Happy July, San Antonio! This week, seven of our music writers will be taking turns listing what they believe to be the top 5 albums of 2013 so far. Yesterday, we had Alejandra Ramirez' thoughts, now we present Alejandra Ramirez’s picks. Let us know in the comments what your favorite new music of 2013 is and check in tomorrow for the next installment. 1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra -- II An album of loner, stoner nuggets of psychedelia through the filtered haze of tape recorders, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's sophomore effort packs a walloping punch, with gorgeous, relatable language and undeniable guitar shredding for the knockout blow.2. Rhye -- Woman With their debut release, Rhye's Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal have concocted the smoothest, sexiest bedroom music since D'Angelo dropped Voodoo. It's intimate, minimalist R&B for the indie-inclined. 3. The Knife -- Shaking the Habitual Let's talk about gender, baby. Believe it or not, Swedish duo The Knife have made Foucault-referencing dance music, the soundtrack to the party of your nightmares. 4. A$AP Rocky -- Long. Live. ASAP On a one to ten scale, this self-professed "pretty motherfucker" is a Patrick Bateman. But let's not label young Rakim Mayers a sociopath yet, maybe he's earned it. With Long. Live. A$AP, Rocky put the hype in the ground, proving himself as one of the most versatile emcees in the game. On "LVL," A$AP demonstrates his keen ear for timing, keeping his delivery lean-slow, letting Clams Casino's lush production develop before dropping into a facemelting double-time. He boasts it best himself: "Make way for the new jazz." 5. Wayne Shorter -- Without a Net Deep into the twenty-three minute exploration of “Pegasus”, a member of the supporting Imani Winds Quintet can’t help but react to a particularly scorching phrase from tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, verbalizing his new release Without a Net in a quick, emotive “Oh my God!” They ain't lying; Shorter's playing, is visceral, violent, atavistic, other big words.
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