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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FREE DOWNLOAD: MoRuf – Shades.Of.Moo [mixtape]

East Coast MC MoRuf drops off his newest release with Shades.Of.Moo. The 15-track project features James Blake-sampling Fallen, as well as contributions from Madlib, Iman Omari, THC, Melo-X and more. Stream it below and hit up this link for the download.


NEW TRACK: Drake – Come Thru (James Blake remix)

Out of nowhere, James Blake gifts fans with his take on Drake’s NWTS bonus track Come Thru. The multi-talented UK artist revamps the Noah “40” Shebib soundbed and gives the track a darker, more electronic edge. Seems like Blake can’t do anything wrong. Give the remix a listen below.

MUSIC VIDEO: James Blake – Life Round Here [remix] (ft. Chance the Rapper)

James Blake and Chance the Rapper give their Life Round Here remix the visual treatment after last week’s teaser. The unusual video sees Blake and Chance cruising around the British countryside filled with nuns, priests and even Somalian pirates. Peep the video below.

NEW TRACK: James Blake – Life Round Here [remix] (ft. Chance The Rapper)

This track has been in circulation for about a week now and features an unlikely combination as London singer-songwriter James Blake hooks up with Chance The Rapper for the remix to Life Round Here from his recent album Overgrown. The pair have announced that more collaborations are on the way, including original material. Catch Blake performing live in London this Wednesday and Thursday at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.