1. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
The only album from 2012 that I own on vinyl, CD and digital just so I'm never want for the R&B star's irresistible falsetto nibbling on my earlobes when sitting at home on the couch staring pointlessly at my smartphone, partying in a limo or dreamily drowning out the guy eating a bag of chips next to me on public transit.
2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Every time a new Fiona Apple album comes out, it always makes me want to hurl myself into a ravenous hot-and-cold relationship just so I have a chance at one day turning the resulting emotional baggage into something as triumphant and gut-wrenchingly verbose.
3. Kendrick Lamar - Good kid m.A.A.d city
The Los Angeles rapper likens this record to a short film but it's more like a novel you can't put down; full of memorable characters, shifting perspectives and plot twists nestled in a world of rich sub-bass. A momentous album that never loses momentum.
4. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N2 It
Few singer-songwriters compose pop ditties about drugs, abuse, suicide, basement fetish porn, gay sex and prostitution as catchy, creepy and uplifting as Mike Hadreas. No mean feat.
5. Jessie Ware - Devotion
Classy, soulful pop of the highest calibre with the glamorous persona to match. Every song should be a single.
6. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
A slow-burner (but hardly a sleeper), Channel Orange's keenly observed tales of unrequited love, disappointment and shallow bourgeois behaviour really resonate. That he's probably thinking about boning a guy on a couple tracks definitely helped take it to the next level for me.
7. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
The interpretive dance soundtrack of the year! Can't wait for the tour.
8. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
Dum Dum Girls front woman Dee Dee seriously stepped up her vocal prowess and songwriting game with this hooky five-track EP centred around sprawling stunner Lord Knows - one of the year's best singles.
9. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne
My new favourite Saint Etienne album is an homage to the simple joys of pop music in the form of brilliantly joyous pop music. The medium is the message.
10. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds
A profoundly mind-bending collaboration between full-throttle, free-form singer Georgia Anne Muldrow and leftfield hip-hop producer Madlib, Seeds' is a funky, futuristic psych-jazz powered by classic soul attitude.