Staff Picks of 2013

Andreas Zettlmeissl
Ben-David Fenwick
Erik Schneider
Jay Yee
Jennifer Sefa-Boakye
Lauren Watt
Maiya Norton
Maurice Bernstein
Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote
Natasha Diggs
Rich Medina
Seher Sikandar
DJ Spinna
Tucker Hill


Staff Picks of 2012
Staff Picks of 2011
Staff Picks of 2010


Andreas Zettlmeissl

Top 5 Albums
Darkside – Psychic
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
DJ Koze – Amygdala
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Haim – Days Are Gone


Ben-David Fenwick

Top 5 Albums
HAIM – Days Are Gone
CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
Holy Ghost! – Dynamics
Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
Charli XCX – True Romance

Top 5 TV Shows
American Horror Story: Coven
Warehouse 13
Doctor Who
Game of Thrones

Erik Schneider

13 (Albums) for ’13
Lord Echo – Curiosities
Disclosure – Settle
Falty DL – Hardcourage
Omar – The Man
Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee – Greatest Flips
Karol Conka – Baktuk Freak
The Internet – Feel Good
Danny Brown – Old
Rhye – Woman
V/A – Teeko & B. Bravo Present: Tempo Dreams Vol. 2
Kon – On My Way
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
Bonobo – The North Borders

+ mix: best of Bastard Jazz 2013

Jay Yee

Top Mixes
Sam Tiba – Valentine’s Mix 2013 + Crumb Mixtape #6
DJ Paypal – LuckyMe Mix on Rinse FM
Teenwitch Fanclub Mix for Banjee Report
A. G. Cook – Radio Tank Mix + Personal Computer Music for DIS
Dan2600 – #top8 Summer Jams 2013

Top 5 Nights Out
Rustie @ Output
The Blessings & Obey City @ Cameo
The Blessings & S-Type @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lil Silva @ Glasslands
Traxman & DJ Deeon @ 285 Kent

Top 5 Unreleased Tracks
Darq E Freaker – Minger
DJ Yolo Bear – Bring That Ass To The Table (VIP MIXXX)
Tielsie – Hueboy
Danny L Harle – Aquarius (Luna Remix)
Mohegan Son aka Poolboy92 – Lick

Top 5 Tracks
Alizzz – Whoa!
Tomggg – Fizz
Rustie – Slasherr
Robin Thicke – Give It 2 U (Trippy Turtle Remix)
Ciara – Body Party (Supraman’s Happy Hardcore Candy Rave Remix)

Jennifer Sefa-Boakye

Top Albums
Stromae – Racine Carrée
Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
The Internet – Feel Good
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
James Blake – Overgrown

Top Mixtapes
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Elbee Thrie – 53,000
Kelela – CUT 4 ME
Le1f – Fly Zone
Le1f – Tree House

Top 5 Live Shows
Kanye West @ Madison Square Garden
James Blake @ Terminal 5
Big Freedia @ Afropunk Fest 2013
Shabazz Palaces @ Bowery Ballroom
Machinedrum @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Top 5 Album Picks
1. Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
2. Lord Echo – Curiosities
3. Dusty – Mood Matters
4. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2
5. Sandra St. Victor – Oya’s Daughter

Favorite Dance Remix:
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (EnaWadan DeepHouse Remix)

Lauren Watt

J Cole – Born Sinner
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
Rhye – Woman
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail

TV Shows
The Mindy Project
House of Lies
Breaking Bad

Maiya Norton

Top 5 Albums
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Quadron – Avalanche
Thundercat – Apocalypse
Disclosure – Settle
James Blake – Overgrown

Top 3 Producers
Robin Hannibal

3 Fresh Faces
Kelela Mizanekristos
FKA Twigs
King Krule

Maurice Bernstein

Disclosure – Settle [Interscope]
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk [Sony Music/Flying Buddah]
Bonobo – The North Borders [Ninja Tune]
Om’mas Keith – [City Pulse]
Sly and The Family Stone – Higher! [Sony/Legacy]
Rhye – Woman [UMG]
Quadron – Avalanche [Vested In Culture]
Valerie June – Pushin’ Against A Stone [Concord Music Group]
James Blake – Overgrown [Republic]
Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon [Columbia Records]
Jagwar Ma – Howlin [Mom & Pop Music]

12 Years A Slave
Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
20 Feet From Stardom
Frances Ha
Blue Jasmine

Mo Meta Blues – Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths – Tony Fletcher
Boy About Town – Tony Fletcher
Jerusalem: A Cookbook: Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote

Favorite Tracks from 2013
1. Oceans – Ainslie Wills
2. Something- Snarky Puppy feat. Lalah Hathaway
3. Turbo Tron – Thundercat
4. Lost – Chance the Rapper
5. Sorry – Spleen


Natasha Diggs

Top 5 #Offline Moments/Songs
1. The world premiere of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip’s “Thank You”

2. The weekly Electric Slide movement spearheaded by Tip done to Brass Construction’s “Movin’”

3. #Offline’s weekly theme Song: The Nite-Liters “Valdez in the Country” (get ready to clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands..)

4. Nile Rodgers Tribute night with guest DJ Spinna when Philip Bailey also showed up and then it became an Earth Wind & Fire tribute as well! “My Forbidden Lover” – Chic “In the Stone” – EW&F

5. At the Halloween Masquerade when Dres from Black Sheep got on the mic to do “Choice is Yours” and then Busta Rhymes and Tip spit verses from “Scenario”.. Output turned into Madison Square Garden for a minute.. energy was so hype!

Rich Medina

Hiatus Kaiyote Feat. Q-Tip – Nakamarra
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Busta Rhymes With Q-Tip, Lil Jon & Kanye West – Thank You
Omar – The Man
Gregory Porter – Musical Genocide
Ralph Gum – Take Me To My Love


Seher Sikandar

Top Albums
The Neighbourhood – I Love You
Pyyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
James Blake – Overgrown
Tyler The Creator – Wolf
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP

Top EPs
Jhene Aiko – Sail Out
Banks – London
Rosie Lowe – Right Thing
Tei Shi – Saudade

DJ Spinna

Albums & Singles
Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colors
Karizma – Wall Of Sound
Disclosure – Settle
Ed Motta – AOR
Amel Larrieux – Afraid
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Thundercat – Apocalypse

Tucker Hill

Music Makers
Jonas Rathsman
Art Department
Tale of Us
Damian Lazarus
Francesca Lombardo
Justin Martin
Catz N Dogz
Hannes Fischer
Acid Pauli
Eclair Fifi

DAY ZERO – Francesca Lombardo – Countdown to Zero
Atish and Mark Slee – Live at Robot Heart (Burning Man 2013)
Giorgio Moroder Live at Deep Space
Eclair Fifi – FABRICLIVE x Hoya:Hoya Mix
TriceraHOPS – FixTapE

Burning Man: Cargo Cult 2013 – BRC
Gratitude: Cosmic Mirrors – NYC
Robot Heart: Further Future – NYC
Mister Sunday (last days at Gowanus Grove) – NYC
BangOn! NYC: 3D & Elements – NYC
Frendly Gathering 2013 – VT
Rinsed: XXXY (secret show) & 3 Year Anniversary Part II w/ Crystal Waters – NYC
Fantasy Summer Rooftop & Fantasy Fall Loft Parties

*Every Impromptu late night adventure in Brooklyn on boats, bikes and beyond!