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The crown jewel of our annual Best Of series has got to be the Album list. It’s the one list we put most effort into - as we start working on it early November but keep on changing things up until we started writing this little piece of text to accompany it - and most people seem to look forward to. Without further ado…

01 Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
02 Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
03 Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE 
04 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
05 Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
06 Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
07 Cat Power - Sun
08 Jessie Ware - Devotion
09 The xx - Coexist
10 Grizzly Bear - Shields
11 Clock Opera - Ways To Forget
12 First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar
13 How to Dress Well - Total Loss 
14 Beach House - Bloom
15 iamamiwhoami - kin
16 Niki & the Dove - Instinct
17 Chairlift - Something
18 Grimes - Visions 
19 Chromatics - Kill For Love
20 Alt-J - An Awesome Wave 
21 Marina & the Diamonds - Electra Heart
22 El Perro Del Mar - Pale Fire 
23 Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
24 Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
25 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
26 Holy Other - Held
27 Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
28 Lower Dens - Nootropics
29 Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind
30 Taken By Trees - Other Worlds 

A special mention goes out to Antony and the Johnsons’ Cut The World - we don’t include live recordings or anthologies or anything like that in our yearly Album list, but if we did it would be very high up this list. Same goes for last year by the way: the “new” Kate Bush record Director’s Cut would have been top 3 for sure if we included those kind of records.

We don’t include mixtapes either, but decided to do a list our favorites up anyway - the list is quite short, but all are of a very high quality.

01 Mykki Blanco - Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss
02 Lorine Chia - Lorine
03 Angel Haze - Reservation
04 Evian Christ - Kings And Them
05 Chromatics - Running From The Sun 

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In our on-going Best of 2012 posts, here are our favorite songs of 2012. The first spot is a tie, but we just couldn’t decide which one of those we adored more. Click on the numbers to stream the songs. And oh, number 8 is technically not released in 2012 but whatever - it belongs in this Best of 2012 list.

01 Rhye - Open / The Fall (live)
02 Frank Ocean - Thinkin’ About You
03 Bat For Lashes - Laura
04 Haim - Don’t Save Me 
05 Solange - Losing You
06 Mykki Blanco - Wavvy
07 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
08 MONEY - Goodnight London
09 Fiona Apple - Anything We Want
10 Kendrick Lamar - Money Trees
11 Lana Del Rey - Ride
12 D E N A - Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools
13 Howl - Leo Johnson
14 Holy Other - Nothing Here
15 Atoms For Peace - Default
16 Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
17 MS MR - Hurricane
18 M.I.A. - Bad Girls
19 S O H N - The Wheel
20 Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down
21 Grimes - Genesis
22 Major Lazer - Get Free (ft. Amber Coffman)
23 Jai Paul - Jasmine
24 The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
25 Cat Power - Cherokee

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These are the EP’s we strongly enjoyed in 2012 (and will probably enjoy for all the years to come). As usual, we require a release to have at least 3 tracks to be considered as an EP, so singles with a b-side or double a-side singles or whatever don’t count towards this EP list. 

Our number one pick is pretty obvious, as it’s the one EP we’ve been listening to on constant repeat all through 2012 (for real). There have been a lot of stellar EP’s this year though, so we urge you to check all of them out. 

01 Haim - Forever
02 Solange - True
03 MS MR - Candy Bar Creep Show 
04 Imaginary Family - Hidden
05 S O H N - The Wheel
06 Laura Mvula - She
07 Howl - Happy Valley
08 Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile
09 Twigs - Twigs
10 Ryan Hemsworth - Last Words
11 Rhye - Open
12 Eddi Front - Eddi Front
13 Faws - Antonym
14 Halona King - Halona King
15 Romare - Meditations On Afrocentrism
16 CFCF - Exercises
17 Foxes - Warrior
18 Pacific Air - Long Live KO KO
19 s / s / s - Beak & Claw
20 Slime - Increases II
21 Rainy Milo - Limey
22 Pure Bathing Culture - Pure Bathing Culture
23 Ratking - Wiki93
24 Sky Ferreira - Ghost
25 Disclosure - The Face

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As usual, we take a look back and list our personal highlights of the past year. What records did we enjoy most, what songs in particular were on constant repeat (on our stereo and/or in our heads) and what videos have we gazed upon a million times (rough guess) throughout 2012?

Today we kick off our Best of 2012 series with the best videos of 2012. We care a lot about a visual accompaniment of a song: it’s the one thing (take note: remixes can’t) that can give a song a boost and make you “experience” in a more visual way. Sometimes videos are so great that we actually start liking the song more because we know the story behind it or just have something to visualize it with.

That being said - here are -in no particular order (but if you’d ask Lana Del Rey’s video for Ride would be our Number One)- our favorite Videos of 2012.

Lana Del Rey - Ride

     directed by Anthony Mandler

Fiona Apple - Every Single Night

     directed by Joseph Cahill

D E N A - Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools

     directed by Bontchev & Burchardi

Solange - Losing You

     directed by Melina Matsoukas

Mykki Blanco - Wavvy

     directed by Francesco Carrozzini

Bat For Lashes - Laura

     directed by Noel Paul

The Neighbourhood

     directed by Zack Sekuler & Daniel Iglesias Jr.

Frank Ocean - Pyramids

     directed by Nabil Elderkin

CFCF - Exercise #3 (Building)

     directed by Adam Beck

Darkside - A1

     directed by Ryan Staake (Pomp & Clout)

Antony and the Johnsons - Cut The World

     directed by Nabil Elderkin

M.I.A. - Bad Girls

     directed by Romain Gavras

Youth Lagoon - July

     directed by Tyler T. Williams

Grimes - Genesis

     directed by Grimes

Mykki Blanco - Haze.Boogie.Life

     directed by Danny Sangra

Eddi Front - Gigantic

     directed by Cristiana Miranda

Perfume Genius - Hood

     directed by Winston H. Case

How to Dress Well - & It Was U

     directed by Luke Gilford

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