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The CyberNoise Directives 2013 (Best Of Year 2013)

by Graham Needham (© 14th December 2013)

Well, 2013 was simply an incredible year for new release electronic music albums from both new and old artists including but not limited to Architect, Karl Bartos, Bomb The Bass, British Electric Foundation (BEF), BT, Cat Rapes Dog, Chvrches, Clock DVA, College, Covenant, Daft Punk, Delphic, Depeche Mode, Die Krupps, Erasure, Factory Floor, John Foxx, Front Line Assembly, Funker Vogt, Hocico, How To Destroy Angels, Jonteknik, Kant Kino, Kavinsky, Klinik, Kloq, Lagowski, Leæther Strip, Lustmord, David Lynch, M83, Mechanical Cabaret, Mesh, Ministry, Miss Kittin, Moby, Alison Moyet, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD), Pet Shop Boys, Psyche, Psychic TV, Scanner, Security, Skinny Puppy, SN-A, Mark Stewart, Suicide Commando, Tenek, Visage, VNV Nation and Wire . Phew! That did make choosing our best of year so much harder this time around. The CyberNoise yearly lists are compiled from the music that has been played the most by CyberNoise this year using various metrics including iTunes play counts, longevity, personal memory and most importantly those albums still on rotation months after their release - they are in no specific order. The gigs of the year and design awards sections are purely CyberNoise's favourites based on what stood out to us the most from this year! Well done to everyone on this year's lists. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

10 Albums Of The Year 2013

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD English Electric front cover image picture

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)

English Electric



Kavinsky Outrun front cover image picture

Kavinsky

Outrun



Front Line Assembly Echogenetic front cover image picture

Front Line Assembly

Echogenetic



How To Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion front cover image picture

How To Destroy Angels

Welcome Oblivion



Alison Moyet The Minutes front cover image picture

Alison Moyet

The Minutes



SN-A Transmissions front cover image picture

SN-A

Transmissions



Visage Hearts & Knives front cover image picture

Visage

Hearts & Knives



Die Krupps The Machinists Of Joy front cover image picture

Die Krupps

The Machinists Of Joy



Pet Shop Boys Electric front cover image picture

Pet Shop Boys

Electric



Erasure Snow Globe front cover image picture

Erasure

Snow Globe



10 Compilations and Reissues 2013

John Carpenter Original Soundtrack OST The Fog front cover image picture

John Carpenter

• OST The Fog (Remastered and Expanded)
Limited edition 180g black, clear/green or gold 2xLP vinyl



Buy Death Waltz limited edition vinyl

John Carpenter Original Soundtrack OST Assault On Precinct 13 front cover image picture

John Carpenter

• OST Assault On Precinct 13
Limited edition 180g bloody red and vanilla swirl vinyl or standard edition vanilla vinyl LP or CD



Buy Death Waltz limited edition vinyl
Vangelis Original Soundtrack OST Blade Runner front cover image picture

Vangelis

• OST Blade Runner
Limited edition 180g red vinyl or Super Audio CD (SACD)



Hard Corps Rarities vinyl LP cassette front cover image picture

Hard Corps

• Rarities
limited edition numbered cassette (300 copies only)

Buy Minimal Wave limited editions
Cabaret Voltaire #8385 Collected Works 1983-1985 box set front cover image picture

Cabaret Voltaire

• #8385 Collected Works 1983-1985
limited edition 6xCD+2xDVD box set

Various Artists Crucial Electro 4 front cover image picture

Various Artists

• Crucial Electro 4
limited edition 2xLP or 2xCD


Street Sounds limited editions
Various Artists Virgin #40 Methods Of Dance: Electronica & Leftfield '73-'87 3 CD box set front cover image picture

Various Artists

• Virgin #40 Methods Of Dance: Electronica & Leftfield '73-'87
3xCD box set



Mark Snow X-Files Volume 2 limited edition 4 CD box set front cover image picture

Mark Snow

X-Files Volume 2
limited edition 4xCD box set (3000 copies only, first 250 autographed)


Buy direct from buysoundtrax.com
Doubting Thomas The Infidel reissue 2 CD front cover image picture

Doubting Thomas

• The Infidel
reissue special edition 2xCD with rare tracks



The Orb History Of The Future Deluxe edition 3 CD+DVD box set front cover image picture

The Orb

• History Of The Future
Deluxe edition 3xCD+DVD box set



Gigs Of The Year 2013

27th March

The Balanescu Quartet
Palác Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic

Strictly speaking The Balanescu Quartet are not electronic but they are related to the Mute Records label and they cover Kraftwerk music with four violins, so they get to be included!

6th April

Leæther Strip
Club Chapeau Rouge, Prague, Czech Republic

18th April

Alison Moyet
Bush Hall, London, UK

This was a special launch gig "Taking The Minutes" where Alison played the entire The Minutes album, some Yazoo classics and little bit of electro jazz!

3rd May

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)
+ John Foxx
The Roundhouse, London, UK

19th May

Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey
Heaven, London, UK

23rd July

Depeche Mode + Chvrches
Eden/Synot Tip Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

21st August

Front Line Assembly + Haujobb
The Garage, London, UK

3rd November

VNV Nation
Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic

11th November

Heaven 17
KOKO, London, UK

This was a special gig for the Virgin Records 40th anniversary celebrations. Heaven 17 played the first hour with early Human League material!

Officially Released Live Video Awards 2013

  1. 1st - Heaven 17

    Live At Metropolis Studios DVD+CD
    >= In a dire year of hardly any electronic music live concerts being released this easily comes top with the Heaven 17 crew on top form at an intimate gig with all the favourites being played.

  2. 2nd - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)

    Live - Architecture Morality & More
    >= A re-release on blu-ray - as electronic music lovers don't have much to choose from on blu-ray this gets the nod for second place.

  3. 3rd - Ministry

    Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012
    >= Hard pressed to find three electronic music live concerts being released and although it's hard and heavy, this one's on blu-ray too. Ministry comes in third!

Design Awards 2013

  1. 1st - Erasure

    Snow Globe 3xCD Erasure Information Service (EIS) box set (3000 copies worldwide)
    >= Incredible design with attention to detail obviously paramount AND so many goodies included (presentation box, signed Christmas card, festive tree bauble, desktop calendar, set of postcards, sweets, balloons and an Erasure themed cocktail book!). What more could you want? Andy and Vince Socks or an actual Erasure snow globe maybe? - box set art direction by Paul A. Taylor (Mute) and manufactured by Key Production
  2. 2nd - Pet Shop Boys

    Electric "The Electric Box" (350 copies worldwide)
    >= Gorgeous, evocative, neon 80s throwback (just like the album) and beautiful but very expensive (the price puts it in second place) - design by Farrow in collaboration with PSB and The Vinyl Factory
  3. 3rd - Uschi-No-Michi

    Ameratsu 7" vinyl single with 8" 'floppy disk' sleeve (100 hand numbered unique copies worldwide)
    >= Just goes to show you don't need to charge £500 for a lovely bit of clever design. This vinyl record comes in an original 8" floppy disk sleeve with individual writing on it, all contained within a black metallic envelope. Retro, different and very desirable - design concept by Graham Holden (@opensussex)

Just like the albums, this year was also a tough year to choose from with some great designs and packaging. Honourable mentions must go to:

Recommendations For 2014 - Watch and LISTEN out for them!
(Oh and BUY their stuff of course…)

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