We asked YOU who should have been in the Album of the Year list for 2012
As usual, this year's Mercury Prize's Django Djangos, Lianne La Havases, Michael Kiwanukas, and Jessie Wares were no big surprise... So we asked you which UK artist albums you thought were majorly left out and deserved to win 2012's Album of The Year:
DAZED DIGITAL READERS' NOMINEES
FOUR TET - PINK
(Nominated by Ravi Amaratunga)
Kieran Hebden has been a hugely respected name on the UK electronic scene for years, known for his jazz-influenced sounds and abstract tracks with complex structures. With this year's album 'Pink', he surpassed his previous five endeavours with something seamlessly fluid and melodic yet retaining a dancefloor mentality.
WE HAVE BAND - TERNION
(Nominated by Alex Cooper)
Their single 'Tired of Running' - which launched with a video of the London trio, well, running, was a catchy indie number putting together infectious vocals and ever-necessary bongos. The rest of the album, 'Ternion', that followed this year was just as aurally pleasing with equal measures of full-on synths and twangy guitars.
KINDNESS - WORLD YOU NEED A CHANGE OF MIND
(Nominated by Tasha)
Adam Bainbridge's debut album this year was a stunner strewn with beautiful pop melodies, funk-heavy basslines, and heart-wrenchingly soft pianos. His soulful voice throughout the LP is the most enrapturing aspect, paired with jaunty guitar riffs and crashing cymbals in Gee Up (check out the amazing video here) to the breathtaking piano-led 'House' and 80s-tastic 'That's Alright'.
NEW BUILD - YESTERDAY WAS LIVED AND LOST
(Nominated by Leanne Martin)
Al Doyle and Felix Martin from Hot Chip teamed up with like-minded musicians from LCD Soundsystem and Planningtorock on tracks for a new project under the aptly-named guise of New Build. Their debut album, which Dazed Digital exclusively premiered in full earlier this year, was full of electronic wonders with ambitious sarky pop elements, though perhaps still with that Hot Chip vibe.
VISIONS OF TREES - VISIONS OF TREES
(Nominated by Chris DuVall)
Making hypnotic, dark disco, Visions of Trees aka Sara Atalar and Joni Juden, based in East London bring together 90s rave with goth-heavy vibes on cult labels Deadly People and Moshi Moshi. The duo finally got their sultry pop sounds out on their eponymous debut LP on Something In Construction this Summer.
MARIA MINERVA - WILL HAPPINESS FIND ME?
(Nominated by Adam Kurowski)
The London-based former Goldsmiths student turned vocalist and producer, Maria Minerva, creates warped, blissful electronica mixes her own ethereal vocals, often offbeat and haunting with nonsensical lyrics. Catching the ears and hearts of many, her debut album out this September on longtime supporters, label Not Not Fun Records, is a prime example of her epileptic computer programming and beautifully soft melodies.
2:54 - 2:54
(Nominated by Sophie Lawrence)
London-based sisters, Colette and Hannah Thurlow who we caught out at SXSW premiered their first full length this year after maintaining their status as a 'one-to-watch'. The echoing guitars and throbbing bass throughout the record paired with the strong female vocals on tracks like 'Killer' and 'Sugar' have cemented their place beyond just new band hype.
BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA - THEY LIVE!
(Nominated by Will Greene)
Out on Modeselektor's techno-friendly imprint, the UK-based duo paired up on a full LP together making atmospheric, and often Burial-esque electronic sounds. Highlights include the dark and dramatic sounds on 'Creeper' filled with sirens and breathy vocals, to the haunting single, 'No One' featuring vocalist Abigail Wyles, punctuated with deep bass and organ stabs.
SLOW CLUB - PARADISE
(Nominated by Kimberley Ballantyne)
The duo from Sheffield released their retro sounding second LP 'Paradise' this year on cult London label Moshi Moshi. Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson had previously impressed us this with their lo-fi pop-friendly tune 'The Dog' taken from the album. Following on from 'Yeah So' in 2009, the pair have continued in their vein of folk-influenced indie sounds but with a new edge with production from Foals/Clor's Luke Smith.
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS - TROUBLE
(Nominated by Abi Wood)
Oxford-based Orlando Higginbottom known for his catchy electronic pop delivered his debut in 2012 with effortlessly charming vocals and upbeat synth melodies such as with his singles 'Trouble' and 'Garden'. With an extensive knowledge of everything from Jungle (we caught his set out at Secret Garden Party in a mini rave dome) to Hip Hop, Higginbottom's varied musical interests have made for a truly interesting venture on a major.