fuck the hype, the xx album (and that remix) is one of the coolest things that came out last year. they have real young marble giants element to them, also a little bit like klang (donna matthews' band after elastica), yet don't really sound like anything else around. added cred: they recorded the album when they were 19 years old!
i only know final day by ymg, but will have to investigate further. the chorus chord change on islands is probably my favourite pop moment from last year...so perfect.