It is regrettable that the album, as a coherent set of recordings and a musician’s storefront, is of interest only to a minority these days. The average person is unlikely to spot a new “better” song anywhere, because almost all media repeat the “tried and tested” hits. Prestigious music servers no longer bring us surprises as they mostly copy each other, which results in individualism and expertise gradually disappearing from the music scene. Despite these problems, we are happy to publish our editorial ranking of the most exciting international albums of 2023, and we will continue to explore new music in the year ahead!

1. La Caravane Passe – Hotel Caravan

2. Elza Soares – No Tempo da Intolerância

3. Fatoumata Diawara – London Ko

4. Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra – Ricing The Storm

5. Bukahara – Tales Of The Tides

6. Amaarae – Fountain Baby

7. Deus – How To Replace It

8. Hania Rani – Ghosts

9. Slowdive – Everything Is Alive

10. Miranda – Uma Mulher Na Cidade

And the rest of the best:

Ibadet Ramadani – Ibadet Ramadani
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – In Between Thoughts​.​.​. A New World
Anohni And The Johnsons – My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
Everything But The Girl – Fuse
Tinariwen – Amatssou
PJ Harvey – I Inside The Old Year Dying
Mon Laferte – Autopoietics
Daughter – Stereo Mind Game
Alice Phoebe Lou – Shelter
The National – Two Pages Of Frankenstein
Róisín Murphy – Hit Parade
Sufjan Stevens – Javelin
Daughter – Stereo Mind Game
Ana Aïcha
Baaba Maal – Being
Altin Gün – Ask
Depeche Mode – Memento Mori
Lucas Santtana – O Paraiso
M. Ward – Supernatural Thing
Bantu – What Is Your Breaking Point?