Apologies for the service interruption last week. I returned to the office yesterday to find a bunch of new things, not least the immense new Sun Araw, which on first listen sounded more or less one of the best things I’ve heard this year – though it might’ve been because it’s music so perfectly suited to this serious heat.

Apologies for the service interruption last week. I returned to the office yesterday to find a bunch of new things, not least the immense new Sun Araw, which on first listen sounded more or less one of the best things I’ve heard this year – though it might’ve been because it’s music so perfectly suited to this serious heat.

In other news, the James Ferraro reissues are transportingly lovely; I’m slowly warming to the Arctic Monkeys album; and Antony Hegarty’s one trick is, surely, way past its sell-by date if this Jo Whiley-friendly Beyoncé massacre is anything to go by. Will write about good records soon, I promise.

1 Terry Riley – Shri Camel (CBS)

2 Sun Araw – Heavy Deeds (Not Not Fun)

3 James Ferraro – Clear (Holy Mountain)

4 Antony & The Johnsons – Crazy In Love (Rough Trade)

5 The XX – XX (Young Turks)

6 Mungolian Jet Set – We Gave It All Away… Now We Are Taking It Back (Smalltown Supersound)

7 Other Lives – Black Tables (www.myspace.com/otherlives)

8 Arctic Monkeys – Humbug (Domino)

9 Mariachi El Bronx – Cell Mates (Wichita)

10 Seven Worlds Collide – The Sun Came Out (Columbia)

11 James Ferraro – Discovery (Holy Mountain)

12 Tiny Vipers – Life On Earth (Sub Pop)

13 Wild Beasts – Two Dancers (Domino)

14 The Dead Weather – Horehound (Third Man/ Columbia)

15 Jack Rose And The Black Twig Pickers – Jack Rose And The Black Twig Pickers (Beautiful Happiness)