It's time to complete our year-end coverage, summing up the best things 2012 has had to offer. In our now-customary roundup, we uncover the best EPs, hip-hop records, mixtapes, album artwork, live shows, free albums, worst releases, reissues and a ton more - all from 2012. If you feel like you missed a few things this year or want to know where to start in catching up, this is for you. You can also check out our Best of 2012 list (for albums released last year) and our 2012 Pass The Mic feature, where we ask tons of bands, labels and industry figures about their experience of the last year in music. Enjoy. Pro tip: Use the menu below to skip to a specific review list, or page through the whole feature. Top 5 London Live Shows of 2012 1 VNV Nation @ The Purple Turtle, January 8th London began the gig year with a fan-chosen set from EBM masters VNV Nation. Euphoria doesn't even come close to the experience felt by the crowd packed into the smallest venue VNV have played in town in the last few years. Sweat flew, arms were waved and happiness followed. 2 Skepticism and Pantheist @ St Giles in the Fields Church, January 28th St Giles in the Fields Church sits at the heart of London's West End, and it was the perfect setting for an evening of exquisite funeral doom and beautiful heartbreak. Skepticism played for the very first time in the UK … Read more
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