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2012: A Year in Music

January 3, 2013 by
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One year in music can feel like a lifetime, especially in an era when there are seemingly more artists releasing new music than ever before. With so many new albums it’s easy to forget what came out when and many great albums get forgotten, simply because they are from lesser known artists or came out in the first half of the year.

It was as if many artists in 2012 were preparing for the (unfulfilled) apocalypse and were trying to go out with a bang, with some of the finest albums in recent memory dropping. With that in mind, I’ve gone through the playlists and album collections at Stash HQ, and conducted some scientific research, to present the ultimate playlist of the year that was 2012.

Best Albums:
1 Tame Impala – Lonerism, Modular
2 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, Aftermath/Interscope
3 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange, Def Jam
4 Flume – Self-Titled, Future Classic
5 Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes, Brainfeeder
6 Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate, Jet Life/Warner Bros
7 Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk, Self-released
8 Grimes – Visions, 4AD
9 Home Brew – Self-Titled, Young, Gifted & Broke
10 Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Infectious Music

Honourable mentions: Nas – Life is Good, The Chromatics – Kill For Love, Miguel – Kaleidescope Dream, Melody’s Echo Chamber – Self-Titled, Jessie Ware – Devotion, Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Best Songs:
1 A$AP Ant ft. Danny Brown, Fat Trel and Gunplay – Coke and White Bitches: Chapter 2, Self-released
2 Solange – Losing You, Terrible
3 Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams, Modular
4 Kendrick Lamar x Dr Dre – The Recipe, Aftermath/Interscope
5 A$AP Rocky ft. 2 Chainz, Drake and Kendrick Lamar – Fuckin’ Problems, Polo Grounds/RCA
6 Frank Ocean – Sweet Life, Def Jam
7 Flume – Sleepless, Future Classic
8 Curren$y x Wale – What it Look Like, Jet Life/Warner Bros
9 Para One ft. Jaw – When the Night, Para One/Marble
10 Rick Ross x Andre 3000 – Sixteen, Mercury

Honourable mentions: Kid Cudi – Creepers, Death Grips – Black Dice, Joakim – In the Cave, Chris Brown ft. Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa – Til I Die, Zebra Katz ft. Njeka Foxx – Ima Read, 2 Chainz – Dope Peddler

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