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1 Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)


2 The Avalanches – Wildflower (XL)

3 Rosali – Good Life (Siltbreeze)

4 Tamam Shud – Evolution (Anthology)

5 Psychic Temple – Plays Music For Airports (Joyful Noise)


6 Head Technician – Zones (Ecstatic)

7 Marielle V Jakobsons – Star Core (Thrill Jockey)

8 Hans Chew – Unknown Sire (Divided By Zero)

9 Chris Abrahams – Fluid To The Influence (Room40)

10 Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti-)

11 The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’ (Spiritual Pajamas)

12 Various Artists – Quiero Creedence (Decca)

13 Haley Bonar – Impossible Dream (Memphis Industries)

14 Teenage Fanclub – I’m In Love (PeMa)

15 Christine & The Queens – Chaleur Humaine (Because)

16 The Grateful Dead – Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 7/8/78 (Rhino)

17 Scott Hirsch – Blue Rider Songs (Scissortail)

18 Danny Brown – When It Rains (Warp)

19 Sarathy Korwar – Day To Day (Ninja Tune x Steve Reid Foundation)

20 Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)

21 Rafi Bookstaber – Late Summer (Woodsist)

22 Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (Melodic)

23 Sam Coomes – Bugger Me (Domino)

24 Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas – Autoimaginary (Drag City)

25 Hieroglyphic Being – The Discos Of Imhotep (Technicolour)


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