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Best of 2021

Albums I Enjoyed in 2021

  • Alessandro Cortini - Scuro Chiaro (Mute)
  • Anika - Change (Sacred Bones)
  • Astral Brain - The Bewildered Mind (Shelflife)
  • Aya - Im Hole (Hyperdub)
  • Azu Tiwaline - Draw Me A Silence (IOT)
  • Black Marble - Fast Idol (Sacred Bones)
  • Bobby Lee - Origin Myths (Tompkins Square)
  • Christina Chatfield - Sutro (Mysteries Of The Deep)
  • Colleen - The Tunnel And The Clearing (Thrill Jockey)
  • Dame Area - Ondas Tribales (Mannequin)
  • Dax Pierson - Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Dark Entries)
  • Dummy - Mandatory Enjoyment (Trouble In Mind)
  • Fake Fruit - S/T (Rocks In Your Head)
  • Helado Negro - Far In (4AD)
  • Karl Kave & Durian - Untergang Und Finsternis (Detriti)
  • Liars - The Apple Drop (Mute)
  • Marauder - Puissance 4 (S/R)
  • Maston - Panorama (KPM)
  • Midnight Sister - Painting The Roses (Jagjaguwar)
  • Paul Jacobs - Pink Dogs On The Green Grass (Blow The Fuse)
  • Remember Ecstatic Duo - Palo Santo (Aural Canyon)
  • Smoke Bellow - Open For Business (Trouble In Mind)
  • Suuns - The Witness (Joyful Noise)
  • Taqbir - S/T (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • Tonstartssbandht - Petunia (Mexican Summer)
  • Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou (Fire)

Reissues & Compilations

  • Geneva Jacuzzi - Lamaze (Mexican Summer)
  • Grand Veymont - Route Du Vertige (Moon Glyph)
  • Hailu Mergia / The Walias Band - Tezeta (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  • Henri Salvador - Homme Studio (Born Bad)
  • Kiko Kids Jazz - Tanganyika Na Uhuru (Mississippi)
  • Rogér Fakhr - Fine Anyway (Habibi Funk)
  • V/A - Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989 (Dark Entries)
  • V/A - Sabor Surf (El Palmas)
  • V/A - Wizzz! Volume 4 (French Psychorama 1966-1974) (Born Bad)

Berkestir

Berkestir 2021

New Stuff

  • Acid Twilight-S/T (Not Not Fun)
  • Anika-Change (Sacred Bones)
  • A Place To Bury Strangers-Hologram (Dedstrange)
  • The Beths-Demos (Carpark)
  • The Bevis Frond-Little Eden (Fire)
  • The Bug-Fire (Ninja Tune)
  • Cloud Nothing-The Shadow I Remember (Carpark)
  • Dinosaur Jr-Sweep it into Space (Jagjaguwar)
  • Domingae-ae (Sacred Bones)
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes-J.T. (New West)
  • Filippo Diana-Formula Abstracts (Medical)
  • Future Children-The Crying of Lot 49 (StrawberryMIDI)
  • Gnod-La Mort Du Sens (Rocket)
  • Grand Veymont-S/T- Persistance et Changement- Route du Vertige (Moon Glyph)
  • Colleen Green-Cool Hardly Art)
  • Hawkwind-Somnia (Cherry Red)
  • Jerusalem In My Heart-Qalaq (Constellation)
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels-Tone Poem (Blue Note)
  • Low Flying Hawks-Fuyu (Magnetic Eye)
  • Meitei-Kofu II (Kitchen)
  • Mdou Moctar-Afrique Victime (Matador)
  • Jessica Moss-Phosphenes (Constellation)
  • Marissa Nadler-The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones)
  • The Notwist-Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
  • The Ophelias-Crocus (Joyful Noise)
  • Part Chimp-Drooooool (Wrong Speed)
  • Pye Corner Audio-Volume 5: The Lost Tapes Black Mill Tapes (Lapsus)
  • Emma Ruth Rundle-Engine of Hell (Sargent House)
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith-Breathe (Blue Note)
  • Strawbs-Settlement (Cherry Red)
  • Masahiro Takahashi-Flowering Tree, Distance Moon (Not Not Fun)
  • Richard Thompson-Serpent’s Tears (Beeswing)
  • VA-A Place To Bury Strangers Hologram/ Destroyed & Reassembled (Dedstrange)
  • VA-The Problem of Leisure * A Celebration of Andy Gill & The Gang of Four (Gill Music)
  • Jane Weaver-Flock (Fire)
  • White Hills-Performs Music From Splintered Metal Sky Live at BC Studios (Heads On Fire)
  • Sven Wunder- Natura Morta (Piano Piano)
  • X.Y.R.-Wave Tapes (Constellation Tatsu)
  • Neil Young Crazy Horse-Barn (Reprise)

Old Stuff

  • Bad Brains-S/T (Bad Brains)
  • The Beach Boys-Feel Flow The Sunflowers & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Brother)
  • Karen Black-Dreaming of You 1971-1976 (Anthology)
  • Bardo Pond-Volume 2 (Fire)
  • Can-Live in Stuttgart 1975 - Live in Brighton 1975 (Spoon)
  • Caravan-Who Do You Think We Are? Complete Recordings 1967-2018 (Madfish)
  • Stu Cisco-Amanita (Glossy Mistakes)
  • Coil-Love’s Secret Domain ( Infinite Fog Production)
  • John Coltrane- A Love Supreme Live In Seattle (Impulse!)
  • Dead Boys-Young Loud And Snotty (Sire)
  • Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt-Lucy & Aaron (Hanson)
  • Willie Dunn-Creation Never Sleeps,Creation Never Dies (Light In The Attic)
  • Dyke & The Blazers-Down On Funky Broadway Phoenix 1966-1967 (Craft)
  • Fire- The Complete Fire Father’s Name is Dad (Grapefruit)
  • Follakzoid-S/T (BYM)
  • Goat-Head Soup (Rocket)
  • Gang of Four-This Heaven Gives Me Migraine 77-81 (Matador)
  • Elton John-Regimental Sgt. Zippo (EMI)
  • Kiko Kids Jazz-Tanganyika Na Uhuru (Mississippi)
  • Masashi Kitamura And Phonogenix-Prologue for Post Modern Music (Light In THe Attic)
  • L7-Wargasm The Slash Years 1992-1997 (Cherry Red)
  • Kenka Oyaji-Hoodoo Fushimi (Greg Gouty)
  • Nancy Sinatra-Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Light In The Attic)
  • Sun Ra-Lanquidity (Strut)
  • Nik Turner’s Sphynx-Xitintoday (Cleopatra)
  • VA-Back Up Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989 (Dark Entries)
  • VA-Brown Acid The Thirteenth Trip Heavy Rock from the Underground Comedown (Ridingeasy)
  • VA-Country Funk III 1975-1982 (Light in the Attic)
  • VA-Dirty French Psychedelics Selected by Dirty Sound System (Born Bad)
  • VA-Heisei No Oto Japanese Left-Field Pop From The Cd Age 1989-1996 (Light In The Attic)
  • VA-La Ola Interior Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 (Bongo Joe)
  • VA-Somewhere Between Mutant Pop Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988 (Light In The Attic)
  • VA-Stone Crush Memphis Modern Soul 1977-1987 (Light in the Attic)
  • VA-Wezin,Jakwar and Guitar Boogie from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (Mississippi)
  • VA-Wizzz! French Psychorama 1966-1974 Vol. 4 (Born Bad)
  • Tony Joe White-The Complete Warner Bros. Recording (Real Gone Music)
  • Tony Joe White - Smoke from the Chimney (Easy Eye Sound)
  • Bobby Womack- The Poet- The Poet II ( Abkco)

Brickbats

Brickbats Best of 2021

  • Acavernus & Yantra: "Gnose" (Buh)
  • Olivia Block: "Innocent Passage In the Territorial Sea" (Room 40)
  • Circuit Des Yeux: "-io" (Matador)
  • Joe Colley: "Trance Tapes" (No Rent)
  • Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt: "Lucy and Aaron" (Hanson)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor: "G_d's Pee at State's End" (Constellation)
  • Grouper: "Shade" (Kranky)
  • Hide: "Interior Terror" (Dais)
  • Kris & Tavi: "Chiral" (Post Present Medium)
  • Cheryl E Leonard: "Schism" (Mappa)
  • Jessica Moss: "Phosphenes" (Constellation)
  • Diana Rogerson: "Blue Bottle In a Jam Jar" (S/R)

Carnacki

Carnacki Best-of 2021 lists

25 Favourite Physical Releases in alphabetical order

  • Leila Abdul-Rauf - Phantasiai (Cyclic Law)
  • Liz Allbee - Rille (Relative Pitch)
  • Marisa Anderson & William Tyler - Lost Futures (Thrill Jockey)
  • Angel Archer - LightRay Variations (S/R)
  • Anoice - The Hidden Forest (Ricco)
  • The Body and Big|Brave - Leaving None But Small Birds (Thrill Jockey)
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage (Goliath)
  • Chloe Foy - Where Shall We Begin (S/R)
  • Circuit Des Yeux - -io (Matador)
  • Clara Engel - Dressed in Borrowed Light (S/R)
  • Val Esway + Global Spider Community - No One Ever Said This Would Be Pretty (S/R)
  • R.K. Faulhaber - Dugong Weeps (Helen Scarsdale)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d’s Pee At State’s End! (Constellation)
  • Adrian Lane - Slow Autumn at my Window (Preserved Sound)
  • Cheryl E. Leonard - Schism (mappa)
  • Lime Rickey - F U T U R E F A I T H (S/R)
  • Low - Hey What (Sub Pop)
  • Jessica Moss - Phosphenes (Constellation)
  • Marissa Nadler - The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones)
  • Sarah Neufeld - Detritus (Paper Bag)
  • Nurse With Wound - Opium Cabaret (ICR)
  • Dax Pierson - Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Ratskin)
  • Rudimentary Peni - Great War (Sealed Records)
  • Tele Novella - Mervyn Belle (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Yat-Kha - We Will Never Die (The Lollipop Shoppe)


25 Favourite Digital/Ephemeral Releases in alphabetical order

  • Kate Carr - Making Do #1, #2 (S/R)
Damon and Naomi - A Sky Record (20|20|20)
  • Dark Leaves - Laid Under Leaf, Under Branches (S/R)
  • Thomas Dimuzio - Sculpting Electric: In the Ice Phase (Gench)
Alexander Hacke, Danielle De Picciotto, Mick O’Shea - Tricephalus (Ground0)
  • Ionophore - Knells (S/R)
Irr. app. (ext.) - Legends of Frogtown digital single series (S/R)
  • Julia Kent - Stories From The Sea Original Soundtrack (S/R)
  • Carla Kihlstedt and Rafael Osés - Necessary Monsters (S/R)
  • Andrews Liles - 1221 (S/R)
  • My Heart, An inverted Flame - A Collection Of Essays… series (S/R)
  • Kemper Norton - Troillia (S/R)
  • The Owl Service - (Love Is Like A) Railway Station (Hobby Horse)
  • Poisoning Wave - As Fog In Sunlight (S/R)
Potter / Coleclough / Hill - Rituals of Breath and Bone (ICR)
  • Prueba de Aislamiento - Response No. 3 (S/R)
  • Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit Radio Volume 4: The Animal I Am (S/R)
  • The Redwood Flowers - The Redwood Flowers (S/R)
  • Diana Rogerson - Blue Bottle in a Jam Jar (S/R)
  • Geneva Skeen - Universal Building Supply (Superpang)
  • Southeast of Rain - 42 Days (S/R)
  • Stephen Vitiello - Soundtracks for Lynne Sachs (Room40)
  • Various - Make Noise Myanmar (S/R)
  • Various - Lost In Catland: A Cat Compendium (S/R)
  • Various - All Creatures (Polar Seas)

DJ Aahh

DJ Aahh's 2021 Shortwave Electronica Z-to-A

DJ Aahh's Top 2021 Shortwave Electronica Songs Z-to-A

  • Poté - “Open Up” (Ninja Tune)
  • The Pop Group - “We Are Time (Dennis Bovell Dub Version)” (Mute)
  • Planningtorock - “Girl You’ve Got My Heart (rRoxymore Remix)” (Human Level)
  • 박혜진 PARK HYE JIN - “Y DONT U ft Clams Casino & Take A Day Trip 1” (Ninja Tune)
  • Metronomy - “Monday feat. Brian Nasty & Folly Group)” (Because Music)
  • Jules - “Miami Breaks” (S/R)
  • José González - “Tjomme (DJ Koze Remix)” (Imperial Recordings)
  • Flowdan - “Welcome to London (J. Sparrow Remix)” (Tru Thoughts)
  • boerd - “Ice Hot” (Anjunadeep)
  • Bad with Phones - “HOME” (S/R)

Excuse My French

Excuse My French Best of 2021 Playlist

  • Woob "5005"
  • Ceephax Acid Crew "Box Steady"
  • Matthieu Faubourg "Aqua EP"
  • The BasementDiscos "Chapter 14 edits"
  • u-Ziq & Mrs. Jynx "Secret Garden"
  • Awakened Souls & From Overseas "Keep the Orange Sun"
  • AES Dana "(a) period."
  • Gcom "E2-Xo"
  • Noé Preszow "À Nous"
  • Alice et Moi "Drama"
  • Dua Lipa "Future Nostalgia (Moonlight Edition)"
  • Joy Orbison "Still Slipping, Vol. 1"
  • The Future Sound of London "Music For Calendars"
  • Min-Y-Llan "Involatile"
  • Humanoid "7 Songs"
  • Derek Carr "Arrival"
  • Norm Chambers "Seaside Resonance"
  • Air "Air I - You"
  • Anjimile "Stranger"
  • Freedom to Spend Catalogue Compendium, Vol. 6
  • Gaudi "KARMA"
  • Biosphere "Angel's Flight"
  • Gas "Der Lange Marsch"
  • Frozen Compilations
  • Jessica Moss "Phosphenes"
  • Clara Luciani "Coeur"
  • Magdalena Bay "Mercurial World"
  • Tim Dup "La Course Folle"
  • Bistro Boy "Drifting"
  • Pauline Anna Strom "Angel Tears in Sunlight"
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra "Promises"
  • Dr. Atmo & Mick Chillage "Ruhleben"
  • Christine Ott "Time to Die"
  • Ocoeur "Connections"
  • Tim Story "Moebius Strips"
  • Leif "9 Airs"
  • Ochre "An Eye to Windward"
  • Masayoshi Fujita "Bird Ambience"
  • MOY "Dynamics of Acid"
  • The Black Dog "Music for Photographers"
  • Modeselektor "Extended"
  • 36 & Awakened Souls "The Other Side of Darkness"
  • World Circuit "Desolate Snow Road"
  • Infinite Scale "Accolade"
  • Nuron "Likemind06 Remastered"
  • Mick Chillage "Year One Before & After Silence"
  • Neotantra's compilations "Tantra XX"
  • Dr. Atmo "Lost Tapes"
  • Globular "Long Grass for Small Frogs"
  • Heogen "Odd Radio Circle"
  • Cult 48 "Underground Signals...."
  • Ludwig A.F. Rohrscheid "Velocity"
  • Placid Angles "Touch The Earth"
  • Golden Donna "The Truth About Love EP"
  • A Positive Life "Synaesthetic"
  • KiloWatts "Six Silicates (remastered)"
  • Octo Octa "She's Calling"
  • EOD "presents the Symbols"
  • PCM "Macro"
  • Halftribe "Lucenyt Forms Travelling"

Film Close-Ups

Film Close-ups Top Films of 2021

FILM CLOSE-UPS Top Films of 2021

  • About Endlessness by Roy Andersson [CB]
  • Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg [EA]
  • Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar by Josh Greenbaum [EA]
  • Bernstein's Wall by Douglas Tirola [CB]
  • Bo Burnham: Inside by Bo Burnham [EA]
  • Bring Your Own Brigade by Lucy Walker [AB, SM]
  • The Card Counter by Paul Schrader [CB, AB]
  • Censor by Prano Bailey-Bond [GS]
  • A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks by John Maggio [SM]
  • The Devil All The Time by Antonio Campos [AB]
  • Don’t Look Up by Adam McKay [GS]
  • Dune by Denis Villeneuve [EA]
  • The First Wave by Matthew Heineman [SM]
  • The Green Knight by David Lowery [EA, GS]
  • Identifying Features by Fernanda Veladez [AB]
  • Julia by Julie Cohen & Betsy West [SM]
  • Lamb by Valdimar Johannsson [GS]
  • Last Night in Soho by Edgar Wright [GS]
  • Listening To Kenny G by Penny Lane [CB, SM]
  • Lost Leonardo by Andreas Koefoed [GS]
  • Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers) by Pedro Almodóvar [AB, SM]
  • Motian In Motion by Michael Patrick Kelly [CB]
  • Nightmare Alley by Guillermo del Toro [GS]
  • No Sudden Move by Steven Soderbergh [CB]
  • No Time to Waste: The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin by Carl Bidleman [SM]
  • Paper & Glue by JR [SM]
  • Pig by Michael Sarnoski [GS]
  • The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion [CB, EA, AB]
  • Procession by Robert Greene [CB]
  • Saint Maud by Rose Glass [AB]
  • The Souvenir: Part II by Joanna Hogg [EA]
  • The Sparks Brothers by Edgar Wright [EA, AB, SM]
  • Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street by Marilyn Agrelo [SM]
  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson [EA, AB, SM]
  • Terra Femme by Courtney Stephens [GS]
  • Tove by Zaida Bergroth [GS]
  • The Underground Railroad by Barry Jenkins [CB, SM]
  • The Velvet Underground by Todd Haynes [CB, AB]
  • Zola by Janicza Bravo [EA]


AB: Anthony Bonet
CB: Chandler Bennett
EA: Esme Agilar
GS: Greg Scharpen
SM: Sonia Mistry

Foob

Foob - What Shaped Foob in 2021

Things that came out in 2021 (December 2020 counts)

  • Roundhay Garden Scene - Some Rain Must Fall (S/R)
  • Biosphere - Angel's Flight (Biophon)
  • Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke - Her Revolution / His Rope (XL Recordings)
  • Aindulmedir - The Winter Scriptures (Hypnagoga Press)
  • Jane the Message - High Functioning (S/R)


Albums I discovered in 2021 that did not come out in 2021

  • Blackhill Transmitter - Blackhill Transmitter (FSOLdigital)
  • Dis Fig - PURGE (Purple Tape Pedigree)
  • Polyphia - New Levels New Devils (Equal Vision)
  • Pantayo - Pantayo (Telephone Explosion)


Tracks I discovered in 2021 that did not come out in 2021

  • Yellow Magic Orchestra - "Prologue" - Technodelic (Alfa)
  • Chris Child & Micah Frank - "Debris Of The Days" - Tape Pieces Vol. 1 (Foil)
  • Hudson People - "Trip To Your Mind" - Trip To Your Mind / Power To The Hour (Hithouse)
  • Dee D. Jackson - "Automatic Lover" - Automatic Lover (AVI)
  • Disparition - "Eliezer’s Waltz" (S/R)
  • Vito Tommaso - “Fred Astaire”  - A Day in Rome (REKON)
  • Naoki Kodaka "Under Pressure" - Gremlins 2: The New Batch [NES] (Sun Corporation)
  • Busdriver - "The Troglodyte Wins" - RoadKillOvercoat (Epitaph)
  • Song Sung - “I’m Not In Love” - LateNightTales - David Holmes (LateNightTales)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra - "Epilogue" - Technodelic (Alfa)

Leftfield Lance

Leftfield Lance 2021 Favorites

7"

  • CDG - Unconditional (Domestic Departure)
  • Friendly Boyfriend - Pick Up! (Happiest Place)
  • Set Top Box - Max Headroom (Polaks)
  • Snooper - Snõõper (Goodbye Boozy)
  • Snoozers - S/T (No Town)
  • Tee Vee Repairman - Patterns (Warttmann Inc.)
  • Warm Exit - S/T (Belly Button)

12"

  • BRNDA - Do You Like Salt? (Crafted Sounds)
  • Dry Cleaning - New Long Leng (4AD)
  • Dummy - Mandatory Enjoyment (Trouble In Mind)
  • Fake Fruit - S/T (Rocks In Your Head)
  • Hits - Cielo Nublado (Paisley Shirt)
  • Smirk - Smirk EP (Total Punk)
  • Spread Joy - S/T (Feel It)

Tapes, Postcard Flexis, etc.

  • April Magazine - Sunday Music For An Overpass (Paisley Shirt)
  • Blues Lawyer - Scenic Route (S/R)
  • Toe Ring - Collapsed Mine (S/R)
  • Famous Mammals - S/T (S/R)
  • Fugitive Bubble - No Outside (Impotent Fetus)
  • Mesh - S/T (Born Yesterday)

Little Citrus

Little Citrus’ Favorite 2021 Albums

Little Citrus’ Favorite 2021 Albums

  • Japanese Breakfast-Jubilee (Dead Oceans)
  • Bo Burnham-Inside (The Songs) (Netflix)
  • Ginger Root-City Clicker EP (Acrophase Records)
  • Nation of Language-A Way Forward (Play It Again Sam)
  • Hand Habits- Fun House (Saddle Creek)
  • Lin Manuel Miranda, Germaine Franco, Encanto Cast-Encanto Motion Picture Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)
  • Olivia Rodrigo-Sour (Geffen Records)
  • Doja Cat-Planet Her (Kemosabe Records)
  • Black Marble-Fast Idol (Sacred Bones)
  • Lauer-Answers To Trouble (Permanent Vacation)
  • Arlo Parks-Collapsed In Sunbeams (Transgressive)
  • Tyler The Creator-Call Me If You Get Lost (Columbia)
  • Benny Sings-Music (Stones Throw Records)
  • Durand Jones & The Indications-Private Space (Dead Oceans)
  • Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett-Her (Original Score)  (SONY)
  • Bryan and Aaron DessnerC’mon C’mon (Original Motion Picture Score) (A24 Music)
  • Taylor Swift-Red (Taylor’s Version) (Taylor Swift)

Majority Whip

Majority Whip’s Favorites of 2021

Majority Whip’s Favorite Albums of 2021

  • Acid Twilight — “S/T” (Not Not Fun)
  • Akai Solo & Navy Blue — “True Sky” (S/R)
  • Marina Allen — “Candlepower” (Fire)
  • David Allred — “Felt The Transion” (Erased Tapes)
  • Fatima Al Qadiri — “Medieval Femme” (Hyperdub)
  • Anika — “Change” (Sacred Bones)
  • Yuko Araki — “End Of Trilogy” (Room 40)
  • Arszyn — “Bop” (S/R)
  • Awkward Corners & Kitty Whitelaw — “Amateur Dramatics” (Shapes Of Rhythm)
  • Bacchus Harsh — “Caveat Tumultum” (Heavy Machinery)
  • Beautify Junkyards — “Cosmorama” (Ghost Box)
  • Blawan — “Under Belly” (XL)
  • BLK ODYSSY — “BLK VINTAGE” (After School)
  • Camera — “Prosthuman” (Bureau B)
  • Çhâñt Éle?trónïqùe — “Çhâñt Éle?trónïqùe Vol. 1” (Rika Muzika)
  • Colleen — “The Tunnel And The Clearing” (Rocket)
  • Cucina Povera — “Lumme” (Primordial Void)
  • Dame Area — “Ondas Tribales” (Mannequin)
  • Dark Time Sunshine — “Lore” (Fake Four)
  • Marta Del Grandi — “Until We Fossilize” (Fire)
  • Lana Del Rey — “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” (Interscope)
  • Dialect — “Under~Between” (RVNG Intl.)
  • Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt — “Lucy And Aaron” (Hanson)
  • Niña Dioz — “Amor, Locura Y Otros Vicios” (Nacional)
  • Disrupt — “Under Triple Suns” (Zonedog)
  • McKinley Dixon — “For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her” (Spacebomb)
  • DJ Manny — “Signals In My Head” (Planet Mu)
  • Erika Dohi — “I Castopollux” (37d03d)
  • Dom La Nena — “Tempo” (Six Degrees)
  • Dry Cleaning — “New Long Leg” (4AD)
  • Ducks Ltd — “Get Bleak” (Carpark)
  • Dummy — “Mandatory Enjoyment” (Trouble In Mind)
  • Leon Duncan — “Fuck A Rosetta Stone For My Brainwaves” (Hakuna Kulala)
  • Editrix — “Tell Me I’m Bad” (Exploding In Sound)
  • El Michels Affair — “Yeti Season” (Big Crown)
  • Emamouse — “Distorted Bayer” (S/R)
  • Evolfo — “Site Out Of Mind” (Royal Potato Family)
  • Thomas Fehlmann — “Böser Herbst” (Kompakt)
  • Fimber Bravo — “Lunar Tredd” (Moshi Moshi)
  • Flesh Of Morning — “Here In Heaven” (Blind Rage)
  • Floresta Oblíqua — “A” (Fungo)
  • Mabe Fratti — “Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos” (Tin Angel)
  • Freelove Fenner — “The Punishment Zone” (Moone)
  • Garage A Trois — “Calm Down Cologne” (Royal Potato Family)
  • Golden Hallway Music — “Rules & Chance Vol. 2” (Not Not Fun)
  • Jose Gonzalez — “Local Valley” (Mute)
  • Armand Hammer — “Haram” (Backwoodzstudioz)
  • Tim Hecker — “The North Water (Original Score)” (Lakeshore)
  • Robert Hood — “Mirror Man” (Rekids)
  • HTRK — “Rhinestones” (N&J Blueberries)
  • Jaco — “Los Misterios” (Màgia Roja)
  • Loraine James — “Reflection” (Hyperdub)
  • Omar Joesoef — “Rituals Of Gorontalo” (Hard Fist)
  • Mikado Koko — “Maza Gusu” (Fringe Biology)
  • La Femme — “Paradigmes” (Disque Point)
  • Lavender Diamond — “Now Is The Time” (Petaluma)
  • L'Eclair — “Confusions” (Bongo Joe)
  • Leopardo — “Malcantone” (Feel It)
  • Lisel — “Mycelial Echo” (Luminelle)
  • L’Orange & Namir Blade — “Imaginary Everything” (Mello)
  • Los Pirañas — “Infame Golpazo En Keroxen” (Discrepant)
  • Louisahhh — “The Practice Of Freedom” (He.She.They)
  • Low — “Hey What” (Sub Pop)
  • Madlib — “Sounds Ancestors” (Madlib Invazion)
  • Mandy, Indiana — “EP” (Fire Talk)
  • Mirry — “Miry” (Dinked Edition)
  • Emile Mosseri & Han Ye-Ri — “Minari (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Sony)
  • Multiform Palace — “S/T” (Specious Arts)
  • David Lee Myers — “Room In A Moon House” (Pulsewidth)
  • Lael Neale — “Aquainted With Night” (Sub Pop)
  • Maarja Nuut — “Hinged” (S/R)
  • Ora The Molecule — “Human Safari” (Mute)
  • Orquesta Akokán — “16 Rayos ” (Daptone)
  • Pachyman — “The Return Of Pachyman” (ATO)
  • Palberta — “Palberta5000” (Wharf Cat)
  • PG Six & Louise Bock — “All Summer Long Is Gone” (Feeding Tube)
  • Podium — “S/T” (God Unknown)
  • Porest — “Cancer In The Soft Breeze” (Discrepant)
  • QOW — “Dawafer” (Genot Centre)
  • Rival Consoles — “Overflow” (Erased Tapes)
  • Run Logan Run — “For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers” (Worm Discs)
  • Sault — “Nine” (Forever Living Originals)
  • Scalping — “Flood EP” (Houndstooth)
  • Samuel Sharp — “Patterns Various” (Boot Cycle Audio)
  • Nala Sinephro — “Space 1.8” (Warp)
  • Smoke Bellow — “Open For Business” (Trouble In Mind)
  • Snapped Ankles — “Forest Of Your Problems” (Leaf)
  • Solemn Brigham — “South Sinner Street” (Mello)
  • Sons Of Kemet — “Black To The Future” (Impulse!)
  • Space Afrika — “Honest Labour” (Dais)
  • Still Corners — “The Last Exit” (Wrecking Light)
  • Pauline Anna Strom — “Angel Tears In Sunlight” (RVNG Intl.)
  • Yu Su — “Yellow River Blue” (Bié)
  • Tele Novella — “Merlynn Belle” (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Various Artists — “This Is Tehran?” (30M)
  • Tirzah — “Colourgrade” (Domino)
  • Tomaga — “Intimate Immensity” (Hands In The Dark)
  • Vanishing Twin — “Ookii Gekkou” (Fire)
  • Whirlynn — “Yakakeitiwa” (Popnihil)
  • Zedashe — “Silver Sanctuary” (Electric Cowbell)

Majority Whip's Favorite Songs of 2021

  • Fatima Al Qadiri—"Qasmuna" Medieval Femme (Hyperdub)
  • Anika—"Finger Pies" Change (Sacred Bones)
  • Beautify Junkyards—"Reverie" Cosmorama (Ghost Box)
  • Blawan—"Under Belly" Under Belly (XL)
  • BLK ODYSSY—"Murda" BLK VINTAGE (After School)
  • Niña Dioz—"Mezcal" Amor, Locura Y Otros Vicios (Nacional)
  • DJ Manny—"Signals In My Head" Signals In My Head (Planet Mu)
  • Dry Cleaning—"Scratchcard Lanyard" New Long Leg (4AD)
  • Editrix—"Tell Me I’m Bad" Tell Me I’m Bad (Exploding In Sound)
  • Mabe Fratti—"Nadie Sabe" Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos (Tin Angel)
  • H.E.R.—"Bloody Waters" Back Of My Mind (RCA)
  • Homeboy Sandman—"Fyi" Anjelitu (Mello)
  • Jordana—"I'll Take It Boring" Something To Say To You (Grand Jury)
  • Louisahhh—"Like A Shot" The Practice Of Freedom (He.She.They.)
  • Low—"All Night" Hey What (Sub Pop)
  • Moonshine & Ahadadream—"Woah" SMS For Location, Vol. 4 (Foreseen)
  • Lael Neale—"Every Star Shivers In The Dark" Acquainted With Night (Sub Pop)
  • Orquesta Akokán—"Mi Conga Es De Akokán" 16 Rayos (Daptone)
  • Pachyman—"Big Energy" The Return Of Pachyman (ATO)
  • Sault—"London Gangs" Nine (Forever Living Originals)
  • Sons Of Kemet—"To Never Forget The Source" Black To The Future (Impulse!)
  • Still Corners—"Crying" The Last Exit (Wrecking Light)
  • Torres—"Are You Sleepwalking?" Thirstier (Merge)
  • Vanishing Twin—"Big Moonlight" Ookii Gekkou (Fire)
  • Amanda Whiting—"Just Blue" After Dark (Jazzman)

Meaty Paws

Meatypaws best of 2021

Best Discoveries and Re-Discoveries of the Great Pandemic of 2020 & 2021

(Some new songs and some old ones that I forgot about until I found them again).
<not ordered>

  • Robert Earl Keen “I’m the Man Around Here”
  • Jesse Ashlock “My Bank Account is Gone”
  • Joe West “Keeper of the Light”
  • JD McPherson “Bloodhound Rock”
  • Hank Williams III “D.Ray White (Rebel Yell)”
  • Maria McKee “Ways to be Wicked”
  • Los Straitjackets “Popcorn”
  • Grover Anderson “Handle the Lonely”
  • Meat Puppets “Warranty”
  • Grace Chang “I Want Your Love”
  • Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn “Banjo Guzheng Pickin Girl”
  • Petty Booka “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha”
  • Moonlighters “Big Times”
  • Kitty Rose “Halleluia”
  • Albert Lee “Rainbows All Over Your Blues”
  • Margo Price “Since You Put Me Down”
  • Rachel Brooke “The Loneliness in Me”
  • Peter Cooper “The Last Laugh”
  • Rodney Crowell “Stars on the Water”
  • Cristina “Whats a Girl to Do?”
  • Trixie and the Trainwrecks “No Good Town”
  • Elizabeth Cook “All the Time”
  • Pistol Annies “Got My Name Changed Back”
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers “Nothin Feels Right but Doin Wrong”
  • Alex the Astronaut “San Francisco”
  • SOL “Coma Queen”
  • Aquadolls “Mine”
  • Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”
  • Fruit Bats “The Balcony”

Megasoup

Megasoup's Favorites of 2021

~ Megasoup's Favorite Albums from 2021

  • Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Instrumentals JID009 (Jazz Is Dead)
  • Alex Albrecht pres. Melquiades - Campfire Stories (Analogue Attic)
  • Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams (Transgressive Records)
  • Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram (BackwoodzStudioz)
  • Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam Records)
  • Arushi Jain - Under the Lilac Sky (Leaving Records)
  • Ashan - Sacred Spring (Inner Islands)
  • Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken - String Songs (Debacle)
  • Barrett Martin Group - Stillpoint (Sunyata)
  • Bedouine - Waysides (Spacebomb Records)
  • Bickram Ghosh - Avijatrik {Soundtrack to "The Wanderlust Of Apu"} (Warner Music India)
  • Burkina Azza - Wari bô (Social Joy)
  • Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Centuries of Roses - Centuries of Roses (Qame Feraq)
  • Channelers - Another Entrance (Inner Islands)
  • Chuck Johnson - The Cinder Grove (Vin Du Select Qualitite)
  • Cochemea - Vol II: Baca Sewa (Daptone)
  • Combo Lulo - Neotropic Dream (Names You Can Trust)
  • Dax Pierson - Nerve Bumps {A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction} (Ratskin)
  • Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek - Dost 1 (Les Disques Bongo Joe / Catapulte Records)
  • D.K. - Eighteen Movements (Abstrakce)
  • El Michels Affair - Yeti Season (Big Crown Records)
  • Felinto - Futuro Antigo Perpétuo (Bokeh Versions)
  • Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders - Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Folest - XI (Bandcamp)
  • Gianluca Petrella & Pasquale Mirra - Correspondence (Tǔk Air)
  • Golden Brown - Gems and Minerals (Inner Islands)
  • Hassan Wargui - Tiddukla (Hive Mind)
  • Inhmost - Early Horizons (Huinali Recordings)
  • J Foerster / N Kramer - Habitat (LEAVING)
  • Jane Weaver - Flock (Fire)
  • Li Yilei - 之 / Of (Metron)
  • Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert (Age 101)
  • Mas Aya - Máscaras (Telephone Explosion)
  • Matthew Halsall - Salute to the Sun {Live at Hallé St Peter's} (Gondwana)
  • Men I Trust - Untourable Album (Return To Analog)
  • Michael Harrison - Seven Sacred Names (Cantaloupe)
  • N Chambers - Spectrum Garden (Soft Profile)
  • Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8 (Warp)
  • Nat Birchall - Ancient Africa (Ancient Archive of Sound)
  • Nimbudala - Universal Compassion (Inner Islands)
  • Okuté - Okuté (Chulo)
  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway. (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
  • Orquesta Akokán - 16 Rayos (Daptone)
  • Pachyman - The Return of… (ATO)
  • Panabrite - Sub-Aquatic Meditation Vol. 2 (Muzan Editions)
  • Petrona Martinez - Ancestras (Chaco World Music)
  • Pino Palladino & Blake Mills - Notes With Attachments (Impulse / New Deal)
  • Populous - Stasi (La Tempesta Dischi)
  • Quantic & Nidia Góngora - Almas Conectadas (Tru Thoughts)
  • Salamanda - Allez (Good Morning Tapes)
  • Sean La'brooy - Out Moving Windows (Analogue Attic)
  • Sleep D x Ad Lib Collective - Flashed Glass (Play On)
  • Sunhiilow - Beyond The Cycle (Ikuisuus)
  • Tomaga - Intimate Immensity (Hands In The Dark)
  • Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou (Fire)
  • Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom (Sahel Sounds)
  • Yasmin Williams - Urban Driftwood (Spinster Sounds)
  • Yola - Stand for Myself (Easy Eye Sound)
  • Yu Su 苏玉 - Yellow River Blue (Music From Memory)


~ Megasoup's Favorite Singles, EPs, and Mini-Albums (30 minutes or less) from 2021 :

  • Carmen Villain - Sketch for Winter IX: Perlita (Geographic North)
  • Chari Chari - Suburban Ethnology Vol.1 EP (Groovement Organic Series)
  • CZN - Commutator (Offen Music)
  • Dijf Sanders - Lichen (Unday)
  • D.K. - Gate Of Enlightenment (Worship)
  • Guazú & Terror/Cactus - Botanas (Shika Shika)
  • Holy Tongue - II (Amidah)
  • Kiln - Tungsten (Ghostly International)
  • Light The Fuse - King Of Funk / Give The Horns Some (Mukatsuku Record)
  • Lorde - Te Ao Mārama (Universal)
  • Mitchum Yacoub - Cumbia Divina / Bansuri (All-Town Sound)
  • Nicolas Repac - Rhapsodic Suite (No Format!)
  • Nilotika Cultural Ensemble - Ejokawulida (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
  • Parva Karkhaneh - Shabe Lajevardi (Qame Feraq)
  • Sophia Nzayisenga & Andi Otto - Abagore Barashoboye (YNFND)
  • SUSS - Night Suite (Northern Spy)
  • Tape - Apt E Vol 3 (Apt E)
  • Tristan Arp - Sculpturegardening (Wisdom Teeth)
  • Winter - Lua {feat. Nailah Hunter} (Leaving)
  • V/A - All Welcome Volume III (Good Morning Tapes)


~ Megasoup's Favorite Reissues & Archival Releases from 2021

  • Aurita Y Su Conjunto - Chambacu (Mississippi)
  • Baligh Hamdi - Instrumental Modal Pop of 1970's Egypt (Sublime Frequencies)
  • The Beach Boys - Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol / Brother)
  • Emeka Ogboh- Beyond The Yellow Haze (A-TON)
  • Grand Kalle & African Jazz with Manu Dibango - Joseph Kabasele And The Creation Of Surboum African Jazz  (Planet Ilunga)
  • Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band - Tezeta (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  • Hany Mehanna - Music For Airplanes - A Collection of Instrumental Showpieces and Scores for Egyptian Films and TV-series {1973-1980} (Souma)
  • Juana Molina - Segundo (Crammed Discs)
  • Kenji Kihara - Scenes of Scapes (Inner Islands)
  • Kiko Kids Jazz - Tanganyika Na Uhuru (Mississippi)
  • Manzanita y su Conjunto - Trujillo, Perú 1971-1974 (Analog Africa)
  • Mario Rui Silva - Stories from Another Time 1982-1988 (Time Capsule)
  • Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces: 2015-2020 (Ghostly International)
  • Masahiko Sato - Belladonna Of Sadness (Finders Keepers)
  • Phương Tâm - Magical Nights - Saigon Surf Twist & Soul {1964-1966} (Sublime Frequencies)
  • Robin Saville -  Public Flowers (Abstrakce)
  • Roger Webb - Bartleby {Original Soundtrack Recording} (Trunk)
  • Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Egypt Strut (Strut)
  • Seefeel - Rupt and Flex (Warp)
  • The KLF - Come Down Dawn (KLF Communications)
  • The Poets Of Rhythm - Discern/Define (Daptone)
  • The Pretty Things - Live at the BBC (Repertoire)
  • X.Y.R. - Waves Tapes (Constellation Tatsu)
  • V/A - When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-52 (Canary)
  • V/A - Written On the Wall : American Soul Music 1958-1974 (Cairo)

Microtone

Microtone’s Most Memorable from 2021

Microtone’s Most Memorable 25 Albums and + 2 Retrospectives from 2021 (ordered by release date)

  • Yu Su 苏玉 - Yellow River Blue (Music from Memory)
  • Chuck Johnson - The Cinder Grove (VDSQ)
  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Invisible Cities (Artificial Pine Arch Manufacturing)
  • Dax Pierson - Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Rat Skin/Dark Entries)
  • Alex Albrecht - Campfire Stories (Analogue Attic)
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra - Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Tomaga - Intimate Immensity (Hands in the Dark)
  • Flock of Dimes - Head of Roses (Sub Pop)
  • Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - NOW (International Anthem)
  • Howie Lee 李化迪 - Birdy Island 鸟岛 (Mais Um Discos)
  • Inhmost - Early Horizons (Huinali)
  • Mong Tong 夢東 - Music from Taiwan Mystery 台灣謎景  (WV Sorceror)
  • Sarah Neufeld - Detritus (Paper Bag)
  • Gianluca Petrella & Pasquale Mirra - Correspondence (Tuk Music)
  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - We’re OK. But We’re Lost Anyway (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
  • Arushi Jain - Under the Lilac Sky (Leaving)
  • Guzz - Seven Days and Twelve Nights 七天十二夜 (S/R)
  • Haco - Nova Naturo (Someone Good)
  • Li Yilei 李亦蕾 - 之 / Of (Metron)
  • Low - HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
  • Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher - Inner Symphonies (Deutsche Gramaphon)
  • Channelers - Another Entrance (Inner Islands)
  • Jon Hopkins - Music for Psychedelic Therapy (Domino)
  • Fishdoll 漁 - Moonsense 月感 (S/R)
  • Hualun 花伦 - Wuhan Wuhan 武汉武汉 (S/R)

Two Retrospectives

  • Willie Dunn - Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies (Light in the Attic)
  • “Blue” Gene Tyranny - Degrees of Freedom Found (Unseen Worlds)

Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes the Weasel Best of 2021

Favorite Songs:

  • Alt-J - “U&Me” -  SINGLE (Atlantic)
  • Bitchin Bajas - “Outer Spaceways Inc” - Switched on Ra (Drag City)
  • Cold Beat - “See You Again” - The War Garden (S/R)
  • Dry Cleaning - “Unsmart Lady” - New Long Leg (4AD)
  • House of Yahweh (feat. Lily Konigsberg) - “Glass Realty” - Moon’s Toons Vol.1 (RVNG Intl.)
  • Lewis, Molly - “Oceanic Feeling” - The Forgotten Edge (Jagjaguwar)
  • Owusu, Genesis - “I Don’t See Color” - Smiling With No Teeth (Ourness)
  • Sons of Kemet (feat. Moor Mother & Angel Bat Dawid) - “Pick Up Your Burning Cross” - Black to the Future (Impulse!)
  • St Vincent - “Down” - Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista)

Favorite Album:

  • Gay, Ben Lamar - Open Arms to Open Us (International Anthem)

qb(X)

qb(x) Best of 2021

qb(x)’s Favorite Albums of 2021

(unordered)

  • The Body & BIG|BRAVE - Leaving None But Small Birds (Thrill Jockey)
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Mary Lattimore -  Collected Pieces: 2015-2020 (Ghostly International)
  • Damon Locks - Black Monument Ensemble - Now (International Anthem)
  • Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready (Sargent House)
  • MMMD & Alem -  L’âge de l’absolutisme (Antifrost)
  • Meitei - Kofū II (KITCHEN. LABEL)
  • Mong Tong - Music from Taiwan Mystery (WV Sorcerer Productions)
  • TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Xochimoki -  Temple Of The New Sun (Phantom Limb)

Renée Black

Renée Black Best of 2021

Renée Black’s Favorite New Releases of 2021

Not in Order

  • The Chisel - Retaliation (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • La Femme - Paradigmes (Disque Pointu)
  • Oi Boys - S/T (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • Collision - Sur Les Trottoirs (Un Vie Pour Rien)
  • The Skinflicks - “Won’t Bend the Knee” (Trisol)
  • Mess - Intercity (Mendeku Diskak)
  • The Gluts - Ungrateful Heart (Fuzz Club)
  • Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz (Year001)
  • Amyl & The Sniffers - Comfort to Me (ATO)
  • Chubby & the Gang - The Mutt’s Nut (Partisan)
  • Rata Negra - “Desconfía de ese chico” (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • Sweeping Promises - “Pain Without a Touch” (Feel It, Sub Pop)
  • Various Compilation - Staring At The Rude Boys (Pressure Drop)

Sparkle Motion

Sparkle Motion's Faves of 2021

SPARKLE MOTION’S FAVE ALBUMS OF 2021 in no particular order

MUSIC WITHOUT WORDS (mostly)

  • Vijay Iyer Trio [with Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey] - Uneasy (ECM)     
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith [ft. Iggy Pop] - Breathe (Blue Note)
  • Tyshawn Sorey & King Britt - Tyshawn & King (The Buddy System)
  • Chuck Johnson - The Cinder Grove (Vin du Select Qualitite)
  • Molly Herron [with Science Ficta] - Through Lines (New Amsterdam)
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Toumani Diabate & London Symphony Orchestra - Korolen EP (World Circuit)
  • Nik Bartsch - Entendre (ECM)
  • Peter Manning Robinson - Double Helix (Heart Dance)
  • Benoit Delbecq - The Weight of Light (Pyroclastic)
  • Hannah Peel - Fir Wave (My Own Pleasure)
  • Tomaga - Intimate Immensity (Hands in the Dark)
  • Lea Bertucci - A Visible Length of Light (S/R)
  • Buke and Gase and So Percussion - A Record Of (Brassland)
  • Chris Liebing - Another Day (Mute)
  • John Dwyer and Bent Arcana - Moon Drenched (Castle Face)

MUSIC WITH WORDS

  • Nathan Salsburg - Psalms (No Quarter)
  • The Weather Station - Ignorance (Fat Possum)
  • Rosalie - No Medium (Spinster)
  • Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Interscope)
  • Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature (Ba Da Bing)
  • Yasmin Williams - Urban Driftwood (Spinster)
  • Rhiannon Giddens - They’re Calling Me Home (Nonesuch)
  • Le Ren - Leftovers (Secretly Canadian)
  • Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams (Transgressive)
  • Lady Blackbird - Black Acid Soul (Foundation Music)
  • L’Rain - Fatigue (Mexican Summer)
  • Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince (Verve)
  • Sault - Nine (Forever Living Originals)
  • Tirzah - Colourgrade (Domino)
  • Lost Girls [Jenny Hval & Havard Volden] - Menneskekollektivet (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Low - Hey What (Sub Pop)                                                         
  • Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg (4AD)
  • Shame - Drunk Tank Pink (Dead Oceans)
  • Mega Bog - Life, And Another (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Squid - Bright Green Field (Warp)
  • Colleen - The Tunnel and The Clearing (Thrill Jockey)
  • Jane Weaver - Flock (Fire Records)
  • Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - Swing From the Sean DeLear EP (In The Red)
  • Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou (Fire Records)
  • Parquet Courts - Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade)
  • Suuns - The Witness (Joyful Noise)
  • Field Music - Flat White Moon (Memphis Industries)
  • Goat Girl - On All Fours (Rough Trade)
  • Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz (YEAR0001)
  • RE -ISSUES/COMPS
  • Karen Black - Dreaming of You 1971-1976 (Anthology Recordings)
  • Akiko Yano - Ai Ga Nakucha Ne (WeWantSounds)
  • Lee Morgan - The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note)
  • Jennifer Castle - Castlemusic 2011(Flemish Eye)
  • Leslie Winer - When I Hit You - You’ll Feel It (Light in the Attic)
  • ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny - Out of the Blue 40th Anniversary Remaster (Unseen Worlds)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator - The Charisma Years 1970-1978 (Charisma)
  • Willie Dunn - Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology (Light in the Attic)
  • Seefeel - Rupt and Flex (1994-96) and St/Fr/Sp Eps (Warp)
  • Various Artists - Eins Und Swei Und Drei Und Drei Und Vier: Deutsche Experimentelle Pop-Musick 1980-86 (Bureau B)

Squyd

Squyd - Best of 2021

Best Albums of 2021:

  • Driftmachine - Spume & Recollection (Umor Rex)
  • Craven Faults - Enclosures (Nov. 2020 - Leaf)
  • Renaldo & the Loaf - Hardly Gurning While the World is Turning (Klanggalerie)
  • Terror/Cactus & Guazú - Botanas: Guazú & Terror Cactus EP (Shika Shika)
  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
  • LNS & DJ Sotofett - Sputters (Tresor)
  • Blectum From Blechdom - DeepBone (Deathbomb Arc)
  • Anna von Hausswolff - All Thoughts Fly (Sept 2020 - Southern Lord)
  • Jessica Moss - Phosphenes (Constellation)

Notable Mention 2021:

  • Damiana - Vines (Hausu Mountain)
  • D’Eon - Rhododendron (Hausu Mountain)
  • Meridian Brothers, Conjunto Media Luna - Paz En La Tierra (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
  • Fresnel Lens - EP#2 (Fresnel Lens)
  • Smoke Bellow - Open For Business (Trouble In Mind)
  • Zombi - Liquid Crystal EP (Relapse)
  • El Búho - Cumbias Imaquinarias EP (Earthly Measures)
  • Unknown Me - Bishintai (Not Not Fun)
  • Sarah Neufeld - Detritus (Paper Bag)
  • Low - Hey What (Sub Pop)
  • Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime (Matador)
  • Suryummy - Polynators (Constellation Tatsu)

THE ALMIGHTY KABALLA-BONGA

The Almighty Kaballa-Bonga Top Ten of 2021

  • William Basinski - Watermusic
  • Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow of Fear
  • The Clash - Sandinista!
  • Miles Davis - “He Loved Him Madly”
  • Lana del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club
  • John Hassell RIP
  • Sylvere Lotringer RIP
  • Jim O’Rourke - Sleep Like It’s Winter
  • Taylor Swift - Evermore
  • Tex and the Horseheads - “Oh Mother”