In between my Zoom meetings today, I'm going to start a list of my favorite *reissue* albums of 2020! Tune out if this isn't your cup of tea. Some of this year's finest "new" music was "old" music. I'll include re-releases & also discoveries of unreleased "heritage" sounds 👩‍🎤⏳⏲️
1. @Habibi_Funk has been reissuing some stone cold classic Arabic funk from the '70s & '80s. This year they released an album of killer tunes by Sharhabil Ahmed, the so-called "King Of Sudanese Jazz." Fierce funk-rock meets surf meets horns meets guitar…
2. Nina Simone, the greatest musician who ever lived (or maybe it's Alice Coltrane?), released an album in '82 "Fodder on My Wings" that critics hated. They were so freaking wrong. It got a 2020 re-release and it is PERFECTION. Play 'Vous êtes seul, mais je désire être avec vous' Image
3. One of the rarest, most sought-after albums in the world got a rerelease in 2020 🙏🏼, the 1974 album “Habiba” by Kirk Lightsey & Rudolph Johnson with the All Stars. Deep, heavy, South African post-Coltrane spiritual jazz excursions that will blow u away
4. The Oneness of Juju and Plunky J Branch should be household names! Their hard funk|Afro-Cuban| jazz|R’n’B sound was unique, driving & awe-inspiring. I bought this album when it first came out & in 2020 it got a re-release. Play loud. Play often.…
5. It's dull when middle-aged white guys like me say "I was there, back in the day." But for drum n' bass, I really was! London, '90s, clubs like Speed, artists like Bukem & Goldie. So this 2020 reissue by Kemistry (RIP) & Storm hits me in the sweet spot…
6. One of the truly GIANT reissues of 2020 was the Patrick Cowley album Some Funkettes, lovingly released by @darkentriesrecs, one of the world's finest labels. "Spiked Punch," Cowley's reworking of Herbie Hancock's Chameleon, is just absolutely🔥💯🕺💃…
7. In '77 Jon Hassell burst forth w/ an album that heralded a new art form (dubbed "Fourth World" music). In 2020 it got the reissue it deserved. One of the most important, beautiful records in history. Exquisite ambient ragas inspired by Pandit Pran Nath…
8. Do I love disco? Is the Pope Catholic? Vol 2 of "The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco" took disco digging to a new level: "songs from players who broke through the machismo that sat upon the glass ceiling before them to create classics." Track 1 kills me.…
9. As a teen of the '80s I was obsessed w/ Cabaret Voltaire (moody post-punk electronics, what wasn't to love?). I didn't know the Cabs' Richard H. Kirk had produced stunning solo music under the name Sandoz, reissued this year thx to @MusicFromMemory 🙏
10. Pharaoh Sanders. Live in Paris. '75. At the peak of his powers. Fresh off his iconic Impulse! recordings of the early 70s like Izipho Zam (My Gifts) & Love In Us All. Recorded at the Radio France HQ (France revered him). Reissued in 2020. Perfection…
11. Chicago's 24-Karat Black should have been absolute superstars. Today their debut, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, is a holy grail of funk/soul, though it never caught fire when released. This year, @numerogroup released a superb album of '80s demos.
12. @gillespeterson has launched a label, @records_arc, entirely for reissues & it is all 🔥. The pinnacle in 2020 was the reissue of organist Shirley Scott's One for Me. She funded it herself so she could have total artistic control. Jazz at its finest…
13. This one is so special, another album that crate diggers would pay thousands of $ for: the Heshoo Beshoo Group's Armitage Road, out of South Africa. Profoundly beautiful funk-adjacent jazz.… Image
14. If you haven't discovered the Lebanese singer Fairuz, & you adore heavy orchestral funk & jazz as much as I do, you'll be thrilled by this year's reissue of her killer 1987 LP Maarifti Feek. Timeless classic!

15. 2002: We finally got a reissue of Admas' legendary 1984 album "Sons of Ethiopia" recorded in DC (previously $400 on eBay)👏

"The diverse sonic influences of the city filter into the music, making the album a radically modern work of Ethiopian fusion"…
16. THIS was just a giant reissue from the '70s from Oakland's Family of Swede. Play track 1, Set You Free, an absolute monster of psychedelic trippy soul funk. You WILL feel better 😃…
17. Are you a lover of dub-adjacent, messed up, electronic post-punk weirdness (kind of Tricky meets early dub-forward Bauhaus meets Mad Professor)? You'll love the brilliant Dean Blunt reissue Roaches 2012-2019. One of the finest most under-rated artists…
18. Is Placebo's album "1973" the greatest jazz funk album ever? It's one of the most sampled, e.g. by Mos Def. Two songs from the album were reissued this year by Matsuna Records. Earth shattering music.…
19. The best compilation of 2017 was "Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992" from @MusicFromMemory. Best track on that album was Priscilla Ermel's "Corpo Do Vento." In 2020, we got a WHOLE BEAUTIFUL MIRACULOUS ERMEL ALBUM
20. My final pick of 2020's great reissued music? For clubbers of a certain age (ahem), whose peak nocturnal years were the early '90s, the golden period for jungle/drum & bass, THIS was the supreme release:…

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