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The 50 best record sleeves of 2012

Right, you’ve read and rioted at the 50 Worst Sleeves of 2012; now we present the best.

As with our pick of the worst, there’s no carefully defined process that led us to this selection: these are simply record (or in some cases, digital mixtape) covers that for some reason or other, struck us or grew on us, and ultimately stayed with us, presented in alphabetical order. It’s worth noting that we’ll be presenting a list of our favourite special editions of 2012 next week, which is why some of the year’s more lavish records didn’t make this list – they’ll feature there instead.

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ACTRESS
R.I.P
(HONEST JON’S)

ANDY STOTT
LUXURY PROBLEMS
(MODERN LOVE)

BAT FOR LASHES
THE HAUNTED MAN
(PARLOPHONE)

BATTLES
DROSS GLOP
(WARP)

BLAWAN
HIS HE SHE & SHE
(HINGE FINGER)

THE BUG
‘CAN’T TAKE THIS NO MORE’
(ACID RAGGA)

CARTER TUTTI VOID
TRANSVERSE
(MUTE)

CHAMPION
‘CRYSTAL METH’ / ‘SPEED’
(BUTTERZ)

CHROMATICS
KILL FOR LOVE
(ITALIANS DO IT BETTER)

CRYSTAL CASTLES
(III)
(FICTION)

DAN DEACON
AMERICA
(CARPARK)

DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
(HYPERDUB)

EARTH
ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT II
(SOUTHERN LORD)

EVIAN CHRIST
KINGS & THEM
(TRI ANGLE)

FOUR TET
PINK
(TEXT)

FUNKINEVEN / FATIMA
PHONELINE EP
(EGLO)

GIRL UNIT
CLUB REZ
(NIGHT SLUGS)

GRIMES
VISIONS
(4AD)

HELM
IMPOSSIBLE SYMMETRY
(PAN)

HODGY BEATS
UNTITLED
(OFWGKTA)

HOLLY HERNDON
MOVEMENT
(RVNG INTL.)

I:CUBE
“M” MEGAMIX
(VERSATILE)

JAM CITY
CLASSICAL CURVES
(NIGHT SLUGS)

JEREMIH
LATE NIGHTS WITH JEREMIH
(GET YOUR WEIGHT UP!)

JOHN CARPENTER & ALAN HOWARTH
HALLOWEEN II
(DEATH WALTZ)

JOHN MAUS
A COLLECTION OF RARITIES AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL

(RIBBON MUSIC)

KENDRICK LAMAR
GOOD KID, M.A.A.D CITY
(AFTERMATH / INTERSCOPE)

KTL
V
(EDITIONS MEGO)

LANA DEL REY
BORN TO DIE
(INTERSCOPE / POLYDOR)

LAUREL HALO
QUARANTINE
(HYPERDUB)

LIL B
GOD’S FATHER
(SELF-RELEASED)

LONE
GALAXY GARDEN
(R&S)

LUKID
LONELY AT THE TOP
(WERK DISCS)

MACHINEDRUM
SXLND
(LUCKYME)

MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
(SPECTRUM SPOOLS)

ONRA
DEEP IN THE NIGHT
(FOOL’S GOLD)

PETE SWANSON
PRO STYLE
(TYPE)

PRURIENT / JK FLESH
SPLIT
(HYDRA HEAD)

RICHARD YOUNGS
RURTAIN
(ALTER)

SHACKLETON
THE DRAWBAR ORGAN EPS / MUSIC FOR THE QUIET HOUR
(WOE TO THE SEPTIC HEART!)

SILENT SERVANT
NEGATIVE FASCINATION
(HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS)

SLEEP
DOPESMOKER (REISSUE)
(SOUTHERN LORD)

SWANS
THE SEER
(YOUNG GOD)

TOD DOCKSTADER
ELECTRONIC VOL.1
(MORDANT MUSIC)

TRAXMAN
DA MIND OF TRAXMAN
(PLANET MU)

VATICAN SHADOW
JORDANIAN DESCENT
(HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS)

WEST NORWOOD CASSETTE LIBRARY
WE ARE FAMILY VOL.1
(WNCL)

WILD NOTHING
NOCTURNE
(CAPTURED TRACKS)

THE XX
COEXIST
(XL)

YOUNG MAGIC
MELT
(CARPARK)

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