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A Forest of Stars Opportunistic Thieves of Spring (Transcendental Creations) prog-metal 6/10
Actress Splazsh (Honest Jon's) dance 7/10
Alcest Ecailles De Lune (Prophecy) metal-gaze 6/10
Algernon Ghost Surveillance (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Aloha Home Acres (Polyvynil) post-rock 6/10
Ametsub The Nothings Of The North (Mille Plateaux) glitch 6/10
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here (Kscope) pop 4/10
Ant-Bee Electronic Church Muzik (Ant Bee) prog-rock 6/10
Antendex Photons (Mille Plateaux) electronica 5/10
Antony & The Johnsons Swanlights (Secretly Canadian) songwriter 6/10
Arcade Fire Suburbs (Merge) pop 6/10
aTelecine A Cassette Tape Culture (Pendu Sound) electronica 6/10
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Pt 2 (Universal Motown) soul 6/10
Barn Owl Ancestral Star (Thrill Jockey) ambient 6/10
Barn Owl The Headlands (Important) ambient 6/10
Beach Fossils Beach Fossils (Captured Tracks) pop 5/10
Beach House Teen Dream (SubPop) pop 6/10
Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night (Jagjaguwar) psych-rock 6/10
Best Coast Crazy For You (Mexican Summer) Genre 6/10
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot (Purple Ribbon) rap 7/10
Birds Of Maya Ready To Howl (Agitated) garage 7/10
Black Keys Brothers (Nonesuch) blues-rock 5/10
James Blackshaw All Is Falling (Young God) minimalism 5/10
Blood on the Dance Floor Epic (Dark Fantasy) crunkcore 7/10
The Body All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood (At A Loss) doom 7/10
Cesar Bolanos Peruvian Electroacoustic and Experimental Music (Pogus) avantgarde 4/10
Bosse De Nage Bosse De Nage (Flenser Records) post-rock 7/10
Bosse De Nage II (Flenser) metal 6/10
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love (Nonesuch) pop 5/10
Careful Oh Light (Sounds Super) songwriter 6/10
Caribou Swim (Merge) dance 5/10
Carlton Melton Pass it on (Agitated) psych-rock 7/10
Carta An Index of Birds (Silber) slocore 6/10
Celeste Morte(s) Nee(s) (Denovali) metal 6/10
Celestiial Where Life Springs Eternal (Bindrune) doom-metal 6/10
Claudia Quintet Royal Toast (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Cleric Regressions (Web of Mimicry) metal 7/10
Nels Cline & Rova Celestial Septet (New World) jazz 6/10
Nels Cline Dirty Baby (Cryptogramophone) jazz 6/10
Nels Cline Initiate (Cryptogramophone) jazz 6/10
Clubroot II - MMX (LoDubs) dance 6/10
Cocorosie Grey Ocean (SubPop) prog-rock 5/10
Combat Astronomy Earth Divided By Zero (Zond) prog-rock 6/10
Common Eider King Eider Worn (Root Strata) psych-rock 6/10
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II (Fiction) dance 6/10
Current 93 Baalstorm Sing Omega (Coptic Cat) alt-pop 4/10
Dalek Untitled (Latitudes) hip-hop 7/10
Darkstar North (Hyperdub) synthpop 6/10
Date Palms Of Psalms (Thrill Jockey) ambient 7/10
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest Delphic (4AD) power-pop 7/10
Delays Star Tiger Star Ariel (Lookout Mountain) dance-pop 5/10
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be (Sub Pop) punk-pop 6/10
Emeralds Does It Look Like I'm Here? (Editions Mego) ambient 5/10
Engineers In Praise Of More (Echo) shoegaze 4/10
Everything Everything Man Alive (Geffen) dancepop 4/10
Faun Fables Light of a Vaster Dark (Drag City) roots-rock 6/10
Mark Fell Multistability (Raster-Norton) glitch 6/10
David First Privacy Issues (XI) droning 7/10
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma (Warp) hip-hop 6/10
Forest Swords Dagger Paths (No Pain In Pop) dubstep 6/10
Four Tet There Is Love In You (Domino) electronica 6/10
Fun Years God Was Like No (Barge) avantgarde 6/10
Girl Talk All Day (Illegal Art) mash-up 5/10
Glasser Ring (True Panther) singer-songwriter 6/10
Glitterbug Cancerboy (c.sides) techno 6/10
Gnaw Their Tongues L'Arrivee De La Terne Mort Triomphante (Burning World) gothic 7/10
Gog Heavy Fierce Brightness (Sounds Of Battle And Souvenir Collecting) droning 7/10
Gogol Bordello Trans-Continental Hustle (American) punk 6/10
Gold Panda Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International) dance 6/10
Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer (Warp) acid-rock 6/10
Gorillaz Plastic Beach (EMI) pop 4/10
Grinderman Grinderman 2 (Anti) alt-rock 6/10
Gultskra Artikler Galaktika (Other Electricities) electronica 5/10
Hail Architeuthis Herald The Harbinger Of Impending Acoustics (Auris Apothecary) noise-rock 7/10
Sean Hayes Run Wolves Run (self) songwriter 4/10
Daniel Higgs Say God (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 6/10
High On Fire Snakes for the Divine (E1) stoner 5/10
How to Dress Well Love remains (Lefse) songwriter 7/10
If Bwana Assemble Age (Mutable) avant 6/10
Indignant Senility. Plays Wagner (Type) ambient 6/10
Irata Irata (Silber) post-rock 6/10
Jaill That's How We Burn (Sub Pop) pop 5/10
Jatoma Jatoma (Kompakt) techno 7/10
Sarah June In Black Robes (Silber) songwriter 7/10
Kabutogani Bektop (Mille Plateaux) glitch 6/10
Kayo Dot Coyote (Hydra Head) post-rock 4/10
Khalija Khalija (Mille Plateaux) electronica 6/10
Klaxons Surfing the Void (Polydor) dance-rock 5/10
Kylesa Spiral Shadow (Season Of Mist) post-metal 6/10
Land of Kush Monogamy (Constellation) post-rock 7/10
LCD Soundsystem This is Happening> (DFA) dance 5/10
Liars Sisterworld (Mute) pop 5/10
Los Siquicos Litoralenos Abduccion Nacional Y Popular (self) free-folk 6/10
Loscil Endless Falls (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Lower Dens Twin-Hand Movement (Gnomonsong) synth-pop 6/10
M.I.A. Maya (XL) dance 6/10
Magic Latern Platoon (Not Not Fun) psych-rock 7/10
Mako Sica Dual Horizon (La Societe Expeditionnaire) post-rock 6/10
Maquiladora Wirikuta (Lotus House) psych-rock 7/10
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can (Virgin) songwriter 5/10
Mass Shivers Contoured Heat (Drag City) alt-rock 6/10
Mark McGuire Living With Yourself (Editions Mego) instrumental 4/10
Mark McGuire Things Fall Apart (Wagon) instrumental 6/10
Mark McGuire Guitar Meditations Vol. II (Wagon) instrumental 6/10
Menomena Mines (Barsuk) post-rock 6/10
Paul Metzger The Uses of Infinity (Locust) solo acoustic 6/10
MGMT Congratulations (Columbia) power-pop 5/10
Mi Ami Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey) Genre 7/10
Midori Shinsekai (Sony) punk-jazz 7/10
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy) soul 8/10
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious (Digitalis) droning 7/10
Motorpsycho Heavy Metal Fruit (Rune Grammofon) prog-rock 5/10
Murmuure Murmuure (Cold Void Emanations) black metal 7/10
National High Violet (4AD) alt-rock 6/10
Natural Snow Buildings The Centauri Agent (Vulpiano) droning 7/10
Joanna Newsom Have One On Me (Drag City) singer-songwriter 8/10
Nice Face Immer Etwas (Sacred Bones) garage 7/10
No Age Everything in Between (SubPop) power-pop 6/10
Margaret Noble Frakture (Kunaki) avant 6/10
Octopus Project Hexadecagon (Peek-A-Boo) prog-rock 6/10
oOoOO oOoOO (Triangle) witch house 7/10
Robert Owens Art (Compost) deep house 6/10
Owen Pallett Heartland (Domino) pop 7/10
Pantha DuPrince Black Noise (Rough Trade) techno 6/10
Ariel Pink Before Today (4AD) songwriter 6/10
Pop 1280 The Grid (Sacred Bones) garage 7/10
Robert Poss Settings (Trace Elements) avant 6/10
Pryapisme Rococo Holocaust (Apathia) prog-rock 5/10
Purling Hiss Public Service Announcement (Woodsist) psych-rock 6/10
Radio Massacre International Time & Motion (Cuneiform) electronic 6/10
Rangda False Flag (Drag City) improv-rock 5/10
Red Krayola Five American Portraits (Drag City) psych-rock 6/10
Graham Repulski Man Pop (shorter) songwriter 6/10
Marc Ribot Silent Movies (Pi) instrumental 6/10
Alasdair Roberts Too Long In This Condition (Drag City) songwriter 4/10
Roll The Dice Roll The Dice (Digitalis) electronica 6/10
Rolo Tomassi Cosmology (Hassle) alt-rock 7/10
Roska Roska (Rinse) dance 6/10
Royal Baths Litanies (Woodsist) psych-pop 6/10
Laetitia Sadier The Trip (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Salem King Night (IAmSound) dance-pop 7/10
Serena Maneesh #2: Abyss In B Minor (4AD) psych-rock 5/10
Elliott Sharp Binibon (Henceforth) avant 4/10
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Shlomo Shlomoshun Deluxe (Friends Of Friends) wonky 7/10
Sic Alps Napa Aslyum (Drag City) psych-rock 6/10
Silvester Anfang Commune Cassetten (Blackest Rainbow) psych-rock 4/10
Skullflower Strange Keys To Untune God's Firmament (Neurot) noise 7/10
Slaves Ocean On Ocean (Debacle) slo-core 7/10
Sleigh Bells Treats (NEET) dance-punk 7/10
Soft Moon The Soft Moon (Captured Track) goth-rock 7/10
Solar Bears She Was Coloured In (Planet Mu) dance 6/10
Solo Andata Ritual (Desire Path) post-rock 7/10
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty) songwriter 6/10
Marnie Stern Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars) punk-pop 6/10
Sun Araw On Patrol (Not Not Fun Records) psych-rock 6/10
Sun City Girls Funeral Mariachi (Abduction) psych-rock 6/10
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell Promises (Caldo Verde) songwriter 5/10
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (Young God) alt-rock 4/10
Tamaryn The Waves (Mexican Summer) dream-pop 6/10
Teeth of the Sea Your Mercury (Rocket) psych-rock 7/10
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation) post-rock 5/10
These New Puritans Hidden (Domino) prog-rock 7/10
Thorn1 So Far As Fast (Silber) post-rock 6/10
Three Mile Pilot The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (Temporary Residence Limited) pop 4/10
Yann Tiersen Dust Lane (Mute) ambient 6/10
Titus Andronicus The Monitor (XL) punk 7/10
Corin Tucker Band 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars) songwriter 5/10
Uboa Sometimes Light (2010) (Uboa) songwriter 7/10
Univers Zero Clivages (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Vampire Weekend Contra (XL) pop 6/10
Villagers Becoming a Jackal (Domino) songwriter 6/10
Anna Von Hausswolff Singing From the Grave (Kning Disk) songwriter 6/10
Dimitri Voudouris Pogus 21056 (Pogus) avant 7/10
Rufus Wainwright All Days Are Nights - Songs For Lulu (Decca) songwriter 5/10
Walkmen Lisbon (Fat Possum) roots-rock 6/10
Weasel Walter Invasion (UgExplode) free-jazz 6/10
Wavves King of the Beach (Fat Possum) psych-pop 5/10
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella) hip-hop 7/10
Wild Nothing Gemini (Captured Tracks) pop 6/10
Will Over Matter Might Of The Planet Eater (Bestial Burst) electronics 6/10
Chelsea Wolfe The Grime and the Glow (Pendu Sound) songwriter 5/10
Xiu Xiu Dear God (Kill Rock Stars) synth-pop 5/10
Neil Young Le Noise (Reprise) songwriter 5/10
Zs New Slaves (Social Registry) avant 6/10

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