Flying Lotus - Los Angeles = Warp ave only gone and done it again! Instrumental, broken hip hop, basically, inspired by his home town - check the title - this record gives us an insight into whats really going on over the pond.
Benga - Diary Of An Afro Warrior = DUBSTEP! if theres one album that summed up dubstep last year it would be this. Even if you havent even herd of him chances are you would of herd 'night' possible the biggest tracks of 08 personally my favourite though gots to be '26 Bsslines'.
Santogold - S/T = Big! Big enough to be on all the adverts! A masterpiece in new world pop, i think the diplo mixtape is slightly better then the album if nothing just cos of the guns of brixton 'cough' brooklyn cover. But none the less the album is defiantly essential listening.
Black Ghost - Mix Tape = If you want to be technical about it, its not an album but its a fucking great collection of songs mixed in with a verity of remixes and of course there own tracks check: Shoreditch Vampires
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours = Australia at its best New Wave Dance!
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Searching for the Hows and Whys = UK folk for the modern age!
others i cant be arse to write about or barry/gord have already:
Fleet Foxes - s/t
Mr. Scruff - ninja tuna
Nightmares on Wax - Thought so...
The Black Keys - Attack & Release
Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
Daedelus - Love To Make Music To
James Yorkston - When The Haar Rolls In
Jamie Lidell - Jim
School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
TV On The Radio - Dear Science
Starkey - Ephemeral Exhibits
Caspa - Ave It: Vol2
Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Vampire Weekend - s/t
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Sigur Rós - Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust