Fav Fav Music of 2020
Fav albums, fav EPs, fav compilations, fav mixes and fav artwork.
In the shittiest of years for almost everything, new music continued to offer a lifeline to many (fans and creators alike) resolutely burning through all the crap like a flaming beacon of hope and fiery determination. The pandemic, corrupt politics, Black Lives Matter and the ensuing fallout from a life shocked and challenged, essentially overnight, left many feeling battered and disillusioned. The music landscape shifted irrevocably with many artists losing a key source of income from live performances and DJing. As venue doors closed and touring schedules were shredded, focus moved online. Bandcamp capitalised with their revenue-free Fridays initiative, encouraging a renewed energy around music creation. And even though the majority of producers were already making piss all from streaming services, somehow, new music continued to flow. So much new music came out in 2020!
Every successful album has artwork that matches the quality of the sound. This African Electronic/Grindcore debut from Duma is a memorable assault on all the senses.
This year compilations were massive, and I'm not just referring the enormous number of tracks many of them contained! Whether it was a special benefit collection, a label round-up or a bunch of tracks focused on a theme, I discovered many new artists and labels this way. Here's the ones I really liked:
Alternate African Reality – Electronic, electroacoustic and experimental music from Africa and the diaspora
Fav albums and EPs
As my tastes morphed and interests oozed into the most unexpected crevices, I found that exploring the various offshoots of branches of trunks of electronic music, hearing so many new sounds, many far removed from the Pop and Techno foundation that once defined my position, tingled and delighted my ears. It's been a truly great year for new music.
One final album to add to the list! Although it was released in 2019 (right at the end) it actually ended up being my most listened to album!