Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012: a year in music.

top/favourite albums of the year

01. LUX, Brian Eno (Warp)

02. channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean (Island Def Jam)

03. Spooky Action at a Distance, Lotus Plaza (Kranky)

04. Devotion, Jessie Ware (Universal Island / PMR)

05. Until the Quiet Comes, Flying Lotus (Warp)

06. good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar (Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dawg)

07. Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka (Polydor / Interscope)

08. Sun, Cat Power (Matador)

09. Celebration Rock, Japandroids (Polyvinyl)

10. A Thing Called Divine Fits, Divine Fits (Merge)

11. Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation)

12. Lonerism, Tame Impala (Modular)

13. WIXIW, Liars (Mute)

14. Happy to You, Miike Snow (Downtown / Universal Republic)

15. Beams, Matthew Dear (Ghostly)

16. awE naturalE, THEESatisfaction (Sub Pop)

17. A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic (Secretly Canadian)

18. Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings (Carpark)

19. Total Loss, How to Dress Well (Acéphale / Weird World)

20. New Memory, Arrange (self-released)

honourable mentions: 

Heaven, The Walkmen (Fat Possum / Bella Union)
R.I.P., Actress (Honest Jon's)
Time Capsules II, Oberhofer (Glassnote)
Master of My Make-Believe, Santigold (Atlantic / Downtown)
Valtari, Sigur Rós (XL)
Breakup Song, Deerhoof (Polyvinyl)
Ekstasis, Julia Holter (RVNG International)
Something, Chairlift (Columbia / Young Turks)
Mars, Sinkane (DFA)
Acousmatic Sorcery, Willis Earl Beal (XL / Hot Charity)
Tramp, Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar)
Shields, Grizzly Bear (Warp)
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Fiona Apple (Epic)
The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes (Parlophone)
Oshin, DIIV (Captured Tracks)
Fox, Karim Ouellet (Abuzive Muzik)
In Our Heads, Hot Chip (Domino)
Coexist, The xx (Young Turks)
Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel (RCA)

top/favourite EPs of the year

1. Kindred & One/Two (Truant/Rough Sleeper), Burial (Hyperdub)

2. 1991, Azealia Banks (Interscope)

3. TNGHT, TNGHT (Warp / Luckyme)

4. Vacation, Shlohmo (Friends of Friends)

5. True, Solange (Terrible)

honorable mention:

Gallery, Craft Spells (Captured Tracks)