31 Dec 2020

My Favourite Albums of 2020

Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have listened to 200 albums which I never expected to do. At the time of writing, I’ve listened to 195 and it’s been a revelation. A lot of great music came out in a year where it would have been acceptable to curl into a ball and not want to create anything. But my favourite artists did and produced some of their best works to date.

The list below isn’t a ranked list, although the top 7 are my overall top 7 for the year in a rough order. Agüita is for sure my #1 and Mordechai is a very close second. Knxwledge’s 1988 was so damn good, as was Ahwlee’s VII which was like a hip hop RKO outta nowhere. The biggest surprise was Maelo Ruiz’s La Unica, a salsa album I would never have found if it wasn’t for a Python script I created (I might publish it some day).

Anyway, enjoy and buy them if you can!

  1. Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Agüita
  2. Khruangbin – Mordechai
  3. Knxwledge – 1988
  4. Ahwlee – VII
  5. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
  6. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  7. Nick Hakim – WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD
  8. Blu & Exile – Miles
  9. Kamaal Williams – Wu Hen
  10. Vanilla – Into the Dream
  11. Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA
  12. Emily King – Sides
  13. Xavier Omär – if You Feel
  14. SAULT – Untitled (Black Is)
  15. Youngs Teflon – Call of Duty 3
  16. Jahari Massamba Unit – Pardon My French
  17. Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
  18. King Krule – Man Alive!
  19. Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers
  20. James Beckwith – Long Distance
  21. Elzhi – Seven Times Down Eight Times Up
  22. Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
  23. Maelo Ruiz – La Unica
  24. Bartees Strange – Live Forever