The amount of excellent music releases this year has been staggering, and it’s been almost impossible to figure out what music to get and what to skip. So, here is a list of the twenty most essential records of the year so far:

“Run the Jewels” (El-P + Killer Mike) - “Run the Jewels”

Killer Mike and El-P unite after individually putting out two of the best hip-hop releases of last year. The results: one of the most focused, fun, and aggressive hip-hop albums of 2013.