I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.
Faysal Bibi (musician, Okydoky)
1- Quakers: Self-titled (my favorite thing to have come out in 2012)
2- Die Antwoord: Fatty Boom Boom
3- Time Machine, retro music-video mix by Mr. Armtone (Ninja Tune)
4- Osloub: Fassl (feat. MCs from Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan)
5- Alexander Marcus: Papaya (Das ist so Berlin)
6- Rahbani Brothers, Fairuz, Wadi’ Al-Safi: Sahret Hobb
7- Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury: Drokk, Music Inspired By Mega-City One (dark modular synth heaven)
8- All the CUMBIA BASS and Moombahton mixes up on Cassetteblog.com
9- Torabiyeh: Ghorbah
10- Odrob Tel Aviv!