TOP 30

  1. WHOOP-SZO*   Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio (Out Of Sound)
  2. SAMPHA   Process (Young Turks)
  3. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  4. AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE*   Pas Pire Pop (I Love You So Much) (Constellation)
  5. THE COSMIC RANGE*   New Latitudes (Idee Fixe)
  6. JONS*   At Work On Several Things (Self-Released)
  7. SYRINX*   Tumblers From The Vault (RVNG Intl.)
  8. LEONARD COHEN*   You Want It Darker (Sony)
  9. KID KOALA FEAT. EMILIANA TORRINI*   Music To Draw To: Satellite (Arts & Crafts)
  10. BONOBO   Migration (Ninja Tune)
  11. HOMESHAKE*   Fresh Air (Sinderlyn Records)
  12. THE WESTERLIES   The Westerlies (Songlines)
  13. THE XX   I See You (Young Turks)
  14. L CON*   Moon Milk (Self-Released)
  15. FLEECE*   Voyager (Fleece Music)
  16. SEE THROUGH TWO*   Slow Bend (All-Set!)
  17. FLO MORRISSEY & MATTHEW E. WHITE   Gentlewoman, Ruby Man (Glassnote)
  18. OFF WORLD*   1 (Constellation)
  19. ELEPHANT STONE*   Ship Of Fools (Burger)
  20. DIANA*   Familiar Touch (Culvert)
  21. THE LUYAS*   Human Voicing (Paper Bag)
  22. CLOUD NOTHINGS   Life Without Sound (Carpark)
  23. DAMIEN JURADO AND RICHARD SWIFT   Other People's Songs Vol. 1 (Secretly Canadian)
  24. CENTURY PALM*   Meet You (Deranged)
  25. HEAT*   Overnight (The Hand)
  26. LIDO PIMIENTA*   La Papessa (Self-Released)
  27. WALRUS*   Goodbye Something (Madic Records)
  28. LOUISE BURNS*   Young Mopes (Light Organ)
  29. TY SEGALL   Ty Segall (Drag City)
  30. FUTURE PEERS*   Future Peers (Self-Released)

Electronic

  1. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  2. KID KOALA FEAT. EMILIANA TORRINI*   Music To Draw To: Satellite (Arts & Crafts)
  3. BONOBO   Migration (Ninja Tune)
  4. OFF WORLD*   1 (Constellation)
  5. OHAMA*   Grrlz Monosynth Tower (Self-Released)
  6. VALISKA*   Healer (Bow Bottom Records)
  7. DELICATE STEVE   This Is Steve (Anti-)
  8. JUSTICE   Woman (Ed Banger)
  9. CLAP! CLAP!   A Thousand Skies (Black Acre)
  10. TITANIUM TUNNELS*   The Blackhole In A Star And The Alien Asleep In The Sun... (Positronic)

Hip Hop

  1. COLDCUT   Only Heaven EP (Ahead Of Our Time)
  2. ELAQUENT*   Worst Case Scenario (Urbnet)
  3. RUN THE JEWELS   Run The Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  4. CHANCE THE RAPPER   Coloring Book (Self-Released)
  5. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST   We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
  6. DJ QUIK & PROBLEM   Rosecrans EP (Diamond Lane)
  7. NILLA*   Valkyrie (Droppin' Science)
  8. CANON   Loose Canon Vol. 3 (Reflection Music Group)
  9. HEAVY MOUNTAIN*   Heavy Mountain (Bart)
  10. TASHA THE AMAZON*   Die Everyday (The Truth Music Group)

International

  1. LIDO PIMIENTA*   La Papessa (Self-Released)
  2. DAYMÉ AROCENA   Cubafonia (Brownswood Recordings)
  3. LAKUTA   So Sue Us (Tru Thoughts)
  4. VANDANA VISHWAS*   Parallels (Self-Released)
  5. ON FILLMORE   Happiness of Living (Northern Spy)
  6. BAAST   Bazaar (Ubiquity Records)
  7. JONATHAN VOYER & SHAWN MATIVETSKY*   Raga Charukeshi (Samskara)
  8. BALKAN BEAT BOX   Shout It Out (Self-Released)
  9. THE GYPSY CUBAN PROJECT   Havana Night Sessions (Universal)
  10. SAMSON'S DELILAH*   Unfinished Humans (Self-Released)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. SYRINX*   Tumblers From The Vault (RVNG Intl.)
  2. THE WESTERLIES   The Westerlies (Songlines)
  3. SEE THROUGH TWO*   Slow Bend (All-Set!)
  4. ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO   Life (AUM Fidelity)
  5. STEVE KIRBY OCEANIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA*   All Over The Map (Head In The Sand)
  6. NICK FRASER QUARTET*   Starer (Self-Released)
  7. JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE   Moving Still (Pi)
  8. AUROCHS*   Another Helpful Medicine (All-Set!)
  9. KIRK MACDONALD JAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Common Ground (Addo)
  10. DAVID S. WARE AND MATTHEW SHIPP   Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelity)

Loud

  1. WHOOP-SZO*   Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio (Out Of Sound)
  2. WOVENWAR   Honor Is Dead (Metal Blade)
  3. PROTEST THE HERO*   Pacific Myth (Self-Released)
  4. THE EVAPORATORS*   Ogopogo Punk (Mint)
  5. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT*   Transcendence (InsideOut)
  6. VARIOUS*   Killed By Meth: Rust Belt Rockers (It's Trash)
  7. ASEETHE   Hopes of Failure (Thrill Jockey)
  8. STRIKER*   Striker (Record Breaking Records)
  9. HARD CHARGER*   Bad Omens (No List)
  10. BRUTAL YOUTH*   Sanguine (Stomp)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. DAVID VEST*   Devestatin' Rhythm (Ark-O-Matic)
  2. WHITNEY ROSE*   South Texas Suite (Six Shooter)
  3. JOEL PLASKETT & BILL PLASKETT*   Solidarity (Pheromone)
  4. HANNAH SHIRA NAIMAN*   Know The Mountain (Merriweather)
  5. RANT MAGGIE RANT*   Latitude (Self-Released)
  6. CHRIS GOSTLING   Blood, Breath, and Tempo (Self-Released)
  7. NEIL YOUNG*   Peace Trail (Reprise)
  8. HARROW FAIR*   Call to Arms (Roaring Girl)
  9. DAN EDMONDS*   Ladies on the Corner (Missed Connection)
  10. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)