Best Albums of 2020 Artist Edition: Nick Littlemore (PNAU/Vlossom)
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.
Not many artists have the lasting relevancy and impact that dance legends PNAU have, but such is the power of their music over the years that they continue to elate long term fans and simultaneously gather new ones with each and every release. In 2020, they gifted us two heavenly slices of spiritual, escapist dance bliss in the Vlossom-featuring ‘Lucky’, and the Ladyhawke-featuring anthem ‘River’, and in doing so providing moments of eyes-closed-hands-up glory and connection when we needed it most. It’s not certain when we’ll get to see them live in action again, but there’s no doubt that when we do, both of these singles will be special moments indeed — much like everything they do.
Oklou – galore
Sophia Anne Caruso – Toys
King Hannah – tell me your mind and I’ll tell you mine
Kuren – Formula 5
Ryan Fennis – iceberg
M4life – Sinmigo
Keith Tutt II – solitude
Phelimuncasi – 2013-2019
Duma – Duma
Jako Maron – Blaké, somin la nwit
Rami – Honey