1. @JamesBlake - James Blake: 22yo bends "dubstep" into something fragile and human with gorgeous vocals and complex synth-jazz chords.
2. @JoePug - Nation of Heat: powerful appropriation of the early Dylan folk tradition, lyrics that burn their truth into your memory.
3. @MountKimbie - Crooks and Lovers: more "post-dubstep" exploration beyond the wobble-bass into found-sound, acoustic instruments +synths.
4. @Mountain_Goats - All Eternals On Deck: As always, Darnielle's earnest, transcendent songwriting pulls back the veil, reveals the unseen.
5. Childish Gambino (aka @DonaldGlover) - Camp: Glover carves out space for suburban non-gansta rap but can still spit at blistering speed.
6. Wye Oak - Civilian: time capsule of all that was moody and wonderful about 90's grunge, lush with guitar and low female vocals to match.