#BestOf2021: Top 50 Albums

Low - HEY WHAT1-LOW
HEY WHAT
(Sub Pop)







Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature2-CASSANDRA JENKINS
An Overview On Phenomenal Nature
(Ba Da Bing!)






Sault - NINE3-SAULT
Nine
(Forever Living Originals)






Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage4-NICK CAVE AND WARREN ELLIS
Carnage
(Goliath Enterprises)






The Weather Station - Ignorance5-THE WEATHER STATION
Ignorance
(Fat Possum)






Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert6-LITTLE SIMZ
Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert
(AGE101)






Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee7-JAPANESE BREAKFAST
Jubilee
(Dead Oceans)






Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure8-SELF ESTEEM
Prioritise Pleasure
(Universal)






Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg9-DRY CLEANING
New Long Leg
(4AD)






For Those I Love - For Those I Love10-FOR THOSE I LOVE
For Those I Love
(September)






L'Rain - Fatigue11-L'RAIN
Fatigue
(Mexican Summer)






Tirzah - Colourgrade12-TIRZAH
Colourgrade
(Domino)






Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises13-FLOATING POINTS & PHAROAH SANDERS WITH THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Promises
(Luaka Bop)






Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power14-HALSEY
If I Can´t Have Love, I Want Power
(Capitol/UMG)






Karol G - KG051615-KAROL G
KG0516
(UMG)






Jane Weaver - Flock16-JANE WEAVER
Flock
(Fire!)






St. Vincent - Daddy's Home17-ST. VINCENT
Daddy's Home
(Loma Vista)






Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés - Clamor18-MARIA ARNAL I MARCEL BAGÉS
CLAMOR
(Fina Estampa)






serpentwithfeet - Deacon19-SERPENTWITHFEET
Deacon
(Secretly Canadian)






Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death20-SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
Entertainment, Death
(Saddle Creek)






Illuminati Hotties - Let Me Do One More21-ILLUMINATI HOTTIES
Let Me Do One More
(Snack Shack Tracks)






Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams22-ARLO PARKS
Collapsed In Sunbeams
(Transgressive)






Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost23-TYLER, THE CREATOR
Call Me If You Get Lost
(Columbia)






Lucy Dacus - Home Video24-LUCY DACUS
Home Video
(Matador)






Turnstile - Glow On25-TURNSTILE
Glow On
(Roadrunner)






Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha26-FAYE WEBSTER
I Know I'm Funny Haha
(Secretly Canadian)






Sega Bodega - Romeo27-SEGA BODEGA
Romeo
(NUXXE)






The Goon Sax - Mirror II28-THE GOON SAX
Mirror II
(Matador)






Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club29-LANA DEL REY
Chemtrails Over The Country Club / Blue Banister
(Polydor/Interscope)



Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!30-GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
g_d's pee AT STATE'S END!
(Constellation)






Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou31-VANISHING TWIN
Ookii Gekkou
(Fire Records)






Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark32-ARAB STRAP
As Days Get Dark
(Rock Action)






Mach-Hommy - Pray for Haiti33-MATCH-HOMMY
Pray For Haiti
(Griselda)






Derby Motoreta's Burrito Kachimba - Hilo negro34-DERBY MOTORETA'S BURRITO CACHIMBA
Hilo Negro
(Primavera Labels/Universal Spain)






Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs35-SLEAFORD MODS
Spare Ribs
(Rough Trade)






Snail Mail - Valentine36-SNAIL MAIL
Valentine
(Matador)






Helado Negro - Far In37-HELADO NEGRO
Far In
(Private Energy/4AD)






Iceage - Seek Shelter38-ICEAGE
Seek Shelter
(Mexican Summer)






PinkPantheress - To Hell With It39-PINKPANTHERESS
To Hell With It
(Parlophone)






Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime40-MDOU MOCTAR
Afrique Victimé
(Matador)






Xenia Rubinos - Una rosa41-XENIA RUBINOS
Una Rosa
(Everlasting)






Jane Birkin - Oh ! Pardon tu dormais...42-JANE BIRKIN
Oh! Pardon, Tu Dormais...
(Kachalou)






Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales43-JAZMINE SULLIVAN
Heaux Tales
(RCA)






Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince44-AROOJ AFTAB
Vulture Prince
(New Amsterdam)






John Grant - Boy From Michigan45-JOHN GRANT
Boy From Michigan
(Bella Union)






Grouper - Shade46-GROUPER
Shade
(Kranky)






black midi - Cavalcade47-BLACK MIDI
Cavalcade
(Rough Trade






Califato ¾ - La contraçeña48-CALIFATO ¾
La Contraçeña
(Breaking Bass)






Kiwi Jr. - Cooler Returns49-KIWI JR.
Cooler Returns
(Sub Pop)






Tinashe - 33350-TINASHE
333
(Equity Distribution)






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Mitski Is The Only Heartbreaker To Top The Loop

Asian-American indie songwriter Mitski returns to the #1 in our loop with ‘The Only Heartbreaker,’ the second advance from her new album ‘Laurel Hell’, to be released next February. The returns of Beach House and Empath complete the top three and give this week’s loop a distinctive indie flavour.

The new track by hyperpop star midwxst is the highest new entry, followed by the latest songs by Pusha T feat. Mako; Nick Cave & Warren Ellis; RUDY feat. Fuse ODG; The Bug feat. Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods; Popcaan; Saweetie; Lorena Álvarez feat. Los Rondadores de la Val d’Echo; iann dior; Fickle Friends; Years & Years feat. Galantis; Richard Dawson & Circle; Leon Bridges feat. Jazmine Sullivan; FKA twigs feat. Central Cee; dltzk; Ana Mena… and Ryuichi Sakamoto reimagining one of his old Yellow Magic Orchestra classics. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Charli’s Angels Of Avant Pop Are This Week’s #1

Charli XCX forming with Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek a sort of Charli’s Angels of avant indie pop for her latest track, ‘New Shapes, is this week’s #1 in our loop. The returns of Spiritualized and Mitski complete the top three.

With yet another teaser from what it´s already shaping up as one of the albums of 2022, Big Thief are the highest new entry, followed by the latest songs by Sweeping Promises; Earl Sweatshirt; Jockstrap; Cate Le Bon; Bob Vylan; Sub Urban feat. AURORA; Soleá Morente feat. Estrella Morente; KAYTRANADA feat. H.E.R; 100 gecs; Shamir; Kanye West feat. André 3000; CKay feat. Eunique & Pronto; Taylor Swift feat. Phoebe Bridgers; Rosie Lowe & Duval Timothy; Horsegirl… and a new track by Ibeyi collaborating with British rapper Pa Salieu . Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Loop Shines With Self Esteem

British Experimental indie pop artist, former member of Slow Club, Rebecca Lucy Taylor, better known as Self Esteem, is this week’s #1 in our loop with “You Forever’, from one of the most widely acclaimed album of the year in the UK, ‘Prioritise Pleasure.’ Snail Mail and Jackson+Sellers complete a top three with a strong indie vibe.

Teaming up for the second time, ROSALÍA and The Weeknd are the highest new entry, followed by the latest songs by Mitski; NPC & Chris Lake; Beach House; Empath; aya feat. Iceboy Violet; Saweetie feat. Raedio; Kylie Minogue & Gloria Gaynor; Jenny Hval; Nilüfer Yanya; Public Library Commute feat. Forrest; Murkage Dave feat. Caroline Polachek; Amber Mark; Shygirl; Caracara; Courtney Barnett; Sega Bodega feat. Arca; BERWYN… and a new track by Beyoncé, having another go at winning an Oscar for best song from the soundtrack of ‘King Richard’ for which Will Smith is the current frontrunner for Best Actor’s Academy recognition. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stromae Makes A Toast From The Top Of The Loop

The return of Belgium superstar Stromae after his workaholic’s burnout with ‘Santé’, a toast dedicated to all invisible workers, is this week’s #1 in the loop. More big names, Parquet Courts and Lana Del Rey, complete the top three.

Charli XCX‘s new track, collaborating with Christine and the Queens & Caroline Polachek is the highest new entry, followed by the latest songs by Post Malone feat. The Weeknd; Spiritualized; Aminé; Parcels; Omar Apollo feat. Kali Uchis; Tim Heidecker; Arca; Cooly G feat. Ruth Brown; Terrace Martin feat. James Fauntleroy, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign; Dear Laika; Megan Thee Stallion… and a disco-fuelled duet between Kylie Minogue and Jessie Ware. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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PinkPantheress Must Apologise Tops The Loop

Former Tik Tok sensation and one of the revelations of the year, British bedroom-pop meets retro dance songwriter PinkPantheress is this week’s #1 in our loop with ‘I Must Apologise,’ sampling Crystal Waters’ 90s hit ‘Gipsy Woman.’ Another R&B songwriter, serpentwithfeet, and another retro dance inspired musician, Karen Harding, complete the top three.

Reggae star Koffee with the title track from Netflix brand new Black western ‘The Harder They Fall’ is the highest new entry, followed by the latest tracks by Yaeji feat. OHHYUK; Helado Negro; Snail Mail; Self Esteem; Geese; Jackson+Sellers; Charlotte Cornfield; Spoon; Kelly Lee Owens; Wet with Blood Orange; CL; Obongjayar; Anaïs Mitchell; Rigoberta Bandini; Animal Collective; Kid Cudi feat. JAY-Z; Yung Beef; Pink Sweat$; Metronomy… and, after her contribution to the soundtrack of Wes Anderson’s latest film, Jarvis Cocker with Laetitia Sadier brings a new rendition of the much covered classic ‘Paroles, Paroles’ from his new French covers album. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mitski ‘Working For The Knife’ #1 In The Loop

Japanese-American indie songwriter Mitski returns with ‘Working For The Knife’ which is this week’s #1 in the loop. Folk-rock favourites Big Thief and avant-electronica musician Arca feat. Sia complete the top three.

The return of Belgian superstar Stromae is the highest new entry, followed by the latest tracks by Parquet Courts; Lana Del Rey; Richard Dawson feat. Circle; Jlin; Blawan; Beirut; HEALTH feat. Poppy; Swedish House Mafia feat. The Weeknd; Angèle; Flo Milli; Anjimile; Lori Meyers… and another taster from ABBA‘s comeback album. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wet Leg Have Their Wet Dream On Top Of The Loop

Straight out of the Isle Of Wight, our New British favourite female duo, Wet Leg, have a new number one in our loop with their infectious brand new single ‘Wet Dream,’ somehow reminding us of both Siouxie and The Banshees and Elastica. Philadelphia noise punks Empath and Brazilian experimental female artists Juçara Marçal complete the top three.

Welsh indie favourite Cate Le Bon is the highest new entry, followed by the latest tracks by Wiki; serpentwithfeet; Halsey; Hamilton Leithauser & Kevin Morby; Maxo Kream; Magdalena Bay; The Courettes; Maandy; Skillibeng; Michael Kiwanuka; Karen Harding; Julia Shapiro; The Dodos; Dean Blunt & A$AP Rocky; Lomelda; Wale feat, J. Cole & Cool & Dre… and the return of Americana veterans Band Of Horses. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Halsey Returns To The Top Of The Loop With ‘The Tradition’


‘The Tradition,’ another standout from Halsey‘s surprising latest album produced by Trenz Reznor and Atticus Ross, is the new #1 in our loop. Dorian Electra feat. Danny Brown and Nao complete the top three.

More surprises: the collaboration between Arca and Sia is the highest new entry, followed by the latest tracks by Arca feat. Sia; Big Thief; Mitski; James Blake feat. SZA; Wye Oak; Jesy Nelson feat. Nicki Minaj; RAY BLK; Black Marble; Loose Buttons; Phoebe Bridgers; Aeon Station; Marina Herlop; Ashnikko; Bedouine… and the return with new material of two of the duos who defined the 80s, respectively Soft Cell and Tears For Fears . Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Low Back On Top Of The Loop With ‘White Horses’

From what it is shaping to be one of our albums of the year, ‘HEY WHAT,’ Low gets their fourth number one of 2021 in our loop with their album’s opener, ‘White Horses.’Snail Mail and Richard Dawson & Circle complete the top three.

One of the current revelation bands in the UK, Wet Lag, is the highest new entry. Other debuts this week are the latest tracks by Juçara Marçal; Empath; Arca; Kadhja Bonet; Jane Weaver; Elujay & serpentwithfeet; Mahalia feat. AJ Tracey; George FitzGerald; Ashley Shadow feat. Bonnie Prince Billy; HTRK; Solemn Brigham; Courtney Barnett… and the long awaited return of US legendary singer/songwriter John Mellencamp in a collaboration with Bruce Springsteen . Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Thief #1 In The Loop With ‘Certainty’

Big Thief keep themselves busy and, though a new album has not yet been announced, the band is back on top of our loop with their latest track, ‘Certainty’. On an indie-flavoured week, Low and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die complete the top three.

Last week’s #1, Halsey, is the highest debut with another standout track from her new album. Other brand new entries this week are the latest by Ada Lea; Token feat. Rico Nasty; Dorian Electra feat. Danny Brown; Ovlov; Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba; Let’s Eat Grandma; Andy Shauf; KAROL G; Parquet Courts; Deerhoof; Bartees Strange; Amber Mark; Nao; Dua Saleh with Amaarae; cupcakKe; Harry James Jr. feat. C. Tangana… and a lost track by Radiohead from ‘Kid Amnesiae,’ a new album of unreleased tracks from the sessions of ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ that will be released altogether with a new joint edition of the band’s seminal two albums. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Halsey’s ‘Girl Is A Gun’ #1 In The Loop

Leaving behind her pop starlette days with a turn towards darker avant-pop, Halsey, helped by Trenz Reznor and Atticus Ross, is one of the musical surprises of 2021 with her fourth album ‘If I Can´t Have Love, I Want Power,’ from which the single ‘Girl Is A Gun’ hits the #1 spot this week in the loop. Charli XCX and Big Thief complete the top three.

Another stunning track from Low‘s new album is the highest debut. And other brand new entries this week are the latest by Richard Dawson & Circle; Snail Mail; Kehlani; Oneohtrix Point Never feat. Elizabeth Fraser; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; Kanye West; St. Vincent; Magdalena Bay; Nala Sinephro; The War On Drugs feat. Lucius; Pa Salieu; Amaarae feat. Moliy & Kali Uchis; James Blake; FLOHIO; MUNA feat. Phoebe Bridgers… and Jarvis Cocker who, inspired by Wes Anderson’s forthcoming film ‘The French Dispatch,’ covers Christophe sixties classic ‘Aline’. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Low Top Of The Loop Once ‘More’

Just when their excellent new album ‘Hey What’ has been released, Low are the new number #1 in our loop with ‘More’, another of the record’s many standout moments. Lily Konisberg and Parquet Courts complete the top three.

Returning from our holidays, the new releases have piled up. The highest entry among them is from Kanye West‘s divisive, long-awaited new record. Other brand new entries this week are the latest by Halsey; Charli XCX; Big Thief; Beak>; BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Karriem Riggins; & Arthur Verocai; Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine; Lana Del Rey; Tirzah feat. Coby Sey; JPEGMAFIA; Tokischa & ROSALÍA; Kacey Musgraves; Swindle feat. Knucks; Ghetts; Akala & Kojey Radical;Bachelor… and the, decades in the waiting, ABBA comeback. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Thief Take Their ‘Little Things’ To The Top Of The Loop

American indie folk-rock band Big Thief is this week’s number #1 in our loop with their latest track ‘Little Things’. They are followed by two very different collaborations, Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine and Tinashe feat. Jeremih.

The return of veteran electronica master Caribou is the highest new entry, followed by the latest tracks by Helado Negro; Turnstile; Baby Keem feat. Kendrick Lamar; Amber Mark; Makaya McCraven; Kacey Musgraves; Tiwa Savage feat. Amaarae; Kim Petras; ABRA feat. Playboi Carti & Boys Noize; MUNYA; Big Boi feat. Sleepy Brown & Kai-I; Dean Wareham… and a brand new track by Gorillaz feat. Jelani Blackman & Barrington Levy. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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