Standout album of the year for me. At its core its a house record, but it enfolds different influences to bring something with real character. With a disco shimmer, pop melodies, and a melancholic undertone, ƒIN demands to be listened to in it's entirety. At the same time, many of these tracks retain that emotional element of 80s and 90s house that remains as vital as ever in club music today. A record like ƒIN difficult to pull of, but whether Talabot is working with guest vocalists, crafting meditative soundscapes, or pushing out straight throwback tracks, every element shines.
Loma Prieta - I.V.
Heavy music is difficult to get right without being corny, contrived, and formulaic. Loma Prieta has been consistently putting out solid records that work upon a long tradition of Bay area screamo bands. With I.V., Loma Prieta push past the 'screamo' tag to create something that is purely heavy and unrelenting yet melodic and emotional. Past those somewhat typical tags, it's hard to describe this album with any real weight. Nevertheless, if you like anything heavy, you need to check this out.
Everyone knows and loves Burial. Here he utilises similar techniques and sounds to push further away from the confined club sound of previous releases. The result is three sprawling, epic, and emotional songs that take Burial to new and evocative places. As long as Burial continues to put out 12"s of this quality, we can do without a third album.
Everything that needs to be said about this album has already been said. Probably the best album of 2012. Ya bish.
The Men - Open Your Heart
Awesome punk rock record that both affirms yet isn't held down by the genre. You have hardcore anthems, country influenced songs that recall The Replacements, long psych jams, and more. Records like this restore my faith in modern punk music.
Other ones that were great:
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Heavy & devastating vs. emotional & pretty
Girl Unit - Club Rez
Throwback yet futuristic epic club music
Beach House - Bloom
Good pretty songs
Holy Other - Held
Same formula as EP - amazing slowww sad house
How To Dress Well - Total Loss
HTDW goes hifi - super emotional rnb