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2012 Album of the Year, Part One: The Long-List

So it's that time of year again - Christmas is done and the excess food has started to fester. Gifts have been exchanged and everyone is now thinking about going back to work. Happy happy joy joy. 

To see you through this dark week I'll be posting my picks for 2012's best album, but before we get to the top ten I wanted to call out some of the albums that were very close to making this list but were pushed out.

I've also put together a Spotify playlist that includes tracks from every album on the long-list and the top ten (provided they are available on Spotify in the UK) and a good deal of other tracks that weren't necessarily from great albums but were notable all the same. You can check that out and subscribe to it here.

And without further ado, the 2012 long-list - note the top ten are not on this list and that this list is not in any order. Links on the title / artist go to the BlackPlastic.co.uk review (where one exists), Amazon links are to Amazon.co.uk and are affiliate links:

Come back tomorrow for the first half of the top ten: 10-6!

Stream: Blurs - Bleeding Colours

Bleeding Colours is a collaboration between Australian producer Lewis May and hip hop artist Ziggy. 'Blurs' is their first release and it's a tripped out re-imagining of the XX's 'Angels'.

To be honest this is different enough that it's really just a new track built on some sampling of the XX. Anyway - it's pretty awesome with a really sideways lazy vibe. It sounds like the sort of thing Jamie XX himself would make, or possibly something from The Weeknd.

Anyway - hit play and enjoy. Keep an eye on their Soundcloud and Twitter for more.