Another year, another splendid hamper full of musical treats across all genres. And so it's time for another best of list. And if you'd like something to listen to while you read, here's a Spotify playlist with three and a half hours of my favourite tunes as well.
First up, some honourable mentions for platters that didn't quite make the top ten.
- Darwin Deez - Double Down : Chock full of bright and breezy indie pop pitch perfect for a Drew Barrymore or Zach Braff comedy romance soundtrack.
- Jarboe & Helen Money - Wired : There's no such thing as a boring Jarboe release and this is dark, oppressive and disturbing thanks to Money's heavy, distorted cello and Jarboe's vox.
- Reso - Ricochet : Blinding drum n bass / jungle release from Reso with his customary electronic squelches and Orbital-like vox samples playing support to new old school beats.
- Public Service Broadcasting - The Race for Space : PSB's sophomore album plunders the apollo archive for stories and moments to support with sympathetic music.
- Steve 'n' Seagulls - Farm Machine : Hayseed Dixie have done it for a while but this Finnish group really hit the nail on the head with their semi tongue in cheek dixieland jug band covers of metal and rock standards.
- Jake Shimakaburo - Travels : TED-favourite ukelele virtuoso with another beautiful album of covers and originals.
- Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul Surfer : Sixth album of stripped down toe-tapping hobo hubcap music full of grins and gurns.
- Xavier Rudd - Nanna : Sublime eco-friendly reggae from Aussie Rudd who brings along a new nine piece band for added carefree fun.
- Five Gallon Bottle - Five Gallon Bottle : Cracking debut bandcamp ep from Greek stoners.