The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 4: The Top 100

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 4: The Top 100

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

100 Merry Ellen Kirk –  HEMISPHERES || NORTH

99 Jil Is Lucky – Off The wall

98 Hat Check Girl – Kiss Me Quick

97 Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

96 The Grand Undoing – In A Vigil State

95 The Gothic Cowboy (aka Melvin Litton) and Mando Dan – Between The Wars

94 Delia Meshlir – Almost spring

93 Jaguar Jonze – Diamonds & Liquid Gold

92 Forbidden Fields – Field III New Voyages

91 Grapefruit Sound Lab – Eight Days Across America

90 M.O.K.O – Force

89 Zilla With Her Eyes Shut – Zilla With Her Eyes Shut

88 Yoel Melek – In Exile

87 Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

86 Jenny Reynolds – Any Kind Of Angel

85 Soul Inscribed – Tune Up

84 Justine Vandergrift – Stay

83 Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

82 Furious Seasons – La Fonda

81 Danielle Grubb – D

80 Military Genius – Deep Web

79 TORRES – Silver Tongue

78 CocoRosie – Put The Shine On

77 Hayley Mary – The Piss, The Perfume

76 Buttongarten – Ring O Roses

75 Orion Sun – Hold Space For Me

74 Dua Saleh – Rosetta

73 Angelica Garcia – Cha Cha Palace

72 Caribou – Suddenly

71 Mishkin Fitzgerald – The Piano Conspires

70 Rorie – Valley In The Mirror

69 Ebril – Portals

68 La+ch – +1

67 Jess Cornelius – Distance

66 Charlee Remitz – Garden

65 Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now

64 This Is the Kit – Off Off On

63 Skinshape – Umoja

62 Penelope Trappes – Eel Drip

61 Mark Vickness – Interconnected

60 Thundercat – It Is What It Is

59 Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

58 Ratso with Yasmine Hamdan – Stubborn Heart

57 Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

56 Ignacio Simón – Music From The Drifting Days

55 Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

54 Lynne Hanson – Just Words

53 Josh Johnson – Freedom Exercise

52 Scarlett Graham – Fremantle

51 Soccer Mommy – Color Theory

50 The Alien Cormorant & Cecilia Miradoli – From My House To Your House

49 Pi Jacobs – Two Truths And A Lie

48 Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt – Lover Soap Is Kind To Hands

47 The Fismits – Before The Hindsight

46 Clara Engel – Hatching Under The Stars

45 Dead Rock Stars – Dead Rock Stars

44 Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz – American Bardo

43 Mike Granditsky – Post European Music

42 Ess Be – The Other Side Of Tomorrow

41 Albino Beach -The Ladder

40 Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess

39 Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

38 Gaika – Seguridad

37 My Darling Clementine – Country Darkness

36 Bobbo Byrnes – SeaGreenNumber5

35 Buildings and Food – Up Down Strange Charm

34 Bárbara Gilles – Tesina

33 Nubya Garcia -Source

32 Re.decay – Down Long Enough

31 Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song

30 Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was

29 Cami Scoundrel – Those Days

28 Rainbow Skull – Rainbow Skull

27 Orville Peck – Show Pony

26 Squirrel Flower – I Was Born Swimming

25 The Silverbeets – Halcyon Days

24 Kate Carr – Splinters

23 Mood Taeg – Exophora

22 Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind

21 Bartees Strange – Live Forever

20 Blokeacola – Blokeacola

19 Angry Saints – Double Exposure

18 West on Colfax – Barfly Flew By

17 Maddisun – Self Reflections

16 Somerfaan – Dagbreek

15 KID BE KID – Lovely Genders

14 Grimes – Miss Anthropocene

13 SAULT – Untitled (Rise)

12 MEDaL – Replica

11 Refuge – Hunger

10 Moses Sumney – Grae

9 Dead Method – Queer Genesis

8 Algiers – There Is No Year

7 Young Jesus – Welcome To Conceptual Beach

6 Perfume Genius – Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

5 L.A. Salami – The Cause Of Doubt & A Reason To Have Faith

4 Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

3 Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

2 Tamy Stevens – The Inbetween Pt 1

1 The World Next Door – Find Your Face In It

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 3: 200-101

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 3: 200-101

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

200 Tomberlin – Projections

199 TUM – Take Off And Landing

198 Birgitta Alida – Birgitta Alida

197 Proud Creature – Opening Creature

196 The Know – wearetheknow

195 Matt Finucane – The Seizure

194 Peaking Lights – Escape

193 Jadu Heart – Hyper Romance

192 Arca –Kick 1

191 Half Waif – The Caretaker

190 Jim Iseman III – Viduity

189 Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep At The Wheel

188 I Am a Rocketship – Ghost Stories

187 Carla dal Forno – Look Up Sharp

186 Various – Beyond The Static

185 Tawny Ellis – Love Life

184 Medicine – Scarred For Life

183 Steven Adams and The French Drops – Keep It Light

182 Track Dogs – Fire On The Rails

181 Nossiennes – Vivere

180 Grandeur – The Illusion Of Power

179 The Architect – Une Plage Sur La Lune

178 Spikey Tee – Between Wake And Sleep

177 Salem Trials – A Century Of Fakes And Shiny Things

176 FenGi – mnk

175 Varsity – Fine Forever

174 Dan Tuffy – Letters Of Gold

173 Postcards – The Good Soldier

172 Kate NV – Room For The Moon

171 Me & the Monster – Me & the Monster

170 Fred Fredburguer – Fred Fredburguer

169 Parker Gray – Luminous Darkness

168 Amanda Easton – Polaroids & Postcards

167 Love Fame Tragedy – Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave

166 En Attendant Ana – Juillet

165 Pumarosa – Devastation

164 Novanta – Some Are Stars

163 Various Artists – You Are Not Alone Vol 1

162 The Icebergs – Add Vice

161 Aphir – Republic Of Paradise

160 The Legendary Ten Seconds – History Book, Pt. 2

159 Michael Rother – Dreaming

158 Dirty Projectors – Five EPs

157 Artemis’ The Endless Journey- North

156 Zephyr Quartet – Epilogue

155 John Carroll – Addicted To The Flute

154 Erik Dahl Ensemble – Gethenian Suite

153 David Evans – Waiting For The Great Reset

152 Nathaniel Ehrnman – Into The Shining Light

151 Jordana – Classical Notions Of Happiness

150 Emma Swift – Blonde On The Tracks

149 Oklou – Galore

148 The Room in The Wood – We’re the Martians, now

147 Iain Chambers – Secrets of Orford Ness

146 Green House – Six Songs For Invisible Gardens

145 EZROH – Blank Lux

144 Brother Spellbinder – We Were Children Yesterday

143 Tara Nome Doyle – Alchemy

142 Arrom x KAIAR – Truce

141 Kerri Powers – Session 19

140 Nico Paulo – Wave Call

139 Landshapes – Contact

138 Caveboy – Night In The Park, Kiss In The Dark

137 Benjamin Adair Murphy – Let’s Make a King

136 Shirley Collins – Heart’s Ease

135 Ultraista – Sister

134 Kacy Hill – Is It Selfish We Talk About Me Again?

133 Inigo Montoya – InigEP03

132 The William Loveday Intention – People Think They Know Me, But They Don’t Know Me

131 Will Butler – Generations

130 Coco O’Connor – When I Was Your World

129 vōx – This Body

128 Banoffee – Look at Us Now Dad

127 Zsela – Ache Of Victory

126 Tiny Fighter – Going Home

125 The Sign – Singles

124 Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters – Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters

123 Kevin Nolan – Lets All Get Nervous

122 The Ropes – The Ropes

121 Toby Hay – New Music For The 12 String Guitar

120 Lord Buffalo – Tohu Wa Bohu

119 The Plastic Pals – It Could Be So Easy, Free and Fine

118 Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle

117 Bill Callahan – Gold Record

116 Madge -Ethanol (Multiverse, Vol. 2)

115 Do Nothing – Zero Dollar Bill

114 Ghostlawns – Motorik

113 Amaara – Heartspeak

112 Jolly Goods – Slowlife

111#Bloomerangs – Moments and Fragments

110 Q-bizm – Corduroy Shorts

109 Lara Taubmann – Revelation

108 Inhaler Collective – Hunger

107 Waterville – Shades and Whispers

106 The Juniper Berries – The Juniper Berries

105 Katie Gately – Loom

104 Hostile Tribes – Ecstasy & Sweet Communion

103 Georgia – Seeking Thrills

102 IDLES – Ultra Mono

101 Greg Copeland – The Tango Bar

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 300-201

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 300-201

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

300 Scarecrow – Scarecrow

299 Vivillain – Failures Fortune

298 Xeresa – Covers For Quarantine

297 fleshwater – Demo2020

296 Electric Hydra – Electric Hydra

295 U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

294 The smallest Creature – Magic Beans

293 Wood River – More Than I Can See

292 Rasmus Blomqvist – Columbia Road

291 Slim Loris – When Life Interferes

290 Flower Church – Nocturne

289 Slow Pulp – Moveys

288 BigLittleLions – Are We There Yet?

287 Jeads – Under The Veneer

286 Patrick Ames – Liveness

285 PVA – Toner

284 Pam Risourié – Noctessa

283 The Orange Kyte – Carousal

282 Jónsi  – Shiver

281 GAKO – Voodoo child

280 2A at the Playground – Dream Hop on Acid/Under Viral Attack

279 teepee – Where The Ocean Breaks

278 Zoey Lily – Project Prologue

277 The Academy of Sun – The Quiet Earth

276 Brudini – From Darkness, Light

275 Kid Sublime – Straat Coach

274 Y.LOH – Nocturna

273 POLIÇA – When We Stay Alive

272 Cults – Host

271 Say Hi – Diamonds and Donuts

270 Box Anima – Niepokoj

269 Catholic Action – Celebrated By Strangers

268 Michael Ward with Dogs And Fishes- Blind Spot

267 Frances Quinlan – Likewise

266 400 Bears – 400 Bears

265 Wendy Moten – I’ve Got You Covered

264 The Agency – In The Haunted Woods

263 The Backlash – Passing By

262 Y!kes – Massive

261 of1000faces – Astronomica

260 Unruly Girls – Epidemic

259 The Roogs – The Roogs

258 Various Artists – Quarantunes

257 Slomosa – Slomosa

256 Starry Skies – Ask The Animals

255 TREMENDOUS – Relentless

254 Various Artists – Women Of Doom

253 Romano Nervoso – The Return Of The Rocking Dead

252 Joshua James, Reesa James – Dreams Of Karen

251 Anton Barbeau – Manbird

250 Die Noia Futuriszka – Viento

249 Hanging Valleys – Behind the Backs of Houses

248 Disco Rigido – Elevation

247 Darío Martínez – Feel ing

246 The New Division – Hidden Memories

245 Wolfhounds – Electric Music

244 The Opium Cartel – Valor

243 Drew James – Beside Myself

242 Matty Tyack – The Hard Way

241 Barbara Bergin – Blood Red Moon

240 Meadow Creek – Pieces Of Driftwood

239 Songhoy Blues – Optimisme

238 The Spiritual Leaders – Albania Away

237 The Sea at Midnight – The Sea at Midnight

236 Maya Maya – Cutting Teeth

235 Charlotte Hatherley and T.J. Allen – Traveller

234 Pintandwefall – Your Stories Baby

233 The Thank Yous – Good Time Killing Us

232 Derrero – Time Lapse

231 Gone From My Sight – Twenty Twenty

230 The Prom – I’ll Send You The Stars

229 Ric Gordon – Headlights On The Horizon

228 The Grey Merchant – The Claude Glass

227 Monday – Room For All

226 Best Coast – Always Tomorrow

225 Fionn – Everyone’s a Critic

224 Snarls – Burst

223 The Just Joans – The Private Memoirs And Confessions Of The Just Joans

222 Nelson Can – So Long Desire

221 Gladie – Safe Sins

220 HMS Morris – Pastille EP

219 Sick Le Lapin – Oddsoundscapes

218 Whyte Horses – Hard Times

217 The Metal Byrds – Life In 20

216 Phil Cooper – These Revelation Games

215 Eric Davis – 365

214 Pia Fraus – Empty Parks

213 Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt

212 Funeral Lakes – Golden Season

211 Christine and the Queens – La vita nuova

210 Ciberpajé – Covid 666

209 Various Artists – Marks-Of-Provenance-iii

208 Tarah Who – 64 Women

207 Paper Fishes – Instant Happiness

206 Cassette Spence – SixSix

205 Melorman – For The Sun

204 Various Artists -Spooker Sampler 3

203 Mohamed Assani – Wayfinder

202 Montano – A Distant Light

201 Yobrebus – Mycelium Days

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 400-301

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 400-301

As played on the NBTMusicRadio

400 The Flaming Lips – American Head

399 Martin Bisi – Solstice

398 Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams – Aporia

397 Rod Best – Fascination

396 Gashunters – In Search Of Genius

395 Jack Blake – Decked In Blue

394 Eric H. F. Law – Better Angels

393 Soricah – Let The Fire Burn Free

392 John Stephen Frank – The John Stephen Frank Album

391 Leif de Leeuw Band – Where We’re Heading

390 Byebyefish – De Pénombres en Lumières

389 Papa Satch – Rebound

388 Mechanimal – Crux

387 Dispel – Lore

386 OTTOKRAFT – Down The Hole

385 The Subtheory – Impact

384 Alienbaby Collective – ‘FISHBOWL / TERRESTRIAL

383 Andrew Weatherall – Unknown Plunderer / End Times Sound

382 Graham Domain – Waking World

381 Mayflower Madame – Prepared For A Nightmare

380 Loud Apartment – System Breakdown

379 Kidbug – Kidbug

378 Keznamdi – Bloodline

377 Babybird – King Of Nothing

376 Mother Yeti – My Best Please

375 Diarchy – Splitfire

374 Odd Palace – One Step Closer

373 Hazel English – Wake UP!

372 Felixity – Love Sick

371 Sylvan Esso – Free Love

370 CSE Art Project – See Me!!!

369 The Petal Falls – All These Years

368 Pilotcan – No More Shan Goocbyes

367 Friksjon – Friksjon EP

366 KACIMI – Gyrophare

365 Kele Fleming – The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life

364 Darman – Necessità Interiore

363 Metaspion – Cryptomeduza

362 The Hazy Seas – The Hazy Seas

361 SofaTramp – Wax On

360 Lavid – I Just Want To Love

359 DEF NEON – War Beats

358 Doghouse Roses – We Are Made Of Light

357 New Ghost – The Future Is Dead

356 Moaning – Uneasy Laughter

355 Monolithe Noir – Moira

354 Josh Werner – Mode For Titan

353 HALLOWS – Subtle

352 Neverman – It’s Not A Prison, It’s a Prism

351 Sudler’s Row – Frantic Empire

350 Omaloma – Swish

349 Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans – Love And Optimism

348 Tom Hartney – Luft | Air

347 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline – City Of Love

346 Wye Oak, Brooklyn Youth Chorus – No Horizon

345 Flor and the Sea – Kings & Queens

344 Basic Television – One

343 Colonel Red & Inkswel – Benjiman’s Ghost Vol 1

342 Eliza Shaddad – Sept~Dec

341 Joel Plaskett – 44

340 Grant Peeples – Bad Wife

339 Jaron Reid Ravensky – I Can’t Take The Darkness Anymore

338 Westwego – Bittersweet Moods

337 Simen Lyngroth – Looking for the Spark Like It’s Just Around the Corner

336 Vundabar – Either Light

335 Jonny Polonsky – Kingdom Of Sleep

334 Belau – Colourwave

333 Spotlights – We Are All Atomic

332 Soko – Feel Feelings

331 Dombrance – AMLO

330 Angel Forrest – Hell Bent with Grace

329 Joy Mills Band – Echolocator

328 Richard’s Orchestra – Nothing Nothing

327 John Cee Stannard – Folk Roots Revisited

326 Deborah Crooks – Department Of The West

325 King Krule – Man Alive

324 Bones Muhroni – Triquetrum

323 Boston Manor – Glue

322 Pagan Interface – Psychic Feedback & The Crystal Void

321 Nel Unlit – Wake For The Dreaming

320 BT – The Lost Art of Longing

319 Ela Minus – Acts Of Rebellion

318 Shishi – Mafitisei

317 Soft Set – Love and Dancing

316 Phil Madeley – 21st Century Witch Hunt

315 Relish – Dislocated Bones

314 Deleo – Unfair

313 Los Radiadores – Bailes de verano

312 Wily Bo Walker and Danny Flam –  Ain’t No Man A Good Man

311 SonsOfMark – Full Speed Ahead

310 Matthew Frederick – Fragments

309 teenage dreamstar – (2020) A Short Record

308 Destijl – Greatest Hits Vol 2

307 Watch Clark – Backscatter Effect

306 Jamie Isaac – 3 (with. NOSAJ THING)

305 Bobby Rausch – Soap

304 Jealous Of The Birds – Peninsula

303 Tom Houston – Gap In The Fence

302 Fleet Foxes – Shore

301 Various Artists – V Is For Vision

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 4: 159 – 101

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 4: 159 – 101

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

159 HMS Morris – Babanod

158 Landshapes – The Ring

157 Helena Deland – Truth Nugget

156 Kevin Nolan – The Reception Of An English Play In Paris

155 Shirley Collins – Locked In Ice

154 Steven Adams and The French Drops – Going to Everglades

153 Bartees Strange – Stone Meadows

152 Hat Check Girl – Earl Had The Nightshift

151 Wye Oak, Brooklyn Youth Chorus – AEIOU

150 Tiny Fighter – Perfect Game

149 Empress Of – Void

148 Jónsi  – Salt Licorice (with Robyn)

147 Ghostlawns – Breaking Out

146 Carla dal Forno – No Trace

145 Track Dogs – Love and War

144 Lord Buffalo – Tohu Wa Bohu

143 The Icebergs – Willa

142 Sleepy Gonzales – Slow Apocalypse

141 The Alien Cormorant & Gold Massi – Opaque

140 Jelly Cleaver featuring Shunaji and Maddy Coombs  – Feeling Fine

139 Kacy Hill – To Someone Else

138 EsRAP – Sabaha

137 Caribou – Never Come Back

136 Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve Been Sad

135 Novanta – Outside noise

134 The Notwist with. Saya – Ship

133 Inhaler Collective – Let The Rain Fall

132 Ghostpoet – I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

131 Caitlin Pasko – Horrible Person

130 Lynne Hanson – Hemingway’s Songbird

129 Scarlett Graham – Fremantle

128 Coco O’Connor – White Horse

127 Bill Callahan – 35

126 Lara Taubmann – Revelation

125 Tara Nome Doyle – Mercury

124 Just Mustard – October

123 Sufjan Stevens – Video Game

122 Dua Saleh – hellbound

121 Benjamin Adair Murphy – Your Gun

120 Klumbsy Oxx – Born To Die

119 Arca – Mequetrefe

118 The William Loveday Intention – My Love For You

117 Josh Johnson – Simple Song

116 Lekan Tella – Emptiness

115 Curious Hour – She Lies

114 Me & the Monster – My House

113 The Fiery Furnaces – Down at the So and So on Somewhere

112 Furious Seasons – Burn Clean

111 Banoffee – Count on You

110 Delfe Pilgrim – Everything is Just Fine

109 KasbaH – Divane

108 Parker Gray – A Younger Man’s Hands

107 Benedict – Warzone

106 Rorie – Drift

105 Delia Meshlir – Ice grip

104 Merry Ellen Kirk x VANYO – Unravelling

103 Phoebe Bridgers – I Know The End

102 The Gothic Cowboy (aka Melvin Litton) and Mando Dan – Border Blues

101 Cursed Arrows – Haunted

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top Songs of 2020 Part 3: 239 – 160

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top Songs of 2020 Part 3: 239 – 160

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

239 Phil Cooper – House of Mirrors

238 Kaouenn – Immaterial Jungle

237 SoKo – Being Sad Is Not a Crime

236 Neverman – E=MCk

235 Birgitta Alida – Glory

234 Mura Masa – Today (ft. Tirzah)

233 Varsity – The Memphis Group

232 Disco Rigido – bulldog

231 Will Butler – Surrender

230 Komfortrauschen – Nemo

229 Montano – A Distant Light

228 The Grey Merchant – Blood Book

227 Wolfhounds – Can’t See The Light

226 Pat Dennis – Circle the Wagons

225 Jelly Crystal – Get Well Soon

224 verydeadly – Conversations Lack

223 subcult – Suffocating

222 Half Waif – Siren

221 Amanda Easton – I Saw the Message

220 Brother Spellbinder – Ice Castles

219 The Know – 143

218 Amaara – Gone

217 Georgia – About Work the Dancefloor

216 Tropico Don-  Linda McCartney Burgers

215 SONI ft Izzy Austin – Savage

214 Spikey Tee – Rise feat. Mark Pritchard

213 Whyte Horses – Mister Natural (feat. La Roux)

212 POLIÇA – TATA

211 Nikavo – No TV

210 Jolly Goods – The Misanthrope Years

209 The Sea at Midnight – Medicine

208 CocoRosie – Smash My Head

207 Silicon Estate – Gutter (ft. Makk Mikkael)

206 Cami Petyn – Static

205 King Krule – Cellular

204 Hurtsfall – Revelator

203 Crywolf – Unchained Melody ft Roniit

202 Anton Barbeau – Manbird

201 EsRAP – Yalla Habibi

200 Ellena Storey – Stereotype

199 Jaguar Jonze – Diamonds & Liquid Gold

198 I Am a Rocketship – Resolve

197 Squirrel Flower – Slapback

196 Paper Fishes – Orange Paint

195 The Juniper Berries – Give Up Yr Ghosts

194 The Architect – Jacqueline

193 teenage dreamstar – you’re around me

192 Flower Church – Nil

191 Petter Carlsen – I Love The Way You See The World

190 Phil Circle – I See Hope

189 The Smallest Creature – October Song

188 The Backlash – My Wrong

187 The Room in The Wood – Charmed

186 Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep At The Wheel

185 Caveboy – Silk for Gold

184 Last Victorian Death Squad – Badside

183 Q-bizm – Black Truck

182 Bombnivores – iSO

181 The Academy of Sun – The Parts That Need Replacing

180 Delicate Place – Full Steam Ahead

179 Angel Olsen – Waving, Smiling

178 Dan Tuffy – Honey Flow

177) Ghostbaby – I Went to a Velvet Underground Show in 1969

176  Monolithe Noir feat. Peter Broderick – By Twos

175 2Square /Mark Gardener – Chained

174 Jazztown x DJ Ülv – Alle Banger Keine Clanger (Beat Mix

173 Arrom x KAIAR – Breathe

172 Joan Torres’s All Is Fused – Finale ft Bubby Lewis

171 #Bloomerangs – Mind Your F

170 MAGUIRE – Wrestling

169 Proud Creature – Pines

168 vōx – Be Bigger

167 Joy Mills Band – Echolocator

166 Johnny Goth – The Better Place

165 Pia Fraus – Nice and Clever

164 Pintandwefall – Let Me In

163 Madge – Headshot

162 Aphir – Give You One ft Sandy Hsu

161 Angelica Garcia – Guadalupe

160 En Attendant Ana – Do You Understand

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 2: 319 – 240

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 2: 319 – 240

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

319 Bethany Ferrie – Stayed

318 The ICON Projects – Days

317 Monday – i’m sleepy

316 Joshua Speers – Manic. Magic. Messed Up

315 Secret Treehouse – Ice Turns To Ash

314 Dirty Projectors – Now I Know

313 Jeads – Deception Pass

312 Best Coast – Different Light

311 Moaning – Ego

310 BigLittleLions – It’s Amazing

309 The Metal Byrds – Life In 20

308 Jealous of the Birds – Something Holy

307 Athens Tango Project – Oblivion

306 Echo Of The Low Light – Fault Lines

305 Postcards – Lights Out

304 Diarchy – Gone Too Late

303 Destroyer of Light – Lullaby

302 Lavid – Stille

301 Matthew Frederick – Laura Jones

300 Jay Miners – Real Love

299 Deborah Crooks – River Stones

298 Barbara Bergin – She Danced With The Young Prince of Wales

297 Brudini – Pale Gold

296 GEA – Despite

295 Become The Sky – When You’re Near

294  The Melanias aka Mark Ripp – Paul & Mitch

293 PVA – Divine Intervention [Gum & Ginoli Remix]

292 Tracks Haven – Can I Have A Moment

291 Black Needle Noise – Losing My Religion ft Rebecca Coseboom

290 5 R V L N 5 – Flesh (David Bottrill mix)

289 Snarls – Walk in the Woods

288 Nelson Can – Madness

287 The Agency – Affluent

286 Grandeur – Not Of Your Waking World

285 James Blake – Are You Even Real

284 Planetself – Leylines

283 Thundercat feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Childish Gambino – Black Qualls

282 Union of Knives feat Helen Marnie – A Tall Tale (Jonny Scott remix)

281 From Venus – Unconditional

280 Vundabar – Burned Off

279 PXPRS – Coup de grace

278 Telquist – Fun

277 The Just Joans – When Nietzsche Calls

276 ROME – KALI YUGA ÜBER ALLES

275 The New Division – Clear

274 Slomosa – There Is Nothing New Under The Sun

273 Unruly Girls – She Grew Up In A Shotgun Row

272 Aimee Steven – Hell Is A Teenage Girl

271 Sera – Rabbit Hole

270 Songhoy Blues – Fey Fey

269 Toth – Juliette

268 Screens 4 Eyes – Sometimes a Gate Is Opened

267 Amanda Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens – It’s a Fire

266 fanclubwallet – Bike Song

265 Oklou – Fall

264 Red Mecca – Atlantic

263 Shishi – Mafitisei

262 Sam Valdez – Toothache

261 Beatrice Dillon – Workaround One

260 Ellis in Transit – Hands Up

259 Les Manteez – Busy Fiction Makers

258 The Thank Yous – These things happen

257 Mailbox Destroyers – You’ve Done Me Justice

256 Ivan Moult – What More Could I Say

255 Drew James – Beside Myself

254 Baneful Town – Twenty Five

253 Katie Gately – Waltz

252 Jadu Heart – Another Life

251 The Opium Cartel – The Curfew Bell

250 VAST ASTEROID – Champagne Ambassadors

249 Pumarosa – Devastation

248 Say Hi – Non-Linear Time vs. Misshapen Space

247 Faithful Johannes – Dust

246 Ric Gordon – Y’all Stay Home

245 The Roogs – Wildebeest

244 Tennis – Swimmer

243 Derrero – Lecture Tour

242 Cassette Spence – R.I.P. The Glove

241 Cults – Trials

240 Kate NV – Plans

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 1: 400 -320

The NBTMusicRadio’s Top 400 Songs of 2020 Part 1: 400 -320

As heard all year on the NBTMusicRadio

400 Michael Stipe – Drive to the Ocean

399 Joe Matera – Only One

398 Ivor Game – I’m Not Sure

397 Neville Staple Band – Lockdown

396 Subshine – Over the Moon

395 Indie Butterflies Dream – Freedom

394 EllaHarp – Screaming Into the Void

393 Emil Khachaturian – Angels Around

392 Erik Thunberg – Lystra – Ikonium

391 We Three Kings – Savoir Fair

390 Latenight Honeymoon – Afterglow

389 Mint – Goodbye Beautiful

388 Dead Friends – Molly

387 Serratone – Groovy Lucy

386 Friksjon – En Dans På Psykoser

385 Museum Of Backwards Hats – End Of Days

384 Revolt – Kyoto

383 VOITH – Screenshot

382 Bear of Bombay – Night Tree

381 HALLOWS – Subtle

380 Primal Static – Fall Before Your Pride

379 Alienbaby Collective – Degenerate Moon

378 Mamalarky – Fury

377 The Hazy Seas – Marquis’ BBQ

376 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline – Morphine

375 Jenia Smile – Tengi

374 Zero Sum Game Plan – Back on Track

373 Felixity – You&Me (Oberkon Remix)

372 Tennis – How To Forgive

371 Elliot Albert Orchard – Don’t Wanna Be Here Alone

370 Sam Swancott  – Infidelity

369 KasēoGems – I’m on Fire

368 Starry Skies – I Want You To Know

367 Joel Plaskett – Carried Away

366 HJM Bradshaw – Mermaids And Pondskaters

365 Rabbit Heart – Ocean View

364 Kidbug – Together

363 Catholic Action – One Of Us

362 Mother Yeti – In Your Eyes

361 Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans – Bad Day

360 Fionn – Everyone’s a Critic

359 Silja Sol – Superkresen

358 Patrick Ames – Bang Bang Bang

357 Peaking Lights – EVP

356 Bombshell ft Charlotte – Bombshell like me

355 Hazel English – Off My Mind

354 Ameli – Static

353 The Orange Kyte – Demonstration Garden

352 Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams – Agathon

351 Wood River – The Procrastinator

350 Electric Hydra – It Comes Alive

349 The Mystery Plan – Ballad of JC Quinn

348 The Banshees – It’s Alright

347 Pam Risourié – Cinnamon Leaves

346 Spotlights – Part I

345 Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

344 MÊL – Cusco

343 Soft Set – Never Die

342 Breichiau Hir – Preseb o las

341 Rina Sawayama – XS

340 Yumi Zouma – Cool For A Second

339 Fleet Foxes – Can I Believe You

338 Frances Quinlan – Lean

337 Flor and the Sea – Dark Minds

336 Bobby Rausch feat. DJ Illvibe – Rausch in pink

335 The Flaming Lips – Mother Please Don’t Be Sad

334 TUM – Steps

333 Bones Muhroni – If You Love Me

332 Doghouse Roses – The Reckoning

331 Coolhand Jax – Backseat Swinging

330 Giudi – Sleeping Boy

329 Adwaith – Lan y Môr

328 SonsOfMark – Full Speed Ahead

327 Fintan McKahey – Platinum

326 Kath & The Kicks – Walls Between Us

325 Richard’s Orchestra – Bare Lake

324 The Empire Police – Cinematic Dreams

323 TREMENDOUS – Daniela

322 The Battles Of Winter – Block S Falls

321 Los Radiadores – Contra el asfalto

320 Pilotcan – Romanticise the City

All In – The La Fontaines

All In – The La Fontaines

Released June 2019        From Album:  Junior                      Label:  SO Recordings

Written by:  The La Fontaines   Reached Number 33 in UK Charts, Number 2 in Scotland

Sparky

There’s a line near the beginning of this song:

       “You wanna hear the story?  Well I can tell lots/ Said she liked rap, but never from the Scots”

It is poignant because that is one of the first things I noticed about this young independent outfit from Motherwell in Scotland.  Unashamed rap in a Scottish accent!  I guess that should not sound so strange.  I mean, although rap usually sounds “American”, I am also pretty used to hearing it in a “Caribbean” accent.  But, being Scottish myself, I can’t think I ever heard that particular sound, before hearing this band.

“All In” is the first song from the band’s third album, “Junior”  There’s an underlying “wall of sound” guitar that reminds me of Jerry Harrison from the Talking Heads.  I’m thinking in particular of the song “Worlds in Collision”.  I’m sure there are many other songs that use this sort of background, but that’s the one I think of immediately.  It is the kind of sound that I imagine can be used for videos of bombers flying over cities in World War 2.  There’s something about the sound that compares it in my mind to droning engines.  Not that I am trying in any way to say this reflects the content of the song.  I am merely talking about a particular thick guitar soundscape that I love.

MartinNBT

You got it exactly!!!  That airplane hum is the very 1st thing that hooked me into the song and kept me listening and excited throughout.  Then you have that opening electro ‘squeaky door’ sample that continues through the tune, and you have this lovely sense of tension.  Both vocals are fairly restrained and ‘matter of fact’ compared to that, so you have the sense of emotions stretched taut almost to breaking point, counterpointed by two sets of storytelling, succinct, in an absolute clarity of thought v the ‘heaviness’ of the instrumental arrangement.  The rap side of the equation never becomes a dirge-lie plod (something a lot of ‘blue-eyed’ hip hop sadly sinks into) and the chorus seems to have drifted in from another (bubblegum) song entirely, which shouldn’t work, but does.

P.S:  I think that MANY comparisons to The Streets are totally lazy and also wrong.

Sparky

I actually think they’ve got their formula just right: rap verse followed by simple but catchy ‘sung’ chorus – two different vocalists as well!  I believe they have also thinned their general sound a bit, having recently trimmed the band down to three core members.  They may still use overdubs or have extra bits played, but it seems to me as if the writing, the creative craftsmanship, is lean and powerful.

I haven’t seen them live but know a few people who have, and apparently, they are extremely engaging, doing equally well at festivals and small venues.  Ah, remember festivals!   But I digress… you mentioned the phrase ‘clarity of thought’, and I think that captures their essence.  Strong.  Singular.  Determined.  Yet not too serious.  Singing about everyday things.  Human relationships.  Etc. Etc.

MartinNBT

Would I be correct in thinking that ‘Junior’ is their ‘breakthrough album’? (I know they had at least two albums before this).  I will say that I am not entirely sold on the collection.  It’s a little too ‘careful’ in hitting the right beats in a slick way that distances me somewhat.  Though I can also cheerfully admit that this is just a ‘feeling’ and I cannot fault the songwriting and performance skill at all, but I am going to have to withhold my unconditional love for the time being and hope there isn’t a Kaiser Chiefs like implosion down the line.  That said, this song, I already know, WILL make it into the list when it comes time to put together the infamous NBTMusicRadio’s best of 2020.  Over to you for the final words.

Sparky

I think you are right about the “breakthrough album thing”.  I remember reading about the band feeling that this album was a bit of a step up for them.  It’s a great album and this is a cracking opening song.  Nothing much more for me to say.  I love it.

Jungle -Tamy Stevens featuring Oswin Benjamin

Jungle -Tamy Stevens featuring Oswin Benjamin

Jungle -Tamy Stevens featuring Oswin Benjamin 

Released:  10 March 2020       

Writer: Stevens/Benjamin  Label: Indie  From the Album “The InBetween Part 1”

MartinNBT

Going into this discussion, please allow me, good sir, to make some seemingly unrelated points in a ramble I like to call “man! This song excites me!”  1) I found this track via a virtual crate dug deep within the Bandcamp site.  I highly recommend that anyone with some small curiosity, spend an hour or two every few weeks or so, just browsing the genres (setting the controls to ‘newly added’, thus avoiding being steered into just music they want you to buy – you WILL have to sift through a fair amount of dreck, but the diamonds you will find will be worth it.  2) Electro Soul aka Future Soul aka Modern Hip-hop is this generation’s punk music.  3) The way that so many in the music establishment react to this type of music and performance reminds me, in a weird way, of those full Ed Sullivan shows back in the early sixties where the Beatles made their debut.  Up until then, this variety show was the home of crooners, family entertainers, old men doing standup, show tunes and assorted jugglers and acrobats.  They were all there, present and correct, those two nights, but you could feel all these showmen and ladies felt this big change in the wind.  They did not understand it, and judging by some of the jokes, were a tiny bit afraid of it; but deep down they KNEW that their time was almost done and a new musical path was going to be followed.  4) I LOVE this tune.  It’s angry and vibrant and sharp and one million percent relevant to right now.

Sparky

I agree that this song stands out from its very opening bars.  That little “flute-synth” sample is more like an ear dragon than an earworm.  I remember the very first time I heard it (which was on NBTMusicRadio by the way), my ears turned toward the source like all those world telescopes turning to find a supernova in response to a LIGO detection.  If that simile is too much for some people, then let me tell you, there is a whole universe to discover out there….maybe more!  Anyway, if you can imagine all the world’s giant antennas turning in unison to pinpoint that major intergalactic event, then that is how my ears picked up on this song.  I don’t know what those little percussive sounds are, but they sure give life to that sample, man!

I don’t know how those music establishment dudes you speak of react to such things, but I know that something like this pins my attention to the cosmos in some way, even if I am not consciously aware of it at the time; the pin sticks in, and next time I hear it, it lights up or buzzes, and I notice it a bit more.  That’s the way Billie Eilish’s “Bury a Friend” got me, and that’s the way this one got me.  And so far, I’m only even talking about the first ten seconds of the song.

MartinNBT

I am so glad you mention those vital first few seconds.  The most common fault with far too many submissions to NBT is that, even with short songs, they take too long to get to the point.  There is clutter, or settling in, or, worst of all, showing off.  All the impact is lost and what comes after is all too easily ignored.  Here the production (by Tyjeer “Metric Medic” Carruthers) is razor sharp, Ms Steven’s opening line tells the story clearly and concisely, there is no excess fat, either emotionally or creatively.  I tried to see if I could find the lyrics on Genius or similar, but sadly was unable to.  The song is so new it hasn’t made it to her Soundcloud yet, as far as I know, but hopefully enough interest is generated, so that the words will make it online, because just lyrically there is so much to unpack here.

Sparky

Yes, I also failed in a similar lyric search, which is a pity because I do not pick out lyrics in a song very easily.  I’m more a sound, rhythm and melody guy and tend to get my lyrical understanding of songs through a general essence of some sort of unconscious auditory selection than hearing words and phrases that my conscious ears can’t quite get.  This probably sounds like some sort of science fiction, but I swear that’s how things work from me.  I can get the lyrical essence without knowing the lyrics, or at least, I think I can.  I haven’t quite got the lyrical essence on this one yet, so I will rather talk about the quality of the voice itself.

First thing to note is that she is very versatile.  Already in the chorus, there is a whole different quality to her voice than in the opening stanza.  She obviously has a strong soul voice, not just of the “Electro soul” and “Future soul” genres you mentioned earlier, but “soul” as in the wider musical sense.  I tried to listen to a few of her other songs and found she has excellent control of her singing voice, as opposed to her “rapping” style. But it is the rapping style that hits you first in this song, following in after those huge bass/drum combos.  “I remember my birthday when they shot…”  It’s hard to follow, but one immediately gets a sense of a dark story unfolding.  And the vocal style itself is just as infectious as the musical lick counterpart in the intro.  Much like in the way that the style that someone like Cardie B seemed to offer something refreshing compared to the style of Nicky Minaj, so does Tamy’s style seem to reach out to me.  As I said, it is hard for me to distinguish all the words, but I do get an essence of “pain” and delving deeper into the “chambers” of Tamy Stevens online “wardrobe”, I found this quote from her:  “Pain makes us seek power so that we’ll no longer experience the vulnerability that allowed pain into our lives in the first place.”  I think that quotation can probably be ascribed to this song.

MartinNBT

Here we have a vocalist with natural instincts, influencing the arrangement of a song, just by the way they say a word or indeed WHEN they say that word, and a good producer totally in sync with that, moulding the tune around the vocalist’s ebb and flow.  It says much about the song, that for days I embarked on intellectual flights of fancy and yet, instead in the end, found myself whittling my thoughts down to the barest essence.  These guys know how to make excellent pop music and I feel better for having heard it.

Sparky

I agree.  I also just thought that it seems Tamy’s song was just beginning to break before the Covid-19 situation hit us.  Hopefully, this won’t put too much of a stop to her.  This song is a brilliant testament to her creative talent, and with people like Oswin Benjamin at her back, she is obviously well supported.  The more songs like this we hear on the radio, the better.

https://tamystevens.bandcamp.com/track/jungle-ft-oswin-benjamin