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2021: a list

from great to excellent to outstanding, a list of the best stuff i've listened to released in 2021. 1st to 5th place gonna get a small write-up. Read in reverse order (1st is last, last is 1st)
1Really From
Really From


*honourable mention to GFOTY's FEMMEDORM. Keepin bubblegum bass shite and annoying*

The realm of the "pretty good"s: 7/10 and everything in between.
(indie / emo)
2John Glacier
SHILOH: Lost For Words


(rnb)
3Pino Palladino and Blake Mills
Notes With Attachments


(jazz)
4Vegyn
Like A Good Old Friend


EP
(electronic)
5Armand Hammer and The Alchemist
Haram


(hip hop)
6woesum
blue summer


(cloud rap)
7Rx Nephew
Shawty Rxk Too


(drugs)
8Kero Kero Bonito
Civilisation


(synth pop)
9Rochelle Jordan
Play With The Changes


(uk garage / rnb)
10Flying Lotus
Yasuke


(ost)
11Iosonouncane
IRA


(industrial)
12Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble
Mamari


(afrobeat)
13Japanese Breakfast
Jubilee


(indie pop)
14Kittisol
Flagrant Hours


(bedroom pop)
15Spellling
The Turning Wheel


(art pop)
16Durand Jones and The Indications
Private Space


(soul/disco)
17King Woman
Celestial Blues


(doom)
18Tropical Fuck Storm
Deep States


(post-punk)
19Gorillaz
Meanwhile


EP
(pop rap)
20Nala Sinephro
Space 1.8


(ambient/jazz)
21Little Simz
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert


(hip hop)
22Low
Hey What


(ambient pop)
23Sleigh Bells
Texis


This probably gonna go up as i continue to re-listen, tbh
(noise pop)
24Injury Reserve
By The Time I Get To Phoenix


(experimental hip hop)
25The Body and Big|Brave
Leaving None But Small Birds


(country)
26Sassy Ggirl
Intima


(neo perreo)
27Sloppy Jane
Madison


(art pop)
28Robohands
Shapes


Now we're talking: 8/10 and above.
(jazz fusion)
29Buke and Gase and So Percussion
A Record Of...


(art pop)
30Ryley Walker And Kikagaku Moyo
Deep Fried Grandeur


(jam session)
31RX Papi
100 Miles & Walk'in


(gangsta rap)
32Nubiyan Twist
Freedom Fables


(afrobeat)
33Alfa Mist
Bring Backs


(prog jazz)
34Rx Nephew
Crack Dreams 2


*also CD 1*
(gangsta)
35Bedouine
Waysides


(singer songwriter)
36Rx Papi and Gud
Foreign Exchange


(cloud rap)
37Rx Nephew
Make Drunk Cool Again


(gangsta)
38hayden pedigo
Letting Go


(ambient country)
39Palmistry
wyrdo


(rnb)
40Tinashe
333


(rnb)
41Darkside
Spiral


(psych rock)
42Silk Sonic
An Evening with Silk Sonic


(soul)
43HTRK
Rhinestones


TOP 5
#5: new album by australian duo. Dark and minimal guitar tunes with airy synths serve as the dreamscape for the singer's psychosexual fantasies and intimate confessions. Same parts David Lynch and Depeche Mode. Is it original? not much, but it's very well crafted and finds its strength in its consistency.
favorite tunes: sunlight feels like bee stings, valentina, real headfuck
44Dean Blunt
Black Metal 2


#4: Dean Blunt has been consistently releasing amazing music, under many pseudonyms and the BBY Father project, since Black Metal came out in 2014. Only dummies and bald fuckers think otherwise. But a sequel to his most celebrated album was definitely going to stir the waters again. So it was a pleasant surprise when BM2 came out and it wasn't the bombastic manifesto every smooth-brain wanted but 100% a continuation of Dean's esoteric explorations into the metaphysics of black music. BM2 is full of small snippets of tragedy and sorrow, Dean's characters are broken and live violent and short lives, yet the music puts over it all a veil of magic. Is it zen or is it apathy, No one really knows.
favorite tunes: the rot, VIGIL, DASH SNOW
45Rx Nephew
Slitherman Activated


#3: I am not a critic, i haven't got the skills, nor the energy to actually justify in a schorarly way the reasons why i think something should be championed, why an artist is making something worth defending, worth putting other stuff down for. So I'm not gonna pretend i have any sort of valid justification for my coming statement: Nephew is the most important rapper of 2021, and slitherman activated is the most important hip hop album of the decade. Fuck JPEG-GED mafia, fuck Tyler the cremated, fuck broke-hampton, fuck playboi crapi.
fav tunes: all of them.
46Richard Dawson & Circle
henki


#2: Richard Dawson's more of a folk kind of guy, but it was always pretty evident he's, deep down, a massive geek. Accompanied by Circle, he lets loose with some of the most geeky ass music this year had to offer. Folky, jazzy prog not completely lacking in self awareness, giving off an almost Tenacious D energy at moments. Fun with some really impressive moments to elevate it to some of Dawson's best material yet. And also i should check out more Circle, because they are pretty cool, too.
fav tunes: Methuselah, Ivy, Pitcher
47Erika de Casier
Sensational


#1 AOTY:
Erika's 2019 album "Essentials" was full of bops, and i still highly enjoy it. But man did she out-do herself with this album. This is not immediately apparent, tho. Yes, songs like Drama, Better than that or Busy still have that immediacy to them, but there's also a deeper layer of subtle production choices, moments, details... Sensational is full of this confidence so lowkey and mature, it's easy to misinterpret it, as many have, as too simple or even childish. Far, far from it, Erika's music is about adult-hood. Not "serious shit", but actual maturity: Understanding yourself better, knowing when relationships are damaging you and your partner, putting self-care and self-love first. Lyricism is straight forward and to the point, it's not about confussion or misdirection. She's done kicking around the bush, it's matter-of-fact way of doing things that comes with years of hurting and healing, and keeping your head up.
fav tracks: Polite, better than that, someone to chill with
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