39. The Horrors – Primary Colours
Two very similar bands here, each fetishising an ultra-specific musical genre and era of their choice, managing to find their own voice along the way, and occasionally striking gold.
38. Drake – So Far Gone
My mixtape of the year, for its lovely balance of swagger with vulnerable introspection. His forthcoming debut album ought to be a treat.
37. Lady Sovereign – Jigsaw
The UK’s warmest and wittiest rapper is currently losing out on the pop following she deserves, because people insist on labelling her music “grime”. Hopefully her current appearance on Celebrity Big Brother will open a few minds.
36. Moderat – Moderat
Not for the last time in this list, two existing acts come together to form a new one, and produce something that’s more than the sum of their parts. Not for even the second to last, as it happens. On this occasion, Modeselektor beef up Apparat's sound, he lends them a sweet intensity of emotion, and everyone’s a winner.