TOP 30

  1. INNES WILSON*   Northumberland Slums (Out Of Sound)
  2. VICTIME*   La Femme Taupe (Michel Records)
  3. VERSA*   VERSA (Self-Released)
  4. SOFTSIDE*   Luxury Lounge (Self-Released)
  5. NAP EYES*   I'm Bad Now (You've Changed)
  6. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  7. OUGHT*   Room Inside the World (Royal Mountain)
  8. MUTT*   Power-Up (Self-Released)
  9. MARC RIBOT'S CERAMIC DOG   YRU Still Here (Northern Spy)
  10. PRIME JUNK*   Ladybird (Sleepwalk Tapes)
  11. U.S. GIRLS*   In A Poem Unlimited (Royal Mountain)
  12. YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN*   Dirt (Paper Bag)
  13. TOUGH AGE*   Shame (Mint)
  14. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  15. FRIGS*   Basic Behaviour (Arts & Crafts)
  16. SHRED KELLY*   Archipelago (DevilDuck)
  17. PREOCCUPATIONS*   New Material (Flemish Eye)
  18. BEYOND THE PALE*   Ruckus (Borealis)
  19. CADENCE WEAPON*   Cadence Weapon (eOne Music (E1))
  20. THE BREEDERS   All Nerve (4AD)
  21. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  22. YO LA TENGO   There's a Riot Going On (Matador)
  23. RHYE*   Blood (Last Gang)
  24. BAHAMAS*   Earthtones (Barchords)
  25. MELISSA LAVEAUX*   Radyo Siwel (No Format! Records)
  26. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS   Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
  27. GUIDED BY VOICES   Spacegun (Guided By Voices, Inc. (GBV))
  28. SHANNON AND THE CLAMS   Onion (Easy Eye Sound)
  29. YOUNG FATHERS   Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)
  30. LIZA ANNE   Fine But Dying (Arts & Crafts)

Electronic

  1. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  2. JONATHAN KAWCHUK*   North (Paper Bag)
  3. BAD DYLAN*   Pogogo (Pantoum)
  4. NILS FRAHM   All Melody (Erased Tapes)
  5. ESSAIE PAS*   New Path (DFA)
  6. ISKW√Č*   The Fight Within (Self-Released)
  7. UNA   Noise of the Wing: An Apology for Annoyance (Cool Jewel)
  8. CUT CHEMIST   Die Cut (A Stable Sound)
  9. SMILESWITHTEETH*   Suddenly Constantly (Self-Released)
  10. SUPERORGANISM   Superorganism (Domino)

Hip Hop

  1. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  2. CADENCE WEAPON*   Cadence Weapon (eOne Music (E1))
  3. FRACTION & FINSTA*   Thoughtwork (Self-Released)
  4. EVIDENCE   Weather Or Not (Rhymesayers)
  5. DESSA   Chime (Doomtree)
  6. GRAND ANALOG*   Survival EP (Grand Analog Music)
  7. REJJIE SNOW   Dear Annie (300 Entertainment)
  8. JOE ROCCA*   French Kiss (Make it Rain Records)
  9. TOUCH*   Journey To The West (Hand'Solo)
  10. CHESSCLUB*   These Flowers Are For You (Urbnet)

International

  1. BEYOND THE PALE*   Ruckus (Borealis)
  2. MELISSA LAVEAUX*   Radyo Siwel (No Format! Records)
  3. BOOGAT*   San Cristobal Baille Inn (Maisonnette)
  4. BELLEGARDE*   Anba Tonel (Self-Released)
  5. MINOR EMPIRE*   Uprooted (Self-Released)
  6. VARIOUS   Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs From World War II (Six Degrees)
  7. IMARHAN   Temet (City Slang)
  8. BEAUTIFUL NUBIA AND THE ROOTS RENAISSANCE BAND*   Amunudun (Eniobanke)
  9. BRENDA NAVARRETE   Mi Mundo (Alma)
  10. FREDDIE MCGREGOR   Bobby Babylon: Deluxe Edition (Studio One)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. MARC RIBOT'S CERAMIC DOG   YRU Still Here (Northern Spy)
  2. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  3. PERIPHERAL VISION*   More Songs About Error And Shame (Self-Released)
  4. MAKAYA MCCRAVEN   Highly Rare (International Anthem)
  5. JEAN DEROME*   Resistances (Ambiances Magnetiques)
  6. SICK BOSS*   Sick Boss (Drip Audio)
  7. JOSHUA GEROWITZ   Solano Canyon (PF Mentum)
  8. JOHN MCCOWEN   Solo Contra (International Anthem)
  9. JOSEPH SHABASON*   Aytche (Western Vinyl)
  10. MATT MITCHELL   A Pouting Grimace (Pi)

Loud

  1. VICTIME*   La Femme Taupe (Michel Records)
  2. PRIME JUNK*   Ladybird (Sleepwalk Tapes)
  3. YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN*   Dirt (Paper Bag)
  4. NECK OF THE WOODS*   The Passenger (Basick Records)
  5. SHOPPING   The Official Body (FatCat Records)
  6. HOT SNAKES   Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop)
  7. MACHINE HEAD   Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
  8. MEAN JEANS   Jingles Collection (Fat Wreck Chords)
  9. BECOMES ASTRAL*   Paleblood Sky (Self-Released)
  10. CANNIBAL CORPSE   Red Before Black (Metal Blade)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. INNES WILSON*   Northumberland Slums (Out Of Sound)
  2. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  3. SHRED KELLY*   Archipelago (DevilDuck)
  4. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  5. SUZIE VINNICK*   Shake The Love Around (Self-Released)
  6. LUKA*   What Kind of Animal (Self-Released)
  7. BARBARA DANE   60 Years of Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs (Smithsonian Folkways)
  8. ROBI BOTOS*   Old Soul (A440)
  9. SUE FOLEY*   The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  10. BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE*   Medicine Songs (True North)