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Top 10 Instrumental Albums/Beat Tapes: 2012



audible_doctor-doctorinOver the past 365 days there have been many instrumental and beat tape projects that make their way to the inbox. Admittedly, I am more of a fan of instrumental albums and beat tapes than full albums for my personal listening. That being said, it was not an easy task to come up with a top 10 list of instrumental albums/beat tapes as there were a ton of Certified fresH projects that dropped in 2012. Ultimately, Audible Doctor took the number one spot with his Doctorin project, which was executive produced by Large Professor. Doctorin was an easy choice for the top spot based solely on the amount spins the joint got in the two months since its release. I guarantee that I’ve listened to it more than any other instrumental album or beat tape that dropped this year. The rest of the list was extremely hard to put together and I listened to thirty plus projects while making multiple alterations to the list. Some of the projects on this list may have been slept on and/or were not covered by the masses, yet they all earned their spot and are all worth copping.

  1. Audible Doctor: Doctrin
  2. Shuko & F. Of Audiotreats: Cookies & Cream 2
  3. The Doppelgangaz: Beats For Brothels Vol. 2
  4. maticulous: In Transit
  5. Falside: East Toast
  6. Big Cats: For My Mother
  7. Ogi feel the beat: Glorious new era
  8. Jansport J: MoveMeants II: The Reprise
  9. Knxwledge: Hexual.Sealings.Vol.3
  10. Small Professor: Cool Story, Pro

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ra*San: Masterpeace
  • Mike The Martyr: Lake Street Bar Part 2
  • Theory: Filtered Soul
  • J. Bizness: Flight Plan


WARP230_Packshot_480I am a huge beat junkie; practically 90% of the music I listen to is purely instrumental, regardless of genre. I am constantly on the look out for a great beat tape or instrumental album that will leave my ears satisfied. Without a doubt, Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes took the cake as the best instrumental album of the year. It’s gotten to a point where FlyLo doesn’t just make electronic beats anymore — he makes full-blown, composed and arranged pieces of music. The soundscapes on Until the Quiet Comes are unparalleled to any other music I have ever heard. Coming in second was an album I’m almost positive only a handful of people have heard, monolog’s Re:Live – Jazz Meets Hip Hop Classics. Reworking some of Hip Hop’s finest tracks, from Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player” to The Pharcyde’s “Runnin,” monolog twisted each one into a jazzy, new production. Rounding out the top three is Freddie Joachim’s Fiberglass Kisses. Similar to FlyLo’s album, Fiberglass Kisses does more than just entertain listeners with some beats. Freddie Joachim is a talented musician and definitely deserves a nod for producing one of the best instrumental projects of the year. There’s a great deal of electronica and electronic Hip Hop on my list, but frankly, those types of music were the cream of the crop when it came to instrumental albums this year, although serious Hip Hop artists with serious Hip Hop sounds like Karriem Riggins and Motel Eola did make it on the list.

  1. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  2. monolog – Re:Live – Jazz Meets Hip Hop Classics
  3. Freddie Joachim – Fiberglass Kisses
  4. Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  5. Analogue Monsta – Boom
  6. Bugseed – Soundcraft
  7. Sir Froderick – The Brief Wondrous
  8. Parallel Thought – The Art of Sound
  9. Motel Eola – Kids Looking for Gold
  10. Wes Pendleton – Love

Honorable Mentions:

  • J-Zen – Padwork
  • Bugseed – Critical Moment
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