1 CRYSTAL CASTLES
Despite a strong and contentious backlash, CC's immaculately constructed, danceable 8-bit terror-pop trumps all the whiners.
2 CUT COPY
In Ghost Colours (Modular)
Sporting post-wave hits Lights And Music and Far Away, IGC makes the perfect summer soundtrack.
3 GANG GANG DANCE
Saint Dymphna (Warp)
On the most creative NYC record this year, tribal rhythms comingle with indie guitars and grimy rap.
4 PONI HOAX
Images Of Sigrid (Tigersushi)
These Parisians master bouncy Italo-disco mixed with anxious post-punk on their second disc.
5 THE COAST
Thoughtful, sincere and catchy. Epic Toronto guitar rock at its finest.