The runner-up for my favorite album this year is the Electric Girl LP by Lain Trzaska, under his project, “She”. You *really* need to give this a listen. It’s a sound that’s Lain’s signature style at this point, and a really unique—and sometimes violent—burst of energy. 

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Honorable Mentions:

  1. L2 by LIL
  2. Synthesis & Synergy by Glitter Punch
  3. Electrohop by The Hair Kid

Favorites of 2012:

#12- STEREO WORXXX by capsule

#11- Gossamer by Passion Pit

#10- Electro Hako Banban Picasso by mini

#09- Koloss by Meshuggah

#08- Intrinsic by The Contortionist

#07- A Flash Flood of Colour by Enter Shikari

#06- Global Compilation: Love the World by Perfume

#05- Pamyu Pamyu Revolution by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

#04- All Night Long by GOLDHOUSE

#03- //TURN// by fuzzheads

#02- Electric Girl by she

#01- WEAR I AM by MEG


GENRE: Dance/Club
RELEASE: 3/7/2012 

The first favorite of 2012 shouldn’t be a surprise in the slightest. I’ve been a fan of capsule for years, and this is certainly no exception. Toshiko Koshijima (vocals) and Nakata Yasutaka (instrumentals, misc.) are a duo made in musical heaven. With STEREO WORXXX, they decided to play with some more dance-club concepts. While it doesn’t always work throughout the album, they have been constantly experimenting with new ideas, which is really admirable. Many bands stay in their comfort zone to avoid any negative response, but capsule takes risks, and even if the end result is a few dud songs, there are still several good ones to outweigh them. STEREO WORXXX is less of a new album, and more of a bridge between their past work and whatever is in store for them in the future: there are some older, nifty concepts and styles used, but there are also some new ones thrown into the mix. It’s kind of a set up for whatever they’re going to do next, like a music segue of sorts.

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GENRE: Techno/Dance/Electro
RELEASE: 5/9/2012

She released a bunch of singles before this, but mini finally launched her debut album in May of this year. It’s an admirable first album, and the instrumentals are really addictive. There appears to be a bit of an 80s pop vibe to the album, but it’s not overpowering.

If you’re an aspiring electro artist in Japan and want to know how to go about your album debut, this is how you do it. The only downside? It’s very expensive to import, which is a problem, since there’s not many outlets to buy it outside of Japan. 

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For those of you who want a sample, but don’t want to download anything, or you’re on mobile, here’s one of the songs on the album.


GENRE: Synthpop
RELEASE: 7/20/2012 

Passion Pit took a few years mulling over ideas for what they were going to do next, and it definitely paid off. Instead of seeming like the typical sophomore album—trying desperately to one-up themselves and failing miserably—they actually pulled it off. And the result is a lovely synthpop explosion that I can’t listen to without smiling. There’s a lot of heart here, and a lot of earnestness, in the best ways. While it’s still recommended you listen to it in short bursts instead of all at once, this is undoubtedly a triumph in the iffy 2nd album scenario. Passion Pit visibly attempts to top their previous work, and they succeeded spectacularly. Definitely give this a go if you’re looking for something uplifting but not saccharine or nauseating.

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10 favorite songs of 2012:
  1. Feelin’ alright - capsule
  2. Voltage - she
  3. Runaway - GOLDHOUSE
  4. Strawberry Sherbet Shore - fuzzheads
  5. Enter Blue - Imagery by Sound
  6. きゃりーANAN - きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ
  8. Mirrored Sea - Passion Pit
  9. Rapture Tone - Glitter Punch