A bit of anal-retentive listmaking today: my favourite 30 albums of the year so far (though I imagine I’ve forgotten one or two, and there’ll be a bunch more good ones that I haven’t heard as yet).

A bit of anal-retentive listmaking today: my favourite 30 albums of the year so far (though I imagine I’ve forgotten one or two, and there’ll be a bunch more good ones that I haven’t heard as yet).



I’m pretty sure these were all released between January and June (hence no July things like Endless Boogie and so on). As a bit of a cop-out, I’ve put them in alphabetical order rather than have a stab at rankings. What I need now, of course, are your lists, please. Looking forward to them…

1. Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo

2. Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer Of The Void

3. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show Of The World

4. Bill Callahan – Rough Travel For A Rare Thing

5. Carlton Melton – Pass It On

6. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ali & Toumani

7. Fool’s Gold – Fool’s Gold

8. Four Tet – There Is Love In You

9. Hiss Golden Messenger – Root Work

10. Hot Chip – One Life Stand

11. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

12. Loscil – Endless Falls

13. Magic Lantern – Platoon

14. Steve Mason – Boys Outside

15. Moon Duo – Escape

16. James Murphy – Greenberg OST

17. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

18. Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise

19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

20. Rangda – False Flag

21. Jack Rose – Luck In The Valley

22. Sleepy Sun – Fever

23. Sun Araw – On Patrol

24. Tamikrest – Adagh

25. Prins Thomas – Prins Thomas

26. Trembling Bells – Abandoned Love

27. Voice Of The Seven Thunders – Voice Of The Seven Thunders

28. Vampire Weekend – Contra

29. White Fence – White Fence

30. Vibracathedral Orchestra – Joka Baya//The Secret Base/Smoke Song


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