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I thought I'd follow on from Devon's film one. Plus, I know theres threads dedicated hip hop, electronic, rock/punk/metal threads but theres a lot of other stuff thats not encompassed by them.

So what are your favourite records released in 2021? 

I've whittled it down to 25 - in no particular order (except number one):

  • Bicep - Isles
  • Mogwai -¬†As The Love Continues
  • Koreless -¬†Agor
  • Madlib -¬†Sound Ancestors
  • God Is An Astronaut -¬†Ghost Tapes #10
  • Remember Sports -¬†Like a Stone
  • Alfa Mist -¬†Bring Backs
  • Czarface/MF DOOM -¬†Super What?
  • St. Vincent -¬†Daddy's Home
  • Bossk -¬†White Stork
  • The Hell -¬†JORIS (A Hardcore Opera) Pt.2
  • Backxwash -¬†I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses
  • Quicksand -¬†Distant Populations
  • The Bug -¬†Fire
  • ZULI -¬†All Caps
  • L'Orange -¬†The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better
  • Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks -¬†Enjoy The View
  • Machinedrum - Psyconia
  • Fred Again.. -¬†Actual Life (April 14 - December 17 2021)
  • JOHN -¬†Nocturnal Manoeuvres
  • Every Time I Die -¬†Radical
  • Swindle -¬†The New World

NUMBER ONE. My favourite record of 2021:

  • Cleopatrick -¬†BUMMER

There'll no doubt be some people replying about how they haven't heard of any of the artists or that they haven't listened to any new music since the early 90's or something - as there always is - so here you go. I made a Spotify playlist of 44 of my favourite tracks from 2021 if anyone wants to check out some new stuff. Fill your boots.

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To somewhat save this thread from being stupidly long because my phone can't seem to format a list without putting a massive space in between each line on my phone, I've spoilered my list of my top 25 for this year, no real order except for number 1.

Its also amazed me how varied my music taste is and I didn't expect that. There's a lot more rap and low fi on there than I would expect and even a lot of my "rock" tastes have shifted from heavier stuff to more traditional. 

I love threads like this because it does give me a chance to check out a lot of new artists. But my number 1 for the year being Dodie having had a think about it is still surprising. I think there's just something great about a really chilled album you can play at any time of the day and unwind to. 


Weezer - Van Weezer 
Greta Van Fleet - The Battle At Gardens Gate
Trash Boat - Don't You Feel Amazing? 
Mayday Parade - What It Means To Fall Apart
Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Dave - We're All Alone In This Together
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
St. Vincent - Every Time I'm Home
Every Time I Die - Radical
Billie Eilish - Happy Than Ever
Dirty Honey - Dirty Honey
Slowthai - Tyron
The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Illusory Walls
Poppy - Flux
cleopatrick - BUMMER
Sam Fender - 17 Going Under 
Bring Me The Horizon - Post Human: Survival Horror
Don Broco - Amazing Things 
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes - Sticky
Måneskin - Teatro d'ira - Vol. I
Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams 

Dodie - Build A Problem 


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I liked Bicep's album and pretty much anything from Fred Again. I haven't listened to enough albums this year, but some of my favourite tracks of the year:

Fred Again ft. Blessed Madonna- Marea (We've Lost Dancing)

Wolf Alice- How Can I Make It OK

Franky Wah ft. Carl Cox- We Are One

SG Lewis ft. Nile Rodgers- One More

Kid Laroi ft the great Justin Bieber- Stay

Peggy Gou- I Go

Sigrid- Burning Bridges

CASISDEAD ft. La Roux- Park Assist

Ghetts ft. Moonchild Sanelly- Mozambique 

Sam Fender- Seventeen Going Under


Marea is my track of the year, it captured the mood of many, what with everything closed down for so long. Sigrid once again showing she's one of the best pop singers around today too. 

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The only album I think I've listened to that was released this year is Escapades by Gaspard Auge from off of out of Justice. It's a grower. 

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14 minutes ago, Mr_Danger said:

Til that Aesop Rock and A$AP Rocky are not the same person with a Snoop Dogg/Lion thing going on. James Acaster really should have made this clearer to me in his Perfect Sounds book.

Calls him Asap Rock, but its still better than when Liam Gallagher called Asap Rocky 'WhatsApp Ricky' 

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Is there a way of logging what you've listened to? I know there is Letterboxd for films (but its dreadful) and goodreads for books, but is there anything similar for music? @Merzbow what do you use for those graphic type things with the covers? 

Not after anything fancy, just a basic recording tool, rather than me just putting it in notes on my phone. 

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