5 favorite albums of 2012:
In no particular order:
Honorable mention: Psychasthenia by Dutch producer J’lectroniq
Song Of The Year 2012: Blu & Exile – Seasons. I know this song originally dates back to 2010, but I’m shamelessly cheating by taking it from the 2012 re-release of Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. “Seasons” was on heavy rotation for me in 2012, so it can’t be absent in this list.
Best (independent) labels of 2012: Slice-Of-Spice, Redefinition Records, Delicious Vinyl, Mello Music Group, Melting Pot Music, Jakarta Records, Phonosaurus Records, Project Mooncircle and huge respect to all (new) indie initiatives and collectives out there.
Biggest surprises: Home Brew’s self-titled album, Amerigo Gazaway’s mash-up album Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde (it’s rare that I appreciate mash-ups, but this album is simply amazing), and the rise of C2C.
Biggest disappointment: R.I.P. MCA…
Most promising young talents: Melodiesinfonie, Joey Bada$$, Moods, Astroboter, Propo’88, J’Lectroniq, Mr. Troy & Klaus Layer
Best artwork of 2012: The insane graffiti wall for InDepth’s Higher Value? When Hip Hop Becomes More Restricted vinyl release
Best physical project: Lushlife’s “Magnolia” cardboard-themed video. Watch it above and you’ll understand why I include it in this category.
Anticipating in 2013: New album by The Procussions, hopefully the long-awaited album by Lightheaded, and I’m still hoping for a comeback by The Sound Providers… And to end this selection with a shameless plug: I’m extremely stoked for the upcoming (collaborative) projects by The Find and our new printed magazines in 2013. Follow us to stay in the loop about that.