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BPM5: The Best Music of the Last 5 Years

BPM5: The Best Music of the Last 5 Years

October 5th 2013 saw the fifth anniversary of the founding of Beats Per Minute, the music news and reviews site that myself and some colleagues that have become close friends have been running. as a hobby and pet project for, well, five years now. We decided to celebrate the anniversary by compiling the best music that has been released over the site's lifetime (in our opinion) and writing plenty about it.


We compiled three lists: 


The Top 130 Albums

In which I wrote about: 

The Antlers - Hospice  (2009)

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle  (2009)

Caribou - Swim  (2010)

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains  (2009)

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest  (2010)

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues  (2011)

Grimes - Visions  (2012)

The Horrors - Primary Colours (2009) 

The Horrors - Skying (2011) 

Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't  (2012)

Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Da ze  (2013)

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor  (2011)

St. Vincent - Actor (2009)

The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now  (2012)

Read the full albums list


The Top 100 Tracks

In which I wrote about:

Arctic Monkeys - "That's Where You're Wrong" (2011) 

Chromatics - "Kill For Love"  (2012)

Cold Cave - "The Great Pan Is Dead" (2011) 

Deerhunter - "Nothing Ever Happened" (2008) 

The Dø - "Too Insistent"  (2011)

Kurt Vile - "Wakin On A Pretty Day"  (2013)

Merchandise - "Become What You Are" (2012) 

The Mountain Goats - "High Hawk Season"  (2011)

The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio" (2010) 

Tame Impal a - "Solitude Is Bliss" (2010) 

Tame Impala - "Apocalypse Dreams"  (2012)

Warpaint - "Undertow"  (2010)

Read the full tracks list


The Top 30 EPs

In which I wrote about:

AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It  (2012)

Andy Stott - We Stay Together  (2011)

The Antlers - Undersea (2012)

Disclosure - The Face  (2012)

Read the full EPs list


But aside from my own writing, the work of plenty of others went into compiling this mammoth project and I'd really appreciate it if you looked at, read, and shared any of it. 


Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Blue Record EP

Introducing: River Tiber

Introducing: River Tiber