City Arts magazine asked me and several other local journalists and music-industry denizens for a list of five artists from Seattle who impressed us most in 2012. The votes will be tallied for a feature in its February issue, I believe. Below are the names I sent to City Arts. You've read about them before in The Stranger and will likely read more about them in the paper and on Line Out in 2013, as all have an abundance of talent and are at that very hungry stage of their careers. I encourage to you to follow their moves closely. (Please note that it was difficult to narrow this list to five. Seattle's kind of booming at the moment.)

01 The Numbs
Listen: "Freaks Easy"

02 Airport
Listen: Soundcloud page

03 Nice&AO
Listen: Nice Nate & DJAO

04 Black Hat
Listen: Spectral Disorder

05 Marcus Price
Listen: Morning Ritual