I never get round to listing my top of the year records. I need to keep a record of records, an album of albums throughout the year and list and rank them as I go along. Here, mid-February are my favourite albums so from that have been released in 2020. Write ups migh follow, but I doubt if I will have the time.

The ranking, like the weekly charts, will probably change as the year progresses.

1 – Lina_Raül Refree – Lina_Raül Refree

Astonishly beautiful fado and electronica. Get it here on BandCamp

2 – Pintandwefall – Your Stories Baby

Finnish all woman band playing garage (the rock garage, not the dance garage) since 2006. Something like 8 albums. More about Pintandwefall on their website.

3 – Jiggy – Hypernova

Irish/World/Rock … energetic to the nth degree

4 – Manhu – Manhu

Voices of the Sani Chinese Regional Folk with a modern feel.

5 – Custódio Castelo Amália Classics on Portuguese Guitar



BAB EL WEST – Houdoud 

Pictish Trail – Thumb World

Track Dogs – Fire on the Rails

Anoushka Shankar – Love Letters (EP)

John Moreland – MLP5 

Pongo – UWA (EP)

Cubicolor – Hardly a Day, Hardly a Night = Dutch Techno

Ásgeir – Sátt = Icelandic singer/songwriter

Blato Zlato – In the Wake = US/Bulgaria

Lili Del Sol – Raíz Mestiza 

Хадн дадн – ностальгия  Very interesting Russian. More here

Suu – Ventura = harmless Spanish pop. Maybe a bit too harmless …

Seth Lakeman – A Pilgrim’s Tale = (not heard more than a few minutes so far, but it is Seth Lakeman after all)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – 11th st Secondi = Ghana

Mah Damba – Hakili Kélé = Mali/Girot 

Les Amazones d’Afrique – Amazones

Down the Road (feat. YVA, Dhruv Sangari & Nicki Wells) Nitin Sawhney & Aref Durvesh (Single)

Staff Benda Bilili – Effacer le tableau

Benjamin Barrile – Esperando el Alba

Guappecarto’ Sambol – Amore Migrante

Various Artists –  2020 Model: Murathan Mungan Turkish indie/psychedelic

Analog Africa No.29 – Mogadisco – Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 – 1991)

On the “To Listen To” list




Naadia – Липы – Single


Also Interesting

Emmi Kujanpää – Nani = Finnish/Bulgarian