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Albums of the Year and a mixtape by clipping

Jennifer Lucy Allan reveals the albums of the year as chosen by the presenters, producers and friends of the show. Plus, a mixtape assembled by avant-rap experimenters clipping.

At the end of a tumultuous year, the Late Junction team reflect on the last twelve months in music with a selection of their favourite adventurous albums.

2020 will clearly be remembered for a lot more than its music. But beyond the Covid headlines, artists have been responding to the pandemic in creative ways, using music to connect across lockdown and try to make sense of the crisis. This is the year that collaborations were established at distance, live streams replaced sweaty concerts and songs were penned in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Jennifer Lucy Allan reveals some of the best albums of the year as chosen by the presenters, production team and friends of the show, including picks from Holly Herndon; Sarathy Korwar; Georgia Ellery; Angel Bat Dawid and Fielding Hope.

Also on the programme, a hand-crafted mixtape assembled by the avant-rap group clipping, who have made one of the albums of the year with Visions of Bodies Being Burned. They’re a trio who combine rap with the experimental production techniques of musique concrete and noise. For this year’s Record Store Day they released a live album made on tour with The Flaming Lips, which featured recordings from microphones left in the toilets, taped to ceiling pipes, tied to trees, worn by roadies and hidden inside the venues. The rapper at the centre, Daveed Diggs, is also a renowned actor who won a Grammy for his role in Hamilton.

Produced by Alannah Chance.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

2 hours

Last on

Fri 18 Dec 2020 23:00

Music Played

  • clipping.

    Something Underneath

    • Visions Of Bodies Being Burned.
    • Sub Pop.
  • Beatrice Dillon

    Workaround Two

    • Workaround.
    • Pan.
  • Sarathy Korwar

    Birthright (feat. Zia Ahmed)

    • Otherland.
    • Leaf.
  • Siti Muharam


    • Romance Revolution.
    • On The Corner Records.
  • Silvia Tarozzi


    • Mi specchio e rifletto.
    • Unseen Worlds.
  • Moor Mother & Yatta


    • Dial Up.
  • Nazar


    • Guerrilla.
    • Hyperdub.
  • Bone Thugs‐n‐Harmony

    Mr. Ouija

    • Creepin On Ah Come Up.
    • Ruthless Records.
  • Big Ed

    Assassin (feat. Master P)

    • The Assassin.
    • No Limit Records.
  • Meredith Monk


    • Our Lady Of Late.
    • Minona Records.
  • Mark Trayle


    • Goldstripe.
    • Creative Sources.
  • Sean Baxter


    • Solo Drumkit Improvisations.
    • Bocian Records.
  • Jeff Parker

    Super Rich Kids

    • Slight Freedom.
    • Eremite Records.
  • Taku Sugimoto

    Milano 2

    • ITALIA.
  • The Conscious Daughters

    Something To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)

    • Something To Ride To (Fonky Expedition).
    • Priority Records.
  • Crematory

    Chunks Of Flesh

    • Denial.
    • M.B.R. Records.
  • Cheryl E. Leonard

    Fizzy Iceberg Underwater

    • Chattermarks: Field Recordings From Palmer Station, Antarctica.
    • Great Hoary Marmot Music.
  • Julius Eastman

    Joy Boy

    • Joy Boy.
    • Frozen Reeds.
  • Jennifer Veillerobe


    • Luftlöcher.
    • Senufo Editions.
  • Pedestrian Deposit


    • Severance.
    • Monorail Trespassing.
  • MC Hammer

    Let's Get It Started

    • Let's Get It Started.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Aho Ssan

    Simulacrum III

    • Simulacrum.
    • Subtext.
  • Prince

    Wonderful Ass

    • Can I Play With U?.
  • Sun Araw


    • Rock Sutra.
    • Sun Ark Records.
  • dumama & kechou

    leaving prison

    • buffering juju.
    • Mushroom Hour Half Hour.
  • Desire Marea


    • Desire.
    • Izimakade Records.
  • Francesca Naibo

    Nadare Nura

    • Namatoulee.
  • Ana Roxanne


    • Because Of A Flower.
    • Kranky.
  • Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

    Black Family

    • LIVE.
    • International Anthem.
  • oui ennui

    Aesthete For Hire (References Available Upon Request)

    • Sirius Bismuth.
  • Harry Pussy


    • Superstar.
    • Palilalia Records.
  • Jockstrap


    • Acid.
    • Warp Records.
  • Beverly Glenn‐Copeland

    Don't Despair

    • Transmissions: The Music Of Beverly Glenn-Copeland.
    • Transgressive Records.


  • Fri 18 Dec 2020 23:00

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