4-IZE, Professional Ignorant: Get that dirt off your spectacles.
Abby Go Go, Abby Go Go: Good shoegazer jams for smoking drugs
Avery Sunshine, Avery*Sunshine: Trumpeting Atlanta soul with butter vocals
Back Pockets, Blissters N Basements: Artaud and H.R. Pufnstuf's love child
Baka, Decatur Dope: Faded instrumentals to slow your roll
Balkans, "Georganne": Subtly snotty, lazy melody, terrific tune
Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty: Three years of work: worth it
Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here: Country raps Faulkner would smoke to
B.o.B, No Genre: B.o.B detractors, eat your words. Yum?
Boog Brown/Apollo Brown, Brown Study: Silky smooth. Also hard as nails
Butch Walker and the Black Widows, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart: Glam heavy, thumping pop without apologies
Carnivores, If I'm Ancient: Randy, dandy washing machine indie rock
Cee-Lo Green, "F*ck You": Cee-Lo's ex-wife must be kicking herself.
Clan Destined, A Story Never Told: F#$% a Mixtape: Lightning smooth "other ground" hip-hop alchemy
The Clap, Spider House 5: A woozy carnival of blown-speaker ghost-punk
Conspiracy, The Medium is the Message: Head-nods like the wrath of God
Delta Moon, Hellbound Train: Devilishly sizzling slide guitar blues/rock
Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest: Trippy, comfortable, nostalgic pop. Totally mesmerizing
Dillon, Southern Scramble 2: Starving artist cooks up golden-era hip-hop.
El Fossil, El Fossil cassette: Killer surf sans the chain-wallet clichés
The Futura Bold, The Futura Bold: James Hall's psychedelic garage rock revival
Gucci Mane, The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted: After prison, an instant classic. T.I.?
heRobust, Albumin: Instrumentals to rap rings around Saturn
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Medicine County: British hillbillies. Good lord, what's next?
Hollyweerd, Edible Phat 2.0: Nerd thuggin': new big thing? Indeed.
Hot Heavy & Bad, "One": F*ck me daddy. Mother, may I?
Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid: Effin. Brilliant. Not your average diva
Jeffrey Bützer & Claire Lodge, Past Wanstead Flats: Sometimes fairy tales have ambiguous endings.
J-Live, Undivided Attention: Real MCs don't settle for less.
Julie Dexter, Interim: Retro-electro grooves to lose yourself to
Kno (of CunninLynguists), Death is Silent: Life's a bitch, then you die.
Mathis Hunter, The Soft Opening: Stony psych pop with mutton chops
Living Rooms, House Kid: A sparkling dose of digital aromatherapy
Mermaids, Tropsicle: Is there a beach around here?
Mighty High Coup, To the Moon: Perma-grin boom bap with an 808
The N.E.C., Is: Louder than you thought it'd be.
Playboy Tre, The Last Call: Earline's son needs a damn deal!
PJ Morton, Walk Alone: He got it from his daddy.
Queen Sheba, Shebatar: So fierce and vulnerable it hurts
Qurious, Planet Plant: A dream that seems really real.
Rebecca Loebe, Mystery Prize: I just wanna hear girls talk.
Red Sea, Weird Problem: Ecstatic noise: ATL meets NZ pop
Rhonda Thomas, Listen: Isaac Hayes is head-bobbin' in heaven.
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, "Heartlite" 7-inch: Imagine life as a Hallmark musical
Sa-Roc, Supernova: A Prelude to a Journey: Metaphysical flows for concrete jungle maneuvers
Sean Falyon, Sean Falyon BE Everywhere: Big voice. Bigger personality. Biggest hustle.
Selmanaires, "Sinister Season" b/w "B Spell" 7-inch: Moogie wonderland of crystalline electro tropicalia
Shawn Mullins, Light You Up: Occasionally edgy, always tuneful folk/pop
Soft Powers, Bad Pop: VHS fidelity is the new black.
Social Studies, Proxemics: Automatic generation of literary cleverness, son
Travis Porter, "Make It Rain": How old are these kids, again?
Trench Party, Anxiety: "Could you describe the ruckus, sir?"
Usher, "There Goes My Baby": Daddy's home with that panty-dropping falsetto
Waka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli: High-flying idiot savant. Balls of steel
Wymyns Prysyn, Tres Umbros: It's on tonight, dude. Bring it!
Yelawolf, Trunk Muzik: Redneck: amazing rapper. Story at 11.
Young Jeezy, Trap or Die : Put mixtape effort into album, please!
Zoroaster, Matador: Psych-metal grooves from the stoned cosmos