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 Montreal based composer Sam Shalabi, head of the large collective Land of Kush which released one of the best albums of the year.


Further Perspectives and Distortion : an encyclopedia of British experimental and Avant Garde music 1976 – 1984. A great compilation of an under documented period of music / sound art that was too weird to be punk and too punk to be weird. So much inspiring music on this.

Laura Nyro – Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat. Not a new album at all ( it’s from 1970 ) but one I found myself listening to a lot recently, she is one of my favourite songwriters and this album is a gem of understated art pop/ jazz. A totally unique artist.

Tamayuge – Baba Yaga. An album that has so many oblique vivid colours and a spacious sound world all its own.

Esoteric – A Phyric Existence. I know very little about the various Metal genres but I stumbled across this album by accident and was hooked by it’s large dark canvass and thousand yard scuzzy drone. A great psychedelic album.

Eric Dolphy – A Musical Prophet. Forever inspiring. These mostly unreleased recordings from the mid 1960s still sound so vibrant and full of invention and nuance .