TOP 30

  1. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  2. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  3. WHIMM*   A Stare Ajar (Pleasance)
  4. RYAN DRIVER*   Careless Thoughts (Tin Angel)
  5. JULIE & THE WRONG GUYS*   Julie & The Wrong Guys (Dine Alone)
  6. THE WAR ON DRUGS   A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic Recording Corporation)
  7. JOSEPH SHABASON*   Aytche (Western Vinyl)
  8. TIMBER TIMBRE*   Sincerely, Future Pollution (Arts & Crafts)
  9. TOUGH AGE*   Shame (Mint)
  10. ALVVAYS*   Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
  11. MAUNO*   Tuning (Idee Fixe)
  12. ESMERINE   Mechanics of Dominion (Constellation)
  13. VALISKA*   On Pause (Trouble In Utopia)
  14. WEAVES*   Wide Open (Buzz Records)
  15. THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE*   The Wild (Paper Bag Records)
  16. GORD DOWNIE*   Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)
  17. CASPER SKULLS*   Mercy Works (Buzz Records)
  18. CAMILLE   Oui (Because Music)
  19. DESTROYER*   ken (Merge)
  20. NAI PALM   Needle Paw (Sony Masterworks)
  21. FAITH HEALER*   Try ;-) (Mint)
  22. KLLO   Backwater (Ghostly International)
  23. LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA*   If I Had the Strength (Self-Released)
  24. THE FRIGHTNRS   More To Say Versions (Daptone)
  25. MARKER STARLING*   Anchors and Ampersands (Tin Angel)
  26. NICK FERRIO*   Soothsayer (Self-Released)
  27. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS   Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
  28. TERRA LIGHTFOOT*   New Mistakes (Sonic Unyon)
  29. CHAD VANGAALEN*   Light Information (Flemish Eye)
  30. BECK   Colors (Fonograph)

Electronic

  1. VALISKA*   On Pause (Trouble In Utopia)
  2. KLLO   Backwater (Ghostly International)
  3. OFF WORLD*   2 (Constellation)
  4. RESPECTFULCHILD*   Searching (Coax)
  5. NOSAJ THING   Parallels (Innovative Leisure)
  6. COLLEEN   A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
  7. SHIGETO   The New Monday (Ghostly International)
  8. BLUE HAWAII*   Tenderness (Arbutus)
  9. JON HASSELL   Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two (reissue) (tak:til)
  10. BIBIO   Phantom Brickworks (Warp)

Hip Hop

  1. KAZUMI KANEDA   Hard Light (Inner Ocean)
  2. JAMILA WOODS   HEAVN (Jagjaguwar)
  3. RAPSODY   Laila's Wisdom (Roc Nation)
  4. SLY5THAVE   The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute To Dr. Dre (Tru Thoughts)
  5. MOKA ONLY*   Concert For One (Urbnet)
  6. DAN-E-O*   Dear Hip Hop: 20 Years Later (Urbnet)
  7. OPEN MIKE EAGLE   Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group)
  8. SMOKE DZA & PETE ROCK   Don't Smoke Rock (Babygrande)
  9. MASTA KILLA   Loyalty Is Royalty (Nature Sounds)
  10. ILLISM   Love and Loyalty (Self-Released)

International

  1. LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA*   If I Had the Strength (Self-Released)
  2. THE FRIGHTNRS   More To Say Versions (Daptone)
  3. MINOR EMPIRE*   Uprooted (Self-Released)
  4. BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE   Terry Riley in C (Northern Spy)
  5. QUADRO NUEVO WITH CAIRO STEPS   Flying Carpet (Justin Time)
  6. JON HASSELL   Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two (reissue) (tak:til)
  7. BEYOND THE PALE*   Ruckus (Borealis)
  8. AUTORICKSHAW*   Meter (Tala-Wallah)
  9. ASIKO AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE*   Winners Never Quit (Self-Released)
  10. THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA*   Under Burning Skies (Do Right! Music)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. RYAN DRIVER*   Careless Thoughts (Tin Angel)
  2. JOSEPH SHABASON*   Aytche (Western Vinyl)
  3. NAI PALM   Needle Paw (Sony Masterworks)
  4. ERNESTO CERVINI TURBOPROP*   REV (Anzic Records)
  5. SOREN NISSEN*   Departures (Self-Released)
  6. GRDINA, HOULE, LOEWEN & DELBECQ*   Ghost Lights (Songlines)
  7. MATT MITCHELL   A Pouting Grimace (Pi)
  8. RAOUL BJORKENHEIM & ECSTASY   Doors of Perception (Drag City)
  9. DAVE REMPIS   Lattice (Aerophonic)
  10. STEVE COLEMAN'S NATAL ECLIPSE   Morphogenisis (Pi)

Loud

  1. BONNIE DOON*   Dooner Nooner (Bruised Tongue)
  2. BULLY   Losing (Sub Pop)
  3. METZ*   Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)
  4. TAU CROSS   Pillar Of Fire (Relapse)
  5. FLAT WORMS   Flat Worms (Castle Face)
  6. EX EYE*   Ex Eye (Relapse)
  7. POWERFLO   Powerflo (Caroline)
  8. BIBLICAL*   The City That Always Sleeps (New Damage)
  9. CANNIBAL CORPSE   Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
  10. BECOMES ASTRAL*   Paleblood Sky (Self-Released)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. THE WEATHER STATION*   The Weather Station (Outside Music)
  2. BIRD CITY*   Winnowing (Label Fantastic/Coax)
  3. THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE*   The Wild (Paper Bag Records)
  4. RENE LUSSIER*   Meuh (Self-Released)
  5. THE DEEP DARK WOODS   Yarrow (Six Shooter)
  6. CATHERINE MACLELLAN*   If It's Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North)
  7. LITTLE MISS HIGGINS   My Home, My Heart (Self-Released)
  8. R.L. BOYCE   Roll and Tumble (Waxploitation)
  9. BILL MACKAY & RYLEY WALKER   SpiderBeetleBee (RVNG Intl.)
  10. THE BURYING GROUND*   The Burying Ground (Self-Released)