10. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
9. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
Came nowhere near the dizzying heights of Part One (quite possibly album of the decade!) but still managed to transcend the majority of this year’s soul output.
8. Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker
7. Voice of the Seven Thunders – Voice of the Seven Thunders
6. Toro Y Moi – Causers of This
5. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Ugly but beautiful, discordant yet harmonious, both painful and peaceful, this album reaches perfection through its imperfections. Without digressing into some post-modern parenthesis, regardless of whether you like it or not, this album is a big deal.
4. Scuba – Triangulation
Like a musical metrodome, this year saw dubstep begin to implode under the weight of its own popularity. Several artists switched integrity for chart places and many of the hotly anticipated début albums released this year eventually proved disappointing. There were a couple of notable exceptions however and Scuba’s LP was the pick of the bunch. A collection of introspective techno-dub musings which distinguishes itself from its genre as something special, much in the same way as LTJ Bukem’s Producer 01 did from drum and bass.
3. Gil Scott Heron – I’m New Here
2. Onra – Long Distance
1. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Easily the best album of the year. Picks up where Andre 3000 left off with The Love Below and then betters it. This consistently surprising, almost annoyingly talented singer gifts us a musical cornucopia with her début LP. It is stupidly good.