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This is a companion thread to https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/319818-best-new-music-2021/ - if you've already posted there and would like your favourites to be part of the compiled list, please post your results here - feel free to list up to 10 albums - in this format:

 

Position - Artist - Album

 

for example,
 
01 - Hannah Peel - Fir Wave
02 - John Grant - Boy From Michigan
03 - Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan - People & Industry

 

PLEASE DON'T POST ANY OPINIONS OR RESPONSES TO OTHER FORUMITES' CHOICES IN THIS THREAD - you can do that in 

 

https://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/319818-best-new-music-2021/

 

The spaces and hyphens between position, artist and album are really important as it means that I can import the text straight into Excel without having to piss about with reformatting, and also I can reuse the  2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2020 spreadsheet. I'll leave this thread running until the end of 31 December. You can edit your list as much as you like - I won't compile them until I close the thread.
 
If you have any questions then PM me - if the answer is useful to others I'll add it to this post, below.

Q - Are reissues allowed?
A - As long as the reissue date is in 2021, yes.
Q - Are EPs allowed?
A - Yes.

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01 - QZB - Clairvoyant EP
02 - Special Request - Compassion EP
03 - Zero T - Off Broadway
04 - Ivy Lab - Press Play EP
05 - Workforce - Moods EP
06 - Machinedrum - Psyconia EP
07 - Bou - Creeper EP
08 - Particle - Audio Visual EP
09 - Sleepnet - First Light EP
10 - QZB - Perspectives Vol. 3

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Edited to put them in order, I think.

The top three/four were fairly easy but 5-10 changed many times when I compiled this list.

 

01 - Shire T - Tomorrow's People
02 - Mogwai - As The Love Continues
03 - Dohnavùr - The Flow Across Borders
04 - Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic
05 - Umwelt - Subversive Territory
06 - Nadia Struiwigh - Pax Aurora
07 - Pye Corner Audio - Entangled Routes
08 - Apathy - Where The River Meets The Sea
09 - Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins
10 - Humanoid - 7 Songs

 

Worthy contenders that didn't make the top ten, in no particular order:

 

Plant43 - Unknown Structure (an EP rather than an album)

Lone - Always Inside Your Head
Jaffa Kid - Acid Raver
Concretism - Teliffusion
DJ Format - Devil's Workshop
Czarface & MF Doom - Super What?
Rival Consoles - Overflow
Dalham - Funf
BUNKR - Graveyard Orbit
GLOK - Pattern Recognition
Ffion - Their Voyage Into Radiance
Nurse Predator & Chris Hughes - Music For Low Luxury
Near Stoic - Notebook (Thoughts & Short Stories)
clocolan - o p + e r r a t a

Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song (would definitely have been in my top ten but is technically a 2020 release so it isn't fair to include it, even though I bought it late)

 

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01 - μ-Ziq & Mrs Jynx - Secret Garden
02 - μ-Ziq - Scurlage

03 - Moon Wiring Club - Ghost House Delirium

04 - Ceephax Acid Crew - Box Steady

05 - Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things

06 - Plaid - Stem Sell

07 - Humanoid - sT8818r Humanoid

08 - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture & Morality Singles

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Brain dump of albums and eps that have stayed with me this year.

 

01 - Architects - 'For Those That Wish To Exist'

02 - Between the Buried & Me - 'Colours 2'

03 - Twelve Foot Ninja - 'Vengeance'

04 - Ice Nine Kills - 'Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2'

05 - Brand of Sacrifice - 'Lifeblood'

06 - We Butter the Bread With Butter - 'Das Album'

07 - Spiritbox - 'Eternal Blue'

08 - Slaughter to Prevail - 'Kostolom'

09 - VOLA - 'Witness'

10 - Hacktivist - 'Hyperdialect'

 

Honorary mentions

Archspire - 'Bleed The Future'

Convictions - 'I Won't Survive'

Silent Planet - 'Iridescent'

Darko US - 'Darko'

Lorna Shore - '...And I Return To Nothingness' (EP)

Sion - ‘Sion’

Browning - ‘End of Existence’

Eskimo Callboy - ‘We Got the Moves’ (Single)

Eskimo Callboy - ‘Pump It’ (Single)

WBTBWB vs Eskimo Callboy - ‘Hypa Hypa’ (Single)

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First draft....

 

01 - Hannah Peel - Fir Wave
02 - Duran Duran - Future Past
03 - Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan - People & Industry
04 - John Grant - Boy From Michigan
05 - Jane Weaver - Flock
06 - Future Sound Of London - We Have Explosive 2021
07 - Sedibus & The Orb - The Heavens
08 - Royal Blood - Typhoons
09 - Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
10 - Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
 

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01 - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
02 - Tindersticks - Distractions
03 - Max Richter - Exiles
04 - Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature
05 - Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
06 - The War On Drugs - I Don’t Live Here Anymore 
07 - Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
08 - Jon Hopkins - Music For Psychedelic Therapy
09 - Tashaki Miyaki - Castaway
10 - Dean Wareham - I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A.

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01 - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

02 - RAP - Junction

03 - Low - Hey What

04 - Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

05 - Leif - 9 Airs

06 - Turnstile - GLOW ON

07 - Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres

08 - Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

09 - Mach-Hommy - Pray For Haiti

10 - Ross From Friends - Tread

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01 - Turnstile - Glow On

02 - Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind

03 - Shire T - Tomorrow's People

04 - Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things

05 - Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power

06 - Badbadnotgood - Talk Memory

 

Everything above has spent good time on the turntable. 

 

Long list for potential future inclusion if I get time to get into them (unlikely).

Bicep - Isles

DJ Seinfeld - Mirrors

The Bug - Fire

Martin Gore - The Third Chimpanzee + Remixes

We Butter the Bread With Butter - Das Album

Jerry Cantrell - Brighten

Carcass - Torn Arteries

New Cynic album (only just heard about this)

Mastodon - Hushed and Grim (not doing it for me so far)

Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell (a doom death band I've been meaning to check out for years)

Every Time I Die / Cave In 7" Split

 

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01 - Machine Head - Burn My Eyes (Live-In-The-Studio-2019)

02 - Green Day - BBC Sessions (Live)

03 - In Mourning - The Bleeding Veil

04 - Void of Vision - CHRONICLES I: LUST

05 - Stam1na - Novus Ordo Mundi

06 - Matt Gray - JSR Play 2

07 - No Use For A Name - Rarities Vol. 2: The Originals

08 - Monolord - Your Time To Shine

09 -

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01 - Pom Pom Squad - Death of a Cheerleader
02 - Origami Angel - Gami Gang
03 - Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
04 - Snail Mail - Valentine
05 - Subsonic Eye - Nature of Things
06 - Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny Haha
07 - Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
08 - Pinegrove - Amperland, NY
09 - Ovlov - Buds
10 - Poppy - Flux

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01 - Lucy Dacus - Home Video

02 - Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature

03 - Origami Angel - GAMI GANG

04 - Laura Stevenson - Laura Stevenson

05 - Snail Mail - Valentine

06 - Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR

07 - Jeff Rosenstock - Ska Dream

08 - Hayley Williams - FLOWERS for VASES / descanos

09 - Anika Pyle - Wild River

10 - Adult Mom - Driver

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01 - Fearofdark - Motorway (2021 remaster)

02 - Liquid - Spacemonkey
03 - STR4TA - Aspects

04 - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

05 - Lone - Always Inside Your Head
06 - Brijean - Feelings
07 - DJ Seinfield - Mirrors
08 - Flying Lotus - Yasuke
09 - Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
10 - Om Unit - Acid Dub Studies
 

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1 - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

2 - Mogwai - as the love continues
3  - Public service broadcasting - Bright Magic 

4 - Portico Quartet - Terrain

5 - Jon Hopkins - Music for psychedelic therapy

6 - the wedding present - locked down and stripped back

7 - Tuneyards - sketchy

8 - Hannah Peel - Fir Wave

9 - Talk Memory - Badbadnotgood

10 - Dinosaur jr - sweep it into space

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01 KING KRULE You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down

02 ACTORS Acts Of Worship

03 DOUBLE ECHO ☾

04 EMMA RUTH RUNDLE Engine Of Hell

05 GETTING THE FEAR Death Is Bigger 1984/85

06 RYLEY WALKER Course In Fable

07 WOODS Strange To Explain

08 STEVE GUNN Other You

09 NIGHT BEATS Outlaw R&B

10 BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD For The First Time

 

Great year for music.

 

 

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01 - Skee Mask - Pool

02 - PinkPantheress - To Hell With It

03 - JPEGMAFIA - LP!

04 - Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World

05 - Low - HEY WHAT

06 - DJ Manny - Signals in My Head

07 - Lil Ugly Mane - Volcanic Bird Enemy and the Voiced Concern

08 - Joy Orbison - Still Slipping Vol. 1

09 - Pink Siifu - GUMBO'!

10 - Otay: Onii - Ming Ming

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01 - Turnstile - Glow On 
02 - Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
03 - Anne Soldaat - Facts & Fears
04 - Dawn Richard - Second Line
05 - Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8

06 - Jarvis Cocker - Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top
07 - Aeon Station - Observatory
08 - Leo Nocentelli - Another Side
09 - Matt Berry - Blue Elephant
10 - Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death

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01 - Madi Diaz - History Of A Feeling

02 - Nubya garcia - source ⧺ we move

03 - Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout

 

As usual, I've not listened to loads of new releases but these are what's caught my attention this year. I may come back and edit it in the next week if I can think of anything else.

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01 - DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ - The Makin' Magick II Album

02 - Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

03 - Fievel Is Glauque - God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess

04 - Ryley Walker & Kikagaku Moyo - Deep Fried Grandeur

05 - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

06 - Craig Fortnam - Ark

07 - Giant Claw - Mirror Guide

08 - Smirk - LP

09 - Isaiah Rashad - The House Is Burning

10 - Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World

 

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I bought two albums released in 2021, so I guess they get my votes!

 

01 - Teena Marie - John Morales Presents Teena Marie: Love Songs & Funky Beats Remixed With Loving Devotion

02 - Opus Science Collective - Girls on Bikes / Boys on Boards

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01 - The War On Drugs ‎– I Don't Live Here Anymore

02 - Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams

03 - Lucy Dacus - Home Video

04 - Wolf Alice ‎– Blue Weekend

05 - Leon Bridges - Gold Diggers Sound

06 - Julien Baker - Little Oblivions

07 - Turnstile - Glow On

08 - The Marías - Cinema

09 - Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

10 - Gojira - Fortitude

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01 - Black Midi – Cavalcade

02 - Andy Stott – Never The Right Time

03 - Ben Lamar Gay – Open Arms to Open Us

04 - Snail Mail – Valentine

05 - Duran Duran – Future Past

06 - Sleaford Mods – Spare Ribs

07 - Idles - Crawler

08 - King Krule – You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down

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01 Lonelady - Former Things

02 Jane Weaver - Flock

03 Hannah Peel - Firwave

04 Baba Ali - Memory Device

05 Joel Culpepper - Sgt. Culpepper

06 Jon Hopkins - Music for Psychedelic Therapy

07 The KVB - Unity

08 Nation of Language - A Way Forward

09 Saint Etienne - I've Been Trying to Tell You

10 Damon Albarn - The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

 

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I've really struggled to get my list down to 10 this year but I've done it!

 

01 Turnstile - Glow On

02  Witch Fever - Reincarnate

03 Slant -1집

04 Glitchers - Thought Crimes

05 Doom's Childrens - Dooms Children

06 Royal Blood - Typhoons

07 Quicksand - Distant Populations

08 Death From Above 1979 - Is 4 Lovers

09 Shame - Drunk Tank

10 IDLES - Crawler

 

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