TOP 30

  1. BADBADNOTGOOD*   BBNG2 (Self-Released)
  2. GUIDED BY VOICES   Class Clown Spots A UFO (Guided By Voices, Inc. (GBV))
  3. WINTERSLEEP*   Hello Hum (Capitol)
  4. NEIL YOUNG*   Americana (Warner (WEA))
  5. JAPANDROIDS*   Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  6. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH   There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)
  7. BEACH HOUSE   Bloom (Sub Pop)
  8. SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE*   Flamingo (Arbutus)
  9. HILL & THE SKY HEROES*   11:11 (PuckEye)
  10. MEWITHOUTYOU   Ten Stories (Pine Street)
  11. JAILL   Traps (Sub Pop)
  12. ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE SADIES*   Night and Day (Outside)
  13. PARLOVR*   Kook Soul (Dine Alone)
  14. LADYHAWKE   Anxiety (Casablanca)
  15. COOKIE DUSTER   When Flying Was Easy (Draper St)
  16. PS I LOVE YOU*   Death Dreams (Paper Bag)
  17. THE WHITE WIRES*   The White Wires III (Dirtnap)
  18. MAXIME ROBIN*   DIY Swag (Self-Released)
  19. THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET   Misterioso (Concord)
  20. APOLLO GHOSTS*   Landmark (You've Changed)
  21. PATRICK WATSON*   Adventures In Your Own Backyard (Secret City)
  22. THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO*   Full Colour (Self-Released)
  23. NO SINNER*   Boo Hoo Hoo (First Love)
  24. SWEET MOTHER LOGIC*   Natural History (Self-Released)
  25. MAQLU*   Futureghosts (Self-Released)
  26. BRIAN DUNN*   TVs and Radios (Cosmic Dave's Record Factory)
  27. THE JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY*   Scrappy Happiness (MapleMusic)
  28. CHILDSPLAY*   Righteous Rampage (Self-Released)
  29. COLD SPECKS*   I Predict A Graceful Expulsion (Arts & Crafts)
  30. MONOPHONICS   In Your Brain (Ubiquity)

Electronic

  1. MAXIME ROBIN*   DIY Swag (Self-Released)
  2. MAQLU*   Futureghosts (Self-Released)
  3. SLUGABED   Time Team (Ninja Tune)
  4. A TRIBE CALLED RED*   A Tribe Called Red (Self-Released)
  5. HUMANS*   Traps (Hybridity)
  6. NIKI & THE DOVE   Instinct (Sub Pop)
  7. SONNYMOON   Sonnymoon (Plug Research)
  8. BATTLES   Dross Glop (Warp)
  9. AFROBETA   Wig Party (Do It)
  10. VARIOUS   Plug Research: Spring Forward Thinking (Plug Research)

Hip Hop

  1. MAXIME ROBIN*   DIY Swag (Self-Released)
  2. WORDBURGLAR*   3rdburglar (Hand Solo)
  3. LAL*   Lal (Urbnet)
  4. THEESATISFACTION   awE naturalE (Sub Pop)
  5. EL-P   Cancer 4 Cure (C4C) (Fat Possum)
  6. KILLER MIKE   R.A.P Music (Grind Time Official)
  7. CITYREAL AND WES MACKEY*   Good Morning Blues (Self-Released)
  8. FRACTION AND FRESH KILS*   Extra Science (Kilzone)
  9. LEE REED*   Emergency Broadcast (Self-Released)
  10. AMIRI   Vinyl Ritchie (hip nott)

International

  1. THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO*   Full Colour (Self-Released)
  2. WU MAN & MASTER MUSICIANS FROM...   Borderlands: Music of Central Asia Vol. 10 (Smithsonian Folkways)
  3. LIJADU SISTERS   Sunshine (Knitting Factory)
  4. AFROLICIOUS   Pleasuretime (ESL/Eighteenth Street Lounge)
  5. SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS   Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
  6. CURUMIN   Arrocha (Six Degrees)
  7. LE SUPER BORGOU DE PARAKOU   The Bariba Sound (Analog Africa)
  8. BATIDA   Batida (Soundway)
  9. NIYAZ   Sumud (Six Degrees)
  10. VARIOUS   Future Sounds of Buenos Aires (ZZK)

Jazz & Experimental

  1. BADBADNOTGOOD*   BBNG2 (Self-Released)
  2. THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET   Misterioso (Concord)
  3. THE BATTLE OF SANTIAGO*   Full Colour (Self-Released)
  4. THE HOME OF EASY CREDIT   The Home of Easy Credit (Northern Spy)
  5. PIXEL   Reminder (Cuneiform)
  6. FRANCOIS HOULE 5+1*   Genera (Songlines)
  7. DON CHERRY   Organic Music Society (Caprice)
  8. BILL EVANS TRIO   Moon Beams (reissue) (Riverside)
  9. ERGO   If Not Inertia (Cuneiform)
  10. STARRING   ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ (Northern Spy)

Loud

  1. THE WHITE WIRES*   The White Wires III (Dirtnap)
  2. CHILDSPLAY*   Righteous Rampage (Self-Released)
  3. WHITE LUNG*   Sorry (Deranged)
  4. CANCER BATS*   Dead Set On Living (Distort)
  5. COLD WARPS*   Cold Warps/Endless Bummer (Noyes)
  6. MARES OF THRACE*   The Pilgrimage (Sonic Unyon)
  7. HEAVY CREAM   Super Treatment (Infinity Cat)
  8. OFF!   OFF! (Vice)
  9. ROSENKOPF   Rosenkopf (Weird)
  10. NICE FACE   Horizon Fires (HoZac)

Folk/Roots/Blues

  1. NEIL YOUNG*   Americana (Warner (WEA))
  2. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH   There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)
  3. ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE SADIES*   Night and Day (Outside)
  4. NO SINNER*   Boo Hoo Hoo (First Love)
  5. BRIAN DUNN*   TVs and Radios (Cosmic Dave's Record Factory)
  6. CHRISTINA MARTIN*   Sleeping With A Stranger (Come Undone)
  7. SHANNON STEPHENS   Pull It Together (Asthmatic Kitty)
  8. THE 24TH STREET WAILERS*   Unshakeable (Self-Released)
  9. SARA WATKINS   Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch)
  10. MV & EE   Space Homestead (Woodsist)