What a year it’s been. Terrible for many people in many ways, but the music has been absolutely sublime. This is the first episode of us revealing our favourite records of the year. We start with ferocious political afrobeat and move between free jazz, field recordings, psych, techno, and more.
Thank you to all the amazing artists and labels who have made this year better, and for all of you for listening to the podcast.
Etuk Ubong – I Waka Dey Go (self-release, Nigeria)
Tomaga – The King of Naples (Hands in the Dark, France)
Numa Gama – Mestre Jandaraí (self-release, Brazil)
Part Chimp – It’s True Man (Wrong Speed Records, UK)
De Schuurman – Pier Je Bill! (Nyege Nyege Tapes, Uganda)
HTRK – Kiss Kiss and Rhinestones (N&J Blueberries, Australia)
Juçara Marçal – Crash (Mais Um, UK)
BLYTH – Ghosts (self-release, UK)
Blawan – Under Belly (XL Recordings, UK)
Scotch Rolex – Lapis Lazuli (ft. Lord Spikeheart) (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
This week’s episode is sponsored by The state51 Conspiracy, a creative hub for music. Head to state51.com to find releases by JK Flesh vs Gnod, Steve Jansen, MrUnderwSood, Wire, Ghost Box, Lo Recordings, Subtext Records and many more