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What’s your favorite music from 2021 so far?

We’ve hit the middle of the year. What artists and releases from this year have you enjoyed?

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  1. [2]
    cloud_loud
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    I love Levitating by Dua Lipa. Be Sweet by Japanese Breakfast. I Need You by Jon Batiste. I don't know much about music, but I like the jazzy old-fashioned sound from Batiste. It really stands out...

    I love Levitating by Dua Lipa.

    Be Sweet by Japanese Breakfast.

    I Need You by Jon Batiste. I don't know much about music, but I like the jazzy old-fashioned sound from Batiste. It really stands out and appeals to my sensibilities.

    7 votes
    1. cfabbro
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      If you like that Jon Batiste track, you should check out Leone Bridges first album, Coming Home. It's more oldschool Soul than Jazz, but you still might like it. Sadly, his newer stuff is way more...

      If you like that Jon Batiste track, you should check out Leone Bridges first album, Coming Home. It's more oldschool Soul than Jazz, but you still might like it. Sadly, his newer stuff is way more modern and mainstream sounding though. :(

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    knocklessmonster
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    "Haram" by Armand Hammer and The Alchemist is a solid album if you're into their style. The Alchemist's beats are very atmospheric on it, and it matches well with billy woods and Elucid's...

    "Haram" by Armand Hammer and The Alchemist is a solid album if you're into their style. The Alchemist's beats are very atmospheric on it, and it matches well with billy woods and Elucid's generally aggressive delivery. Oddly, a lot of the stuff I've been digging otherwise came out last year.

    6 votes
    1. DepartedPretzel
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      The Alchemist might be my favorite producer at the moment. I’m also still riding the highs of last year’s music – didn’t expect 2020 to be as great as it was (for music).

      The Alchemist might be my favorite producer at the moment. I’m also still riding the highs of last year’s music – didn’t expect 2020 to be as great as it was (for music).

      3 votes
  3. [2]
    TooFewColours
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    'Promises' is one of my favourite albums of the last 20 years, and I think 'Bright Green Field' is a seminal record. You probably knew those were good, so here's some of my favourites that are a...

    'Promises' is one of my favourite albums of the last 20 years, and I think 'Bright Green Field' is a seminal record.

    You probably knew those were good, so here's some of my favourites that are a little more under-the-radar.

    'Julius Eastman Vol. 1: Femenine' by Wild Up

    A lively and fun interpretation of a Julius Eastman piece that's gaining notoriety in the last few years. Minimalism/Contemporary Classic, definitely check out if you like 'Promises', similar sphere of music and similar approach with a repeating motif throughout.

    'As Days Get Dark' by Arab Strap

    British as fuck. Marching indietronica with largely spoken word from a Scottish geezer. Working class poetry from an old returning favourite.

    'Djourou' by Ballaké Sissoko

    Stunningly gorgeous Kora playing. The beauty is that virtually every track is a collaboration with a fascinating array of musicians, vocalists, poets. How each play off Sissoko's playing is spellbinding. One or two duds, but the rest is probably my favourite music experience of the year.

    'Menneskekollektivet' by Lost Girls

    Jenny Hval possibly one of the most interesting musicians working at the moment. A real accomplishment, visceral and unusual without being alienating. Critically acclaimed at launch but fell off after, I wish more people heard it.

    6 votes
    1. etiolation
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      Wow, it's really that old Arab Strap. Thanks for the alert!

      Wow, it's really that old Arab Strap. Thanks for the alert!

      1 vote
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    meatrocket
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    Not too much, lately I've mostly been checking out older stuff I hadn't had gotten around to. Some highlights from this year, though: Gojira - Grind: Oh my fucking god. The Body - A Lament: This...

    Not too much, lately I've mostly been checking out older stuff I hadn't had gotten around to. Some highlights from this year, though:

    • Gojira - Grind: Oh my fucking god.

    • The Body - A Lament: This track came out as a single last year, but the album came out in January, and I first heard it then. I enjoy the tragic spoken word intro flowing into suspensive atmosphere exploding into speaker-destroying... post-doom? I'm gonna call it post-doom.

    • Tirzah - Send Me: The off-beat rhythm got my attention, the intimate production and vocals held it, and the unexpected noise rock outro rewarded it.

    • Deafheaven - Great Mass of Color: I made a post about this one, but basically, I really enjoy hearing these guys experiment with this new, softer direction, and I'm especially excited to hear how they blend black metal with these more ambient textures.

    5 votes
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      tunneljumper
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      fun fact about I've Seen All I Need To See, they recorded the album analog (aka to tape) at max gain and then re-recorded a copy back onto another tape machine at max gain several times over in...

      fun fact about I've Seen All I Need To See, they recorded the album analog (aka to tape) at max gain and then re-recorded a copy back onto another tape machine at max gain several times over in order to get that super distorted, clippy sound throughout the album. The drummer said he used almost no cymbals on the album because they would completely take over a mix and blot out everything else in the final recording due to all the distortion.

      2 votes
      1. meatrocket
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        I was wondering how they got that HUGE sound. Thanks for the info.

        I was wondering how they got that HUGE sound. Thanks for the info.

        2 votes
    2. DepartedPretzel
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      I’ve always heard about Deafheaven but never listened until you suggested “Great Mass of Color”… Looks like I’m not alone, but dream pop was not what I was expecting. It’s beautiful, love the huge...

      I’ve always heard about Deafheaven but never listened until you suggested “Great Mass of Color”… Looks like I’m not alone, but dream pop was not what I was expecting. It’s beautiful, love the huge production and the bit of blackgaze that they blend in. Really hope I like their upcoming album.

      1 vote
  5. DepartedPretzel
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    I’ve been putting off a huge backlog of 2021 albums and the like, but the ones I’ve heard so far and love include… Artist Release Genre Listen Backxwash I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My...

    I’ve been putting off a huge backlog of 2021 albums and the like, but the ones I’ve heard so far and love include…

    Artist Release Genre Listen
    Backxwash I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses occult fired-up conscious hip hop Bandcamp
    Kero Kero Bonito Civilisation II glitzy ominous futuristic synthpop Bandcamp
    The Armed Ultrapop excited heavy LOUD noise rock Bandcamp
    Bo Burnham Inside (The Songs) manic depressed comedic(??) synthpop SoundCloud

    And while I wasn’t enthused by this album, I probably just need to give it another listen:

    Artist Release Genre Listen
    Black Country, New Road For the First Time abstract eclectic experimental rock Bandcamp
    4 votes
  6. [5]
    soks_n_sandals
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    Been vibing hard to "Witchoo" by Durand Jones and the Indications. They have a new album coming out soon and I can't wait to see them live!

    Been vibing hard to "Witchoo" by Durand Jones and the Indications. They have a new album coming out soon and I can't wait to see them live!

    2 votes
    1. DepartedPretzel
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      Dang, they’re incorporating disco into their new album? I liked American Love Call from 2019, interested to hear their new direction on Private Space.

      Dang, they’re incorporating disco into their new album? I liked American Love Call from 2019, interested to hear their new direction on Private Space.

      2 votes
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      tomf
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      Aaron Frazier has a solo record that came out this year, too. Its great!

      Aaron Frazier has a solo record that came out this year, too. Its great!

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        soks_n_sandals
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        Oh yes! When I heard him I thought "Man Dan Auerbach really oughta pick this guy up" and like a month later out came the announcement that Easy Eye Sound was releasing his debut album! I've had...

        Oh yes! When I heard him I thought "Man Dan Auerbach really oughta pick this guy up" and like a month later out came the announcement that Easy Eye Sound was releasing his debut album! I've had that record on repeat for some time now.

        1 vote
        1. tomf
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          that whole world of Colemine, Big Crown, etc is so good. Frazer did some work with Lee Fields, too. The two Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY are so good, too. A few years ago I stalked Frazer's work...

          that whole world of Colemine, Big Crown, etc is so good. Frazer did some work with Lee Fields, too. The two Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY are so good, too.

          A few years ago I stalked Frazer's work through discogs and found a lot of gems, like The Harlem Gospel Travelers

          I can't get enough of this general sound.

          1 vote
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    Akir
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    Just this one song.
    2 votes
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      DepartedPretzel
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      Ooh this is a bop. They released an EP apparently, have you given it a try?

      Ooh this is a bop. They released an EP apparently, have you given it a try?

      1 vote
      1. Akir
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        Yup, and while I like all of them, of course it's going to be the kind of dumb one with the overwhelmingly strong female vocals that gets stuck in my head. The Dadi Freyr is possibly my favorite...

        Yup, and while I like all of them, of course it's going to be the kind of dumb one with the overwhelmingly strong female vocals that gets stuck in my head. The Dadi Freyr is possibly my favorite artist of this generation. He's doing an international tour and I'm excited to be able to see him perform live.

        2 votes
  8. DoctorDoughnuts
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    D+ from the album "Half a Human" by Real Estate Hold Yourself from the album "sketchy" by Tune-yards How Low from Heartless Bastards. They're supposed to have a new album out this year that will...

    D+ from the album "Half a Human" by Real Estate

    Hold Yourself from the album "sketchy" by Tune-yards

    How Low from Heartless Bastards. They're supposed to have a new album out this year that will feature this song and Revolution which was my favorite from 2020.

    2 votes
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    Pipas
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    I absolutely love Opus by Black Country New Road

    I absolutely love Opus by Black Country New Road

    2 votes
    1. Staross
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      I like this, the winds are pretty metal.

      I like this, the winds are pretty metal.

  10. DundariousRedripulin
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    El Invento by Jose Gonzalez is a really beautiful song Japanese Breakfast’s album Jubilee is pretty good Orville Peck’s cover of Born This Way really surprised me (I like all his other stuff, but...

    El Invento by Jose Gonzalez is a really beautiful song

    Japanese Breakfast’s album Jubilee is pretty good

    Orville Peck’s cover of Born This Way really surprised me (I like all his other stuff, but was very skeptical of a country cover of Born This Way, but I would recommend it)

    2 votes
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    Staross
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    According to my last.fm my most listened this year are : But I'd definitely pick out William Parker & Twisted - Hallucinogen from those as my favorite. William Parker is a 10 volumes album, lots...

    According to my last.fm my most listened this year are :

    The Notwist, Alcest, Chelsea Wolfe, William Parker, Hallucinogen, Agent Fresco, Ulcerate

    But I'd definitely pick out William Parker & Twisted - Hallucinogen from those as my favorite. William Parker is a 10 volumes album, lots of great stuff : https://williamparker.bandcamp.com/track/a-great-day-to-be-dead
    Admittedly I like the vocalist, but the composition is awesome too.

    1 vote
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      DepartedPretzel
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      Some of the preview tracks for Migration of Silence take me back to Sunday mass, in a good way. Never heard Parker’s music before but I’m interested now.

      William Parker

      Some of the preview tracks for Migration of Silence take me back to Sunday mass, in a good way. Never heard Parker’s music before but I’m interested now.

      1 vote
      1. Staross
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        I mostly like the first volume, in "I'd Rather Be" the singer is shouting "Watermelon, strawberries, sweet peaches !" like a street vendor, it's quite evocative (feels like a childhood memory)....

        I mostly like the first volume, in "I'd Rather Be" the singer is shouting "Watermelon, strawberries, sweet peaches !" like a street vendor, it's quite evocative (feels like a childhood memory). There's some good stuff on the rest too (it's very varied) but buying the whole thing is a bit excessive, and it can't seem to be available anywhere else (legally...). There's a 10 track selection though :

        https://williamparker.bandcamp.com/album/trencad-s-a-selection-from-migration-of-silence-into-and-out-of-the-tone-world

        Never heard of him before either, he released what looks like 100's of albums though, but I'm not very well versed in jazz.

        1 vote
  12. Kole
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    I'm a big fan of the electronic artist MitiS. I've had his new album, LOST, on repeat since it dropped earlier this year. Two tracks in particular, Homesick and Without Me.

    I'm a big fan of the electronic artist MitiS. I've had his new album, LOST, on repeat since it dropped earlier this year. Two tracks in particular, Homesick and Without Me.

    1 vote
  13. n3onis
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    Anything KBong for those chill vibes

    Anything KBong for those chill vibes

  14. HoolaBoola
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    I've become obsessed with Slumber Party by Ashnikko. There's something in it, hard to describe. Also, I'm enamoured with this year's Eurovision winner Måneskin. From their songs released this...

    I've become obsessed with Slumber Party by Ashnikko. There's something in it, hard to describe.

    Also, I'm enamoured with this year's Eurovision winner Måneskin. From their songs released this year, my favourites are

    Lil Nas X's MONTERO with its hypnotic/satanic music video has also definitely hit a chord, totally love it.