Michele K-tel catches up with ALLSORTS of BEST OF lists of what she missed in 2020.  Thanks to all those list making music nerds (and DJs) at BFF.FM, Bandcamp, The Quietus, Aquarium Drunkard, Tone Glow, NPR Music, Alt.Latino, Folk Radio UK and pals like Desperate Pedestrian for sharing their favorites!


  1. Frenesi by Perez Prado & His Orchestra on The Best Of Perez Prado: The Original Mambo #5 (Rhino)
  2. Hands by Lithics on Tower of Age (Trouble In Mind)
  3. Freedom Groove by Keleketia! on Keleketia! (Ninja Tune)
  4. Salt Light by The Silver Field on Sing High! Sing Low! (Crossness) New
  5. Un Caid by Aksak Maboul on Figures (Crammed Disc)
  6. Space Cakes by The Heliocentrics on Telemetric Sounds (Mad Lib Invasion) New
  7. Who Am I? by East Man w/ Ny Ny on Prole Art Threat (Planet Mu) New
  8. Stand with Each Other f/ Ms. Maurice, Cassie Kinoshi by Nubya Garcia on Source (Concord Jazz)
  9. The Eyeball Dance by Hey Colussus on Dances/Curses (Wrong Speed)
  10. ON by Kelly Lee Owens on Inner Song (Smalltown Supersound) New
  11. One Bright Lazy Sunday Afternoon (You Whispered That Name) by Okkyung Lee on Yeo-Neun (Shelter Press)
  12. Jicama by Angelica Garcia on Cha Cha Palace (Space Bomb)
  13. Kitchen Sink by Nadine Shah on Kitchen Sink (Infectious Music)
  14. In My Head by Galore on Galore (Rocks In My Head) New Local
  15. Ocean City by Gunn-Truscinksi Duo on Soundkeeper (Three Lobed Recordings)
  16. Acting for Liberation Pt. 1 by Vibration Black Finger on Can you See What I'm Trying To Say? (Jazzman)
  17. Despertar by Melenas on Dias Raros (Trouble In Mind) New
  18. Groovy Girl by Dead Famous People on Harry (Fire) New
  19. Pilot Light by Sour Widows on Sour Widows (Big Girls Bedroom)
  20. Open Road by Pumpkin on Little EP (self-released) New Local
  21. Worldless Morning by Fortunato Durutti Marinetti on Desire (1596781 Records DK) New
  22. Bird of Prey by Herman Dune on Notes From Vinegar Hill (Yay Tova)
  23. Move, Daniel by Jake Blount on Spider Tales (Free Dirt)
  24. Villon Song by Stick In The Wheel on Hold Fast (From Here)
  25. Workaround One by Beatrice Dillon & Kuljit Bhamra on Workaround (PAN)
  26. Now, Winter Comes by Cabane on Grande est la maison (Cabane)
  27. Last Sniff f/ MF DOOM by Wilma Archer on A Western Circular (Weird World)