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Cal’s Favourite Releases of 2013, Part 2: Overseas Hip-Hop

[From Left to Right]

Milo - Things That Happen at Day/Things That Happen at Night

Rory Ferreira provoked yet more Needle Drop buzz - and understandably so - with this killer double EP. After two acclaimed releases, Ferreira seems to have mastered the art of rambling precisely - as paradoxical as that sounds - over ever lusher production.

Milo - Cavalcade

Ferreira acolytes were blown away yet again this year; chockablock with obscure samples and relatively scant on the vocal front, this EP is confusing but cohesive and - uniquely for a MIlo release - takes the listener on a mini odyssey rather than a series of separate monologues. Excellent atmospheric stuff.

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

Acclaimed rappers El-P and Killer Mike team up for some aggressive posturing on this self-titled album. Uncompromising as fuck.

Childish Gambino - Because the Internet

Despite consistently lukewarm coverage from Pitchfork and the like, Gambino comes out swinging on this 19-track opus. Without scaling back his idiosyncratic goofiness, he brings better flows, concepts and - perhaps most obviously - production. This thing is hugely rewarding - spend some time with it and marvel at how critically underrated the man is.

Flatbush ZOMBiES - BetterOffDEAD

A series of cartoonish but talented MCs hop on some deliciously hazy beats. Surprisingly addictive.

Kanye West - Yeezus

Scores of words have been dedicated to West so I won’t add much. This shit is just great. And it sounds nothing like a Death Grips copy, trust me.

Watsky - Cardboard Castles

Youtube-famous rapper and spoken word oik Watsky matures a ton on this album. This is how I’ve always wanted him to sound. All killer no filler.

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

This release lodges itself in your brain and refuses to leave. Good thing it’s so fucking fun, really.

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    Milo deserves all the praise in the world. Rory’s fucking killing it. "Yeezus was good but WAS IT MDBTF QUALITY??? I...
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    I agree with everything but the Gambino bit. I hated the album.
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