Top 10 Albums of 2012

Posted by Jakub

10. Actress – R.I.P. (Honest Jon’s Records)

9. CFCF – Exercises (Paper Bag Records)

8. Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)

Hear the rest after the break

7. Grimes – Visions (4AD)

6. DIIV – Oshin (Captured Tracks)

5. Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular)

4. John Maus – A Collection of Rarities and Previous Unreleased Material (Ribbon Music)

3. Fort Romeau – Kingdoms (100% Silk)

2. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions (True Panther Sounds)

1. Trust – TRST (Arts & Crafts Productions)

I’ll keep it short and I suggest you list to it using the link below. TRUST from February makes it as my #1 album, I get soo eager to go back to it that it helped make by decision easy. Tanlines almost took the spot but it just fell short. John Maus and Fort Romeau pretty much share #3 and Tame Impala and DIIV pair up together and keep my love for rock alive. Grimes and Holy Other kept it dark and weird but most importantly interesting while CFCF and Actress pushed boundaries when it came to their specific genres.


Honorable Mention: Next Week
Top 50 singles: Coming Soon

27 Comments Leave A Comment


CB says:

December 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Trust !

And yes , ever since I heard the song Sulk it just plays non-stop in my head….

Thanks Jakub!



Lawyer says:

December 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

There are so many versions of “Molly.” Love that album but left it off my “2012 favorites” list because most of the songs are so old.


Hazyjane says:

December 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

If you like Fort Romeau, you might really like Jensen Sportag. Their Pure Wet E.P. is so good. I think they kick that whole sound up several notches.


Jakub says:

December 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

@HAZYJANE I like Jensen Sportag, I’ve featured them a few times. Fort Romeau reminds me of a lot of the early Detroit Tech House I enjoyed.

@LILY because I just didnt get into it that much sadly, will retry too

@AYMERIC Haven’t checked that out, good call

@CAPTCHA I’ll see if Scott has something up his sleeve


migraineux says:

January 1, 2013 at 2:30 am

perfect for this morning then.

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grey_skies says:

January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Holy Other and Trust have been on repeat for days. Thanks! Awesome list.

I know Kindred was an EP, but doesn’t it deserve some honorable mention? Twin Shadow – “Confess” and Lorn – “Ask the Dust” were also 2012 standouts in my mind.


AndresM says:

January 4, 2013 at 12:51 am

Always look forward to the best-of list, Jakub. I didn’t give Trust a big chance at first, but I know now I need to go back for a second pass.

I got my favorites here
and my favorite tracks on spotify here.

Cheers and here’s to another dope year in music!


diagraf says:

January 7, 2013 at 1:13 am

Great list! I also enjoyed many of your honorable mentions. Check out the Voices From The Lake album if you haven’t already: more techno but its #1 on my list. Cheers!


Tom says:

January 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Such is my faith in the general taste of you fine gents, that I just acquired every album on this list. No idea how I missed CFCF this year! Thanks


yoYOyoYO says:

January 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

@ DIAGRAF, agreed that nel and donato dozzy created one of the albums that shaped this year, if you liked voices from the lake check out Deepchord presents: Echospace (Silent World motion picture soundtrack) and you will love “shamans path” by Dino Sabatini!

My honorable mention for this year would def. be Lee Gambles “Diversions”

thanks for taking the time and sharing, been checking out iso50 for years now and its the only site other than nodata i see myself coming back everyweek for gems of wisdom and inspiration, keep going and have a great year!