If the first two months of this year are any indication of what’s to come, 2012 is going to be an amazing year for music. We already have heard (and either loved or hated) Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” and SchoolBoy Q’s “Habit’s and Contradictions,” with albums from A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, the xx, Duck Sauce, and many, many more stil to come. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, this month are two of my most anticipated albums of the year, and after listening to both I can safely say they absolutely do not disappoint.

SLEIGH BELLS: REIGN OF TERROR

Sleigh Bells, the duo of Poison the Well’s Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss first came on my radar in 2009 with their incredibly loud “Crown on the Ground” and followed-up with one of my top five albums of 2010 with “Treats.” Now the Brooklyn noise-pop duo are back with a brand-new LP and while many feared they would not live up to the extraordinarily high expectations they set with their first album, I can safely say after a few listens that this is not the case at all. Follow the link below to stream the album in it’s entirety. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch their Florida-only tour with Diplo, look out for them on Saturday Night Live this weekend to see what their spectacular live show is all about.

Stream Sleigh Bells’ “Reign of Terror”

GRIMES – VISIONS

I know it’s only two months into the year, but I already think I’ve decided on my Album of the Year. The honors go to the first major release from Canada’s Claire Boucher, who goes by the name of Grimes. Her production is absolutely stunning, and even more so when you learn that she does it herself. On top of her dark synths, Grimes layers amazing warped vocals, and her vocal range is an amazement to hear. I’d recommend this to fans of Lykke Li and Bjork, but honestly anyone who appreciates good music has to enjoy this exceptional work of art. Follow the link to listen to all 14 tracks from the album.

Stream Grimes’ “Visions”

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