view the top 10 albums of 2012 here rough trade's album of the year 2012 lp contains free download code. grimes is the inventive work of claire boucher, a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. moving to montreal from vancouver in 2006, she developed grimes among the city's burgeoning diy scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry. also a prolific force, her 4ad debut 'visions' is her fourth release in less than two years. with her creative bent being both musical and visual, her second self embodies the arts of 2d, performance, dance, video and sound, weaving them all together to strong rhythmic effect. subsequent records have sharpened her production skills and each one has tackled different influences and styles. this new set incorporates influences as wide as enya, tlc and aphex twin, whilst drawing from genres like new jack swing, idm, new age, k-pop, industrial and glitch resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.