Best Albums of 2020 Artist Edition: KUČKA
This year, in addition to our own Best Songs of 2020 and Best Albums of 2020, we asked some of our favourite artists to tell us about their favourite releases of this year as well. Throughout a confusing and isolated year, music in particular has been a place of refuge for many, with the communities that surround this music becoming more important than ever. Here, we ask artists from various communities whom we love and admire to engage in the very reason we exist: sharing music.
From emerging artists to living legends, acts with cult followings to artists on the verge of truly breaking through, this series includes so many different people. Hip hop, dance, psych, rock, pop, electronic and much more, the genres and sounds in this series are as varied as the metaphorical pages of Purple Sneakers itself, and offer something for everyone no matter what your taste might be. We’re so thankful to all the artists who provided their own lists, and to the extensive communities we’re grateful to tell the stories of every day.
According to triple j, KUČKA said her latest single ‘Ascension’ is about “the continual growth that we are all undertaking at every stage of our life.” She continued, saying, “We’re constantly faced with new challenges, whether we realise it or not and it’s important that we don’t let our fears get in the way of our enjoyment of the process.” In a year when growth was uncomfortable, inevitable and mandatory as we adjusted to our new lives, it’s fitting that KUČKA would release such a poignant, beautiful and immersive single. Following on from the gripping, impressive ‘Contemplation’, the two singles she shared with us this year proved she remains at the very top of her game and is moving into a league entirely her own. As cliche as it might be, we cannot wait to hear what she does next.
RAMZi – Cocon
The layering and rhythms are just so good.
K-Lone – Cape Cira
Makes me feel like I’m dancing through a forest.
Dadras – Holy Wind
I love the textures of this record.
Iglooghost – Eœ (Disk Initiate)
Iglooghost turns to classical instrumentation and soothes the soul.
Ray Kandinski – Celestial Dreaming
I found this release on spotify and thought it was going to be ambient due to the title. The energy of the beats surprised me in the best way.
Tryphème – Thanks God for Air Emotions
This was actually out in 2019 but I discovered it this year and it’s chill vibes got me through ALOT.
Call Super – Every Mouth Teeth Missing
I love the contrast between dark and light imagery in this one.
Ela Minus – Acts of Rebellion
An ultra cool pop record.