Crystal Castles, “III,”: An experimental electronic LP from one of my favorite artists. Not on the level of their previous work, but damn good still.
Spacin’, “Deep Thuds,”: Fantastic garage rock record that just missed the cut. Literally, #41 on my list.
Ryan Hemsworth, “Last Words EP,”: Electronic album indebted in hip hop. One of the best hip hop influenced records you’re going to hear this year.
Gucci Mane, “Trap Back,”: Gucci Mane is back and releases his most consistent record since “The State vs. Radric Davis.”
Dinosaur Feathers, “Whistle Tips,”: Shimmering indie pop record that made a lasting impression on me. A bit inconsistent.
First Aid Kit, “The Lions Roar,”: One of the best folk records of the year, from an underrated pair of sisters
AlaunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It,”: I realize it’s only three songs, but I had a hard time finding drawbacks on this record besides its length. Very much looking forward to where these guys take their electro-pop/r&b next
Fat Trel, “Nightmare On E. Street,”: Trel is a D.C. rapper with a lot of talent. Must grab for hip hop fans.
Violens, “True,”: A near perfect record for summer. Great pop music. Very Beach Fossils-esque
Cult Of Youth, “Love Will Prevail,”: A nice gothic progressive folk record that probably deserves to be rated much higher than I’m giving it credit for.
Portico Quartet, “Portico Quartet,”: Couldn’t choose between this or the Cult Of Youth record for the last spot so I chose both. This is a nice little jazz record with some electronic influences as well.