The 50 Best Songs of 2012

38. Purity Ring "Belispeak"

Album: Shrines
Producer: Purity Ring
Label: Last Gang, 4AD

Canadian duo Purity Ring is at their finest when their combination of ethereal vocals and electronics blends perfectly with their heavy drums and thick bass. Nowhere else is this more present than on Shrines standout "Belispeak." Megan James' tender voice is enriched by pitch-shifting back-up vocals, all of which Corin Roddick uses as a plaything for his booming low end and glimmering synthesizers. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Danny Brown hopped on a sequel to this cut and brought out its innate grit. — AM

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