Boomkat Product Review:
On the cover: 2020 Rewind: the year in sound and music
Releases Of The Year: We asked our contributors to nominate their top ten records, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes
One Thing That Got Me Through: Our contributors share their 2020 survival aids; plus Mats Gustafsson on selling records; RA Washington on weathering the storm; PTP’s Geng on sharing skills; and Kyle Devine on rebuilding the future
Plague Time Television: Colour Out Of Space curators take their anarchic fun on air. By Edwin Pouncey
Label Solidarity: Moshpit manners define music business etiquette in crisis times. By Ivan Zoloto
Columnists’ Charts: Our specialist critics select music that shook their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to noise
Teaching & Workshops: Musicians live and learn as they turn to teaching to get by. By Jennifer Lucy Allan
Archive Releases Of The Year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up.
Invisible Jukebox: Faith Coloccia × Aaron Turner: The US avant rock/drone duo come under SIGE from The Wire’s mystery record selection.
Patricia Brennan: The classically trained percussionist makes a textured debut. By Daniel Spicer
Global Ear: Brisbane: Covid-19 offers an unlikely antidote to complacency in live music programming. By Lawrence English
The Inner Sleeve: Orphy Robinson on Rebel MC’s Black Meaning Good
Epiphanies: Alexander Hawkins on the polyphonic spree of the football crowd
Soundcheck: Aesop Rock, Ale Hop, All Times Now Nothing, Autechre, Avarus, Biosphere, Boris with Merzbow, Patricia Brennan, The Budos Band, The Bug featuring Dis Fig, Byron The Aquarius, Angel Bat Dawid & Da Brothahood, Dropdead, Exile Di Brave & Time Cow, Fielded, Reinhold Friedl, Reinhold Friedl & Eryck Abecassis, Garcia Peoples, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Googie & Henry Canyons, Group Rhoda, The Heliocentrics, Robert Hood, Yvette Janine Jackson, Olivia Mutant John & Wrong Travolta, Junko Beat, King Midas Sound, John Kolodij, LABOUR featuring Hani Mojtahedy, Ingrid Laubrock, Scott Lee/JACK Quartet, Lemur & Reinhold Friedl, Leyden Jars, Little Annie Anxiety & Hiro Kone, Liturgy, Lord Tusk, Valentina Magaletti, Valentina Magaletti/Steve Beresford/Pierpaolo Martino, Missterspoon, MoE/Mette Rasmussen with Ikuro Takahashi, Monika Werkstatt, The Night Monitor, Nkisi, Octo Octa & Eris Drew, Daniel O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Sullivan & Richard Youngs, Pan Amsterdam, Luis Pestana, Joseph C Phillips Jr/Numinous, Eddie Prévost Band, Psychic Temple, Rangers, Regenorchester XII, Senyawa, Sockethead, Cadu Tenório, The Dead Can Rap, Time Cow, Time Cow & RTKal, Hideki Umezawa & Andrew Pekler, Christina Vantzou, Israel Vines, Voivod, Whirling Hall Of Knives, James Williamson & Deniz Tek, Steve Wynn, Flora Yin-Wong, Yokel, Manuel Zurria, Zedashe Ensemble
The Boomerang: Ashbury-Stabbins Duo, Don Cherry, Crass, Eddie Criss Group, Brian Eno, George Lewis, Bob Mould, Musica Transonic, Tony Oxley, Prince, Pylon, Storm Bugs, Tangerine Dream, Phil Wachsmann, Robert Wyatt, Various How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin, 1933–1952