The Dozen: 2012’s 12 Best Tracks

It’s not over yet, but the following 12 tracks are the best way to see out the year. (Or is it actually 13 tracks?)

2012 has seen a few surprises – who could have predicted Gotye topping the charts and clubs for example, or that we’d see the first global Asian pop star-cum-horse jockey? I hope the following list features some nice surprises too, running the gamut as it does from grimester rap to K-pop, through to soundtrack scores and a bit of jungle acid. Stream the entire playlist here

The xx – Angels / The xx v. Four Tet – Angels

A song so good that even now there’s a tear in my eye. A song so good, even boremonster Four Tet couldn’t suck the life out of it whenst producing his equally fragile and intimate reworking [MV]. Thank you xx for creating this century’s Protection [MV], thank you.

Django Django – Default

Terrific Tetris pop from the only decent indie upstarts around in the UK at the moment. This jagged, sprightly number could soundtrack a breakfast of kindergarten champions with all its colour and energy. Gogo Django!

Jesse Ware – Sweet Talk

Perfect song for Sunday drives, or summer lovin’. One of Britain’s best new talents, and of course it’s another woman – tell me, which untalented rock have we guys all crawled under, hey?

giacomo lee

Giacomo Lee is a London writer. His new book Funereal is out now, a unique novel on death, k-pop & cultural technology in Seoul, South Korea. #한류 #doppelgängnamstyle

2 Responses

  1. Giacomo says:

    Good work on the front page graphic made up for this :)

  2. GIACOMO says:

    Addendum: This *needs* to be added – Katy B and Jessie Ware, with a song named after Aaliyah (RIP)

    What a bomb!

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