The big one. The year has almost come to an end so it’s time to look back at the top album releases. 2013 has been a good year for hip-hop fans, with all the heavyweights dropping studio albums including Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, Drake and more. We were also treated to a number of dope R&B albums from industry vets and upcoming artists but which LPs made the shortlist? Keep reading to find out Eclectic Relaxation’s best albums of the year.

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NEW TRACK: Drake – Trophies (prod. Hit-Boy)

At last, Drake drops the much talked about and anticipated track Trophies. Previewed at his Would You Like A Tour? shows, the Hit-Boy production is one of five new tracks Drizzy is supposed to be dropping before the year’s end. Check it out, full version drops later tonight.


Mixtapes have become a huge factor in the success of upcoming hip-hop artists careers in recent years and loads have dropped over the last 12 months.  It’s been a year full of standout mixtape releases, most of them even good enough to be albums. See what we thought were the best mixtapes and EPs of 2013 after the jump.

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Stay tuned for the Best Albums of 2013 dropping tomorrow!

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Some big tracks dropped in 2013, coming from industry vets and rising stars alike, read on for Eclectic Relaxation’s best songs of the last year with one list for Hip-Hop and another for R&B/Soul.

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BEATS OF THE WEEK #7: Jarreau Vandal, Ambassadeurs, Kaytranada, Pomo, Star Slinger, AbJo

Slightly belated but here nonetheless is the 7th edition of Beats Of The Week. Soulection are back with their White Label series and this time round its the turn of Amsterdam producer Jarreau Vandal to showcase his talents. On this third White Label release, Soulection’s newest artist Vandal samples the likes of Drake, J. Cole and Alicia Keys to create a very dope 4-track EP.

Read on, more from Ambassadeurs, Kaytranada, Pomo, Star Slinger and AbJo.

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NEWS: Beyoncé drops brand new self-titled visual album

Out of absolutely nowhere, Beyoncé has unveiled a brand new self-titled album. Not only that, it includes features from the likes of Jay-Z, Drake and Frank Ocean, plus every track on the ‘visual’ album has it’s own music video. Following in the footsteps of her partner Jay-Z and bending the rules of promotion and advertising, Queen B has released this album with no promo whatsoever.

Head over to iTunes to download Beyoncé and hit the jump to check out the tracklist as well as preview clips of the album’s music videos.

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