|Top 25 Of 2012|
|26|| ||Honorable Mentions|
Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Kool A.D, Heems, Wild Nothing, Theopany, Sleigh Bells, Shad, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, Ellie Goulding, Chairlift, Converge, thank you scientist, JMSN, Deftones, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Act Of Estimating Worthless
Hammock continues to be hammock and do hammock-y things like sounding like hammock. You've heard this before but it is still absolutely gorgeous. The addition of vocals throughout is a nice touch too.
Short solid punk record that goes straight to the point.
|23||How To Destroy Angels|
Feels like everything in it's right place.
Cancer 4 Cure
Admittedly my first go at a full El-P album. El-P brings the aggressive NYC flow and aesthetic throughout the album. This should probably be higher on the list actually.
Grizzly Bear add some muscle to their sound, but they still stay lean and delicate. If it ain't broke don't fix it-applies here
Gorgeous soft ambient indie pop record. If any of the recommended records on the list interest you you should probably get this http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/52538/Graph-Rabbit-Snowblind/
Ab-Soul has and loses everything within the tales of Control System. The variety of beats on this album flow well, and Ab rides all of them.
Having a lounge party in a waterfall while in outerspace.
The Idler Wheel...
Fiona Apple and tales of the angry insane piano.
Lushlife and the other MC's here are on point and are solid, but it's those lush and harmonious samples they rap over that really drive the album aesthetic.
short interesting listen. Take MF DOOM and him make him motherf*cking certified lo-fi. Oh and it's free http://horez.bandcamp.com/
Spooky Action At A Distance
The "im running through open fields of paradise playing frisbee with lush blue skies" album.
No Love Deep Web
Death Grips most challenging album yet, MC ride is placed more in forefront and is not afraid to push his vocals to the point of losing them. They also manage to dig deeper....or darker to phrase more appropriately.
Dreamy Indie Pop, crazy videos not necessary to enjoy this album
Killer Mike + El-P= Match made in heaven. Waiting on that collab EP!
Ocean might not have a top notch range, but he has proved to be a solid songwriter and storyteller with Channel Orange. Where the Weeknd took R&B to a dark experimental venue, Frank Ocean's experiments are much more easy going and light-hearted.
|8||School Of Seven Bells|
Atmospheric, sultry, smooth, and dreamy. SVIIB finally add some substance to their songs to make for a sonically tight and engaging listen
4eva N A Day
Pretty much hated Southern Hip-hop until I heard this. Going thru a day of Big K.R.I.T. A highly introspective album with Krit going thru the highs and lows.
Beach House continues to be consistent, if it ain't broke why fix it?
|5||Port St. Willow|
Melancholy And Infinite Sadness
good kid, m.A.A.d city
If Pirus and Crips all got along, They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song, Seem like the whole city go against me, Every time I'm in the street I hear. "YAWK! YAWK! YAWK! YAWK"
True 21st century fusion of jazz and electronica mix collectively into a style that only these guys can create.
Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Total bias on this one. Pediphery continues their same tricks but with tighter songwriting, Spencer's much improved vocals. And those melodies and harmonies, oh my gawd
The Money Store
GET GET GET GET GOT GOT GOT GOT I GOT THAT FEVER BLACKJACK HUSTLE BONES COMIN OUT MA MOUTH I STAY NOIDED 25 8 PUNK WEIGHT BITCH PLEASE YOU MUST BE SMOKING ROCKS TEACHING BEETCHES HOW TO SWIM HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR CAR ALARM I'M IN YOUR AREA