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Quietus Reissues etc. Of The Year 2020 (In Association With Norman Records)
The Quietus , December 7th, 2020 09:58

These are our favourite reissues, compilations, live albums, mixes and etceteras of the last 12 months as voted for by Jennifer Lucy Allan, Bobby Barry, Aaron Bishop, Patrick Clarke, John Doran, Christian Eede, Noel Gardner, Fergal Kinney, Ella Kemp, Sean Kitching, Anthea Leyland, Peter Margasak, David McKenna, JR Moores, Luke Turner, Kez Whelan and Daryl Worthington. Illustration by Lisa Cradduck

Knobbly knees of 2020 contest image by Lisa Cradduck of Mutton Fist Press

In his introduction to our main albums of the year chart, my colleague Luke Turner has already explained in words better than I could manage how strange the relationship between art and audience has become in 2020. Perhaps, though, our relationship to the kinds of reissues, compilations, live records, mixes and general musical miscellany you'll find in our chart below is just that little bit weirder.

Where in the past live albums might be considered bonus material or stopgaps, in a pandemic they're like artefacts from a distant utopia we once knew, and hope to know again. More than one of the compilations you'll find below was put out by the artists or labels in an attempt to provide a balm for both themselves and their listeners, or a way to process the surreal horror of the year, or simply as something to stave off the monotony.

Then again, maybe I'm overthinking it. Perhaps the records we've listed for you below are, as ever, simply 100 fantastic pieces of music that for one reason or another didn't quite fit into the main albums chart, as picked by tQ's office staff and columnists. There are dizzying mixes, transporting live records, explorative compilations, and plenty of the straight-up uncategorisable. As ever, one of the greatest joys of painstakingly compiling, coding and formatting the list is that we ourselves find plenty of incredible music we've missed along the way; I'm playing the completely ace Mort Garson reissue I discovered below as I write this. We hope you do too.

At this juncture, I'd be remiss not to remind you that earlier this year, we marked the site's 12th birthday with the launch of our new subscriber system, thanks to which we've been able to just about weather the storm that has seen so many cultural institutions, venues and publications close for good this year. If you've discovered anything you like either from our end of year lists, or from the site in general, and if you're in the financial position to do so, please consider signing up as a subscriber. Those on our top tiers get a wedge of benefits, including exclusive essays, podcasts, playlists (including our eight-and-a-half hour Albums of 2020 spectacular), and exclusive releases from some of the best musicians in the world. Sign up here and find all the content we've made thus far here.
Patrick Clarke

This chart was voted for by Jennifer Lucy Allan, Bobby Barry, Aaron Bishop, Patrick Clarke, John Doran, Christian Eede, Noel Gardner, Fergal Kinney, Ella Kemp, Anthea Leyland, Peter Margasak, David McKenna, JR Moores, Luke Turner, Kez Whelan and Daryl Worthington

100. Various Artists -
The Harry Smith B-Sides
(Dust To Digital)
99. Lil' Jürg Frey -
The Quarantine Concerts
(Not On Label)
98. Mdou Moctar -
Mixtape Vol. 3
(Self-Released)
97. Pale Cocoon -
(Incidental Music)
96. Fluence -
Fluence
(États-Unis)
95. Aziz Balouch -
Sufi Hispano-Pakistani
(Death Is Not The End)
94. Toho Sara -
Toho Sara
(Black Editions)
93. Sarah Hennies -
Casts
(Astral Spirits)
92. Richard & Linda Thompson -
Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982)
(UMC)
91. Joe Harriott -
Chronology: Live 1968 - 1969
(Jazz In Britain)
90. White Heaven -
Out
(Black Editions)
89. Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko -
Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy
(NIGHT SCHOOL / Skire)
88. Phil Wachsmann -
Writing In Water
(Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
87. Les Loustics -
Les Squelettes
(Disques Charivari)
86. Space Afrika -
hybtwibt?
(Self-Released)
85. Various Artists -
Join The Future: UK Bleep & Bass 1988 - 1991
(Cease & Desist)
84. Various Artists -
VOLUME 2, rap underground féminin
(La Souterraine)
83. Bourbonese Qualk -
Hope
(Mannequin)
82. Various Artists -
Still In My Arms: Compiled By Bayu & Moopie
(A Colourful Storm)
81. David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon & Anne Klingensmith -
She's More Wild...
(Black Truffle)
80. Various Artists -
Kaleidoscope: New Spirits Known And Unknown
(Soul Jazz)
79. Voïvod -
Lost Machine
(Century Media)
78. Pylon -
Pylon
(New West)
77. Dean Blunt -
Roaches 2012 - 2019
(World Music)
76. Thou -
A Primer Of Holy Words
(Self-Released)
75. Various Artists -
Emodrill: Le Nouveau Western
(Because Music / LA MAISONBLANCH.)
74. Venom -
Sons Of Satan: Rare And Unreleased
(BMG)
73. Los Jaivas -
Los Jaivas
(Transamericas)
72. Sun Ra -
Egypt 1971
(Strut)
71. Moor Mother & Nicole Mitchell -
Offering (Live At Le Guess Who?)
(Don Giovanni)
70. Various Artists -
The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco 2
(How Do You Are?)
69. Ennio Morricone & Bruno Nicolai -
Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'immaginazione
(Dialogo)
68. Robert Wyatt -
His Greatest Misses
(Domino)
67. Tangerine Dream -
Pilots Of Purple Twilight: The Virgin Recordings 1980 - 1983
(Virgin / UMC)
66. Eris Drew -
Ecstatic Bass Transmission 1
(Not On Label)
65. Leila -
Like Weather
(Modern Love)
64. Josey Rebelle -
Josey In Space
(Beats In Space)
63. The Heshoo Beshoo Group -
Armitage Road
(We Are Busy Bodies)
62. Craig Kupka -
Crystals: New Music For Relaxation 2
(Smithsonian Folkways)
61. Trees -
Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)
(Earth)
60. Maggi Payne -
Arctic Minds
(Aguirre)
59. Helena Hauff -
Kern Vol. 5
(Tresor)
58. Triptykon With The Metropole Orkest -
Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)
(Century Media/ Prowling Death)
57. Ben Salisbury, The Insects & Geoff Barrow -
Devs OST
(Invada)
56. Yellow Swans -
Going Places
(Yellow Swans Archive)
55. Various Artists -
Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave & Hardcore
(Soul Jazz)
54. Bessie Jones & The Georgia Sea Island Singers -
Get In Union
(Alan Lomax Archive)
53. Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra -
Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions 1976
(Dark Tree)
52. Powell -
a ƒolder
(a ƒolder)
51. Bongripper -
Satan Worshipping Doom (2020 Remaster)
(Great Barrier)
50. Robbie Basho -
Song Of The Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes
(Tompkins Square)
Previously unknown sides to Robbie Basho unfurl from this box set, of music that has been lost for decades and was unearthed in the home of a Meher Baba devotee by filmmaker Liam Barker (whose film Voice Of The Eagle is essential and a fantastic piece of research). For Basho fans, these recordings are the holy grail, previously unheard material that is long lost and finally coming to light. It contains ferocious playing in tracks like 'Harakiri, Kali Style' and daft ditties in 'Hippie Song', and on 'Sea Of Light (Baba's Ship Song)', Basho's naïve vocalisations and his idiosyncratic piano playing sound like sunbeams on mountain streams.
Jennifer Lucy Allan
49. Black Sabbath -
Paranoid Super Deluxe Box Set
(BMG)
Look, you don't need me to tell you how great Paranoid, the second of Black Sabbath's genre defining albums of 1970, is. So why do you need to shell out again? Well, there's a delightful 12"x12" book, the 1974 Quadradisc Mix in stereo on vinyl for the first time, and a nice poster… which is all great, obviously, but the real gear is the triple live LP featuring two live gigs from the late '70s, one from Montreux, one from Brussels. And it's through these live documents you can hear Sabbath in a state of flux; Ozzy Osbourne still singing the original 'Walpurgis' lyrics to 'War Pigs', plus an alternate version of 'Iron Man'. Elsewhere you get to hear some liquid interplay between Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler plus Bill Ward's fantastic jazz influenced 'architectural' doom laden drum fills – Sabbath's 'psychic' playing abilities already firmly in place due to club residencies in Hamburg, Carlisle and Switzerland. And that's the real history right there.
John Doran

48. Various Artists
Transcendental Movements Vol. 1
(IDO)
Over the course of a handful of records since its launch in 2016, Valentino Mora's IDO Records has pushed a brand of hypnotic, explorative techno that rewards deep listening. It's a sound that is somewhat of a heavy shift from his past moniker of French Fries, and has produced some of his best output. The label's fifth record, this compilation, which is billed as the first of a full-length ambient series, finds him appearing alongside a number of compatriots in that aforementioned style of techno, pulling together 10 stunning weightless pieces from figures such as Donato Dozzy, Neel and Refracted. This is ambient music with purpose.
Christian Eede

47. Deerhoof & Wadada Leo Smith -
To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
(Moserobie)
Deerhoof have navigated the various catastrophes of 2020 in curious, backwards fashion. Before the pandemic had even begun they finished work on Future Teenage Cave Artists, for which they worked remotely around a concept of post-crisis humans trying to make sense of a global disaster. Then, in July, just as that kind of music was becoming the norm at the height of the pandemic, they put out a glorious collaborative live record with legendary jazz musician Wadada Leo Smith, To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough, recorded last year. Its title alone, taken from Walt Whitman's I Sing The Body Electric is enough to make you long for that feeling. Then there's the music itself. The first half is Deerhoof on fearsome form as they rattle through their usual tempestuously euphoric live set. Then, Smith joins the fray, adding rich, pummelling trumpet that rises to match the band's inherent chaos, duelling wildly with the band's thundering drums and feral guitars. It's as exciting as live albums get.
Patrick Clarke

46. Mort Garson -
Music From Patch Cord Productions
(Sacred Bones)
After whetting our appetites with the first official re-issue of Mort Garson's beautiful Plantasia last year, Sacred Bones Records really delivered the motherlode in 2020 with no less than four exquisite editions of the Canadian synth pioneer's music. Frankly, any one of them could have been put here and we've chosen Patch Cord Productions as something of a stand-in for the whole Garson re-issue project. Garson was a session musician and jobbing arranger who worked with Doris Day and Mel Tormé, but in 1967 he met Bob Moog and the synthesiser proved the perfect outlet for some of Garson's more outré tastes and interests, from astrology to black masses to porn soundtracks. Like Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research Inc. comp, this is a collection of offcuts and oddities, all gurgling triangle waves and wild white noise swooshes. A slithery, sensual pleasure from start to finish.
Robert Barry

45. Jan St. Werner -
Molocular Meditation
(Editions Mego)
On Mouse On Mars member Jan St. Werner's latest record, the ghost of the late Mark E. Smith escapes Hades and materialises in St. Werner's studio as that hobgoblin on the cover of the 'City Hobgoblins' single. Though the album finds St. Werner re-editing a set of songs that were originally recorded in 2014 at the Cornerhouse, Manchester, in the guise of a multi-channel installation (as well as unreleased new material partly written around that same time), it's nigh impossible to not hear the album as a voodoo ritual calling to Smith beyond the grave, demanding he make his physical presence, his voice, and his words known once more.
Adam Lehrer

44. Donato Dozzy -
Samurai Music Podcast 46
(Not On Label)
Donato Dozzy has been playing drum & bass for some years now, but his affinity for the genre seems to have reached new heights in recent years, as evidenced by recorded DJ sets from Italy's Terraforma festival and as part of Resident Advisor's 2018 Alternate Cuts event series, as well as by a remix he did for Homemade Weapons on the Samurai Music label last year. In 2020, he returned to Samurai for a full D&B EP and crowned it with this mix for the label's podcast series. Across just shy of 45 minutes, the Italian maestro weaves through several hypnotic 85/170 BPM cuts, each blend pulling you deeper and deeper into the kind of wormhole that he's known to so deftly concoct playing the deep techno his name has come to be synonymous with over the last decade and more.
Christian Eede
43. My Disco -
Environment Remixes
(Nice Music)
The fruitful pairing of Australian minimalist pugilists My Disco and Karl O'Connor's Downwards Records continues with this remix record of their austere 2019 record Environment. The MD palette – heavy bass drops, noise, Liam Andrews' deadbeat vocals – lends itself well to these excellent retoolings by the likes of Giant Swan, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Oliver Ho. Joyously dour.
Luke Turner

42. Arnold Dreyblatt -
Star Trap
(Black Truffle)
When I saw Arnold Dreyblatt at Belgium's Meakusma Festival last year, I described the gig as resembling "ZZ Top covering the Theatre of Eternal Music," a pulsing, hard-rockin' minimalist hoedown composed of double bass harmonics and country-rock drums. But this – a set of 1990s recordings repackaged by the always-excellent Black Truffle – is something else. The six cuts featured here, see Dreyblatt in composer-producer mode, sitting back and conducting the band rather than digging in with his piano-wire-strung bass. At times it sounds like a hoedown directed by Philip Glass; other moments could be Arthur Russell let loose after dark in a museum of mechanical automata. Throughout it remains propulsive, compulsive listening. Cosmic leaning and richly conceptual, but still somehow kinda fun.
Robert Barry

41. Dubiny -
Vianie Ruta 1982​-​1988
(Modernizations 1000HZ)
Dubiny began as a local band in the north eastern Polish village of the same name, led by a local folk musician from the area's Belarusian minority called Piotr Skiepko, who had begun to experiment with self-made instruments. He blended the disco, rock, proto-electronica and psychedelia that was rising in Poland at the time, with the traditional, mainly accordion-led music of Belarus, to create a remarkable new sound that fast became a hit at weddings and public festivities across the region. At a time where Belarusians suffered stigmatisation in the region, by performing to both his own people and Poles, Skiepko broke political boundaries, as well as musical ones. His bold, yet playful spirit is represented lovingly on this unique compilation.
Patrick Clarke

40. Hank Jackson -
Truancy 258
(Not On Label)
New York DJ Hank Jackson's entry to the always brilliant Truancy mix series (courtesy of the Truants blog) is a trip through all kinds of exciting current club sounds. Opening on a dubbed-out roller from the Bokeh Versions label, he progresses into driving percussion workouts (Superficie, NA DJ X Crazy Design), all-out bassbin rattlers (Cocktail Party Effect) and menacing electro (Microthol, Dynarec), amongst numerous other diversions. The mix's highlight has to be the moment that the 2-step UKG rhythms of Allstars' grin-inducing classic 'Walk On By' effortlessly float in from the preceding track at around the 29-minute mark.
Christian Eede
39. Hiroshi Yoshimura -
Green
(Light In The Attic)
For many years, Hiroshi Yoshimura's unbeatable classic ambient works from the 1980s only shifted hands for hundreds of pounds on the resale market, his discography the benefactor of renewed interest in a number of past Japanese ambient producers over the last decade. Two years ago, some of those works – namely Pier & Loft and Music For Nine Postcards – finally began to make their way to fans at a far more affordable price thanks to very necessary reissues. This year, another of his discography highlights, Green, finally got the same treatment, courtesy of Light In The Attic. It couldn't have been more welcome, featuring a number of this writer's most-loved Yoshimura pieces in 'Feel' and 'Sheep'.
Christian Eede

38. Ann McMillan -
Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal And Other Sounds
(Folkways)
While the five compositions on Gateway Summer Sound are mostly abstract, they evoke vivid imagery. 'Episode', for example, might be the soundtrack for a deranged version of Beauty And The Beast, as noises like those of candelabras, teapots, stoves, and pendulum clocks ssscrape, sssqueak, and wwwoosh embraced by a disintegrated harpsichord. Then everything's turned on its head again. The deep, incisive title track and the nomen est omen 'Gong Song' embrace a sci-fi foley approach to concoct music that hints at what a heavily deconstructed, occasionally progressive collaboration between Delia Derbyshire and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters might sound if performed by monkeys, motors, and field recordings from other dimensions. Ultimately, this bewildering and daring attitude makes Gateway Summer Sound an absolutely vital record.
Antonio Poscic

37. Kemistry & Storm -
DJ-Kicks
(!K7)

Kemistry & Storm's entry to the DJ-Kicks compilation series, originally released in 1999 just three months before Kemistry's death in a freak accident, is the sound of one of drum & bass' greatest DJ duos at their peak. The only D&B mix in the series to date, it was recorded live on vinyl in just two takes and roars into action with intent, as 'Trauma', the Dom & Roland-produced opener, soon rolls into the menacing swagger of John B's 'OIÉ'. From there, the duo tear through an almost unrelentingly dark run of tunes (the appearance of Sci-Clone's 'Everywhere I Go (Remix)' at the 25-minute mark is a perfectly timed spot of brightness) from some of D&B's biggest and best: Goldie, Dillinja, J Majik, and Digital & Spirit all feature.
Christian Eede

36. Vinny Moonshine -
Live At Waxwing
(Metaphysical Powers)
A big thanks goes to tQ contributors Bernie Brooks and Kristen Gallerneaux for releasing this extremely obscure Detroit underground gem by a little-known artist who goes under the name of Vinny Moonshine. Is it a true live album? What was its actual provenance, beyond it being a digital release in those hazy days BBC (Before Bandcamp) when digital releases would just get lost in the ether? Who knows, or indeed cares, for this record, recorded in the mid-'00s, is a gem of blissed-out, dubby, lo-fi pop.
Luke Turner

35. Virtual Shadow Ensemble -
Keep Your Distance!
(Noa)
Noa Records is a label that focuses on alternative music from Pasifika and indigenous Maori people in New Zealand, or Aotearoa, and whose most recent record, Keep Your Distance!, is essential. Recorded over 10 days by a huge cast of musicians and poets during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, it is a meditative, hypnotic and profound collection bestowed with a gentle-yet-potent power.
Patrick Clarke

34. Various Artists -
Alterity
(Houndstooth)
Alterity sees Houndstooth gather 15 forward-facing electronic music producers from across the world for a collection that demonstrates the rude health that experimental club music is in in 2020. Representing the Shanghai-based SVBKVLT label, 33EMYBW, Gooooose, Hyph11E and Osheyack each deliver the kind of rhythmically warped, mutant club sounds that has seen their usual label home win a number of new fans over the last year or two, while the always on point AYA's 'DaRE u to sour lips with me' sits at the cross section between deconstructed head-spinner and ecstatic peak-time hardcore slammer, taking all kinds of twists and turns over its six-minute runtime. With contributions elsewhere from the likes of Slikback, Deena Abdelwahed and E-Saggila, among others, this was always going to deliver.
Christian Eede

33. SPAZA -
UPRIZE! (Music From The Original Motion Picture)
(Mushroom Hour Half-Hour)
UPRIZE! is a striking and unflinching film about the 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa, a youth protest against racist education systems that left up to 700 children dead. The film's emotional power is elevated by a remarkable and bold soundtrack released earlier this year as the second LP by SPAZA, which is not so much a band as a series of recordings organised by the label Mushroom Hour Half Hour. They're named after South African spaza shops, or tuck shops, informal convenience stores run from people's homes, garages, shacks and shipping containers that sell miscellaneous household goods. Predominantly centred in Black townships, where paths to formal business ownership are limited, the word has become synonymous with entrepreneurial spirit. Just as each spaza shop is completely different from another, so too are all of SPAZA's performances, entirely improvised by a constantly shifting line-up.
Patrick Clarke

32. Coil -
NTS In Focus
(Not On Label)
As has been the case for quite some years now, 2020 has probably seen a slew of Coil reissues of various qualities and legalities, but rather than pick The Anal Staircase - Up Thee Magickal Hoover or similar, why not go for this superb NTS mix that works as a primer for those who remain strangers to their labyrinthine catalogue, as well as an all-the-hits deep dive for the faithful.
Luke Turner
31. Various Artists -
Interstellar Funk Presents Artificial Dancers: Waves Of Synth
(Rush Hour)
There are a few names on this stellar compilation from Dutch DJ Interstellar Funk (AKA Olf Van Elden) that will be familiar to most tQ regular readers: a throbbing chunk of '90s Chris & Cosey; a particularly dirty slice of early Human League; some pounding gothy bum dungeon synths from cult Amsterdam group Clan Of Zymox. But it's the lesser-known cuts that prove to be the real delight here: the flickering horrorcore of Psychick Youth affiliates Zahgurim; the broken machine funk of Mallorcan Sociedades En Tetra Brik; the dentist drill square wave party of Im Namen Des Volkes. This is filthy, sinister music for filthy, sinister people, the perfect soundtrack for wrapping yourself in clingfilm and getting sweaty under a concrete ceiling.
Robert Barry

30. Various Artists -
WorldWideWindow
(Enisslab)
Organised by Italian DJ and producer Neel, early into many nations' COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year, WorldWideWindow, a charity release that saw proceeds go to The Red Cross as they aimed to support health services in the pandemic, certainly didn't scrimp on big names. Calling on artists to "take their time with whichever tools they had available at home to produce some music that reflects this time we are living in," the result is more than six hours of previously unheard and unreleased music. Caterina Barbieri's 'Clessidra' is a typically arpeggiated beauty, while Donato Dozzy's 'Let It Go' soars like a lost track from the original Blade Runner score. There's plenty to dig into across WorldWideWindow's 46 tracks, including standout contributions from Grand River, Mike Parker, Wata Igarashi, Marco Shuttle, Peter Van Hoesen, Voices From The Lake and much more.
Christian Eede

29. The Fall -
Hex Enduction Hour
(Cherry Red)
There is something extra special about Hex; maybe if it's a stretch for you to outright say, hand on heart, that it's The Fall's best album, that shouldn't stop you from recognising that it's maybe the first among several equals. As I said, when I was reviewing the excellent Sanctuary reissue in 2009: "Even if it's a fools' errand trying to decide which is the greatest LP out of The Fall's huge back catalogue of albums, many fanatics of the group will tell you that the worst thing you can say about Hex is that it's their equal best at very least." It was this sentiment that eventually led to my most sophisticated attempt to answer to that most vexatious Fall-related question, what is their best album? And my answer was that at any one time I would always profess to have three LPs in pole position: the current release, whatever it was I was listening to in the car and Hex. There is a sadness to this equation of course now and my answer is merely the CD I listen to in the car and Hex.
John Doran

28. Albert Ayler -
New Grass
(Third Man)
No one liked New Grass on release. Not jazz fans. Not jazz critics. Not even Albert Ayler, who suggested that Impulse! had leant on him to head in a more commercial direction. It's across the board unpopularity would go some way to explaining why this LP hasn't seen the light of day back home in America since 1974. Of course, we can look back and see that jazz in 1969 was contemplating necessary change in order to get match fit for the '70s in part by trying to forge meaningful new connections with the pop worlds of soul, funk and rock. Carla Bley was just starting to dream up her ambitious Sgt. Pepper's of big band jazz, Escalator Over The Hill and Miles Davis had made his first tentative 'rock' music statement with In A Silent Way, the album that was a precursor to him kicking the doors in with Bitches Brew the following year. Ayler was in likelihood slammed simply because he chose uptight, Bar-Kays-style R&B as his vehicle of experimentation, which both rock and jazz critics of the day would probably have deemed boilerplate pop. It was their loss and this Third Man reissue has become our gain. It's straight up joyful to hear. Even if some of his band mates are no match for him, Ayler slides between wild free jazz, polished sideman horn stabs and something more otherworldly, as if he is temporarily aware of parallel time streams running simultaneously and is able to move freely between them.
John Doran

27. Various Artists -
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present The Tears Of Technology
(Ace)
The Tears Of Technology is a compilation that celebrates early 1980s synthpop. The standout track is by folk-punk pioneer Patrik Fitzgerald. In 1982, Fitzgerald ditched his guitar for a synth and released this track 'Personal Loss' on his Gifts And Telegrams album. Here, Fitzgerald delivers the same level of social commentary with the usual biting lyrics, but it feels more direct than his better-known folk-punk work. 'Personal Loss', and the album, shows the synth is something more than just a box of noises and rhythms. With the right operator it became something that could deliver tender motifs and catchy melodies as the guitar was before it.
Nick Roseblade

26. Astaron -
Astaron
(Sealed)
We're of the firm belief that good words sell records, and hope that you, our dear readers, agree. It was an excellent write-up by the World Of Echo record shop that led me to buy this wonderful self-titled album by Viennese due Astaron. This feels like cold wave in its deadpan vocals and haunted lullabies, but there's a lot more here, for instance on the Mittel European accordion goth waltz of 'St John's Fire', and the whole is carried off with a sparkling jouissance and wry panache.
Luke Turner

25. Beverly-Glenn Copeland -
Transmissions: The Music Of Beverly-Glenn Copeland
(Transgressive)
When overwhelmed by the various horrors of 2020, there is no album I have turned to for solace more than this unfathomably gorgeous collection of songs by Beverly-Glenn Copeland. It represents a long, long overdue overview of a rich and varied career, one that has gone criminally unrecognised until his recent 'rediscovery'. It's the tracks from his pioneering 1986 LP Keyboard Fantasies that stand out the most, 'Ever New' and 'Sunset Village', twin pillars of absolutely overwhelming tenderness and beauty.
Patrick Clarke

24. Various Artists -
Cache 02
(SVBKVLT)
SVBKVLT was unstoppable in 2020, thanks to EPs from roster members such as Seven Orbits, Nahash, Osheyack, and Gooooose (teaming up with DJ Scotch Egg on record for the first time), as well as an album by Hyph11E, that all sounded like nearly nothing else out there. The Shanghai label rounded off the year with the compilation Cache 02, the successor to 2019's Cache. Its 14 tracks are a nifty introduction to the label if you're not yet familiar. 33EMYBW's 'Coupling' revolves around frantic, skitterish drums, while you could imagine hearing Swimful's 'Muckle' on an old Sidewinder tape, complete with an MC spitting over it. 'Alternet' from NET GALA pairs SVBKVLT's deconstructed take on club music with trance, and Gabber Modus Operandi are on fine frenzied form on 'Pedas'. Long may SVBKVLT continue to bless us with its barmy take on club music.
Christian Eede

23. Roedelius -
Tape Essence Archive 1973 - 1978
(Bureau B)
Like his creative colleague Michael Rother – who also often deliberately evoked the landscape of Saxony in his work – Roedelius is happy to endow the music with broad enough shoulders to carry the listener to wherever they want to travel. Many of these pieces do seem to flow like water, particularly memorable is the way the melody line seems to meander on the familiar-sounding piece, 'Skizze 4 Von By This River', or how the well-named 'Springende Inspiration' continually switches key. And 'Rokkokko (Nicht Verwendetes Stück)' could be an impression of the wide blue sky shimmering above the Saxon countryside. The music on the record also reminds me of the beautifully droll pieces that accompanied the first of Edgar Reitz's Heimat series. More post-classical music set in, and redolent of, German countryside.
Richard Foster
22. Edikanfo -
The Pace Setters
(Glitterbeat)
While a range of styles make up the six tracks, unsurprising given they were written by five different individual group members, it remains cohesive. The Afro-funk guitars and bass playing, disco keys and polyrhythmic drumming makes for a head-spinning force, with horns accentuating the key build-ups. The forward-thinking progressive nature of the music extended to the lyrical themes on the album, as sung by all group members, for example, opener 'Nka Bom' translates as togetherness with a message of strength in unity.
Richie Troughton

21. Various Artists -
Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971 - 1983
(Soul Jazz)
If I have one problem with this amazing Soul Jazz series, it's that, strictly speaking, these albums tend to be anthologies of kosmiche or rockin' krautrock tracks as much as elektronische; drawing mainly from the work of bands at the Nurse With Wound List end of the German rock scene of the '70s. Which isn't even a problem at all when the curatorship on offer is as good as this. As per usual, Soul Jazz are egalitarian crate diggers and they mix the obscure with the well-loved, the genre typical sounds with the synapse scrambling, so Harmonia, Can and Amon Düül II nestle up to Emak, Dzyan and Virus. There are a lot revelations here including the 'fake-sheikh' arabesque of 'Patella Black' by Alex (whose drummer has clearly been listening to Jaki Liebezeit and taking notes) and the pleasingly zonked 'Nearby Shiras' by Kalacakra.
John Doran

20. Pharoah Sanders -
Live In Paris (1975)
(Transversales Disques)
Live In Paris is, put simply, the sound of a concert so powerful (and so well recorded) that it remains utterly magical 45 years later. We can only imagine how amazing Sanders and his band, on remarkable form following his imperious run of early-1970s releases, must have sounded to the 800 or so actually in the crowd for this show at the studios of Radio France, because even now it is utterly transfixing. The closing rendition of 'Love Is Everwhere', in particular, where Sanders and his band's incredible playing fades at the end into the sounds of communal bliss from the audience, imparts the joy of music in its purest form.
Patrick Clarke

19. Laksa -
Crack Mix 341
(Not On Label)
Two very fine records for Hessle Audio and Timedance weren't all Laksa had to offer in 2020. His contribution to Crack's mix series is a high-intensity ride through dancehall, dizzying polyrhythms, reggaeton, UK techno, D&B, and a hell of a lot more. Loaded with numerous tempo shifts, there's a surprise or, put simply, another huge banger at every turn.
Christian Eede
18. Various Artists -
PlanetMµ25
(Planet Mu)
Mike Paradinas' always forward facing Planet Mu label has just turned 25 and is celebrating with this compilation of 15 (relatively) hearty party bangers. RP Boo's up for it 'Finally Here' develops from stuttering juke jam into a squelchy acid electro banger that cheekily interpolates Class Action's 'Weekend', while Skee Mask brings lush synthetic chamber symphonics to his remix of Konx Om Pax's 'Rez'. By the time you've got through other dance floor manglers by East Man, Meemo Comma and Rian Treanor, you'll be wanting to present them with a cake bearing 25 candles and wishing them all the best for the next quarter of a century.
John Doran

17. Charles Curtis -
Performances & Recordings 1998​ - ​2018
(Saltern)
A 'best of' (of sorts) collecting performances by the American cellist Charles Curtis on Tashi Wada's Saltern Records. I wish there were more collections like this. It opens with one of Eliane Radigue's Occam pieces (she only allows certain people to play her music) and includes a mix of early music by Tobias Hume, classical pieces by Messiaen and avant-garde compositions. Alison Knowles and Terry Jennings (who was an early TEM member). Many are minimal and grounded in the instrument's body or material construction. The Alison Knowles piece consists of a beating of the body of the instrument that moves on to the strings. Curtis's own pieces have the sort of instrumental drift of Gastr Del Sol – nonchalant guitars and brushes on snares. It is a salve.
Jennifer Lucy Allan

16. FLEE Project -
Tarantismo: Odyssey Of An Italian Ritual
(Flee)
This gloriously odd record leads you to many discoveries. The opening tracks on the release are six recordings from the 1950s of an ancient folk music and dance ritual that was employed to cure Tarantismo; a psychological condition characterised by an extreme sometimes deadly impulse to dance, believed to be caused by the bite of a tarantula. The second half consists of modern interpretations. Tarantismo was found mainly in southern Italy – around the Greek colony of Taranta – during the mediaeval and the early modern periods. And, given the times, it seems the dance cure took the form of an exorcism. In more recent years this form of music based round creating long and fast rhythmic passages has developed and is used in therapy for patients with certain forms of depression and hysteria. The effects of the music on the endocrine system (your glands in other words) is now an object of serious research.
Richard Foster

15. Maxx Mann -
Maxx Mann
(Dark Entries)
High on the list of historical tragedies inflicted on African-Americans' cultural history is the impact of the 1980s AIDS crisis. In the discos of New York, queer black men were able to find a place of sexual and social liberation just as they invented much of the electronic music many take for granted today. This fierce, proud scene was decimated by HIV/AIDS, a disease that continues to disproportionately impact African-Americans – according to research published in 2018, they accounted for 42% of new cases of HIV/AIDS. Maxx Mann's debut album, reissued by the Dark Entries label, is one of the finest and most important archival releases of recent years, carrying in its smooth electro jams, not only a ribald sexuality, but also a poignancy – a multi-racial group, founder member Paul Hamman died of AIDS, while Frank Oldham Jr worked in AIDS advocacy charities
Luke Turner

14. Miles Davis -
Double Image: Rare Miles From The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
(Legacy)
"Bitches Brew is my favourite Miles Davis album. It has been around for most of my life and I've been around people who have record collections and that's the record that if there is any jazz at all, that's it. If you like Black Sabbath then there's a good chance that might be your one jazz record if you've got one. So it's supposed to be cool. I first heard it when I was ten. I was like, 'What's this shit? I hate this. The songs go on for 20 minutes.' If you can pick between Led Zeppelin and Miles Davis when you're ten you'll pick Led Zep, right? Then when I was like 20 I would go, 'Ah no! I don't get it. It just feels like it's going to go on forever.' Then about ten years ago I heard it and thought: 'Ah . . .'"
Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips

13. Alabaster DePlume -
To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
(International Anthem)
For the most part, To Cy & Lee consists of music lifted from across Alabaster DePlume's last four studio albums, with two new compositions called 'What's Missing' and 'If You’re Sure You Want To', recorded by DePlume and a one-off band consisting of Sarathy Korwar, Donna Thompson, James Howard, The Comet Is Coming's Dan 'Danalogue' Leavers and Snapped Ankles' Chestnutt. The music is gorgeous and soothing, intimate and direct. Between sweet and affecting melodies you can hear the sounds of fingers clicking on keys, buried voices counting time in the distance. Taking away the mercurial, frenetic vocals that appear on his other albums makes the music's more directly emotional and calming qualities "easier to digest," as he puts it, which is the point of the release. "People have said this to me: 'I put your music on, and it was perfect, but then you started shouting something about a pig. Can't it just be the nice bits?' Sometimes I think, well, that's fair enough! One of the things I wanted to do with this album is to make more people welcome."
Patrick Clarke

12. Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble -
The Neptune Collection
(Folkways)
Throughout The Neptune Collection's nine cuts, sweet folk melodies carried by taught woodwind, piano, guitars, and percussion licks appear not as main compositional themes, but almost as happy accidents of an experimental and free practice. As Clark's collective entertained an inter- and multimedial combination of theatre, dance, poetry, and music, the record's makeup was shaped into a similarly heterogenous form. Texturally and structurally rich like an ambient fresco. Painted with an elegant amalgam of Celtic dances, free jazz freakouts, klezmer's joyful laments, and Balearic meditations. Haunted by an overwhelming sense of existing at the end of a summer that was never supposed to end. Anachronistic, yet perfectly preserved in amber tones.
Antonio Poscic

11. Lennie Tristano -
The Duo Sessions
(Dot Time Legends)
I'm going to come clean and admit that before this album landed in my inbox this March, I had scarcely listened to a note of Lennie Tristano and knew little of his backstory. But for whatever reason I've found myself reaching for these sixteen cuts more than almost any others this past nine months. Perhaps it's simply because it sounds so little like 2020 that it seems to immediately transport me to another time – and, let's face it, who hasn't wanted to be transported to another time this past nine months? But these late '60s/'70s sessions with regular Tristano collaborators Lenny Popkin, Connie Crothers, and Roger Mancuso are also a quiet masterclass in unforced instrumental dialogue, each player weaving woozily around the other like a detective and a murderer in a tightly-plotted noir. Time was, if you needed music for your B-picture thriller you would either go with a small jazz group or an astringent Schoenbergian exercise in atonality. With Tristano, you get both.
Robert Barry

10. Sharhabil Ahmed -
The King Of Sudanese Jazz
(Habibi Funk)
The King Of Sudanese Jazz a record that fizzes and cracks with electricity and energy, dominated by the musician's extraordinarily charismatic vocal presence. Rather than straight-up jazz as it is known in the UK, the music is a mix of rock 'n' roll, funk and samba, as well as established Sudanese music. Habibi Funk first included its opener 'Argos Farfish', a blasting joy of a song, on their 2017 compilation An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World. Around the same time, their sister label was working with a Sudanese MC called Zen-Zin, who happened to live next door to Ahmed's son Mohamed, himself a musician. On their behalf, Mohamed asked his father what he thought of remastering and re-releasing some of his best tracks, and after years spent searching for recordings in high enough quality, they emerged with one of the compilations of the year, yet one that still only scratches the surface of a remarkably storied career.
Patrick Clarke

9. Objekt -
BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix
(Not On Label)
Every new mix from Objekt is a treat. Whether he's whizzing through an hour of 'no-kick rollers', as he did in 2018 on his entry to the Resident Advisor mix series, or using polyrhythms to seamlessly shift from techno to D&B, as on his 2017 Dekmantel podcast, you can always guarantee there will be a fair share of head-spinning blends and selections. That's why, even as we were burrowed deep into lockdown and clubs were a distant memory when his Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 was first aired earlier this year, this mix became a frequent listen. Opening with a selection of sub-100 BPM 'techno dancehall' cuts, the mix soon picks up the pace at the 15-minute mark and doesn't look back for the remainder, moving through classic techno (Renegade Soundwave, Surgeon, Bandulu remixing Slowdive), mutant club music (BADSISTA, Rhyw, Nan Kolè & DJ Tess, Réelle), speedy acid and electro (Ceephax Acid Crew, Odd Lust, Radioactive Man), and jungle and D&B (dgoHn, The Criminal Minds, Donato Dozzy remixing Homemade Weapons). Perhaps the biggest treat of all though is the final 10 minutes of all-out breakcore and gabber – hearing Pete Tong pleasantly outro the show over a near-200 BPM speedcore track is something you don't hear often. Now if only we could get a version without the Radio 1 idents.
Christian Eede
8. Ashtray Navigations -
Greatest Imaginary Hits
(VHF)
For Imaginary Hits, a massive 4xCD and 1xLP collection, Henry Rollins himself has lent a hand in determining just what constitutes an AshNav "hit," assembling one disc of the collection; connoisseurs Peter Coward and Rob Hayler, along with fellow traveler Neil Campbell (of Vibracathedral Orchestra/Astral Social Club), picked their favourites for the other three. This selection method makes for intriguing juxtapositions: with such a massive body of work at hand, it only stands to reason that these four would come up with a version of Todd's work which most reflects their own idées fixe, be it Coward's taste for airplane hangar whoosh and clangour or Rollins' ear for screaming guitar splooge.
Dustin Krcatovich

7. Various Artists -
Maghreb K7 Club: Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staifi 1985 - 1997
(Sofa Records / Les Disques Bongo Joe)
This is a terrific, compact compilation featuring artists with origins from across the Maghreb but based in Lyon. That degraded but punchy sound is one aspect of these recordings' appeal, as well as the feeling of picking up a hidden gem from a market stall, but these rich pickings: the clip-clopping percussion and distorted vocals on Zaïdi El Batni's 'Malik y a Malik', the sprightly drum machine funk of Nordine Staifi's 'Zine Ezzinet' and Mokhtar Mezhoud's dreamy, spacious 'Rahoum Yegoulou Sabirine' (the most recent tune here). Throughout there's evidence of the musicians assimilating French pop trends, although sometimes belatedly – Salah El Annabi's 'Hata Fi Annaba' is from 1993 but cops the tune from 'Oxygène IV' by fellow Lyonnais Jean-Michel Jarre.
David McKenna

6. These New Puritans -
Hidden [MMXX]
(Domino)
To mark the dawning of a new decade, These New Puritans resurfaced with a masterpiece. Hidden is a questing, post-everything collage piece that largely eschews guitars in favour of pummelling beats, brooding electronics and the ominous chanting of a children's choir. At every turn, Hidden wrong-foots the listener. Continuity comes solely from its unwavering magnificence.
Niall O’Keefe

5. Various Artists -
Sharpen, Moving
(Timedance)
Timedance, the Bristol-based label founded and run by Batu, turned five in 2020, and while circumstances may have hampered some of its big anniversary plans (only a handful of celebratory parties were able to take place earlier in the year and the inaugural edition of Batu's En Masse festival was postponed), it's safe to say that it certainly didn't sting the musical output. Characteristically intricate sound design and simultaneously head-spinning and functional rhythms were the order of the day on EPs from label regulars Laksa, Lurka and Metrist. Capping the year though, Sharpen, Moving introduced some new faces to the label. A relative veteran of electronic music, Peter Van Hoesen explores speedy, broken techno on 'L9T', Mang & GRAŃ (affiliates of Shanghai's Genome666mbp collective) take a more pummeling, deconstructed direction on 'Live4evr', and Happa opts for hulking dubstep-adjacent drums on '15Three'. Established Timedance figures such as Bruce, Ploy and, of course, Batu (whose 'SYX' is a compilation highlight) also feature in a release that sees Timedance continue to break out from the localised ‘Bristol techno' of its origins.
Christian Eede

4. Oneness Of Juju -
African Rhythms 1970 - 1982
(Strut)
Known by many different names across their decades-long career with a constantly shifting line-up, but always under the captainship of Plunky J. Branch, Oneness Of Juju boast one of the most imperious discographies in modern jazz. This enormous triple LP, a reissue of a record first put out in 2002 to capitalise on a resurge in popularity spurred by the likes of J Dilla, accounts for just part of it, but is nevertheless an essential document. It doesn't just compile the best of Branch's music, but frames it in the wider musical and activist movements he was a key part of; the FBI kept a file on him for years, and he was a mentee of famed South African exile musician Ndikho Xaba. Running from the powerful semi-improvisations, funk and afrobeat tracks they put out for the legendary D.C. jazz label Black Fire in the early 1970s, all the way through to their 80s minor club hit 'Every Way But Loose', this is a comprehensive and vital collection.
Patrick Clarke

3. Richard Dawson -
Republic Of Geordieland
(Self-Released)
Despite the obstacles, Richard Dawson has had a prolific 2020. With Sally Pilkington, Rhodri Davies and Dawn Bothwell he put out the fantastic new Hen Ogledd album Free Humans, and his Bulbils project with Pilkington released fifty quite lovely lo-fi mini-albums. Then, there's Republic Of Geordieland. Dawson says he always used to imagine the title going with "some grand overblown quadruple-vinyl prog-folk opera or suchlike," but instead it heads up a smattering of disparate demos and standalone recordings from across his career, released in an effort to counter lockdown anxiety. Some of the tracks will be familiar to fans, the powerful a capella tracks 'Felon' and 'Almsgiver' he recorded for the film This Liberty about Hexham Old Gaol, for example, which have been fixtures of live sets over the last few years. Others are a little rarer, like the staggering brass-led instrumental 'A Very Fine Horse', or the slender acoustic guitar track 'Heart Beats Slowly', composed for plays by Kate Craddock and Steve Gilroy respectively. Then there are the weirder, but equally wonderful lo-fi tracks Dawson's recorded during lockdown, the lopsided and labyrinthine 15-minute guitar-and-drum-machine headspinner 'The Minotaur Of Cornwall', for example, or the tribute to the anti-racist motto of his native Newcastle, 'We Are Black And White'. "Frankly, it's a dog's dinner. But a dog's dinner may still offer some nourishment!" Dawson says. We think he's underselling it somewhat. This collection is a disparate delight.
Patrick Clarke

2. Patrick Cowley -
Some Funkettes
(Dark Entries)
All credit to the Dark Entries label for continuing to maintain the quality of their ongoing exploration of the Patrick Cowley archive. We've had the porn soundtracks, the beautifully written and rather hot journals, and now this superb collection of covers that give significant insight into what shaped Cowley's musical world. Versions of tracks by The Temptations and Herbie Hancock have a loose, carefree feeling that seems to allow the producer himself into the music – you can imagine him putting this together, bobbing in the studio, on some bright west coast afternoon. An early version of his take on Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' is here, of course, and listening to it is something of a goosebumps experience – like lifting the lid on a portal to musical history being made, yes, but also the soundtrack to queer liberation.
Luke Turner
1. AYA -
too oh won nein
(Self-Released)
Ever wanted to hear Caterina Barbieri's gorgeous synth tracks overlayed with a big fat gabber beat? Ever wondered what Oneohtrix Point Never and LTJ Bukem might sound like on one tune? Ever wanted to hear Shawn Mendes over Flux Pavilion's tearout dubstep wobbles? Well, AYA's got you covered with this mind-boggling collection of cheeky bootlegs and edits. Luck may not have looked down on us in 2020, but we are blessed at least to have AYA continually reminding us of how chaotically fun dance music can and should be.
Christian Eede

The Quietus Reissues, Compilations, Mixes etc. Of The Year 2020

  • 1: AYA - too oh won nein
  • 2: Patrick Cowley - Some Funkettes
  • 3: Richard Dawson - Republic of Geordieland
  • 4: Oneness Of Juju - African Rhythms 1970 - 1982
  • 5: Various Artists - Sharpen, Moving
  • 6: These New Puritans - Hidden [MMXX]
  • 7: Various Artists - Maghreb K7 Club: Synth Raï, Chaoui & Staifi 1985 - 1997
  • 8: Ashtray Navigations - Greatest Imaginary Hits
  • 9: Objekt - BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix
  • 10: Sharhabil Ahmed - The King Of Sudanese Jazz
  • 11: Lennie Tristano - The Duo Sessions
  • 12: Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble - The Neptune Collection
  • 13: Alabaster DePlume - To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1
  • 14: Miles Davis - Double Image: Rare Miles From The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
  • 15: Maxx Mann - Maxx Mann
  • 16: FLEE Project - Tarantismo: Odyssey Of An Italian Ritual
  • 17: Charles Curtis - Performances & Recordings 1998 - 2018
  • 18: Various Artists - PlanetMµ25
  • 19: Laksa - Crack Mix 341
  • 20: Pharoah Sanders - Live In Paris (1975)
  • 21: Various Artists - Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971 - 1983
  • 22: Edikanfo - The Pace Setters
  • 23: Roedelius - Tape Essence Archive 1973 - 1978
  • 24: Various Artists - Cache 02
  • 25: Beverly-Glenn Copeland - Transmissions: The Music Of Beverly-Glenn Copeland
  • 26: Astaron - Astaron
  • 27: Various Artists - Pete Wiggs & Bob Stanley Present The Tears Of Technology
  • 28: Albert Ayler - New Grass
  • 29: The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
  • 30: Various Artists - WorldWideWindow
  • 31: Various Artists - Artificial Dancers: Waves Of Synth
  • 32: Coil - NTS In Focus
  • 33: SPAZA - UPRIZE!
  • 34: Various Artists - Alterity
  • 35: Virtual Shadow Ensemble - Keep Your Distance!
  • 36: Vinny Moonshine - Live At Waxwing
  • 37: Kemistry & Storm - DJ-Kicks
  • 38: Ann McMillan - Gateway Summer Sound
  • 39: Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green
  • 40: Hank Jackson - Truancy 258
  • 41: Dubiny - Vianie Ruta 1982 - 1988
  • 42: Arnold Dreyblatt - Star Trap
  • 43: My Disco - Environment Remixes
  • 44: Donato Dozzy - Samurai Music Podcast 46
  • 45: Jan St. Werner - Molocular Meditation
  • 46: Mort Garson - Music From Patch Cord Productions
  • 47: Deerhoof & Wadada Leo Smith - To Be Surrounded By Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
  • 48: Various Artists - Transcendental Movements Vol. 1
  • 49: Black Sabbath - Paranoid Super Deluxe Box Set
  • 50: Robbie Basho - Song Of The Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes
  • 51: Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom (2020 Remaster)
  • 52: Powell - a ƒolder
  • 53: Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions, 1976
  • 54: Bessie Jones & The Georgia Sea Island Singers - Get In Union
  • 55: Various Artists - Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave & Hardcore
  • 56: Yellow Swans - Going Places
  • 57: Ben Salisbury, The Insects & Geoff Barrow - Devs OST
  • 58: Triptykon - Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)
  • 59: Helena Hauff - Kern Vol. 5
  • 60: Maggi Payne - Arctic Winds
  • 61: Trees - Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)
  • 62: Craig Kupka - Crystals: New Music For Relaxation 2
  • 63: The Heshoo Beshoo Group - Armitage Road
  • 64: Josey Rebelle - Josey In Space
  • 65: Leila - Like Weather
  • 66: Eris Drew - Ecstatic Bass Transmission 1
  • 67: Tangerine Dream - Pilots Of Purple Twilight: The Virgin Recordings 1980 - 1983
  • 68: Robert Wyatt - His Greatest Misses
  • 69: Ennio Morricone & Bruno Nicolai - Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'immaginazione
  • 70: Various Artists - The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco Vol.2
  • 71: Moor Mother & Nicole Mitchell - Offering (Live At Le Guess Who?)
  • 72: Sun Ra - Egypt 1971
  • 73: Los Jaivas - Los Jaivas
  • 74: Venom - Sons Of Satan: Rare And Unreleased
  • 75: Various Artists - Emodrill: Le Nouveau Western
  • 76: Thou - A Primer Of Holy Words
  • 77: Dean Blunt - Roaches 2012 - 2019
  • 78: Pylon - Pylon
  • 79: Voïvod - Lost Machine
  • 80: Various Artists - Kaleidoscope: New Spirits Known And Unknown
  • 81: David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon & Anne Klingensmith - She’s More Wild
  • 82: Various Artists - Still In My Arms (Compiled By Bayu & Moopie)
  • 83: Bourbonese Qualk - Hope
  • 84: Various Artists - Volume 2, rap underground féminin
  • 85: Various Artists - Join The Future: UK Bleep & Bass 1988 - 1991
  • 86: Space Afrika - hybtwibt?
  • 87: Les Loustics - Les Squelettes
  • 88: Phil Wachsmann - Writing In Water
  • 89: Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko - Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy
  • 90: White Heaven - Out
  • 91: Joe Harriott - Chronology: Live 1968-1969
  • 92: Richard & Linda Thompson - Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982)
  • 93: Sarah Hennies - Casts
  • 94: Toho Sara - Toho Sara
  • 95:Aziz Balouch - Sufi Hispano-Pakistani
  • 96: Fluence - Fluence
  • 97: Pale Cocoon - 繭
  • 98: Mdou Moctar - Mixtape Vol. 3
  • 99: Lil’ Jürg Frey - The Quarantine Concerts
  • 100: Various Artists - The Harry Smith B-Sides