TOP 30

  1. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  2. EFFRIM MENUCK*   Pissing Stars (Constellation)
  3. BORN RUFFIANS*   Uncle, Duke & The Chief (Paper Bag)
  4. CASPER SKULLS*   Mercy Works (Buzz Records)
  5. FAITH HEALER*   Try ;-) (Mint)
  6. MAUNO*   Tuning (Idee Fixe)
  7. PARTNER*   In Search Of Lost Time (You've Changed)
  8. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS   Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
  9. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD   Gumboot Soup (Flightless)
  10. PREETAM SENGUPTA*   Patience (Self-Released)
  11. VARIOUS*   Musicworks #129 (MusicWorks Magazine)
  12. GORD DOWNIE*   Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)
  13. MUTT*   Power-Up (Self-Released)
  14. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  15. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  16. ELAN NOON*   Have A Spirit Filled (Self-Released)
  17. DARLENE SHRUGG*   Darlene Shrugg (Upset The Rhythm)
  18. ESMERINE*   Mechanics of Dominion (Constellation)
  19. AUTORICKSHAW*   Meter (Tala-Wallah)
  20. DANIEL CAESAR*   Freudian (Self-Released)
  21. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  22. NOSTALGIA 77   Fifteen (Tru Thoughts)
  23. VARIOUS*   Pentagon Black Compilation Vol. 3 (Pentagon Black)
  24. THE BARR BROTHERS*   Queens of the Breakers (Secret City)
  25. GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR*   Luciferian Towers (Constellation)
  26. NABIHAH IQBAL   Weighing Of The Heart (Ninja Tune)
  27. TOM ROGERSON WITH BRIAN ENO   Finding Shore (Dead Oceans)
  28. TYPHOON   Offerings (Roll Call Records)
  29. MAVIS STAPLES   If All I Was Was Black (Anti-)
  30. BJORK   Utopia (One Little Indian)

Electronic

  1. NABIHAH IQBAL   Weighing Of The Heart (Ninja Tune)
  2. OFF WORLD*   2 (Constellation)
  3. JONATHAN KAWCHUK*   North (paperbag)
  4. SMILESWITHTEETH*   Suddenly Constantly (Self-Released)
  5. RICHARD HOROWITZ   Eros In Arabia (Freedom To Spend)
  6. FEVER RAY   Plunge (Mute)
  7. PETIT BISCUIT   Presence (Frontside Group)
  8. MICH COTA*   Kija/Care (Egg Paper Factory)
  9. BITCHIN BAJAS   Bajas Fresh (Drag City)
  10. STEGOSARAHS*   Simple Subtraction (Self-Released)

Hip Hop

  1. SAMPA THE GREAT   Birds And The Bee9 (Big Dada)
  2. DJ BRACE*   Apatheia (Nostomania)
  3. COOLZEY & FRESH KILS*   Kilzey (Public School Recordings)
  4. TOUCH*   Journey To The West (Hand'Solo)
  5. MALCOLM-JAY*   The Enemy Within (Self-Released)
  6. SWAMP THING & GHETTOSOCKS*   The Octagon (Droppin' Science)
  7. OPEN MIKE EAGLE   Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group)
  8. SLY5THAVE   The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre (Tru Thoughts)
  9. MASTA KILLA   Loyalty Is Royalty (Nature Sounds)
  10. SUM-01*   2 Dolla Holla 2.0 (Self-Released)

International

  1. AUTORICKSHAW*   Meter (Tala-Wallah)
  2. BRENDA NAVARRETE   Mi Mundo (Universal)
  3. BEYOND THE PALE*   Ruckus (Borealis)
  4. SLY & ROBBIE MEET DUBMATIX*   Overdubbed (Echo Beach)
  5. CALIBRO 35   DECADE (Record Kicks)
  6. MINOR EMPIRE*   Uprooted (Self-Released)
  7. OUROBOROS*   Kitchuses (Self-Released)
  8. THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Under Burning Skies (Do Right! Music)
  9. AMADOU AND MARIAM   La Confusion (Because Music)
  10. SO LONG SEVEN*   Kala Kalo (Self-Released)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. VARIOUS*   Musicworks #129 (MusicWorks Magazine)
  2. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  3. NOSTALGIA 77   Fifteen (Tru Thoughts)
  4. DR. LONNIE SMITH   All in My Mind (Blue Note)
  5. RYAN DRIVER*   Careless Thoughts (Tin Angel)
  6. BC DOUBLE QUARTET*   Departure (Cellar Live)
  7. MAKAYA MCCRAVEN   Highly Rare (International Anthem)
  8. NORBERT STEIN & PATA MESSENGERS   We Are (Pata)
  9. KHAN JAMAL CREATIVE ARTS ENSEMBLE   Drum Dance to the Motherland (reissue) (Eremite)
  10. RAOUL BJORKENHEIM & ECSTASY   Doors of Perception (Drag City)

Loud

  1. VARIOUS*   Pentagon Black Compilation Vol. 3 (Pentagon Black)
  2. CANNIBAL CORPSE   Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
  3. FLAT WORMS   Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  4. INCANTATION   Profane Nexus (Relapse)
  5. PRIME JUNK*   Ladybird (Sleepwalk Tapes)
  6. BULLY   Losing (Sub Pop)
  7. LOOPING*   When No One's There (Self-Released)
  8. METZ*   Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)
  9. CONVERGE   The Dusk In Us (Epitaph)
  10. UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS   Vol 1 (Rise Above)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  2. PREETAM SENGUPTA*   Patience (Self-Released)
  3. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  4. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  5. R.L. BOYCE   Roll and Tumble (Waxploitation)
  6. STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS   The Long-Awaited Album (Rounder)
  7. ANDRE ETHIER*   Under Grape Leaves (Telephone Explosion)
  8. BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA   Almost Home (BBOA / Amazon)
  9. ONION HONEY*   Raisin' Heck (Self-Released)
  10. THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA*   Across the Dark (Pheromone)