2019 Top Album Picks

As always there were a phenomenal and terrifying number of great new releases this year, from all around the globe. I probably only got to hear about 25% of what I wanted to, so this list will certainly have some glaring holes. The first two albums stand out as the best I heard all year, but all these albums are great and presented in no particular order. Please let me know what I’ve missed or forgotten!

Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah) – Songs Of Our Native Daughters   (USA)

Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving (UK/US/India)

Joel RossKingmaker (USA)

Debashish BhattacharyaJOYGuru (India)

El KhatSaadia Jefferson (Israel/Yemen)

Terri Lyne CarringtonWaiting Game (USA)

Atlas Maior Riptide (USA)

Anteng KitiranUntitled EP (Indonesia)

Nia AndrewsNo Place Is Safe (USA)

Roberto Fonseca – Yesun (Cuba)

Elephant9Psychedelic Backfire I & II (Norway)

Lakou MizikHaitiaNola (Haiti/USA)

Abdullah IbrahimThe Balance (South Africa)

Mark de Clive LoweHeritage I and II (USA)

The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (UK)

James Carter Organ TrioLive From Newport Jazz (USA)

Junius PaulIsm (USA)

BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) – The Healing (South Africa)

Alfa Mist –  Structuralism (UK)

Pascuala Ilabaca y FaunaMito de la Pérgola (Chile)

Sakaki Mango –  Bintay Cry Baby (Japan)

Nick WaltersActive Imagination (UK)

House Of Waters – Rising (USA/Japan/Argentina)

The Warrior Women Of Afro-Peruvian Musicself-titled (Peru)

Michiyo YagiIn The Forest (Japan)

Jeremy PeltThe Artist  (USA)


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