Guest Top 20 of 2018: Oliver Brunetti @ Olindo Records

Top New Albums (in no order)

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Insólito UniVerso – La Candela del Río (Olindo Records)
Woven Entity – Two (Enid)
Waaju – Waaju (Olindo Records)
Rodrigo Tavares – Congo (Hive Mind)
Sarathy Korwar – My East Is Your West (Gearbox)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Book of Sound (Honest Jon’s Records)
Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings)
Jessica Lauren – Almería (Freestyle)
Emanative – Earth (Jazzman)
Children of Zeus – Travel Light (First Word)
The Expansions – Murmuration (Albert’s Favourites)
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
Nu Guinea – Nuova Napoli (NG)
Allysha Joy – Acadie:Raw (Gondwana)
Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (Jazzman)
Moses Boyd – Displaced Diaspora (Exodus)
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!)
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids – An Angel Fell (Strut)
Sean Khan – Palmares Fantasy (Far Out Recordings)

Best EPs/Singles

Dengue Dengue Dengue – Semillero (On The Corner)
Modified Man – Modifications: Set 2 (Albert’s Favourites)
Nat Birchall – Tunji / Mode For Trane (JAZZ45)
The Scorpios ‎– Mashena / Samha (Afro7)
Kaidi Tatham – In My Life (2000 Black)

Top Remixes

Yazz Ahmed – The Lost Pearl (Hector Plimmer Remix) (Naim Absolute)
Jaubi – Lahore State of Mind (Al Dobson Jr Remix) (Astigmatic)

Top Reissues/Archive Releases/Compilations

Jesse Sharps Quintet and P.A.P.A. – Sharps and Flats (Outernational Sounds)
John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once (The Lost Album) (Impulse Records)
Momo “Wandel” Soumah* ‎– Matchowé (Buda Musique)
Various – Levanta Poeira – Afro-Brazilian music & rhythms from 1976 – 2016 (compiled by Tahira) (Jazz&Milk Recordings)
Various – Musica Per L’Immagine II (compiled by Lorenzo Bandiera) (Fly By Night Music)
Various – Disques Debs International Vol. 1 (compiled by Hugo Mendez & Emile Omar) (Strut)
Il Guardiano Del Faro – Oasis (Time Capsule)
Creative Arts Ensemble – One Step Out (Outernational Sounds)
Bobby Rodriguez ‎– Simply Macrame (Jazz Detective)
Victor Assis Brasil ‎– Esperanto (Far Out Recordings)

Best Gigs

Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die – Cafe Oto, November
Ben LeMar Gay – Cafe Oto, November
Insólito UniVerso – Sylvia’s House (London Fields), December
The Cookers – Church of Sound, May
Brandee Younger – Church of Sound, October
Waaju + 30/70 – TRC @ Giant Steps, July
Arun Ghost – Corsica Studios, November
Okumu Herbert Skinner – Jazz re:freshed @ Mau Mau Bar, September
Tal Janes x Yusuf Ahmed – SET Dalston, September
Collocutor play Miles Davis’ ‘On The Corner’ – Total Refreshment Centre, March
Ill Considered & Emma-Jean Thackray – Total Refreshment Centre, March
BCUC – Total Refreshment Centre, January