Concluding a year’s worth of records is a funny old affair.
The first thing to bear in mind is that it is entirely subjective and always offers the possibility of falling out horribly, which luckily we did not this year. All of the staff voted on a long list of releases (some three hundred and sixty plus titles) that we marked as one of three things; “A good record, warrants repeat plays”, “A great record, So good that I purchased it” and finally “Essential, love it”. We allocated each of the releases points based on the voting and also took into account how well things had sold (as you are all part of this) and also how often things had been played over the stereo. This miraculously resulted in a spreadsheet with ticks, points and x’s that concluded a list of 100 releases with only one problem... there was a dead heat in first position. After one final conference, where we discussed the virtues of both albums, one was crowned as ‘The Drift Record Shop 2012 Album of the Year’.
You can read our magazine in full below and all of our favorite albums are neatly listed also.