Luxury ProblemsAs in years past, our favorite electronic recordings of 2012 were made for varied listening environments by established greats and exciting newcomers. Raime, Demdike Stare, and Carter Tutti Void provided industrial/ambient creeps, but nothing chilled spines quite like Andy Stott, whose Luxury Problems would have been at home on the 4AD label. Mala and Rusko, two of the figures directly and indirectly credited during February's Grammy-award acceptance speech from dubstep beneficiary Skrillex, consolidated their ties to reggae and sound system culture with wildly different and equally outstanding releases. Flying Lotus (known for uneasy listening abstract hip-hop) and Robert Hood (known for throttling and stern minimal techno) issued uncharacteristically elegant works.The 2 Bears - Be StrongActress - R.I.P.Breakbot - By Your Side
Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
Matthew Dear - Beams
Demdike Stare - Elemental
Brian Eno - Lux
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Gudrun Gut - Wildlife
Laurel Halo - Quarantine
Robert Hood - Motor: Nighttime World, Vol. 3
Lindstrøm - Smalhans
Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
Mala - Mala in Cuba
Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist
Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
Rusko - Songs
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Levon Vincent - Fabric 63
Moritz von Oswald Trio - Fetch

Listen to the best tracks from our favorite Electronic albums of 2012 in this playlist: