TOP 30

  1. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  2. U.S. GIRLS*   In A Poem Unlimited (Royal Mountain)
  3. YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN*   Dirt (Paper Bag)
  4. NAP EYES*   I'm Bad Now (You've Changed)
  5. FAITH HEALER*   Try ;-) (Mint)
  6. CADENCE WEAPON*   Cadence Weapon (eOne Music (E1))
  7. VERSA*   VERSA (Self-Released)
  8. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  9. RHYE*   Blood (Last Gang)
  10. SOFTSIDE*   Luxury Lounge (Self-Released)
  11. LUKA*   What Kind of Animal (Self-Released)
  12. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  13. YOUNG FATHERS   Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)
  14. INNES WILSON*   Northumberland Slums (Out Of Sound)
  15. THE FUGITIVES*   The Promise of Strangers (Borealis)
  16. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  17. SUZIE VINNICK   Share the Love Around (Self-Released)
  18. BRAD DE ROO*   Brad de Roo's Chimeras of Decline (Self-Released)
  19. VICTIME*   La Femme Taupe (Michel Records)
  20. ERIC CHENAUX*   Slowly Paradise (Constellation)
  21. FRIGS*   Basic Behaviour (Arts & Crafts)
  22. PONCTUATION*   Mon Herbier Du Monde (Blow The Fuse)
  23. CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON*   Stone Woman (Self-Released)
  24. SUE FOLEY*   The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  25. SCREAMING FEMALES   All At Once (Don Giovanni)
  26. MELISSA LAVEAUX*   Radyo Siwel (No Format! Records)
  27. THE AVULSIONS*   Expanding Program (Flemish Eye)
  28. HOT SNAKES   Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop)
  29. SUUNS*   Felt (Secret City)
  30. OUGHT*  Room Inside the World (Royal Mountain)

Electronic

  1. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  2. NILS FRAHM   All Melody (Erased Tapes)
  3. BAD DYLAN*   Pogogo (Pantoum)
  4. JASON SHARP*   Stand Above The Streams (Constellation)
  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. MOBY   Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt (Mute)
  9. JONATHAN KAWCHUK*   North (Paper Bag)
  10. KEYS N KRATES*   Cura (Dim Mak)

Hip Hop

  1. CADENCE WEAPON*   Cadence Weapon (eOne Music (E1))
  2. ELAQUENT*   Celebrate Life! (Urbnet)
  3. FRACTION & FINSTA*   Thoughtwork (Self-Released)
  4. GRAND ANALOG*   Survival EP (Grand Analog Music)
  5. EVIDENCE   Weather Or Not (Rhymesayers)
  6. MOKA ONLY*   Concert For One (Urbnet)
  7. MAESTRO FRESH WES*   Coach Fresh (Fontana North)
  8. JOE ROCCA*   French Kiss (Make it Rain Records)
  9. DESSA   Chime (Doomtree)
  10. BLACK MILK   FEVER (Mass Appeal)

International

  1. AMADOU AND MARIAM   La Confusion (Because Music)
  2. MELISSA LAVEAUX*   Radyo Siwel (No Format! Records)
  3. BELLEGARDE*   Anba Tonel (Self-Released)
  4. SONIDO GALLO NEGRO   Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  5. IMARHAN   Temet (City Slang)
  6. BRENDA NAVARRETE   Mi Mundo (Alma)
  7. FREDDIE MCGREGOR   Bobby Babylon: Deluxe Edition (Studio One)
  8. VARIOUS   Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs From World War II (Six Degrees)
  9. JUSTIN GRAY & SYNTHESIS*   New Horizons (Self-Released)
  10. FEMI KUTI   One People One World (Knitting Factory)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. GORDON GRDINA QUARTET*   Inroads (Songlines)
  2. PERIPHERAL VISION*   More Songs About Error And Shame (Self-Released)
  3. MARC RIBOT'S CERAMIC DOG   YRU Still Here (Northern Spy)
  4. CHRISTOF MIGONE*   Greatest Hits (SQUINT.PRESS)
  5. NORBERT STEIN & PATA MESSENGERS   We Are (Pata)
  6. JOHN MCCOWEN   Solo Contra (International Anthem)
  7. BC DOUBLE QUARTET*   Departure (Cellar Live)
  8. SHAREL CASSITY & ELEKTRA   Evolve (Relsha Music)
  9. JOSHUA GEROWITZ   Solano Canyon (PF Mentum)
  10. LIVING FOSSIL*   Never Die! (Self-Released)

Loud

  1. YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN*   Dirt (Paper Bag)
  2. VICTIME*   La Femme Taupe (Michel Records)
  3. HOT SNAKES   Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop)
  4. NECK OF THE WOODS*   The Passenger (Basick Records)
  5. VANTABLACK WARSHIP*   Abrasive Pulmonic Speak (Self-Released)
  6. BECOMES ASTRAL*   Paleblood Sky (Self-Released)
  7. WARCALL*   Invaders (Plan B)
  8. CARDINALS PRIDE*   The Quiet Erosion (New Damage)
  9. GET THE SHOT*   Infinite Punishment (New Damage)
  10. MIESHA & THE SPANKS*   Girls Girls Girls (Saved By Vinyl)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  2. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  3. LUKA*   What Kind of Animal (Self-Released)
  4. INNES WILSON*   Northumberland Slums (Out Of Sound)
  5. THE FUGITIVES*   The Promise of Strangers (Borealis)
  6. SUZIE VINNICK   Share the Love Around (Self-Released)
  7. SUE FOLEY*   The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  8. ANNA AND ELIZABETH   The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian Folkways)
  9. NICK MOSS BAND   The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)
  10. THE LYNNES*   Heartbreak Song for the Radio (Self-Released)