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This way, we avoid the holier-than-thou consensus taste-making of most year-enders, and it gives you a better opportunity to discover music you might not have heard before. Or it just means there's more selections for everyone to pick holes in. Either way, we still get those sweet, sweet pageviews. Anyways, here's the list:
MIke Cridland - Regional Manager
(Mike's selecting his favourite albums, because that's how he rolls)
Moodymann - Moodymann
Like P-Funk in the 21st Century with a bath tub of Hennessy swagger for good measure.
Max Graef - Rivers Of The Red Planet
A very clever boy, seamlessly mixing the best of house, hip hip and broken beat. Pure coffee table business.
Jungle - Jungle
The whole album sounds the same, but that's definitely a good thing in Jungle's case. Robbed of the Mercury Award IMO.
Caribou - Our Love
Looks like a Geography teacher, but makes some incredible and very clever music. 'Rock solid' (sorry).
Jack White - 'Lazaretto'
Led Zeppelin for our generation, one of the best bands I saw this year. Also, big shout to Third Man Records for pushing vinyl culture forward.
FKA Twigs - LP1
Hyper-pop. Absolutely love her, easily one of the best things to happen to the UK's music scene this year.
Fatima – Yellow Memories
Had to include to get Floating Points into the list, amazing production, and one of the best voices in the UK's music scene. Also incredible live.
ALT J - This Is All Yours
Lots to live up to after their first record, really impressed by the 'difficult second album' that still manages to sound as weird as An Awesome Wave whilst taking the band into new territory.
NehruvianDOOM – NehruvianDOOM (Sound Of The Son)
DOOM is the man, and Bishop Nehru has the flow to earn the title as his prodigy. Shout to Joey Badass too.
Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters – Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar
Good guy, and a great album. Never gonna be Zeppelin, but slowly realising that on a personal level [sobs].