I know i am very late this year with my Top 5 Albums list, we're already in 2013.
The largest part of this post was ready around half December last year, but i kinda forgot to finish and post my annual list.
It wasn't as hard to pick five as last year, there were plenty of good albums this year.
These were the albums that i played the most over the last year;
Lambchop - Mr M.
This has gotta be my favorite of the year.
Not the most innovative album of the year, nor the most uplifting, but i do like the sound of Lambchop and the raspy voice of singer Kurt Wagner.
This album has partially helped me get through the most difficult part the year when my dad passed away in March this year...
Stream the whole album from HERE
The opening track of the Lambchop " Mr. M " album
Breakbot - By Your Side
I was very happy when someone posted about the Breakbot debut-album last year.
This album is extremely well-produced by a French guy, and it may sound bit too retro for you but it is very refreshing.
Most tracks are very danceble, and the styles vary from funky electro-disco to 80s retro-pop.
Best new thing of the year!
Breakbot: Fantasy from Önaz on Vimeo.
Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding surprised me in 2011 with an album full with her chamber-music/jazz styled album, but this album is more suitable for radio.
Her brilliant voice and bass-playing fit together perfectly.
One of the nicest pop/jazz crossover albums of the last decade IMHO.
Video: Radio Music Society Trailer
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Parov Stelar - The Princess
Another fine surprise in 2012 was Parov Stelar's album.
This Austrian musician combines east-european folk-electronica with jazz, that gives him a unique sound. Very danceable, very happy-sounding, very good...
Gregory Porter - Be Good
I spotted Gregory Porter in the Dutch DWDD tv-show.
He impressed me with his dark, laidback and soulful voice and that triggered me to listen to his whole album.
His voice reminds me somewhat of Otis Redding and the orchestration of the whole album fits that same classic-soul-vibe.
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Sin Cos Tan - Sin Cos Tan (a Finnish band, with very slick production by techno-producer Jori Hulkkonen)
Bobby Womack - The Bravest man in the Universe (the return of a soul-legend, produced by Gorillaz-frontman Damon Albarn)
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