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:
Time for some musical catharsis. Presenting the annual Global Horror music mix!
The creepiest episode of the year includes 28 songs representing 15 nations. It’s always one of my favourites to make because it allows me to indulge my dark side (we’ve all got one I think). There’s a ridiculous variety of stuff in here. Some will make you dance, others will make you want to hide. There are songs about monsters, vampires, the apocalypse, hot beer, ghosts, and everyday horrors aplenty. I hope you enjoy the paranormal journey.
A funky music mix for a wacky summer right here. Dive in and explore new music spanning the globe – the closest thing to international travel that we’re gonna get this year.
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!