“Crystal Cuts” - Shifting Sands (Spooky Records/Beast Records)
Anxiety, studied diffidence and simmering angst tied to a restrained energy and washed down with a generous glass of Courvoisier. The coolest combo in the country. Re-visiting this second studio album will constantly reward.

“Blessed Is The Boogie” - Datura4 (Alive Naturalsound)
Blessed you will be when you wrap your ears around this. If the ‘70s were this fun, we need to go back. Is Dom, is good.

“Moronic Pleasures" – The Candy Snatchers (Hound Gawd)
Any of the releases from Hound Gawd could have made this list but somehow this blood ‘n’ guts list/buried studio recording of this manic Virginia band stood out.

“Open Season” - Mick Medew and The Mesmerisers (I-94 Bar Records)
Mick is an unassuming star. His band is Mesmerisingly talented. Together, they are the best rock-pop act in Australia.

“Address to the Nation” - Chris Masuak and the Viveiro Wave Riders (I-94 Bar Records)
Every home should have one. Seriously great rock and roll with lashings of cynical humour and energy. Bombard Masuak on his Facebook and demand a 2020 Aussie tour.