10. Cults – Cults: Pastiche, but such a good pastiche.
9. James Blake – James Blake: Over-hyped by the British press, and yet…
8. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation: Hazy, dreamy bedroom pop from a 22yr old with heartache? Yes, please!
7. Class Actress – Rapprocher: Synths + Drum machines + Female vocals = sold!
6. Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour: Cinematic and lush.
5. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong: Mature follow-up from these twee indie-pop darlings. Still catchy as fuck, too. POBPAH are aging well.
4. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming: There could have been 20 versions of Midnight City on this double album and I would have been happy.
3. Little Dragon – Ritual Union: This record makes me want to dance in the streets (of Gothenburg).
2. Architecture in Helsinki – Moment Bends: It’s ’80s shmaltz as all get out, but I love every bit of it.
1. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes: I won’t lie, I’ve listened to this album on repeat for days on end since March. I am beyond *smitten*.
Top Singles*: (in no particular order)
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
Phantogram – Don’t Move
Dum Dum Girls – Bedroom Eyes
Jamie Woon – Night Air
Fitz and The Tantrums – Moneygrabber
Tom Vek – A Chore
Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks
Kelly Rowland – Feelin Me Right Now
Tinariwen – Asuf D Alwa
Chad Valley – Now That I’m Real
The Grates – Turn Me On
Holy Ghost – Wait and See
(*My rule is that my top singles can’t be on any of the albums in my top album list.)