Our top 15 albums of 2020

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 SAULT ‎– UNTITLED (BLACK IS)

SAULT have released massively impressive catalogue of music this year -including two full length albums, of which 'Untitled (Black Is)' is the first. The album was an outpouring of grief, anger and consolation in response to the killing of Black people in America at the hands of the police. It received unanimous critical acclaim and was on the 'album of the year' list of the whole CCHW team.

Limited copies still available

 

DMX KREW - GHOST BUBBLE

Perhaps one of the most prolific producers in dance music history comes with yet another well rounded album, covering pretty much every aspect of his sound and adding even more quality music to his ever growing discography.

Limited copies still available

 

ANDREW ASHONG & KAIDI TATHAM - SANKOFA SEASON

A collaboration for the books from two of our favourite UK musicians, Andrew Ashong and Kaidi Tatham. Feel good music when we needed it most.

Limited copies still available

MOSES BOYD - DARK MATTER

A landmark album from South London born and raised producer and drummer Moses Boyd. Dark Matter saw Moses nominated for the coveted Mercury Prize, as well as a MOBO award, and was named Mary Anne Hobbs' 'Record of the Year'.

 

REPTANT - RETURN TO PLANET X’TRAPOLIS

Australian Producer Reptant was another album debutant for 2020, and it certainly did not disappoint, a solid 9 Tracker laced with Reptant's infamous Electro sound.

VARIOUS ARTISTS - COOP PRESENTS PLUG ONE

Put together by IG Culture and Alex Phountzi, this compilation features some of the best talent from the world of BRUK and beyond.

Limited copies still available

VARIOUS ARTISTS - SONHO DO MATO LP

The first release on Berlin / Brazil based colllective O MATO's new label 'O MATO Recordings. A charming compilation of tracks from the many faces of the collective's worldwide family.

IDRIS BENA ‎- LANKIVEI

Parisian based label Forest Ill continued their meteoric rise to notoriety with a double LP from co-founder Idris Bena. Idris has appeared in good company among the other extremely talented producers on the label over their last few releases, but this time comes with a host of masterfully put together tracks spanning multiple genres.

DEMAE - LIFE WORKS OUT... USUALLY

Demae's debut solo release was one of the most beautiful things we've heard all year. Soulful lyrics and all-round good vibes, out on the London-based collective and label Touching Bass, which is headed up by Errol and Alex Rita.

 

ANDRAS - JOYFUL LP

Out on Tim Sweeney's 'Beats In Space' label, this debut LP from Andras filters 90s House through a lens of 70s Folk. A portion of the proceeds went straight to the Invasive Species Council, an organisation working to “protect the environment from harmful, new invasive species”.

Limited copies still available

 

GENE ON EARTH - LOCAL FUZZ

Gene is a man who needs little introduction, intricate sound design and chunky bass lines are the order of the day, making for a fantastic first album from the man himself.

Limited copies still available

 

NUBYA GARCIA ‎- SOURCE [2XLP]

We loved London-based saxophonist Nubya Garcia's two previous EPs, plus her work with bands such as Maisha and Nérija, so we were eagerly awaiting her debut album. What we got we above and beyond our expectations. 'Source' included nine remarkable tracks, with features from the likes of Joe Armon-Jones, Akenya (Resavoir) and Mr Maurice (KOKOROKO).

 

INSTINCT - POINT OF VIEW

Burnski's second album in as many years - absolutely faultless UKG weaponry. 

Limited copies still available

 

BASEMENT SPACE - SUBSTELLAR ARCHIVE

The illusive breaks maestro Basement Space followed up his lauded 2018 release ‘Cosmic Collision’ with the full length album ‘Substellar Archive’. The album does exactly what it says on the tin, taking the listener on a voyage into the breakbeat sound.

 

CARISTA PRESENTS - MODERN INTIMACY VOLUME 1

Producer and DJ Carista compiled tracks from a whole host of Netherland based talent for this album out on her label 'United Identities'. The record starts with chilled jazzy sounds and takes us through House, Techno and more. An impressive debut release for this label from one of our favourite DJs!

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