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The 33 best albums of 2012 so far

Hey, it’s a list! We mark six months of new releases with 33 of the albums released in 2012 which we’re still listening to. Some of these will make the final cut when the big list is compiled in six …

Tue, Jun 26, 2012, 08:49

   

Hey, it’s a list! We mark six months of new releases with 33 of the albums released in 2012 which we’re still listening to. Some of these will make the final cut when the big list is compiled in six months time and some won’t because there’s another six months of new releases to come (and I reckon I might have to find room on the list for new records from Frank Ocean, Adrian Crowley, The xx, Animal Collective, Purity Ring, Cat Power, The Very Best, Micachu & The Shapes, Fish Go Deep, Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear). Plus there are a bunch of new albums sitting around which I’ve yet to get around to actually listening to.

Albums are in no particular order bar the albums at numbers one, two and three. Links provided to reviews and interviews which I’ve done for The Ticket. Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below (but youse knew that already).

Dr John “Lockdown” (Nonesuch)
Actress “R.I.P.” (Honest Jons) (review)
Laurel Halo “Quarantine” (Hyperdub) (review)
Django Django “Django Django” (Because) (review)
John Talabot “Fin” (Permanet Vacation) (review)
Breton “Other Peoples Problems” (Fat Cat) (review)
Japandroids “Celebration Rock” (PolyVinyl) (review)
Grimes “Visions” (4AD) (review, interview)
Delorentos “Little Sparks” (Delo) (interview)
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “The Brutal Here & Now” (Transduction) (interview)
Julia Holter “Ekstasis” (RVNG Intl) (review)
The Men “Open Your Heart” (Sacred Bones) (review)
Seamus Fogarty “God Damn You Mountain” (Fence) (review)
Hot Chip “In Our Heads” (Domino) (review)
First Aid Kit “The Lion’s Roar” (Wichita)
Killer Mike “R.A.P. Music” (Williams St)
Bahamas “Barchords” (Brushfire) (review)
Blondes “Blondes” (RVNG Intl) (review)
Alt-J “An Awesome Wave” (Infectious) (review)
Robert Glasper Experiment “Black Radio” (Blue Note) (review)
Bobby Womack “The Bravest Man In the Universe” (XL)
Perfume Genius “Put Your Back N 2 It” (Turnstile)
Michael Kiwanuka “Home Again” (Polydor) (interview)
Young Magic “Melt” (Carpark) (review)
Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” (Rough Trade)
Quakers “Quakers” (Stones Throw) (review)
Lee Fields “Faithful Man” (Truth & Soul) (review)
Pond “Beard Wives Denim” (Modular)
Dexys “One Day I’m Going To Soar” (BMG)
Milagres “Glowing Mouth” (Memphis Industries)
THEESatisfaction “awE naturalE” (Sub Pop) (interview)
Gang Colours “The Keychain Collection” (Brownswood) (review)
Death Grips “The Money Store” (Epic) (review)

I’ll be playing the Best Tunes of 2012 So Far on The Far Side on Phantom 105.2 from 10pm tonight so tune in for that.