It's not super easy to find full electronica albums that really wow you, when singles and remixes dominate clubs and charts (and the biggest producers now end up using some of their talent producing for the likes of Rihanna and Santigold). But equipment is becoming cheaper to get a hold of, and you no longer have to have a giant label backing you to gain major momentum.
Below are some albums that crossed my radar during 2012 - and stuck. Some were instant "repeaters" (Geographer, Simian Mobile Disco, Blänk), while others took more time to love, surprising me even after months of listening (Thomas Barfod, Rusko). What did I miss? What were your favorites?
1. Thomas Barfod - Salton Sea (FoF)
2. Geographer - Myth (Modern Art)
3. Rusko - Songs (Downtown)
4. Chromatics - Kill for Love (Italians Do It Better)
5. Simian Mobile Disco - Unpatterns (Wichita)
6. Grimes - Visions (4AD)
7. The Blondes - Blondes (RVNG)
8. Moullinex - Flora (Gomma)
9. Jokers of the Scene - J0T5 EP (Fool's Gold)
10. Blänk - Áurinko Rising Again EP (Grind)
A big thanks to the artists, labels, promoters, venues and reviewers who make the music happen and help it reach us. And tune in this Wednesday, December 19 for a best of 2012 show featuring these and others!