Reggae highlights 2012

Last week I published my 50 favorite tunes from 2012 and when compiling the list I was struck by the strong output. But 2012 is more than just great reggae singles, and this year has been strong on so many levels.

There has been stunning reggae and dancehall singles, excellent albums, hip-shaking riddims, fierce mixtapes, interesting books, fascinating documentaries, clever mash-ups and some nice albums from other genres.

If you want to know what I mean, check the list below for some of my favorite moments from 2012. Some of the tastiest bits are yet to come though, since the best albums 2012 and the best reissues 2012 are not completed.

Hopefully those lists will be published in early January 2013. I can however assure you that Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again will be on the albums list and so will Beres Hammond’s One Love, One Life. Those are the safe bets.

Best albums
Coming on United Reggae in early January.

Best tunes
Separate article.

Best riddim
Rudebwoy be Nice (Maximum Sound)

Best mixtape
Major Lazer Presents: Chronixx & Walshy Fire – Start a Fyah Mixtape

Best book
Reggae Soundsystem – Original Reggae Album Cover Art

Best documentary

Best mash-up
The Rolling Stones Meet Bost & Bim – Gimme Shelter

Best EP
Ziggi Recado – Liberation 2.0

Best non-reggae albums
Nomad CarlosMe Against the Grain
Michael KiwanukaHome Again

Best reissue
Coming on United Reggae in early January.

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