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favorites of 2012.5

Here are our favorite records / songs / videos from a very strong first half of 2012, complete with links to listen to the albums in their entirety, in most cases. We probably don’t have to ask you to leave your choices in the comments, but as always, we enjoy seeing them.


01 GrimesVisions [tie]
01 ChromaticsKill For Love [tie]
03 Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
04 BurialKindred
05 Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
06 Laurel HaloQuarantine
07 Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape II
08 Beach HouseBloom
09 Dean Blunt & Inga CopelandBlack is Beautiful
10 SYMMETRYThemes for an Imaginary Film
11 Nicolas Jaar / Clown & SunsetThe Prism
12 Death GripsThe Money Store
13 ChairliftSomething
14 Peaking LightsLucifer
15 Frankie RoseInterstellar
16 ShackletonMusic for the Quiet Hour
17 THEESatisfactionawE naturalE
18 PhédrePhédre
19 MirrorringForeign Body
20 Ab-SoulControl System


01 UsherClimax
02 Death GripsHacker
03 Grimes – Oblivion
04 Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – The Narcissist
05 Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBaby (feat. Dam-Funk)
06 ChromaticsBack From the Grave
07 BurialAshtray Wasp
08 Laurel HaloThaw
09 Blood Diamonds x GrimesPhone Sex
10 Grizzly BearSleeping Ute
11 Jessie Ware110%
12 Danny Brown – Grown Up
13 Fear of MenGreen Sea
14 Just Friends (Nico Jaar + Sasha Spielberg)Avalanche
15 Tomas Barfod – November Skies (feat. Nina Kinert)
16 PhédreIn Decay
17 Schoolboy QHands on the Wheel (feat. A$AP Rocky)
18 Charli XCXYou’re the One
19 Peaking LightsDreambeat
20 Purity Ring – Obedear
21 Killer MikeWillie Burke Sherwood
22 Nicolas Jaar – And I Say/With Just One Glance (feat. Scout LaRue)
23 Sam Flax – Child of Glass
24 Ab-SoulTerrorist Threats (feat. Danny Brown + Jhene Aiko)
25 Frank Ocean – Pyramids


01 GRIMES – Oblivion

02 ZEBRA KATZ – Ima Read

03 KILLER MIKE – Big Beast

04 DIE ANTWOORD – Baby’s on Fire

05 NITE JEWEL – One Second of Love

06 DANNY BROWN – Grown Up



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