At the end of a tumultuous year, the Late Junction team reflect on the last twelve months in music with a selection of their favourite adventurous albums.

2020 will clearly be remembered for a lot more than its music. But beyond the Covid headlines, artists have been responding to the pandemic in creative ways, using music to connect across lockdown and try to make sense of the crisis. This is the year that collaborations were established at distance, live streams replaced sweaty concerts and songs were penned in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Jennifer Lucy Allan reveals some of the best albums of the year as chosen by the presenters, production team and friends of the show, including picks from Holly Herndon; Sarathy Korwar; Georgia Ellery; Angel Bat Dawid and Fielding Hope.

Also on the programme, a hand-crafted mixtape assembled by the avant-rap group clipping, who have made one of the albums of the year with Visions of Bodies Being Burned. They’re a trio who combine rap with the experimental production techniques of musique concrete and noise. For this year’s Record Store Day they released a live album made on tour with The Flaming Lips, which featured recordings from microphones left in the toilets, taped to ceiling pipes, tied to trees, worn by roadies and hidden inside the venues. The rapper at the centre, Daveed Diggs, is also a renowned actor who won a Grammy for his role in Hamilton.

Produced by Alannah Chance.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 clipping. – Something Underneath

2 Beatrice Dillon – Workaround Two

3 Sarathy Korwar – Birthright (feat. Zia Ahmed)

4 Siti Muharam – Pakistan

5 Silvia Tarozzi – Spazio

6 Moor Mother & Yatta – 27

7 Nazar – Intercept

8 Bone Thugs‐n‐Harmony – Mr. Ouija

9 Big Ed – Assassin (feat. Master P)

10 Meredith Monk – Unison

11 Mark Trayle – 21

12 Sean Baxter – Windchimes

13 Jeff Parker – Super Rich Kids

14 Taku Sugimoto – Milano 2

15 The Conscious Daughters – Something To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)

16 Crematory – Chunks Of Flesh

17 Cheryl E. Leonard – Fizzy Iceberg Underwater

18 Julius Eastman – Joy Boy

19 Jennifer Veillerobe – B1

20 Pedestrian Deposit – Overcast

21 MC Hammer – Let’s Get It Started

22 Aho Ssan – Simulacrum III

23 Prince – Wonderful Ass

24 Sun Araw – Catalina

25 dumama & kechou – leaving prison

26 Desire Marea – Thokozani

27 Francesca Naibo – Nadare Nura

28 Ana Roxanne – Venus

29 Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood – Black Family

30 oui ennui – Aesthete For Hire (References Available Upon Request)

31 Harry Pussy – Stop

32 Jockstrap – Acid

33 Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Don’t Despair

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