10. Homeboy Sandman and Edan – Humble Pi
Edan, The Boston MC known for his stellar albums Primitive Plus and Beauty and the Beat, teams up with newcomer Homeboy Sandman on this Stones Throw release (legendary for releasing J Dilla’s Donuts).
9. Hater – Siesta
Swedish indie group delivers a jangly record with raw lyrics that brings to mind contemporaries like Alvvways and Veronica Falls.
8. Autechre – NTS Sessions
The band offer this monster of a recording created for an underground London radio station. Ambient at times and glitchy at others, it is the band’s best since LP5.
7. Ovlov – Tru
Ripe with serious shredding and all together complex melodies, Ovlov pay tribute here to the guitar heroics of the 90’s American underground.
6. Thee Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
These San Francisco psych rockers add a drummer and dabble in metal as well as jazz to create an excellent mishmash of sounds.
5. Domenico Lancellotti – The Good is a Big God
Released on David Byrne’s Luka Bop label, the album recalls the tropicália masterworks of Caetano Veloso and Gil Gilberto. An altogether excellent album that proves Brazil is still a creative juggernaut.
4. Iceage – Beyondless
This Danish group has long been striving to put out an album of this caliber. Mixing in post-punk, hard rock, jazz and mélange of other influences this album plays like a contemporary Exile on Main Street.
3. The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment
While they may be indebted to the unique warped sounds of Mac DeMarco (who may well be the greatest rock act next to King Krule of the ‘10s), nevertheless this UK band spin an outstanding string of tunes reminiscent of the multicultural Madchester genre.
2. Cave – Allways
These Chicago rock minimalists bring even more world flavors to their hypnotic instrumental rock proving the city of broad shoulders to still be a mainstay for wordless music. Another brilliant release from the experimental masterminds at Drag City.
1. Mind Over Mirrors – Bellowing Sun
Featuring Milwaukee super drummer Jon Mueller, this album breaks new ground. Almost as a new sort of worldbeat, it features primeval drumming, rustic violin and calmative synth intricacies. Selectively engineered by post-rock legend John McEntire, it shows cream city has something to offer to the world of the avant-garde.