An abundance of goodness here, beginning with the great new Raphael Saadiq album, and a wonderful and unexpected return to form from The Beastie Boys.

An abundance of goodness here, beginning with the great new Raphael Saadiq album, and a wonderful and unexpected return to form from The Beastie Boys.

Special recommendations, too, for Roll The Dice, Forma, Sparhawk/Carbonara and Cosmonauts, as well as Metronomy – not a band I’ve paid any attention to in the past, but “The English Riviera” is a nice record that feels destined this summer for the same kind of soundbed ubiquity enjoyed of late by Phoenix and The XX.

All that said, not everything on the list is quite so satisfying…

1 The Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

2 Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (Columbia)

3 Mo Kolours – EP1: Drum Talking (One-Handed Music)

4 Roll The Dice – Live In Gothenburg – 7 August 2010 (Leaf)

5 Forma – Forma 230 (Spectrum Spools)

6 Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Miners’ Hymns (FatCat 130701)

7 Maria Minerva – Tallinn At Dawn (Not Not Fun)

8 Cosmonauts – Cosmonauts (Permanent)

9 Autechre – EPs 1991-2002 (Warp)

10 My Morning Jacket – Circuital (V2)

11 Vetiver – The Errant Charm (Bella Union)

12 Jesse Sparhawk & Eric Carbonara – Sixty Strings (VHF)

13 Natural Snow Buildings – Waves Of The Random Sea (Blackest Rainbow)

14 Metronomy – The English Riviera (Because)

15 Jackie O Motherfucker – Earth Sound System (Fire)

16 Alexander Turnquist – Hallway Of Mirrors (VHF)