The Best St. Louis Music Releases of 2013
Legend has it that St. Louis Parks Department employee Al Holliday drove a tractor to his first sessions at Sawhorse Studio, but this east-side son didn't just fall off the turnip truck. A white boy steeped in Delta rhythm-and-blues, Holliday works his husky voice and boogie-woogie chops on the 88s with the support of a full brass section, all recorded live.
St. Louis' single of the summer (and fall, and winter) was undoubtedly "Golden Rose" off of Middle Class Fashion's sophomore album. The track was all over KDHX (88.1 FM) even before Jungle's official release, and it has remained a high point of the quartet's live set. Jenn Malzone's songs and piano-driven aesthetic were in full bloom on the first MCF release, but better production and a wider sonic palette only underline her talents.
Muhammad Austin leads a little army of young hip-hop heads armed with poetics and positivity, and his work as Mvstermind is on display with A.D.D. True to its title, the sonics are all over the map, but Austin and his crew show range and versatility here.
Continue to page three for more of the best releases, plus our favorite St. Louis songs of the year too.