Posted on December 20th, 2012
Scott’s top 5 albums of 2012 (in no particular order):
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Start off at the top. Lana Del Ray was everybody’s crush this year. Whether man, woman, or child, we all fell deeply in love with the engaging eyes and vulnerable lyrics of Ms. Del Rey. While some of her live performances may have lacked the professionalism or quality (SNL) there was no loss in our love. Plus, Lana took over the label of being the most remixed artist. DJ’s all over the world drooled at the opportunity to remix her vocals.
Top Track: “Blue Jeans”
Chiddy Bang – Breakfast
If you didn’t know who the duo was before 2012 you most certainly do now. The Philly duo had a huge year in 2011 and they kept that momentum going into 2012. The release of Breakfast showed off the creative flow of Chiddy and proved that Xaphoon Jones is one of the best producers in music. Yes, music. What does 2013 have in store for the Guinness Book of World Record holders for longest freestyle? We’ll have to wait and see, but when you have two all stars on your team, us Chiddy fans need not worry.
Top Track: “Handclaps & Guitars”
Parov Stelar – The Princess
Who the hell is Parov Stelar? Well, if you’re not into the Austrian swing scene I can most certainly understand your confusion, but he must be brought to your attention. Mr. Stelar is a man who has, in a sense, invented a genre. While EDM took the headlines in terms of festivals, top 40 hits, and everything in between, this Austrian classical musician was putting the final touches on a style of music that we’ll all soon learn to love. It’s a mix of funk, house, and groove. You’ll love this!
Top Track: “All Night”
Jack White – Blunderbuss
It was a toss up between this album or Cruel Summer by the G.O.O.D. Music. But when it comes to the Detroit rocker there are few who can keep up to his creativity. Jack constantly reinvents his style. Before I started at MuchMusic, I worked for a talk radio station (amongst other jobs) and we consistently played this album as our intro music. We did this because this album covers so many various tones to perfection. While the headlines might go to his diva antics (leaving a club in New York after only playing for 40 minutes) the fact still remains: Jack White is a legend.
Top Track: “Hypocritical Kiss”
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
“I thought Scotty was an EDM guy?” Yeah damn skippy I am! While EDM had one of its finest years, many of the albums lacked a little (blame that on countless releases of EPs rather than full length albums). One man did it a little different however. Calvin Harris has been pumping out new tracks for the past 2 years, all of which seemed destined for number 1. He finally grouped all of these hits into 1 album and the result was 18 Months. While Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Skrillex, and Diplo take the cake in terms of number 1 hits, Calvin’s consistency keeps him at the top of my list.
Top Track: “Sweet Nothing” ft. Florence Welch
Purity Ring – Shrines
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Grimes – Visions
Action Bronson – Blue Chips
Cat Power – Sun
G.o.o.d. Music – Cruel Summer
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