Posted in dance | hiphop | music on December 7, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Kendrick Lamar

FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.

This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.

Check out the full list below.


FACT's Top 50 Albums of 2012
50. Bigg Jus - Machines That Make Civilization Fun
49. Helm - Impossible Symmetry
48. Haleek Maul - Oxyconteen
47. The xx - Coexist
46. Purity Ring - Shrines
45. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - Timon Irnok Manta
44. Triad God - NXB
43. Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
42. Schoolboy Q - Habits and Contradictions
41. Cocaine 80s - Express OG EP
40. Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
39. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
38. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
37. Le1f - Dark York
36. Gunplay - Bogota Rich: The Prequel
35. Young Smoke - Space Zone
34. Lorenzo Senni - Quantum Jelly
33. Altered Natives - Tenement Yard Vol.3
32. d'Eon - Music for Keyboards Vol. 1
31. Nas - Life is Good
30. Supreme Cuts - Whispers in the Dark
29. Ricardo Villalobos - Dependent and Happy
28. Ariel Pink & R. Stevie Moore - Ku Klux Glam
27. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
26. Grimes - Visions
25. Main Attrakionz - Bossalinis & Fooliyones
24. The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies
23. Heroin In Tahiti - Death Surf
22. Future - Pluto
21. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Black is Beautiful
20. Silent Servant - Negative Fascination
19. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
18. Wiley - Step Freestyles
17. I:Cube - "M" Megamix
16. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
15. Sand Circles - Motor City
14. Julia Holter - Ekstasis
13. Madteo - Noi No
12. Jeremih - Late Nights with Jeremih
11. Actress - R.I.P.
10. Wolfgang Voigt - R├╝ckverzauberung 6
9. Swans - The Seer
8. Terrence Dixon - From the Far Future Pt. 2
7. Jam City - Classical Curves
6. How to Dress Well - Total Loss
5. Spaceghostpurrp - God of Black
4. Horrid Red - Celestial Joy
3. Cooly G - Playin Me
2. Lee Gamble - Diversions 1994-1996 / Dutch Tvashar Plumes
1. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. City



Comments (18)

Happy to see Greems made the cut!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:16 AM

Very good list with a well deserved winner!

Posted by Lenny | December 7, 2012 10:21 AM

Grimes? Original!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:22 AM

Opinion, not fact.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:25 AM

have they released their list of top tracks as well? usually they have very interesting choices

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:46 AM

Interesting list, but I am shocked that neither Burial - Kindred EP or John Talabot - fin didn't make the cut.

In general, this was a terrible year for electronic music. Thankfully we have budding artists such as Al Walser to fill the void.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 10:57 AM are a moron. this year has been one of the strongest for electronic music...both singles and full lengths.

maybe you should stop worshiping burial and move on with your life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:01 AM

they included Burial last year, but truth is the EP he released (was it two or four songs) was subpar and not really strong material
this year was probably one of the best in terms of electronic music, hands down

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:20 AM

Finally a list without shit bands!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:25 AM

@11:01 and 11:20,
This 10:57. Please explain yourselves. I was pretty sure that Machinedrum, Nicholas Jaar, Zomby, Com Truise, Tycho, Blawan, Omar-S, Scuba, and, I am barely scratching the surface here, put out better releases in 2011 than the crap that was put out this year. I'll agree that there were some bright spots (Luxury Problems, most of Disclosure's singles) this year. But, for foreward thinking electronic music, last year was it for me. If you are one to say Nguzunguzu is the future of electronic music, then we're fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 11:58 AM


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Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 12:26 PM

1158...that was very adult of you to respond like that. here are some electronic releases that i loved this year...(*denotes personal favorites):

*babe,terror - knights (way better than stott)
*claro intelecto - reform club
DAP - brush your lips 12"
design - hangin'
*detroit swindle - wrap around ep
dream 2 science - ep (re-release)
ejeca - tusk five ep
*erdbeerschnitzel - tender leaf
fort romeau - kingdoms
forward strategy group - labour division
*jacob korn - you and me
*jacques greene - ready ep
*juju and jordash - techno primitivism
*legowelt - paranormal soul
madteo - noi no
*moodymann - jmfg edits I and II
moritz von oswald - fetch
nefertt - blue skies red soil ep
nick anthony simoncino - dream of amnesia
*nina kraviz - s/t
octo octa - oh love ep
*pash - seven limited 12"
*phork - discrepancies
pye corner audio - sleep games
*romare - meditations on afrocentrism
sakro - believe in house ep
shackleton - music for the quiet hour
silent servant - negative fascination
*terrence dixon - from the far future
todd terje - its the arps ep
*ukkonen - the isolate rhythms
*voices from the lake - s/t

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 1:48 PM

"Finally a list without shit bands!"

Um, what list are YOU reading?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 2:01 PM

Thanks 1:48 for putting the time into that list. I agree with many of your choices, however I really wasn't a fan of Nina Kraviz's release. But I think what it comes down to is I don't appreciate her sound, but I do appreciate her looks.

However, Moodymann - jmfg edits I and II & Jacques Greene - Ready Ep we're fantastic releases. Also, Shackleton makes the cut for top 10 lp's of the year. Yet, I still stand firm that this year wasn't the best in terms of electronic music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 5:02 PM was a different year for electronic music. i grew up on house and electronic music in the 90s and then sort of gave up on it...until burial and the bass stuff. last year was big for bass music but it got old quickly with just a few signature sounds and then everyone biting off that.

ive been listening to much more techno and house inspired stuff this year...and its been a great year for that. more headphones-listening...less for the clubs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 5:49 PM

I definitely agre with you. I haven't been hearing great house in warehouses lately. Tech-house keeps me interested...

I'll admit Street Halo was a shitty album, but Kindred Ep is amazing. That shit transports me to space. And I don't enjoy dub-step wobble (ever), which Burial does none of.

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