Best Electronic Albums Of 2012

Jessie Ware
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Respected by punters, chin-strokers and progressive house superstars alike, you can set your watch by Cosmo Cater’s party-rocking reliability. He selects the five most impressive electronic albums of 2012.

1. Jessie Ware — Devotion.

Jessie Ware delivered with her first solo album, which was 21st century soul, sweet yet not overcooked. Producer Julio Bashmore contributed some of the beats and the result is tough yet well-sculpted.

2. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs — Trouble.

Orlando Higginbotham has produced a gem – a tale of melancholy interspersed with ecstatic anthems (such as ‘Your Love’).

3. Chromatics — Kill For Love.

It took an inclusion on the soundtrack to the mesmerising film Drive to catapult Chromatics into the public eye, and they followed this with the exceptional Kill For Love.

4. Frank Ocean — Channel Orange.

Following on from Drake’s 2011 Take Care and taking R&B and neosoul to a whole new level, this was a mammoth project. Ocean is a clever, witty and talented lyricist.

5. Calyx & Teebee — All Or Nothing.

Drum & bass came under heavy attack in 2012. Calyx & Teebee simply forged their own path and showed how quality DnB can still be visceral, blistering and ever-changing.

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