Can you handle one last 2020 music retrospective? I promise it won’t have any Fiona Apple or any picks from other mainstream media sources. Despite being unanimously and pointlessly blamed for all of our human problems, 2020 was of course pretty great for music creation and releases. The beauty of music helped many souls survive global imprisonment, and quarantine gave many musicians the opportunity to tune out the world and simply create music. Despite financial struggles for most musicians (no touring, continual death of album sales), these brave creatures continue to make some of the most sublime, placeless and timeless art that humanity has never even dreamed of. These artists are my heroes. Thank you and groove on.
For those like me who are tired of the same old holiday songs, here’s a couple playlists celebrating musical diversity while still being festive.
African, Latin American, Indian, Pandemic-themed and more Christmas non-classics:
Winter Solstice-themed music to get you through the darkest days and into the light:
As a new decade dawns, Wandering Rhythms looks back at the last (spectacular) year in music. As usual, these are artists you probably will not find on other best-of lists, and I sincerely hope you discover music here that inspires and surprises you. Despite the seismic global changes that seem inevitable in the coming years, the endless creativity of humans make me believe that we will ultimately get our shit together. But it’s gonna take a real team effort!
Return to the 80s in even brighter technicolour. Love when the beat changes at 1:50 !
The new music video by (my) freaky progressive Latin band MNGWA is an escape into the jungle of the mind. A psychedelic salsa groove sets the scene as our naive yet intrepid explorers hunt for the legendary mngwa of east-African folklore. Madness and a deluge of cats ensue !