Year End Wrap-Up

The 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2013

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM

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4. Earl Sweatshirt


Earl Sweatshirt's long-awaited debut Doris is the complex blend of honesty and antics we expected from the formerly "exiled" 19 year-old member of Odd Future. Rooted in dusty loop-leaning production, Doris is, despite involvement from The Neptunes and RZA, the kind of hip-hop that Columbia Records has avoided since the early days of Big L. Earl and his extensive ensemble speak on everything from his estranged father to disenchanted rap fans, meanwhile contemplating coming undone -- while rolling blunts, of course. -Jake Paine

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3. Classixx

Hanging Gardens

It's rare that dance-able albums tug the heartstrings without indulging in sentimentality. Classixx's debut Hanging Gardens is an exception, physically and emotionally moving without being cloying. Pulling from genres including electronic dance music, disco, and funk, Classixx have made a cohesive record that will likely have staying power, and will certainly have you contemplating calling up lost loves. -Max Bell

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