Our criteria for the top instrumental albums this time around fall more in line with the concept of a true LP—which is why some of our favorite artists like Shlohmo, Onra, Ryan Hemsworth, and TNGHT‘s offerings appear on our Best EPS of 2012 rather than this list. Here we have our top 25 instrumental entrees if you will, spearheaded by two of electronic music’s finest and the inimitable Brainfeeder label. There are also strong showings from Detroit, Canada, and Philly, with legendary artist and producer Karriem Riggins leading the way for Detroit with his stellar debut solo album, Alone Together.
Geography aside. From calm, mesmeric collages to stark, feverish synth-laden seances, each album serves as a wordless emotional solvent waiting to be activated by a new listener. We hope you enjoy. x
Note: This list is dedicated to the late Austin Peralta, 10/25/90–11/21/12. RIP.