When our friends over at BBC 6 Music asked us for our "Top 3 artists of the year so far" we exhaled much more air than could've possibly been in our lungs at the time. Its the kind of question that requires serious care and attention before producing an answer, like upon saying the name you are committing yourself, upon saying the name you cannot take it back. We get the same look of perplexed serenity on our faces for similar questions, such as "What music do you like?" "Who is your favourite band?" "What is the best all time opening track?"

Although the questions can be so challenging to answer, its not the actual answer that is the most important, but racking your brain box getting to it. Any answer you produce is immediately intimate and already completely wrong. So its the act of trawling through your brain archive, listing each and every moment. That's the fun of it. The ever-changing nature of the answer you find within yourself. That's why they are questions we love being asked.

So it's with a great pleasure and sense of already being wrong that we chose these bands. The three that we feel have had, and will be seen as having, the most impact on our collective remembrance of this year.

Death Grips.

Death Grips

Schizo-hip-hop-punk band Death Grips have broken molds and attacked ears with an unrelenting vengeance this year. The Money Store arrived on the back of their free to download mixtape Ex-Military and it has the potential to change everything. Combining a punk attitude, grimey dubstep bass and rhythms that will break your neck with anti-everything lyrics delivered like a man at an intersection screaming "end of days" at the passing traffic.

They scrapped a European tour to record another album to be released later in the year and we really have no idea what or where they will go, but we expect big things. Aside from that, we don't really know much about this American three-piece, and I don't feel we need to, as their forward thinking music becomes more of a state of mind.

At 18:00 GMT the guys at BBC 6Music will be teaming up with Hype Machine to run through their top 25 artists of the year so far in the 2012 Music Blog Zeitgeist.

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Japandroids

JJapandroids

Any band capable of creating the ridiculous rush of 'Younger Us' deserves recognition and with the release of their sophomore album Celebration Rock it appears that Japandroids are finally getting some. Recorded on the back of a mammoth touring schedule the two piece have incorporated some of Springsteen's fist pumping style into their beautiful lo-fi racket. Which, quite frankly, melted our faces when we heard it earlier this year. Basically, if you are looking for music to make your party party, these are your go-to guys.

At 18:00 GMT the guys at BBC 6Music will be teaming up with Hype Machine to run through their top 25 artists of the year so far in the 2012 Music Blog Zeitgeist.

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Alt-J

LT-J

What can you say about Alt-J that hasn't already been said this year?

These guys have been collecting serious critical acclaim across the board of late, and rightly so, we say. It's rare that a band turns up on the scene as a complete package. There's usually some polite tweaking along the way towards the debut album from the debut single, but when we first featured Alt-J last summer in a "New Music By Region" piece, you could tell. Sometimes you can just tell.

This is a band capable of creating the most amazing atmosphere that it is difficult to describe exactly where they take you. You have to wonder whether it's worth trying to, or whether you should just broadcast it loud into public spaces for the good of humanity.

At 18:00 GMT the guys at BBC 6Music will be teaming up with Hype Machine to run through their top 25 artists of the year so far in the 2012 Music Blog Zeitgeist.

Tweet with the hashtag #blog6music to get involved.