Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 [1-5]

1. Lindstrøm – Smalhans

Norwegian electronic producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has churned out electrifying music since the early 2000s. Last year, he released his fourth album Smalhans on Norwegian imprint Smalltown Supersound.

Favorite tunes include the opening track Raakost (which means raw food / raw shredded vegetables in Norwegian). It has also been released as a Todd Terje edit. Another big favorite is the hypnotic Eggedosis (which means eggnog in Norwegian). The most fun track lifted off the album is the vocal edit of Vossakorv (which means sausage from the city of Voss).

2. Chromatics – Kill for Love

Chromatics is an electronic band from Portland, Oregon consisting of Ruth Radelet (vocals/synthesizer), Adam Miller (guitar/vocoder), Nat Walker (drums/synthesizer), and Johnny Jewel (producer, multi-instrumentalist). In 2007, the band signed up with Mike Simonetti's Italians Do It Better imprint and released the amazing album Night Drive. Last year's follow-up Kill For Love is the Chromatics' first studio album in five years. Here's the title track...

3. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, aka siblings Klara and Johanna Söderberg, was founded five years ago in Stockholm. Since then, the duo has released two full albums, the last one in 2012 and titled The Lion's Roar. This is folksy music at its best. Here's the title track...

4. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions

Tanlines aka Jesse Cohen (percussion) and Eric Emm (guitar, vocals) is an electronic indie pop outfit from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut album Mixed Emotions took some four years to complete. Their best track is All Of Me...

5. Metric – Synthetica

The Canadian indie ensemble Metric has recorded and released records for a full decade, leaving a long trail of top tunes. Their last album Synthetica does not disappoint in this regard. You can listen to it in the player below. Favorite songs include The Void, Clone, Lost Kitten and the title track Synthetica.