/In My Heart – Jesse Dee
Say Grace – Sam Baker
12 Stories – Brandy Clark
Gone Away Backward – Robbie Fulks

Randy Schlager

True – Avicii
Utah– Jamestown Revival
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Don’t Look Down – Skylar Grey
Forward – The Brand New Heavies

Trevor Pronga

Heza – Generationals
Woman – Rhye
Fly By Wire – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Tales Of Us – Goldfrapp
Devotion – Jessie Ware

Tristan Bolden

My Night, My Time – Sky Ferreira
Trouble – Natalia Kills
Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
Body Language – AlunaGeorge
Ice on a Dune – Empire of the Sun

Reid Walker

Settle – Disclosure
Etherwood – Etherwood
The North Borders – Bonobo
Brand New Machine – Chase & Status
Anything In Return – Toro y Moi

Bo White

Whatever Brains – Whatever Brains
Woman – Rhye
Major Arcana – Speedy Ortiz
Victim Of Love – Charles Bradley
Tally All The Things That You Broke – Parquet Courts

Joel Oltyan

Bad Blood – Bastille
Nocturnes – Little Boots
A Bad Girl in Harlem – New Politics
Desire Lines – Camera Obscura
Pure Heroine – Lorde

Mark Shapiro

In A World Of Mallets – Jason Marsalis
Tango Caliente – Jay D’Amico
Swedish Ballads – Scott Hamilton
Four Of A Kind – Miami Saxophone Quartet
The Blues Is Alright – UCF Jazz Ensemble
My Groove, Your Move – Gilad Edelman
Generations – Shauli Einav
Understanding – Wallace Roney
The Bespoke Man’s Narrative – Aaron Diehl
Live At Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club – Miles Black & Grant Stewart

Jesse Nathason

AM – Arctic Monkeys
Obsidian – Baths
The North Borders – Bonobo
Settle – Disclosure
Ice On The Dune – Empire of the Sun
Extol – Extol
Flume – Flume
Stealth of Days– Jensen Sportag
Kastle – Kastle
Comfort – Maya Jane Coles

Graham Busch

Excavation– The Haxan Cloak
Soul Music – Special Request
Old – Danny Brown
Amygdala – DJ Koze
Love Songs (Part 1) – Romare
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
Offenbarung EP – Oake
Psychic – Darkside
36-26-36 – Femme En Fourrure
Trap Lord – A$AP Ferg

David Sheyda

m b v – My Bloody Valentine
Sunbather – Deafheaven
Hummingbird – Local Natives
180 – Palma Violets
The Bones Of What You Believe – Chvrches
Trouble Will Find Me – The National
Holy Fire – Foals
Whales And Leeches – Red Fang
Promises – The Boxer Rebellion
MCII – Mikal Cronin

Justin Main

Corrupt Free Enterprise – OBNOX
Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze – Kurt Vile
AM – Arctic Monkeys
Light Up Gold – Parquet Courts
You’re Nothing – Iceage
Monomania – Deerhunter
MCII – Mikal Cronin
Into Unknown – Human Eye: 4
Spray Paint – Spray Paint
Party Lines– Sweet Talk
Big Wheel and Others – Cass McCombs
Buck Biloxi – Buck Biloxi
The Evil One – Roky Erickson
Volumes 1 & 2 – Hardcore Devo
Vehicle – The Clean


Linda Kennedy

“Chamakay” – Blood Orange
“The Sing” – Bill Callahan
“Play By Play” – Autre Ne Veut
“Chancha via Circuito” – José Larralde – Quimey Neuquen
“Feel Like Movin” – The Juan Maclean

Janica Chang

“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
“Ghost” – Chelsea Lankes
“Take It Or Leave It” – Matt Wertz
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
“Didn’t See It Coming” – Parachute

Tristan Bolden

“Outlines” – AlunaGeorge
“Julia” – SZA
“Celebrate” – Empire of the Sun
“Heavy Metal Heart” – Sky Ferriera
“Saturday Night” – Natalia Kills
“Talk About It” – Erik Hassle
“Drive” – Miley Cyrus
“Drops” – JUNGLE.
“Bed Peace” – Jhene Aiko ft. Childish Gambino
“Adore You” – Dr. Seahorse

Jesse Nathason

“Sunny Lemonade” – 813
“Do I Wanna Know” – Arctic Monkeys
“Emmanuel (Hayden James Remix)” – Basecamp
“Heaven For A Sinner (Feat. Erykah Badu)” – Bonobo
“Let’s Get Hot” – Breach
“Without You” – Dillon Francis ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
“Alive” – Empire of the Sun
“My Boo (Wave Racer Remix)” – Ghost Town DJ’s
“Where Do I Belong” – Infected Mushroom –
“Sequatchie Eve” – Kodak to Graph

– Compiled by Jessica Reed, Social Media