And here is the second half of the list. These are my top 25 (out of 50) songs of 2012!
25. Lorn – Weigh Me Down
I have to say that I only found out there was an official music video for this yesterday and had I found it a few days before, it would have definitely been on my music videos of the year list. As for the song itself, it’s just so dark and paranoid, while keeping to a simple groove/beat. It’s so easy to put on repeat.
24. Trash Talk – F.E.B.N.
Just a great punk track, it’s easy to see why they chose it as a single/promotional track, full to the brim with fire and spite.
23. JJ Doom – Guv’nor
Jneiro Jarel definitely knows how to make a memorable hip-hop instrumental and Doom, despite going at a different timing and pace as the instrumental at times, fits so well onto the track. I love the samples as well.
22. Grimes – Genesis
Lovely, just lovely.
21. The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets
A really soothing electronic track.
20. Killer Mike – Big Beast (ft. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble)
“POW, MUTHAFUCKA! POW!” C’mon, how can this track not get stuck in your head? The whole of “R.A.P. Music” was pretty good too.
19. Red Fang – Hank Is Dead
One of the catchier songs on “Murder The Mountains”, simply a great and addictive riff-fuelled rock track.
18. Melvins – Let Me Roll It
There’s no good quality album version of this, so you’ll have to deal with a live performance. Anyway, I love this cover of Paul McCartney & Wings; they stay true to the formula but make it their own… and heavy.
17. Danny Brown – Grown Up
Danny Brown rapping over A Tribe Called Quest loop? YES.
16. Torche – Walk It Off
Man, what do you say about this other than it’s just an unstoppable fun riff giant.
15. Ab-Soul – Terrorist Threats (ft. Jhene Aiko & Danny Brown)
This track got me into Ab-Soul, but it took a while admittedly. The beat is nice, Jhene Aiko’s smooth vocals and Danny Brown’s verse had me listening to this on repeat for a month or two straight.
14. Crystal Castles – Plague
The first song that was released prior to “(III)” and I loved it – the underground cult rave vibe to it is infective.
13. Death Grips – No Love
Death Grips have no love for nothing, but I have a lot for them. The bass is so damn heavy on this and I love the kind of warped and twisted ‘siren’ sound of the synths. Plus the chorus is just… URGH! “You’re fit to learn the meaning of a beatdown / Madness, chaos in the brain / Let my blood flow, let my blood flow through you maaane / You got no business questionin’ a thang”. As well as the “Too many ho’s in my muthafuckin’ meal / Asking if I know how a muthafucka feels!”, just impossible to not repeat.
12. Deftones – Goon Squad
One of the more aggressive tracks on “Koi No Yokan” and I love it. It just sounds so big.
11. Grimes – Oblivion
It’s so catchy! I love the synth/key sequence!
10. Clams Casino – Bass
The name gives it away: the bass just growls on this track, and that warped voice/synth (?) just covers the track in atmosphere. This was produced for ASAP Rocky, who I’m not a fan of, but I think this instrumental will always overshadow any MC who uses it.
9. Car Bomb – The Sentinal
The sonic form of a clusterbomb – your senses are attacked from everywhere at once and it’s almost suffocating. Plus, the “Rip it apart / Piss on it, piss on it” part is so brutal!
8. The Alchemist – Flight Confirmation (ft. Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q)
I’m really hoping The Alchemist produces for Danny Brown on a future record, because this is definitely the perfect beat for Danny – raw and, frankly, fucked up.
7. Squarepusher – Unreal Square
I generally hate dubstep, but Squarepusher manages to make even my hated genre loveable with this track. Totally refreshing.
6. Gorillaz – Do Ya Thang (ft. James Murphy & Andre 3000)
All you need to know is that Andre 3000 is, pretty much, the shit.
5. Pig Destroyer – The Bug
“WHY? WHY? WHY WON’T YOU ANSWER THE GODDAMN PHONE?” That part is absolutely mind-blowing with Kat Katz and J.R. Hayes doing joint vocals as Adam Jarvis speeds up the double-peddles during each “Why?”. A perfect moment.
4. Every Time I Die – Drag King
My favourite track from the beast of an album “Ex Lives”. The whole song is a rampage you can’t help get sucked into, but from the “What does he have that I don’t / What does he have that I don’t / Except you” part… damn. The drums are so tight!
3. Crystal Castles – Kerosene
I got really obsessed with this track when the new album came out, the glitchy nature of the track as well as the pitch-shifted vocals just make it for me – perhaps it has something to do with the Cat Puke song I mentioned in the other half of the list. Just addictive.
2. Deftones – Romantic Dreams
That chorus… just listen to that chorus.
1. Death Grips – System Blower
Everything about this is just so, so good. The bass, the vocals, the bass, the lyrics… did I mention the bass? There’s absolutely nothing to complain about. It’s dangerous to listen to while you’re driving though… just saying. “SYSTEM, SYSTEM BLOWAH! BLOOOOWAH! SYSTEM. OVER.”