Beach House – Bloom
Indie darlings Beach House continue to progress musically, expanding and improving their sound, without losing any of the personality or intimacy that marks out their work. This is an album that is easy to fall in love with, and is one of the best of 2012.
Best Coast – The Only Place
If you liked the sun-drenched surf-rock of Best Coast’s debut album, then chances are you will be more than happy with this second offering, which is a little darker and emotionally nuanced, but still a perfect soundtrack for any summers day.
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Southern veteran Killer Mike produces his best work to date on this excellent album, entirely produced by underground NY legend El-P. The production is (of course) second to none, and the rapping is a furious, raw combination of gangster reality, and razor-sharp social and political commentary.
Fixers – We’ll Be The Moon
After a long series of buzz building EP’s and singles (and one profile-raising Twin Shadow remix), Fixers’ debut album is out and early word is great. Somewhere between pop, indie and psychedelia, the young band has something for everyone and I can personally attest to the fact that they know their way around a chorus.
Simian Mobile Disco – Unpatterns
Those hoping for the euphoric electro-pop of 2010 SMD will be disappointed with this album, which is a feast of deep, warm, wonderfully produced house and techno that just serves to remind us how talented James Ford and Jas Shaw are.