Best Albums of 2020 Artist Edition: Confidence Man
This year, in addition to our own Best Songs of 2020 and Best Albums of 2020, we asked some of our favourite artists to tell us about their favourite releases of this year as well. Throughout a confusing and isolated year, music in particular has been a place of refuge for many, with the communities that surround this music becoming more important than ever. Here, we ask artists from various communities whom we love and admire to engage in the very reason we exist: sharing music.
From emerging artists to living legends, acts with cult followings to artists on the verge of truly breaking through, this series includes so many different people. Hip hop, dance, psych, rock, pop, electronic and much more, the genres and sounds in this series are as varied as the metaphorical pages of Purple Sneakers itself, and offer something for everyone no matter what your taste might be. We’re so thankful to all the artists who provided their own lists, and to the extensive communities we’re grateful to tell the stories of every day.
Perennial partystarters Confidence Man gifted us one hell of a single this year in ‘First Class Bitch’, which followed on from their epic 2019 anthem, ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’. Adopting a less is more approach doesn’t work for everyone, but in the case of the Confidence Man and their impeccable knacks for crafting dancefloor-ready gems, even in a time when we can’t be on dancefloors, it works time and time again. In a year which should’ve been filled with even more global tours, festival slots and soldout shows around the world, Confidence Man reminded us to be first class at home instead, and whenever we can witness them back on stage doing what they do best, we know it’s going to be a night to remember.
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
My favourite album of 2020. Absolute disco gems, sultry, sexy and just that little bit weird. She’s an icon and you gotta love it.
Fouk – 24 carrot #2
Cheekiest beats and always smooth. Fouk have a special place in my heart.
LA Priest – GENE
‘What moves’ is one of my favourite songs of this year. Thank you for existing. Whack melodies that still seem to make sense served up nice and hot with a side of jangle guitar Connan Moccasin style.
Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club
Intense, ravey and a little scary at times… but I like it. Made by the hottest UK teenager you’ve ever seen. Keep freaking me out Syd you hot ticket.
Jessy Lanza – All The Time
This girl has got some amazing pop jams with super cool production. I’ll take it.