Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

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50. Mykki Blanco - Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss

Mykki Blanco - Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss
November 9, 2012
Critic Score
68
1 review

49. Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line

November 26, 2012
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

Raime is at the forefront of a project concerned with exemplifying an appreciation for the musical ancestry they have inherited, and their determination to connect the dots through re-imagining a specific set of aesthetics is unparalleled.

48. Belbury Poly - The Belbury Tales

Belbury Poly - The Belbury Tales
February 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

47. Internet Club - Vanishing Vision

Internet Club - Vanishing Vision
July 27, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

45. Arca - Stretch 2

August 7, 2012
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

43. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

42. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

October 1, 2012
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

One of the most interesting aspects of this record is how very paranoid it is, how it bites us on the hand when we get too close. 

40. Lil B - White Flame

Lil B - White Flame
January 31, 2012
Critic Score
66
2 reviews

39. Ahnnu - pro habitat

Ahnnu - pro habitat
July 16, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

38. Ian Martin - Mechanical Rain

Ian Martin - Mechanical Rain
February 20, 2012

37. Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

It may not break much new ground, certainly not for instrumentation or other reasons given, but it’s one of the most solid albums all year. To hate it really would be extraordinary.

36. The Men - Open Your Heart

March 6, 2012
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

35. Burial - Kindred

February 12, 2012
Critic Score
85
17 reviews

34. Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

September 11, 2012
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

31. Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing

July 1, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

30. Dolphins Into The Future - Canto Arquipélago

Dolphins Into The Future - Canto Arquipélago
March 6, 2012
Critic Score
69
3 reviews

27. White Suns - Sinews

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

25. Mediafired - The Pathway Through Whatever

Mediafired - The Pathway Through Whatever
March 4, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. Angel Olsen - Half Way Home

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

22. Demdike Stare - Elemental

Demdike Stare - Elemental
March 13, 2012
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

21. Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester

December 20, 2011
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

20. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

Throughout these 12 songs (often bi- or tripartite), Lamar reshapes and improves upon enough modern rap tropes to at least partially justify the “unique” and “forward-thinking” mantles that have been placed upon him.

19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman

April 17, 2012
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

18. The Caretaker - Patience (After Sebald)

The Caretaker - Patience (After Sebald)
February 14, 2012
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

17. Daughn Gibson - All Hell

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

16. Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

Death Grips have managed to situate themselves in a unique and peculiar territory in which they are both peerless and able to appeal to fans of almost everything.

14. Bebetune$ - Inhale C-4 $$$$$

Bebetune$ - Inhale C-4 $$$$$
December 14, 2011
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

13. Holly Herndon - Movement

November 13, 2012
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

12. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
33 reviews
Ocean's work is almost as good as those he references; his lyrics are almost uniformly terrific, sensual, specific, and unpredictable

11. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews
We need pop music that sounds like this right now, because no one else seems quite so capable of confronting the tangle of expectations (or lack of expectations) in the post-capitalist music terrain.

10. Dean Blunt - The Narcissist II

Dean Blunt - The Narcissist II
February 19, 2012
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

9. YYU - TIMETIMETIME&TIME

YYU - TIMETIMETIME&TIME
May 7, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

8. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

A memorable, impermanent joy, it restores, rather than disturbs, the equilibrium — a feat of engineering in the service of artistry.

7. Actress - R.I.P.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

6. Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe

Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe
December 9, 2011
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

4. Mount Eerie - Clear Moon

May 22, 2012
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

The album is wonderfully uneven and mysteriously unfinished, and while we might look forward to its second half for a sense of balance and completion, I’m content enough to dwell amidst its own jagged remains.

4. Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

September 4, 2012
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
This dark gravity limns the most potent expression of Elverum’s infatuation with the extreme sonic density of black metal, marking Mount Eerie’s furthest point of departure from The Microphone’s quintessential lo-fi indie pop.

3. Swans - The Seer

August 28, 2012
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

It’s an exhausting and maddening document, but one can’t help but emerge from it filled with a renewed radiance.

1. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

December 4, 2012
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

This very refusal to cohere, to make sense, to play the game of identity and otherness, of harmony and disharmony, makes Bish Bosch this year’s only necessary work of art.

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