TOP 30

  1. JON MCKIEL*   Memorial Ten Count (You've Changed)
  2. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  3. CASPER SKULLS*   Lips & Skull EP (Buzz Records)
  4. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  5. SALTLAND*   A Common Truth (Constellation)
  6. GREGORY PEPPER AND HIS PROBLEMS*   Black Metal Demo Tape (Fake Four Inc.)
  7. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)
  8. DICKEY/MANERI/SHIPP   Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity)
  9. AMELIA CURRAN*   Watershed (Six Shooter)
  10. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD   Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
  11. LAPS   eyelet/islet (Self-Released)
  12. ANDREW MCPHERSON*   Bardo (Big Mind)
  13. XYLOURIS WHITE   Black Peak (Bella Union)
  14. BEYRIES*   Landing (Bonsound)
  15. TIMBER TIMBRE*   Sincerely, Future Pollution (Arts & Crafts)
  16. TIM DARCY*   Saturday Night (Jagjaguwar)
  17. FATHER JOHN MISTY   Pure Comedy (Sub Pop Records)
  18. HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF   The Navigator (ATO)
  19. CFCF & JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS*   Cascades (Arts & Crafts)
  20. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)
  21. PROTEST THE HERO*   Pacific Myth (Self-Released)
  22. JENN GRANT*   Paradise (Outside Music)
  23. GHOSTKEEPER*   Sheer Blouse Buffalo Knocks (Self-Released)
  24. LYDIA AINSWORTH*   Darling of the Afterglow (Arbutus)
  25. JOHN SOUTHWORTH*   Small Town Water Tower (Tin Angel)
  26. DAN MISHA GOLDMAN*   Champion of the Afterworld (Forward Music Group)
  27. REAL ESTATE   In Mind (Domino)
  28. DREAM WHIP*   Dream Whip (Self-Released)
  29. SIR WAS   Digging a Tunnel (City Slang)
  30. TONSTARTSSBANDHT   Sorcerer (Arbutus)

Electronic

  1. CFCF & JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS*   Cascades (Arts & Crafts)
  2. ODD NOSDAM   Music For Raising (Burnco)
  3. PLAYDEAD   Color With Friends (Raw Tapes)
  4. VARIOUS   Disquiet Vol. 1 (Unseen Music)
  5. SHED*   Worst Case Scenario (Hailstone)
  6. JACQUES GREENE*   Feel Infinite (LuckyMe / Arts & Crafts)
  7. LOU CANON*   Suspicious (Paper Bag)
  8. ADULT.   Detroit House Guests (Mute)
  9. BONOBO   Migration (Ninja Tune)
  10. PICK A PIPER*   Distance (Tin Angel)

Hip Hop

  1. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  2. KARRIEM RIGGINS   Headnod Suite (Stones Throw)
  3. HAVIAH MIGHTY*   Flower City (Self-Released)
  4. KIEFER   Kickinit Alone (Leaving)
  5. MOKA ONLY*   To The Next Season (Urbnet)
  6. RAFAY ANSARI*   The Captain's Log (Tribe of Ansar)
  7. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST   We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
  8. RUN THE JEWELS   Run The Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  9. DJ QUIK & PROBLEM   Rosecrans EP (Diamond Lane)
  10. KIRK KNIGHT   Black Noise (Pro Era)

International

  1. XYLOURIS WHITE   Black Peak (Bella Union)
  2. AMIRA MEDUNJANIN   Damar (World Village)
  3. LENKKODEK (ECCODEK + LENKA LICHTENBERG)*   Open My Ears (Big Mind)
  4. IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE   Uyai (Merge)
  5. MARIAH PARKER   Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (Ancient Future)
  6. TINARIWEN   Elwan (Wedge)
  7. JANKA NABAY & THE BUBU GANG   Build Music (Self-Released)
  8. HORACE ANDY AND BIG YOUTH   Straight To Hell (Fe True Records)
  9. SINKANE   Life and Livin' It (City Slang)
  10. MARCEL KHALIFE & MAHMOUD DARWISH   Andalusia of Love (Nagam)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  2. DICKEY/MANERI/SHIPP   Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity)
  3. MICHAEL SNOW & JESSE STEWART*   Live at The National Gallery (Art Stew)
  4. STEVE KIRBY OCEANIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA*   All Over The Map (Head In The Sand)
  5. WILLIAM PARKER E STEFANO SCODANIBBIO   Bass Duo (AUM Fidelity)
  6. ANDRE LACHANCE*   The Orange Challenge (Self-Released)
  7. AMIRTHA KIDAMBI ELDER ONES   Holy Science (Northern Spy)
  8. MARIAH PARKER   Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert (Ancient Future)
  9. MILES OKAZAKI   The Trickster (Pi)
  10. PRAM TRIO*   Saga Thirteen (Self-Released)

Loud

  1. CASPER SKULLS*   Lips & Skull EP (Buzz Records)
  2. GREGORY PEPPER AND HIS PROBLEMS*   Black Metal Demo Tape (Fake Four Inc.)
  3. PROTEST THE HERO*   Pacific Myth (Self-Released)
  4. DREAM WHIP*   Dream Whip (Self-Released)
  5. ZEAL & ARDOR   Devil is Fine (ADA)
  6. THE SHIVERETTES*   Dead Men Can't Cat Call (Transistor 66)
  7. PISSED JEANS   Why Love Now (Sub Pop)
  8. SIX FEET UNDER   Torment (Metal Blade)
  9. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT*   Transcendence (InsideOut)
  10. POWER TRIP   Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  2. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)
  3. AMELIA CURRAN*   Watershed (Six Shooter)
  4. BEYRIES*   Landing (Bonsound)
  5. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)
  6. JENN GRANT*   Paradise (Outside Music)
  7. CONOR OBERST   Salutations (Nonesuch)
  8. ELLIOTT SMITH   Either/Or (expanded edition) (Kill Rock Stars)
  9. RON LEARY   Tobacco Fields (Bootbrush Music)
  10. JOE GRASS*   The Rest Will Disappear (Second Best Records)