|McQ's #1 Album of 2020
And when it comes to that year just passed, whether intentional or not, it's safe to say the music of 2020 felt profoundly influenced by the trying year we have all just endured.
A lean, unspectacular, and non-transformative music year (though not without numerous small pleasures), the music of 2020 seemed to retreat into the safe and comfortably known just as we retreated into the safety of our homes.
|McQ's #1 Artist of 2020
And even on those rare occasions when 2020 did get angry or political - as with the many 2020 album's released in direct response to George Floyd's murder - the protests were delivered with a resilient whisper (aka SAULT's Wildfires) as often as shouts of fury.
|McQ's #2 album of 2020
But irony of ironies, the one genre that was bursting with life in 2020 was the one genre most restricted by Covid from shining in its ideal milieu - club-oriented, diva-fronted disco.
And that's really about it on 2020. Like I said, overall a lean music year (you can see our year-end album rankings here).
So in response, I have simplified things tremendously, losing all the niche specific mixes and paring it all down to just three longer eclectic volumes - our standard starters Best Of The Best and Nancy's Favorites, and our standard closer The Next 100.
As always, clicking on the mix names will take you to a more detailed write-up with a thought or two on each included work, but you can also access all the mixes here.
So enough with the chit chat. On to the music. Enjoy!
Nancy's running a touch late this year closing out her mix, but as soon as she's locked it down, we will get it up here on this mix board and let fans of her mix know.
Volume 3 - The Next 100