Wild Mercury Sound 112 from 2012: 112 to 76

Preamble: I’m going to start rolling out this list over the next couple of days whenever I get a chance to post. Apologies, first, for the weird number…

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Preamble: I’m going to start rolling out this list over the next couple of days whenever I get a chance to post. Apologies, first, for the weird number…

It’d be disingenuous to pretend that there was anything scientific about these placings and, in truth, a lot of the ordering is pretty arbitrary. I did, though, make a list of 2012 records I liked which came out at 112, and it seemed churlish to hack it down to 100 just for the sake of neatness.


Second, I’m very conscious as I go along that one or two selections will look like token nods to otherwise neglected genres etc. These, I’d say, aren’t a sign of tokenism, more evidence of slackness on my part: I’m acutely aware, for example, reading other end-of-year lists, that there were quite clearly other R&B records beyond Frank Ocean that I’d probably enjoy. Maybe a good new year’s resolution for 2013 would be to get back to the levels of engagement I had with rap/R&B in the early 2000s. Or at least hear a bunch of things like Kendrick Lamar and Miguel that I’ve missed.

Truth is, of course, that most of us have our special interests, and I guess this list reflects how mine manifested themselves over the last 12 months. Thanks, as ever, for all your attention and support this year; your comments, speculations and personal 2012 charts are welcome in the Facebook comments box at the bottom. Oh, and please follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JohnRMulvey

112 Alexander Turnquist – Like Sunburned Snowflakes (VHF)


111 The Pre-New – Music For People Who Hate Themselves (Pre-War Black Ghetto)

110 Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky (PIAS)

109 Lumerians – Transmissions From The Telos Vol IV (Permanent)

108 Stephanie Hladowski & C Joynes – The Wild Wild Berry (Bo’Weavil)

107 Red River Dialect – Awellupontheway (Lono)

106 Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)

105 The White Meadows – A Time For Drunken Horses (Tor)

104 Zombie Zombie – Rituels D’Un Nouveau Monde (Versatile)

103 Ombre – Believe You Me (Asthmatic Kitty)

102 Tindersticks – The Something Rain (Lucky Dog)

101 Graham Coxon – A+E (Parlophone)

100 Spain – The Soul Of Spain (Glitterhouse)

99 Lee Ranaldo – Between The Times And The Tides (Matador)

98 James Blackshaw – Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death (Important)

97 Animal Collective – Centipede Hz (Domino)

96 White Fence – Family Perfume Vol 1 (Woodsist)

95 Cornershop – Urban Turban: The Singhles Club (Ample Play)

94 Sun Araw – The Inner Treaty (Drag City)

93 MV/EE – Space Homestead (Woodsist)

92 The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

91 Oren Ambarchi/Robin Fox – Connected (Kranky)

90 Daniel Bachman – Seven Pines (Tompkins Square)

89 Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral (4AD)

88 Loscil – Sketches From New Brighton (Kranky)

87 Terry Riley – Aleph (Tzadik)

86 Lubomyr Melnyk – The Voice Of Trees (Hinterzimmer)

85 Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart – Road To Palios (Bella Union)

84 The Entrance Band – The Entrance Band (Latitudes)

83 Koen Holtkamp – Liquid Light Forms (Barge)

82 Mmoss – Only Children (Trouble In Mind)

81 Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (Warner Bros)

80 Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden (Kranky)

79 Lindstrøm – Smalhans (Smalltown Supersound)

78 Holly Herndon – Movement (RVNG Intl)

77 Chris Forsyth – Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy)

76 Hallock Hill – The Union/A Hem Of Evening (MIE Music)

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