This comp maybe sums it up for 2013. Drake's all over the place. Then some Drake covers. And a million fan covers on youtube. A lot of artists sounding like Drake (or Weeknd); not bad at all, just saying.
Oddisee - an all instrumental album. Quite impressive.
Rhye - or is it Sade...?
Ellie - I'm not sure why I like this. This and her Weeknd cover (High for this) are among the best of 2013 imo.
JMSN - dark r&b à la mode. Weird transformation from teenage hormone pop like When she turns 18 to drug-destructive clips like Alone. YouTube has blocked thousands of less violent clips.
Stwo - check out his Drake remix of All me. Follow his Soundcloud account. Now.
Beyoncé - An album worth buying, just for the videos. I like the production here, the sound is perfect with a focus on her voice (obviously).
Jhené - still havn't made up my mind, mixing the good with less strong. This is fine.
Modeselector - yes.
None of these clips are in a holiday spirit. Be warned.
Preview: 20 seconds from each song.