TOP 30

  1. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  2. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  3. IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE   Uyai (Merge)
  4. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)
  5. SALTLAND*   A Common Truth (Constellation)
  6. DIRTY PROJECTORS   Dirty Projectors (Domino)
  7. ANNA WIEBE*   New Behaviour (Self-Released)
  8. ON FILLMORE   Happiness of Living (Northern Spy)
  9. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  10. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  11. TIM DARCY*   Saturday Night (Self-Released)
  12. LENKKODEK (ECCODEK + LENKA LICHTENBERG)*   Open My Ears (Big Mind)
  13. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)
  14. EMILY MIKHAELA & IAN BAIN*   Reckless Sentimentalist (Self-Released)
  15. HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF   The Navigator (ATO)
  16. ALEJANDRA RIBERA*   This Island (Pheromone)
  17. GREGORY PEPPER AND HIS PROBLEMS*   Black Metal Demo Tape (Fake Four Inc.)
  18. THE LUYAS*   Human Voicing (Paper Bag)
  19. WHOOP-SZO*   Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio (Out Of Sound)
  20. BEYRIES*   Landing (Bonsound)
  21. HOMESHAKE*   Fresh Air (Royal Mountain)
  22. SHED*   Worst Case Scenario (Hailstone)
  23. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE   The Painters EP (Paw Tracks)
  24. SINKANE   Life and Livin' It (City Slang)
  25. TY SEGALL   Ty Segall (Drag City)
  26. KARRIEM RIGGINS   Headnod Suite (Stones Throw)
  27. SHHH*   Be Quite! (Self-Released)
  28. PETER SILBERMAN   Impermanence (Anti-)
  29. SHEER MAG   Compilation (Wilsuns RC)
  30. SOFTSIDE*   Lower Hands (Self-Released)

Electronic

  1. AUSTRA*   Future Politics (Pink Fizz)
  2. SHED*   Worst Case Scenario (Hailstone)
  3. PICK A PIPER*   Distance (Tin Angel)
  4. OHAMA*   Grrlz Monosynth Tower (Self-Released)
  5. DELIA DERBYSHIRE APPRECIATION SOCIETY   Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (Six Degrees)
  6. KNAUTIC*   Asaka (East Van Digital)
  7. VARIOUS   Disquiet Vol. 1 (Unseen Music)
  8. BONOBO   Migration (Ninja Tune)
  9. S.Y.R.E.N.   Love 1000 Faces (Buttons Touching)
  10. CLAP! CLAP!   A Thousand Skies (Black Acre)

Hip Hop

  1. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  2. KARRIEM RIGGINS   Headnod Suite (Stones Throw)
  3. NILLA*   Valkyrie (Droppin' Science)
  4. KIRK KNIGHT   Black Noise (Pro Era)
  5. CHANCE THE RAPPER   Coloring Book (Self-Released)
  6. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST   We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
  7. RUN THE JEWELS   Run The Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  8. ELAQUENT*   Worst Case Scenario (Urbnet)
  9. A7PHA   A7PHA (Anticon)
  10. A$AP MOB   Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 Friends (RCA)

International

  1. IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE   Uyai (Merge)
  2. LENKKODEK (ECCODEK + LENKA LICHTENBERG)*   Open My Ears (Big Mind)
  3. SINKANE   Life and Livin' It (City Slang)
  4. LIDO PIMIENTA*   La Papessa (Self-Released)
  5. TINARIWEN   Elwan (Wedge)
  6. THIEVERY CORPORATION   The Temple Of I & I (ESL/Eighteenth Street Lounge)
  7. DAYMÉ AROCENA   Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  8. KOBO TOWN*   Where The Galleon Sank (Stonetree)
  9. NEW KINGSTON   Kingston Fyah (Easy Star)
  10. THE NILE PROJECT   Jinja (Self-Released)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. ON FILLMORE   Happiness of Living (Northern Spy)
  2. THUNDERCAT   Drunk (Brainfeeder)
  3. UGLY BEAUTIES*   Strange Attractors (Self-Released)
  4. RAPHAEL NOVARINA   Sequence (Self-Released)
  5. JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE   Moving Still (Pi)
  6. ANDRE LACHANCE*   The Orange Challenge (Self-Released)
  7. CHICAGO/LONDON UNDERGROUND   A Night Walking Through Mirrors (Cuneiform)
  8. KALI Z. FASTEAU AND KIDD JORDAN   Intuit (Flying Note)
  9. MIKE SMITH COMPANY   Famous Wildlife Movies (All-Set!)
  10. QUENTIN TOLIMIERI   Piano (PfMentum)

Loud

  1. GREGORY PEPPER AND HIS PROBLEMS*   Black Metal Demo Tape (Fake Four Inc.)
  2. WHOOP-SZO*   Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio (Out Of Sound)
  3. PROTEST THE HERO*   Pacific Myth (Self-Released)
  4. CASPER SKULLS*   Lips & Skull EP (Buzz Records)
  5. PALBERTA   Bye Bye Berta (Wharf Cat)
  6. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM   Flotsam & Jetsam (AFM)
  7. STRIKER*   Striker (Record Breaking Records)
  8. STEVE ADAMYK BAND*   Graceland (Dirt Nap Records)
  9. DREAM WHIP*   Dream Whip (Self-Released)
  10. ASEETHE   Hopes of Failure (Thrill Jockey)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. RICHARD LAVIOLETTE*   Taking The Long Way Home (You've Changed)
  2. ROSE COUSINS*   Natural Conclusion (Outside Music)
  3. THE SADIES*   Northern Passages (Dine Alone)
  4. EMILY MIKHAELA & IAN BAIN*   Reckless Sentimentalist (Self-Released)
  5. ALEJANDRA RIBERA*   This Island (Pheromone)
  6. BEYRIES*   Landing (Bonsound)
  7. LEIF VOLLEBEKK*   Twin Solitude (Outside Music)
  8. LEE PALMER*   Bridge (On The Fly)
  9. HARROW FAIR*   Call to Arms (Roaring Girl)
  10. BLUE RODEO   1000 Arms (Warner (WEA))