BEST OF 2012: ALBUMS

Out of all the amazing records that came out this year, we found Laurel Halo’s Quarantine to be the most exciting (and can’t help but feel sorry for the people who have a problem with those vocals). Julia Holter misses the number one spot second year in a row, but I don’t think she’d mind since we both loved Quarantine. Speaking of which, another cool thing about 2012 is that we got to hang with a couple of our favorite acts. Anyway, there were a lot of cool records we enjoyed but just hadn’t spent that much time with them, and then there were, of course, a lot of records that we thought sucked – we’ll leave you to ponder on which of those categories whatever you think we missed falls into. These are the albums and mixtapes we’ve found ourselves returning to the most this year, listed in a somewhat particular order:

Laurel Halo: Quarantinelaurelhalo-quarantine
Carcass

Julia Holter: Ekstasis
Marienbad

Actress: RIP
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Litanic Mask: Litanic Mask
Kabuki

SpaceGhostPurrp: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp
Osiris of the East
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Death Grips: The Money Store / NO LOVE DEEP WEB
Artificial death in the west

Vatican Shadow: Ghosts of Chechnya / Ornamented Walls
Voices Came Crackling Across a Motorola Hand-Held Radio
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Light Asylum: Light Asylum
Pope Will Roll

Purity Ring: Shrines
Saltkin

Le1f: Dark York andystott-luxury
Infinity

Tamaryn: Tender New Signs
Violet’s in a Pool

Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
Numbholyother-held

Holy Other: Held
Held

Chairlift: Something
Met Before
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Scott Walker: Bisch Bosch
‘Epizootics!’

Haleek Maul & Supreme Cuts: Chrome Lips
M00N

Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Roomsvessel-orderofnoise
Sunstorm

Vessel: Order of Noise
Lache

Trust: TRST
Sulk
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Bruxa: Victimeyez
Roll Sharp

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland: Black Is Beautiful
Raime: Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
Jeremih: Late Nights with Jeremih
Holly Herndon: Movement
Cooly G: Playin Mehollyherndon-movement
Grimes: Visions
Chromatics: Kill for Love
Evian Christ: Kings and Them
Frank Ocean: Channel Orange
Sand Circles: Motor City
Swans: The Seer
Recondite: On Acid
Silent Servant: Negative Fascinationrecondite-on_acid
X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report
Human Teenager: Animal Husbandry
Dreamers: Dreamers
Palmistry: I Swear
iamamiwhoami: Kin
Samara Lubelski: Wavelength
Lee Noble/Ensemble Economique: Motion Forever

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