555-2020 - End Of Year


2020… a different kind of year. I thought maybe it needed a different kind of round up. Here it is. Add yours. Stay safe. Much love, D


Manonmars (Young Echo)

Ten Things 2020 /////

Udarny Trud by Paulina Korobkiewicz

Passion by Vessel

Sweet Company by Jabu

Afterlife by Flatbush Zombies
Directed by Arnaud Bresson

Dear Philadelphia directed by Renee Osubu

The Children Of Dagon by YLTCU
video by Jake Plisken

Young Echo Sound: Heavyweight Champion by Amos Childs and Sam Barrett

Thank You For Using GTL by Drakeo the Ruler, JoogSzn

Consumerizm by Drae Da Skimask

Disuelta by Lucrecia Dalt directed by Pedro Maia


Sam Valenti IV (Ghostly International)

2020 viewing /////

  • Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
  • Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
  • Zappa
  • Other Music
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Song Exploder
  • The Last Dance
  • Risky Business


Jessica Ekomane

2020 moments /////

  • Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat - Genetic (Black Truffle)
  • Standing alone in front of Guernica at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, with 2 guards that have nothing else to do than watch me
  • Seeing black radical litterature and anticapitalist quotes suddenly casually circulating en masse in everybody’s Instagram stories
  • Erwan keravec - OCCAM OCEAN, OCCAM XXVII (Buda Musique)
  • Composing for bagpipes!
  • Noticing people become much more concerned by notions of community and empathy
  • RIP Enzo Mari
  • Discovering Morteza Mahjoobi
  • Maryanne Amacher, Selected Writings and Interviews (on my reading list)
  • Becoming a teacher



  • Salt liquorice
  • Beavers back in the UK
  • Devon cream tea (cream on first)
  • Bowl o’pho Bromley
  • Good fortune Chinese takeaway
  • Cold showers
  • Dinosaur bingo
  • Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
  • Succession
  • My Octopus Teacher


Joe Muggs

Top Ten Skies of 2020 /////


HTRK Jonnine

  • catching up on all Les Blank Films - favourites Huey Lewis And The News: BEFORE! and All In This Tea
  • Singing at Festival Hall UK for Pop Crimes (The songs of Rowland S. Howard) and joined by Bobbie Gillespie!
  • CS + Kreme ‘Snoopy’ LP healing music flooding the house
  • Black Lives Matter peaceful protest march in Melbourne joined by Nigel
  • Meg Stalter’s instagram - favourite “The girl you’re planning on breaking up with tomorrow’
  • Jordan Firstman’s instagram - favourite “This is my impression of the inner monologue of an influencer’”
  • Sarah Cooper Trump impersonations on twitter, favourite “How to Bible 2”
  • New bike and leg muscles from uphill cycling in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Learning Billie Jean bassline online “Beginner to Badass in 30 days”
  • Alone season 3


Geng (PTP)

  • Ahya Simone “Frostbite” (Pique Records)
  • ‘Black Music’ by Amiri Baraka (book)
  • Grandma Sophia’s Cookies (music website)
  • Halfway Books’ ‘Considers’ series (esp. Fullamusu Bangura on Lil’ Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ & John Morrison on The Roots’ ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’) (books/PDF)
  • JWords ‘Year 2300’ (self release)
  • ‘Parable of the Sower’ by Octavia Butler (book)
  • Questlove Supreme: Big Lez (podcast)
  • They Hate Change ‘666 Central Ave’ (Godmode)
  • ‘Video Music Box’ on IG Live


Martyn Pepperell

2020 Top 10 for 555-5555 /////


Jasmine Infiniti

Battlezone EP

Room For The Moon

Teno Afrika
Amapiano Selections


Virtual Shadow Ensemble

Vanessa Worm
Vanessa 77

Speaker Music
Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry

Space Afrika


Nick Jensen (Isle Skateboards)

top ten /////

  • having a baby - edie welcome to the world, shame it’s a bit fucked atm .
  • Tom knox video part for thrasher
  • my mate Patrick Jones’ show at sunday painter
  • being asked to have a solo show at union gallery next March
  • Trump f’ng off.
  • talking to good friends over the phone, trying to call more than text, feels important especially while it’s quite isolating at the moment.
  • my wife swapping artworks for lots of delicious wine.
  • downhills park cafe, for the early morning tea and chats big up Nerri and Pat
  • rainbows drawings in peoples windows


Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle)

Shows I was planning on going to this year but couldn’t attend for obvious reasons /////

  1. Mayhem and Abbath at Webster Hall (had tickets)
  2. Possessed and Pestilence at Market Hotel (had tickets)
  3. Niflheim at Saint Vitus (had tickets)
  4. Demilich at Saint Vitus (had tickets)
  5. Napalm Death at Saint Vitus (was sold out anyways)
  6. Blood Incantation at Saint Vitus (sold out too fast)
  7. Mr Bungle and Full Of Hell at Brooklyn Steel
  8. Terry Riley at Le Poisson Rouge
  9. Randomer at The Basement
  10. Regis at The Basement

Top 10 pics I’ve taken on my phone this year /////

1 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CH2zMNnBXBS/
2 - https://www.instagram.com/p/B8txzsGhTAD/
3 - https://www.instagram.com/p/B7vq9SjBLnt/
4 - https://www.instagram.com/p/B61v60QhSrr/
5 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CHS0JveBWpj/
6 - https://www.instagram.com/p/B8P0XZIBvhw/
7 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CC2PrzuBtZq/
8 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CErTy12h8jm/
9 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLVSUQBmkj/
10 - https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwJd1iBtat/


Lila Tirando a Violeta

top ten ambient releases that kept me company during 2020 /////

Ambient music is very important for me. Specially this year, it has helped me in therapeautic ways, both listening and producing. Even earlier this year I released a collaboration ambient album with Manuela Vilanova on Dream Shore Tapes, it was called Sound Mirrors.

So here’s a top ten (in no particular order) of all my favourite ambient releases that have inspired and helped me a lot during this dark times.

  • The Pavilion of Dreams - Harold Budd (1978)
  • A I A : Alien Observer - Grouper (2011)
  • On Vanishing Land - Mark Fisher & Justin Barton (2019)
  • Cluster & Eno (1977)
  • Requiem for a Recycled Earth - James Ferraro (2019)
  • Discreet Music - Brian Eno (1975)
  • 2047 - Hong Kong Express (2014)
  • New Energy - Four Tet (2017)
  • Mother Earth’s Plantasia - Mort Garson (1976)
  • Flowers of Evil - Suzanne Ciani (1969)


Jason DeMarco (Adult Swim)

Ten things that hit me in 2020 /////

  1. I missed my co-workers.
    I am lucky to work somewhere I enjoy with people who are close friends that I enjoy seeing. Having to only see them all virtually has been a real trial. I don’t actually like people all that much, so this came as a surprise to me!

  2. My wife.
    I’m a “wife guy” so I’m ALWAYS super into my wife, but I was happy to discover we could both be up in each other’s business all day and live/work in the same house, without getting on one another’s nerves. If anything, this pandemic has brought us closer.

  3. I’m SO LUCKY.
    I have been able to keep my job through a time of massive layoffs and record unemployment. I can pay my rent and order food so I don’t have to go out and expose myself to COVID. I try to practice mindfulness all the time, but this year I’ve really been taking the time to count my blessings, even when things are super hard.

  4. Columbo.
    I discovered the classic TV show on the Peacock streaming service, where you can watch it for free. It has been a delightful source of solace to watch Columbo take down some rich asshole every night, knowing that he’ll always solve the crime- and do it gently, without violence, and a sense of humor. What a gift Peter Falk was.

  5. Jazz.
    Since my Mom’s death a few years back I have found myself wanting to listen to more jazz and classical music, not sure why. This year we released a jazz comp called “New Jazz Century”: https://www.adultswim.com/music/new-jazz-century and I also was super into the work of Makaya McCraven, Kassa Overall, and Joel Ross, among others.

  6. Honey Harper.
    I’m not a super country guy, but one country record I absolutely fell in love with this year was Honey Harper’s “Starmaker.” It’s something worth checking out if you like spaced-out mellow country vibes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q32wqWh9d4

  7. My dogs.
    I had two wonderful dogs that I got to spend every single day with, one of whom died just recently. It has been one of the few bright spots of this year to be able to spend every waking moment with my furry family members.

  8. Books.
    Books are still the greatest escape from reality ever invented. I dove in to several amazing books this year, two of note are Suzanna Clarke’s “Piranesi,” and Victor LaValle’s amazing “The Ballad of Black Tom,” which reinvents Lovecraft while subverting his racism in an amazing way.

  9. Walks.
    I’m naturally a physically lazy human, but I’ve enjoyed going for walks alone or with my family to just get outside and get some fresh air during this awful year of quarantine (I’m immunocompromised, so I can’t really go anywhere).

  10. My daughter.
    She’s always at the center of my thoughts, but this year I am so proud of what she is doing and how she is handling herself in this pandemic. It’s been a real joy to see her spread her wings as an adult.



Dan Hayhurst (Sculpture)

  • Ping pong in the wind

  • Time swamp

  • CHANNEL9319062 https://www.youtube.com/user/0000dnbl0000

  • 15/02/2020 Iklecktik with Art Terry’s Malcolm X Sandwich

  • Tape recorder repairs UHER motherlode

  • Fabfilter Saturn 2


Chal Ravens

10 things that hit hard in 2020 /////

  • Miss Kittin & The Hacker
  • Wham!
  • Angel D’Lite’s H&S mix
  • Erik Davis’ The Burning Shore newsletter
  • magic mushrooms
  • The Godfather Trilogy (first viewing)
  • natural wine
  • a secondhand bike
  • Novara Media
  • amateur sound ecology on Hackney Marshes


Raj Chaudhuri

  • Ableton
  • Do!!You!! and NTS in general
  • Bandcamp Fridays
  • Parks
  • The Room Studios, Hither Green
  • Pa Salieu, Backroad Gee, Fanatix- My Family
  • Double Happiness Studio
  • JID, Smino, Kenny Beats - Baguetti
  • 170 bpm
  • 5-a-side football



Coby Sey

10 of my favourite tracks that were not created in 2020 but I found out in 2020 /////

my reasoning behind this is… to either re-affirm something that may or may not be obvious – every song is kinda new when previously unheard – and that no pressure is needed to find music of now if the love for music and expression through it is eternal.

(in no order)

  • Cassie Kinoshi - The Future I Thought I Knew
  • Laraaji - Being Here
  • Carlos Niño & Friends - Calimayan
  • Khruangbin - A Hymn
  • Dif Juz - Crosswinds
  • Nearly God aka Tricky - Tattoo
  • Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin, Silvie Jensen, Katie Geissinger, Ellen Fisher, Ching Gonzalez, Theo Bleckmann, Sasha Bogdanowitsch - Passage
  • Novelist - Stay With Me
  • J Dilla - Jay Dee 53 - Instrumental
  • Dhafer Youssef - Un Soupir Eternal

some of these tracks I found, some of them I was shown by friends; shout out to Amber-Joy for showing me ‘Calimayan’ by Carlos Niño & Friends

Mica Levi for showing me ‘Nearly God’ – I’m not sure how I previously missed this project by Tricky…



Violet (Naïve)

life savers of 2020 /////

  • jasmine infiniti - bxtch släp
  • the real housewives of beverly hills
  • the aoc vogue beauty routine video
  • cosey fanni tutti the dog
  • all naive and naivety releases
  • mamba negra, sao paulo
  • kode, rio de janeiro
  • smartbar, chicago
  • home-made pho
  • writers unblock, the lisbon writing club
  • troublemaker records
  • rádio quântica
  • memes
  • my friends


Bradford Bailey (The Hum)

  1. effedupmovies.com

A treasure trove of boundary pushing cinema, from arthouse to B horror and beyond

  1. www.instagram.com/smashy_egg/

A woman’s journey through the art of breaking eggs.

  1. Breakfast in the streets of Taipa

Almost the only trip made in 2020, made just before the pandemic sent us indoors.

  1. Mudlarking on the banks of the Thames

Kicking rocks for lost history, in a desperate attempt to find something to do.

  1. Remembering to read the things you never got around to reading

  2. https://toneglow.substack.com/

A fantastic newsletter about experimental music and beyond, largely comprising long form interviews, run by Joshua Minsoo Kim

  1. The strange summer collective (at a distance) of the Hackney Marshes (London)

  1. Black Leaders Discussion feat. Angela Davis, Kwame Ture & Fannie Lou Hamer (1973)

Part of a remarkable body of documents gathered on the AfroMarxist youtube channel, featuring a debate among some of the most brilliant African American left-wing thinkers from the 60s and 70s, on how to address the condition of social injustice


  1. ESS Quarantine Concerts

An incredible series of online concerts, initiated by the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, that have run throughout the duration of the pandemic


  1. & these 10 records, released (or reissued) in 2020

1 Jabir - Vuelo Por Las Alturas de Alhambra (Discos Transgenero)

2 Okkyung Lee - Yeo-Neun (Shelter Press)

3 Tomoko Sauvage - Fischgeist (Bohemian Drips)

4 Lea Bertucci - Acoustic Shadows (SA Recordings)

5 75 Dollar Bill - Live at Tubby’s (Ba Da Bing!)

6 Silvia Tarozzi - Mi Specchio E Rifletto (Unseen Worlds)

7 Don Cherry - Om Shanti Shanti Om (Black Sweat)

8 Arthur Russell - Sketches For World Of Echo: June 25 1984 Live At Ei (Audika)

9 Josiah Steinbrick - Liquid / Devotion & Tongue Street Blue, issue (Hands In the Dark)

10 Ellen Fullman ‎– Music For The Man Who Grew Common In Wisdom ( Besom Presse)


Lucy Railton

Top 10 2020 /////

(Liv).e - Couldn’t Wait To Tell You

Beatriz Ferreyra Echos +

Leila - Like Weather - https://boomkat.com/products/like-weather

Morton Subotnik - The Wild Bill

Guillaume de Machaut, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Philippe de Vitry ‎– Ars Nova - New Music - https://www.discogs.com/Guillaume-de-Machaut-Wolfgang-Von-Schweinitz-Philippe-de-Vitry-Helge-Slaatto-Frank-Reinecke-Ars-Nova/release/13855669

patten - Aegis

The Elders - From Untruth

Beatrice Dillon - Workaround - https://boomkat.com/products/workaround

Charles Curtis - Performances & Recordings 1998-201 - https://forcedexposure.com/labels/saltern.html


Unfortunately not widely available to stream or buy…!