10) Grimes – Art Angels
From shrieking nu-metal to opera, Grimes’ fourth LP still contained plenty of bewildering moments. But overall, Art Angels was a more streamlined pop-focused affair which proved that the Canadian pixie girl could still be just as captivating when she toned down the weirdness.
9) Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
As much a documentary as a conventional studio effort, The Race For Space saw geeky London duo Public Service Broadcasting fulfil their mission to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future” on a captivating blend of krautrock, ambient electronica and archive NASA audio footage.
8) Jamie xx – In Colour
Capitalizing on The xx’s downtime, beatmaker Jamie Smith launched his solo career in style with a compelling journey through the history of club culture, proving that his talents extend far beyond his late-night comfort zone.
7) LA Priest – Inji
Eight years after debuting his LA Priest alter-ego, former Late of the Pier frontman Samuel Eastgate finally got round to releasing his first studio effort, Inji. Thankfully, its weird and wonderful mix of languid funk, playful electronic pop and psychedelic freakouts just about justified the lengthy wait.
6) CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
Sticking to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, the second LP from Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES might have lacked the element of surprise. But with tunes as effervescent as the Giorgio Moroder-esque “Keep You on My Side,” the happy-sad banger “Cleanest Blue” and the ultimate kiss-off “Playing Dead,” few were left disappointed at being given more of the same.