My 49 Favourite Albums of 2012

January 02, 2013

In hindsight, I won’t look back on 2012 as being a good year due to some personal issues but in terms of music, it’s been a pretty good year. I got into ambient music a lot more and immersed myself in modern jazz. That made compiling this list a lot trickier than I had anticipated. At first, I was going to do an ordered list but after looking at the god awful monstrosities from the likes of Rolling Stone and Complex, I decided to just give a choice of my favourite 49. No order, just my favourites. At the end of the day, you like what you like and this will be a showcase of my personal preferences. I’ll leave that as a “disclaimer” just in case you question any of the entries.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is the list!

  1. 36 – Hypersona
  2. Adedeji – Ajo
  3. Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul – Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde
  4. Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – Dice Game
  5. Apollo Brown & OC – Trophies
  6. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
  7. Black Swan – AETERNA
  8. Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers…
  9. Bluesteady Triptik – Journeying
  10. Cody ChesnuTT – Landing On A Hundred
  11. Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate
  12. Clear Soul Forces - Detroit Revolution(s)
  13. Divine ScienZe – Dope ScienZe LP
  14. ERIMAJ – Conflict Of A Man
  15. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
  16. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
  17. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
  18. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  19. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca
  20. Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu
  21. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds
  22. Gizmo – Red Balloon
  23. Gregory Porter – Be Good
  24. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  25. Homeboy Sandman – First Of A Living Breed
  26. J Dilla – Rebirth Of Detroit
  27. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  28. JJ DOOM – Key To The Kuffs
  29. Jonti – Sine & Moon
  30. Kariem Riggins – Alone Together
  31. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  32. King I Divine – Cloud 127
  33. Knxwledge – Hexual Sealings Vol. 2
  34. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
  35. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  36. Mina Leon – Running Red Lights
  37. Nas – Life Is Good
  38. Nefarious! – The Dream Theory
  39. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  40. Oddisee – People Hear What They See
  41. Oh No – Ohnomite
  42. Quantic & Alice Russell – Look Around The Corner
  43. Raycord – Ruban Ruban
  44. Robert Glasper – Black Radio
  45. Suhnraw – 4U
  46. Tall Black Guy – Brazilian Chronicles
  47. Thelonious Martin – MCMXCII
  48. Vanilla – Soft Focus
  49. Verandah-Maureen – Twenty5

(This was delayed due to my Macbook packing up on New Year’s Eve. Sod’s Law and all that.)