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FACT’s Top 50 Albums of 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 – Rückverzauberung 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

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