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This is a companion thread to https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/314706-best-new-music-2020/ - if you've already posted there and would like your favourites to be part of the compiled list, please post your results here - feel free to list up to 10 albums - in this format:


Position - Artist - Album


for example,

 

01 - iDKHOW - Razzmatazz
02 - Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
03 - Marie Davidson & L'Oeil Nu - Renegade Breakdown

 

PLEASE DON'T POST ANY OPINIONS OR RESPONSES TO OTHER FORUMITES' CHOICES IN THIS THREAD - you can do that in

https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/314706-best-new-music-2020/

 

The spaces and hyphens between position, artist and album are really important as it means that I can import the text straight into Excel without having to piss about with reformatting, and also I can reuse the 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 spreadsheet ;-) . I'll leave this thread running until the end of 31 December.

You can edit your list as much as you like - I won't compile them until I close the thread.
 
If you have any questions then PM me - if the answer is useful to others I'll add it to this post, below.

Q - Are reissues allowed?
A - As long as the reissue date is in 2020, yes.
Q - Are EPs allowed?
A - Yes.

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Placeholder for now but looking something like...

 

01 - Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

02 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

03 - Katie Malco - Failures

04 - AJJ - Good Luck Everybody

05 - Soccer Mommy - color theory

06 - Ratboys - Printer’s Devil

07 - Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM

08 - Nat Vazer - Is This Offensive And Loud?

09 - Sinai Vessel - Ground Aswim

10 - Fenne Lily - BREACH

 

Might be some in my top 20 that break into the top 10 so will come back to it. 

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01 - QZB - Perspectives Vol.1
02 - Special Request - Spectral Frequency EP
03 - The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

04 - Dom & Roland - Lost In The Moment
05 - Squarepusher - Be Up A Hello
06 - René Lavice & Future Cut - Nine Strings / Eyes EP
07 - Lane 8 - Brightest Lights
08 - Martyn - One Eye EP
09 - Thys - Unmoved Mover / Unwound EP

10 - Halogenix - Dragonforce EP

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I think this is my final list:

 

01 - Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini  - Illusion of Time

02 - Doves - The Universal Want

03 - Run The Jewels - RTJ4

04 - Luke Vibert - Luke Vibert presents Rave Hop

05 - Dalham - Alderson Loop

06 - Various Artists - Touched Electronix 005

07 - Various Artists - Ghostly Swim 3 

08 - Badly Drawn Boy - Banana Skin Shoes

09 - The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse - Parapsychedelia

10 - Polypores - Azure

 

 

Honourable Mentions:

Mogwai - ZEROZEROZERO

The Home Current - Palermo Traxx Vol 2

Stefano Leproto - Dance & Mood Music 1981-1983

Clocolan - It's Not Too Early for Each Other

Future Sound of London - Cascade 2020

Tycho - Simulcast

Pearl Jam - Gigaton

I Break Horses - Warnings

JARV IS - Beyond the Pale

Rival Consoles - Articulation

Eels - Earth to Dora

Young Knives - Barbarians

Touched Music/Various Artists - Found Sound 2

 

EPs/12"s:

Annie Hall - Fum

Trypheme - Aluminia

JASSS - Whities 027

 

 

 

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01 - Deftones - Ohms
02 - King Krule - Man Alive!
03 - Perfume Genius ‎– Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
04 - Jeff Parker & The New Breed ‎– Suite For Max Brown
05 - Idles ‎– Ultra Mono
06 - The Flaming Lips ‎– American Head

07 - Fleet Foxes - Shore
08 - Grimes ‎– Miss Anthropocene
09 - Bob Dylan ‎– Rough And Rowdy Ways
10 - Yello ‎– Point

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Albums

01 - Puscifer - Existential Reckoning

02 - Deftones - Ohms

03 - Enter Shikari - Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

04 - Bring Me the Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR

05 - Acacia Strain - Slow Decay

06 - August Burns Red - Guardians

07 - Berried Alive - Fuego

 

Singles

01 - Architects - Animals

02 - Veil of Maya - Outsider

03 - Oceans Ate Alaska - Metamorph

 

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01 - The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

02 - Beatrice Dillon - Workaround

03 - Minor Science - Second Language

04 - Daniel Avery - Love + Light

05 - Ase Manual - Black Liquid Electronics

06 - Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas

07 - Actress- Karma & Desire

08 - Theo Parrish - Wuddaji

09 - Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song

10 - AceMoMA - A New Dawn

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Placeholder. I''ll just stick things I enjoyed here for now and deal with it later. Not a big music year for me though, really.

 

Black Noi$e - Oblivion

Prairie WWWW - 黑夢/Formosan Dream

Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA 

Rian Treanor - File Under UK Metaplasm

Kuedo - The Sprawl

Dorian Electra - My Agenda

Conway the Machine - From King to a GOD

Arca - KiCk i

Chui Wan - EYE

Daniel Avery - Love + Light 

Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

Armani Caesar - THE LIZ

Actress- Karma & Desire

Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist ‎– Alfredo

Rival Consoles - Articulation

Boris - No

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only bought 3 new albums this year:

 

1 Bibio - Sleep on the wing

2 The Avalanches- We will always love you

3Tom Misch/Yussef Dayes - What kinda music

4 The Vision- The Vision

5 Pertubator - I am the night (re-issue AFAIK)

 

EDIT: With recent releases  etc there's a couple of updates in there- hope that is acceptable

 

 

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01 - Protest the Hero - Palimpsest 

02 - The Good, The Bad & The Zugly - Algorithm & Blues

03 - Kvelertak - Splid
04 - Carpenter Brut - Blood Machines OST
05 - Svalbard - When I Die, Will it Get Better?
0x - Hellripper - The Affair of the Poisons


Need to organise:

 

END – Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face

The Ocean – Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic|Cenozoic

Elder – Omens

Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy
The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous
Venomous Concept - Politics Versus the Erection

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01 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

02 - Waxahatchee - St. Cloud

03 - Taylor Swift - folklore

04 - Destroyer - have we met

05 - Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline

06 - Torres - Silver Tongue

07 - Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song

08 - Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death

09 - Future Islands – As Long As You Are

10 - Paul McCartney - III

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01 - Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and be Still

02 - Future Islands - As Long as You Are

03 - Adrianne Lenker - Songs and Instrumentals

04 - Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville

05 - Ulver - Flowers of Evil

06 - Ulthar - Providence

07 - Panzerfaust - The Suns Of Perdition Chapter II: Render Unto Eden

08 - Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

 

Edit: added Imperial Triumphant and Dua Lipa. 

 

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01-Smashing Pumpkins-Cyr 

02-Working Men's Club-Working Men's Club  

03-Poppy- I Disagree 

04-Bring Me The Horizon - Post Human Survival Horror

05- Greg Puciato-Child Soldier (Creator of God) 

06- Apoptygma Berzerk-Nein Danke! 

07-Mr Bungle- The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny

08- Devildriver-Dealing with Demons Vol 1

09-Mykur- Folkesange

10- Deftones- Ohms

 

 

 

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01 - Sløtface - Sorry for the Late Reply

02 - Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road

03 - Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home

04 - Pillow Queens - In Waiting

05 - Soccer Mommy - color theory

06 - The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers

07 - Dream Nails - Dream Nails

08 - The Big Moon - Walking Like We Do

09 - Lauren Ruth Ward - Vol II

10 - The Orielles - Disco Volador

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01 - Run The Jewels - RTJ4

02 - Future Islands – As Long As You Are

03 - HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

04 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

05 - Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You

06 - Childish Gambino – 15.3.20

07 - Nas - King's Disease

08 - Ray Lamontagne - Monovision

09 - Prince - Sign o’ the Times

10 - The Divine Comedy - Promenade

 

 

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1. Herbie Hancock- My Point of View

2. Jeff Parker- Suite for Max Brown

3. Terrace Martin/Robert Glasper/9th Wonder/Kamasi Washington- Dinner Party

3. Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History

4. Thundercat - It Is What It Is

5. Nubya Garcia- Source

 

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01 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace)

02 - The Divine Comedy - Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time (Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy)

03 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

04 - Molly Tuttle - ...but I’d rather be with you

05 - Max Richter - Voices

06 - Dean & Britta - Quarantine Tapes

07 - Joe Hisaishi - Dream Songs (The Essential Joe Hisaishi)

08 - Jóhann Jóhannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman - Last And First Men

09 - Helios - Domicile

10 - Gustavo Santaolalla & Mac Quayle - The Last of Us Part II (Original Soundtrack) 

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01 - Fish - Weltschmerz

02 - Long Distance Calling - How Do We Want To Live

03 - Fates Warning - Long Day Good Night

04 - Gazpacho - Fireworker

05 - Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea

06 - Lunatic Soul - Through Shaded Woods

07 - Katatonia - City Burials

08 - Pineapple Thief - Versions Of The Truth

09 - Simon Collins - Becoming Human

10 - Pain Of Salvation - Panther

 

Honourable mentions, Nightwish: Human. :Ii: Nature, Black Audio: Beneath The Shaded Palms, Amaranthe: Manifest and Ayreon: Transitus

I've posted my thoughts on each album at:
 



Thanks as ever for doing this again ngchol. :)

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01 - KeiyaA - Forever, Ya Girl

02 - clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned

03 - Cindy Lee - What's Tonight to Eternity

04 - Against All Logic - 2017-2019

05 - R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages

06 - The Weeknd - After Hours

07 - Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?

08 - Ka - Descendents of Cain

09 - Deftones - Ohms

10 - Vladislav Delay - Rakka

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01 - Mamaleek - Come and See

02 - Choir Boy - Gathering Swans

03 - Dogleg - Melee

04 - Caribou - Suddenly

05 - Agnes Obel - Myopia

06 - Deerhoof - Love-Lore

07 - Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind

08 - Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter

09 - Riki - Riki

10 - Palissade - Palissade

 

Companion post https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/314706-best-new-music-2020/&do=findComment&comment=12985176

 

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01 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
02 - Taylor Swift - Folklore
03 - Waxahatchee - St Cloud
04 - Emily A Sprague - Hill, Flower, Fog
05 - Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green
06 - Mia Gargaret - Gia Margaret
07 - Nap Eyes - Snapshot of a Beginner
08 - Taylor Swift - Evermore
09 - Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
10 - Frances Quinlan - Likewise

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01 - Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi

02 - Palm Reader - Sleepless

03 - Garganjua - Toward The Sun

04 - Black Taffy - Opal Wand

05 - Irist - Order of the Mind

06 - The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

07 - Envy - The Fallen Crimson

08 - Tom Misch and Yussuf Dayes - What Kinda Music

09 - Sinner DC - If I Could Only Hear The Sound Of The Waves Again 

10 - Snail's House - Ujbeats vol. 1

 

...more

 

Bonuses:

 

Laraaji - Sun Zither (originally from 1984? But reissued this year)

65daysofstatic - Safe Passage Extended (basically a one-hour loop of a previous track slowed down - like Sun Zither, great music when you want to concentrate on something)

The Ocean - Phanerozoic II (I love this but haven't bought it because of the price - it's $14+tax digitally, and while it's a double album the second disc is instrumanetal versions of the first. $14 digitally is just a bit off-putting)

 

As with every year, I've mainly spent 2020 listening to things that weren't released in 2020 so putting this together has been a painstaking trek through my Bandcamp and Spotify lists, beyond knowing that the Oranssi Pazuzu album is utterly magnficient.

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01 - Nicolas Bougaïeff - The Upward Spiral
02 - Ital Tek - Outland
03 - Future Sound Of London - Cascade 2020
04 - iDKHOW - Razzmatazz
05 - Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
06 - The Weeknd - After Hours
07 - The Orb - Abolition Of The Royal Familia
08 - Marie Davidson & L'Oeil Nu - Renegade Breakdown
09 - Brian Eno - Film Music 1976-2020
10 - Kuedo - The Sprawl OST

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01 - Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters

02 - Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR

03 - Taylor Swift - Folklore

04 - Lady Gaga - Chromatica

05 - Rina Sawayama - Sawayama

06 - Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

07 - Smashing Pumpkins - Cyr

08 - Emmy The Great - April/月音

09 - Polly Scattergood - In This Moment 

10 - Catherine Anne Davies & Bernard Butler - In Memory Of My Feelings

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