(2012 end-of-year lists) – HISHAM AWAD

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.

Hisham Awad (writer)

Albums
1- Actress: R.I.P (Honest Jon’s Records)

(in no particular order)
– Emptyset: Medium (Subtext)
– Ricardo Villalobos: Dependent And Happy (Perlon)
– Carter Tutti Void: Transverse (Mute)
– Shalabi Effect: Feign To Delight Gaiety Of Gods (Annihaya)
– Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya (Touch)
– Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996 / Dutch Tvashar Plumes (PAN)
– Silent Servant: Negative Fascination (Hospital Productions)
– Jam City: Classical Curves (Night Slugs)
– Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)
– Bass Clef: Reeling Skullways (Punch Drunk)
– Heatsick: Déviation (PAN)
– Gohan: Peur (Peur Bleue Records)
– Terrence Dixon: From The Far Future Pt.2 (Tresor)
– Madteo: Noi No (Sähkö Recordings)
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
– Powell: Body Music (Diagonal)
– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II (Southern Lord Recordings)
– Dean Blunt: The Narcissist II (Hippos In Tanks)

Mixes/Podcasts
1- mnml ssgs mx fnl, by Morphosis (extended version)
2- Juno Plus Podcast 45, by Bill Kouligas
3- RA.327 Vessel
4- RA.318 Rrose
5- Peur Bleue mix #21/The Castle, by Gohan

Tracks (in no particular order)
– Theo Parrish: Any Other Styles (Sound Signature)
– Hieroglyphic Being: The Lost Transmission (Morphine Records)
– Actress: Marble Plexus (Honest Jon’s Records)
– Metasplice: Bohrium Slunk (Morphine Records)
– Terrence Dixon: Dark City Of Hope [Main Mix] (Tresor)
– Gohan: Radio Tripoli (Peur Bleue Records)
– Heatsick: Stars Down To Earth (PAN)
– Robert Hood: The Exodus (Music Man Records)
– Silent Servant: Invocation Of Lust (Hospital Productions)
– Raime: Your Cast Will Tire (Blackest Ever Black)
– Ricardo Villalobos: Mochnochich (Perlon)
– Andy Stott: Numb (Modern Love)
– Bass Clef: Electricity Comes From Other Planets (Punch Drunk)
– Oneohtrix Point Never: I Only Have Eyes For You (self-released)
– Laurel Halo: Airsick (Hyperdub)