We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list curated by West London-based composer and sound artist Andrew Shwerwell.


Black Rain – Krzysztof Kotlinski (Elan Vital). An engrossing, densely textured blend of lowercase sounds, creaks, groans, beautiful-if-brief piano, loops and a good dose of drone. Like the soundtrack to a dark and unsettling fairy tale.

Serus – Siavash Amini (Room40). Crushing, emotional devastation. Stunning sound-design and musicianship – a demonstration of the mastery of the Prince of Dark Romanticism.

Transit – Mind Over MIDI (Shimmering Moods Records). Another bumper year from Shimmering Moods but this is my favourite. Ethereal beauty.

Solastalgia – Rafael Anton Irisarri (Room40). Grainy with melody and an emotional heft to die for.

Equivalents – Loscil. Top quality driftage. The soundtrack to Sunday afternoon on the sofa.