TOP 30

  1. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  2. LUKA*   What Kind of Animal (Self-Released)
  3. ASHLEY CONDON*   Can You Hear Me (Self-Released)
  4. BORN RUFFIANS*   Uncle, Duke & The Chief (Paper Bag)
  5. BREEZE*   Record (Hand Drawn Dracula)
  6. ELAN NOON*   Have A Spirit Filled (Self-Released)
  7. MUTT*   Power-Up (Self-Released)
  8. ERIC CHENAUX*   Slowly Paradise (Constellation)
  9. KHRUANGBIN   Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans)
  10. BRAD DE ROO*   Brad de Roo's Chimeras of Decline (Self-Released)
  11. LIVING FOSSIL*   Never Die! (Self-Released)
  12. PREETAM SENGUPTA*   Patience (Self-Released)
  13. GRAND ANALOG*   Survival EP (Grand Analog Music)
  14. DELTA BLIP*   Delta Blip (Out Of Sound)
  15. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  16. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD   Gumboot Soup (Flightless)
  17. PARTNER*   In Search Of Lost Time (You've Changed)
  18. EFRIM MANUEL MENUCK*   Pissing Stars (Constellation)
  19. FEVER RAY   Plunge (Mute)
  20. NILS FRAHM   All Melody (Erased Tapes)
  21. MAYLEE TODD*   Acts of Love (Do Right! Music)
  22. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  23. EVIDENCE   Weather Or Not (Rhymesayers)
  24. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS   Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
  25. BLOOM FILTER*   Bloom Filter EP (Self-Released)
  26. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  27. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS   I Like Fun (Idlewild)
  28. AMBRE MCLEAN*   My Heart (Northwood Records)
  29. PIERRE KWENDERS*   MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time (Bonsound)
  30. JONATHAN KAWCHUK*   North (Paper Bag)

Electronic

  1. FEVER RAY   Plunge (Mute)
  2. MAYLEE TODD*   Acts of Love (Do Right! Music)
  3. JONATHAN KAWCHUK*   North (Paper Bag)
  4. SMILESWITHTEETH*   Suddenly Constantly (Self-Released)
  5. VALISKA*   On Pause (Trouble In Utopia)
  6. NABIHAH IQBAL   Weighing Of The Heart (Ninja Tune)
  7. NIGHTMARES ON WAX   Shape The Future (Warp)
  8. BAD DYLAN*   Pogogo (Pantoum)
  9. PETIT BISCUIT   Presence (Frontside Group)
  10. BLUE HAWAII*   Tenderness (Arbutus)

Hip Hop

  1. GRAND ANALOG*   Survival EP (Grand Analog Music)
  2. EVIDENCE   Weather Or Not (Rhymesayers)
  3. ABHI THE NOMAD*   Marbled (Tommy Boy)
  4. TOUCH*   Journey To The West (Hand'Solo)
  5. SAMPA THE GREAT   Birds And The Bee9 (Big Dada)
  6. DJ BRACE*   Apatheia (Nostomania)
  7. SWAMP THING & GHETTOSOCKS*   The Octagon (Droppin' Science)
  8. SUM-01*   2 Dolla Holla 2.0 (Self-Released)
  9. MOKA ONLY*   Concert For One (Urbnet)
  10. JOE ROCCA*   French Kiss (Make it Rain Records)

International

  1. PIERRE KWENDERS*   MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time (Bonsound)
  2. SO LONG SEVEN*   Kala Kalo (Self-Released)
  3. BRENDA NAVARRETE   Mi Mundo (Universal)
  4. THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Under Burning Skies (Do Right! Music)
  5. SLY & ROBBIE MEET DUBMATIX*   Overdubbed (Echo Beach)
  6. JUSTIN GRAY & SYNTHESIS*   New Horizons (Self-Released)
  7. BENJI KAPLAN   Chorando Sete Cores (Self-Released)
  8. AMADOU AND MARIAM   La Confusion (Because Music)
  9. BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE   Terry Riley in C (Northern Spy)
  10. MINOR EMPIRE*   Uprooted (Self-Released)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. LIVING FOSSIL*   Never Die! (Self-Released)
  2. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  3. MAKAYA MCCRAVEN   Highly Rare (International Anthem)
  4. NORBERT STEIN & PATA MESSENGERS   We Are (Pata)
  5. RYAN DRIVER*   Careless Thoughts (Tin Angel)
  6. DR. LONNIE SMITH   All in My Mind (Blue Note)
  7. MATT MITCHELL   A Pouting Grimace (Pi)
  8. BC DOUBLE QUARTET*   Departure (Cellar Live)
  9. ALEX PANGMAN*   Alex Pangman's Hot Three! (Justin Time)
  10. VARIOUS*   Musicworks #129 (MusicWorks Magazine)

Loud

  1. BLOOM FILTER*   Bloom Filter EP (Self-Released)
  2. METZ*   Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)
  3. LOOPING*   When No One's There (Self-Released)
  4. FLAT WORMS   Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  5. CARDINALS PRIDE*   The Quiet Erosion (New Damage)
  6. THE BODY & FULL OF HELL   Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)
  7. CONVERGE   The Dusk In Us (Epitaph)
  8. MIESHA & THE SPANKS*   Girls Girls Girls (Saved By Vinyl)
  9. WHIMM*   A Stare Ajar (Pleasance)
  10. PALBERTA/NOATS   Chips for Dinner (Wharf Cat)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  2. LUKA*   What Kind of Animal (Self-Released)
  3. ASHLEY CONDON*   Can You Hear Me (Self-Released)
  4. PREETAM SENGUPTA*   Patience (Self-Released)
  5. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  6. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  7. AMBRE MCLEAN*   My Heart (Northwood Records)
  8. JIMMY ZEE BAND*   What You See is What You Get (Self-Released)
  9. JOHN LEE HOOKER   King of the Boogie (Craft Recordings)
  10. BILLY STRINGS  Turmoil & Tinfoil (Apostol Recording Co.)