3 by Inc.: Some down and dirty funk/soul. Sax included.
An Argument With Myself by Jens Lekman: It is a testament to this year when a release as good as this one can’t even make my list.
Ascent by Maths: For screamo fans with an affinity for the epic.
Awake byTrash Talk: It’s hardcore. D with it
Creature Dreams byTokimonsta: Chill vibes. Throw this on at your next rainbow party.
Darkbloom Split by Grimes/D’Eon: Exciting venture into “dark pop”, especially on Grimes’ side.
S/T by Darkside: Nicolas Jaar goes rock. At least he throws in a lot more guitar. This probably should’ve made the list but he’s on enough as it is.
Daytrotter Sessions by Anamanaguchi: Probably the only chiptune artist where it makes a difference if it’s live or not.
Enough Thunder by James Blake: A very dark take on his music. Interesting to hear him make harmonies and sounds that aren’t so sweet anymore.
Fleur Ep by Sepalcure: Really great sounds, much more pumped up than Machinedrum. I would say Sepalcure do much better in the EP format than LP.
Follow You by Fatima/Floating Points: Terribly gorgeous new take on soul. Highly recommended.
Family of Love by Dom: Happy, bright pop. The most fun EP of the year.
Freaking Out by Toro y Moi: More of what made Underneath the Pine great, especially “Saturday Love”.
Here by Deadboy: UK garage/funky/wonky/tonk/women
Home After Three Months Away by Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate): An experiment in seeing how depressed you can be while still living the dream life of being in a husband/wife emo band.
Hypersleep Dialougues by BTBAM: They’re just too suited for albums. This is a cruel tease to me.
S/T by King Krule: For those who want the sounds of the lounge with the depression of the pub.
Love What Happened Here by James Blake. I’m not sure if I’m ready to handle “Curbside” yet. Regardless of whether it’s because I’m so shocked or because it’s good music, I do know that I’m enjoying myself while listening, however.
Lover’s Holiday by Theophilius London: Highly enjoyable rap-pop. Notable for the innovative song title “Girls Girls $”.
Mountains byDJRum: My favorite EP not to make the list. This guy will make you feel safe and comfortable with some nice strings but once he gets you home you’re in for quite a ride.
Mystic Places by Woodsman: Some good trippy nu-psychedelia
Ragysh by Todd Terje: Everything’s a bit overshadowed by the amazing “Snooze 4 Love”. That might have to get on my songs list…
Redux by As the Stars Fall: Has Maybeshewill’s skill for picking spoken word samples with a sound of his own.
Satin Panthers by Hudson Mohawke: Hip hop beats smeared with something new.
Street Halo by Burial: Not much new here, but nobody seemed to care
Those Who Didn’t Run by Colin Stetson: He went a lot further into drone on this one. Very interesting
What a Pleasure by Beach Fossils: Dreamy and pretty
Witchhunt Suite for WWIII by Ariel Pink: I watched this video on 9/11. It felt a little inappropriate. It felt a little too true.
With U by Holy Other: Like sex with a ghost