For me, Kangding Ray hasn't quite managed to match that level since then. His interests have veered more toward beat-heavy electronica where he has blended in with the crowd. This is still in that vein but sounds pretty damn good. Here's hoping the upcoming album, Solens Arc, due out in January 2014, will knock our socks off.
Arve Henriksen - Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon)
Henriksen has his own distinctive voice, both literally and figuratively. His angelic falsetto features memorably on a couple of tracks and no one plays the trumpet quite like him. With partner/sampler/producer Jan Bang adding his deeply subtle touch, the result is predictably sublime.