My Top albums of 2012
The XX – Coexist
Hands down my favourite and most listened to album of last year.
Here are the rest of the albums in no particular order. I’m not in the habit of writing about music I like. Best to just check the records out…I’ve included links to get previews and/or purchase. Some are free downloads from the artists.
At the end of this post are links to some mixes I’ve done that inlcude tracks from these albums and others that did it for me in 2012. I end up finding loads of songs I like where I’ve not had a chance to explore more by the artist or where I have, the album as a whole didn’t work for me.
The rest in no particular:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Dead Can Dance – Anastasis
Django Django – S/T
Best Coast – Only place
Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown rooms: Collection of acoustic songs
Clam Casino – Instrumental mix tape 2
Crystal Castles – III
Frankie Rose – Interstellar
Ghosts – Night EP
Grimes – Visions
The Invisible – Rispah
Janka Nabay & the Bubu gang – En yah sah
The Liminanas – Crystal Anis
Make-Overs – Too much IV
Metric – Synthetica
Perfume Genius – Put your back N 2 it
Tamaryn – Tender new signs
Soap & Skin – Narrow
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Peaking Lights – Lucifer
Underground – Various 2CD
Some shameless self promotion…I compiled two CD compilations that were officially released in South Africa in 2012. I’m most proud of Underground as it’s a genuine journey back to Johannesburg’s alternative clubs back in the 80s & 90s with music that influenced my DJing as well as much of what I listen to today (plus it has some artwork). It’s also the unofficial soundtrack to my first comic script BOY WITH THE FILTERS
70s Kicks – Various 2CD
I compiled this for David Gresham Records in conjunction with Rhino Records (Warner). The idea was to compile a decent 70s compilation that wasn’t disco or commercial pop. Most of the tracks here are floorfillers culled from mine and Charles Leonard’s regular party REFORM Sound System. It can be purchased here
Besides the on-line purchase links provided for the above two compilations, both are stocked by Look & Listen, Musica and some of the indie music stores.
BEST of 2012 MIXES
Here are the links to two of the 2012 Mixes I’ve done so far (one more pure dance mix still outstanding):
Some tracks from the 2012 list not featured on the above two mixes are featured on a other mixes I did throughout 2012. Check out the other mixes on Mixcloud from 2012.