Top Albums of 2021

Judgement of release being an album or EP is based on the listings on spotify, not AOTY

Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
1.
100
It's rare when you listen to an album you had high expectations for, exceed those expectations and completely blow you away.

Every single aspect of this album is perfectly thought out, and it puts simz in among the best rappers of all time. Even after the fantastic Grey Area she improved on her unique and versatile sound.

This is the best Inflo produced project ever.

Easy AOTY
black midi - Cavalcade
2.
100
Black midi is simply the most forward thinking band of our time. Their album will be discussed for decades. I'm glad to be a part of the start of that Era. TBE.
Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
3.
95
A dark thrillride through a uniquely shaped world. An emotional listen that will shape how I look at death and loss.
Black Country, New Road - For the first time
4.
93
An amazing display of unique song structure, it shapes it's disfigured instrumentation in a beautiful way.
Iglooghost - Lei Line Eon
5.
92
Igloo creates a fully realized world, with amazing fluxuating beats and dynamic ambientwork.
Lingua Ignota - SINNER GET READY
6.
90
Terrifying, and extremely interesting
Squid - Bright Green Field
7.
90
Squid is an amazing band, such a unique record.
Rural Internet - ESCAPE ROOM
8.
90
This album convinces me that this band is one of the most creative and varied bands in experimental hip hop. This album reaches a more emotional core in comparison to breaking up. and with a twist into a new production style & feel.

A must listen. Tension.


Edit: after many listens I can safely say this is even better than breaking up. Every listen this thing gets better and better
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
9.
88
This is WA's least varied but most cohesive project yet. And i love it.
Bent Knee - Frosting
10.
87
The dissonance on this record is absolutely staggering, it feels like a lost transmission floating through space.

Many Bent Knee fans are severely disappointed by this release, but in my opinion, this is just as excellent as they have always been. Bent Knee are striving to be innovative in a new genre, a new field. They semi perfected their prog metal/rock sound, so they moved on to this:

A beautifully unique take on hyperpop, i would even coin it as a new sub genre; prog-hyperpop

The production is very heavy handed on points, which favors and detracts from the album at points. I think it mostly works really well, but at times the autotune is a bit... much.

I've got to see them live man.
Fax Gang - AETHERNET
12.
85
A unique dissonant artpiece
Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
13.
85
The best Synthpop record since Let's Eat Grandma's I'm All Ears
Darkside - Spiral
14.
85
God damn this album is satisfying as hell, nicolas is the best in the game
Tigercub - As Blue As Indigo
15.
85
Just a great rock album for the masses.
AUDREY NUNA - a liquid breakfast
16.
85
I am very excited to see what Audrey does next, hopefully she continues her unique flows and dope production on her next project. Because this bangs.
Rural Internet - breaking up.
17.
85
Frankly one of the most exciting experimental hip hop records of the year.
Turnstile - GLOW ON
18.
84
A fantastic banger filled journey
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
19.
84
Consistently entertaining.
Vince Staples - Vince Staples
20.
83
A very honest and introspective release by Vince, and a great one at that.
ALEPH - EGO DEATH
21.
83
One of the best mixing in an album the whole year.
Spellling - The Turning Wheel
22.
83
Yeah this is really great, although I think the album could've ended better.
Citizen - Life In Your Glass World
23.
83
The best citizen album
Liily - TV Or Not TV
24.
83
Holy shit this album is great. I expected them to return to the stuff they were making on the debut EP, but I'm glad they chose to go in this direction. This sound is somewhere in-between squid and tropical fuck storm, at least, that's what it reminds me most of. Rock has been amazing this year.
Kojaque - Town’s Dead
25.
82
God damn the potential here is phenomenal. Yeah 2021 is not complete without a record like this.
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
26.
82
God damn this album is great, it's a bit long.
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
27.
82
A very emotional and varied album
slowthai - TYRON
28.
82
An introspective look to one of the most wholesome (personality wise) rappers on the planet.
Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
29.
81
My least favorite TFS record, but seeing by the score I'm giving it I still love it.
Royal Blood - Typhoons
30.
81
Another great RB album, although they still stay in their bubble.
Porter Robinson - Nurture
31.
81
I was not familiar with porters work before this outside of shelter, and this just shows that he deserves all the fame he has.
Pom Poko - Cheater
32.
81
My god this album is so much fun to listen to, and there is enough variety to not make you bored along the way.
Pan Daijing - Jade 玉观音
33.
81
Bone chilling instrumentation, and beautiful at times. It's a bit minimal and repetitious though.
Horsey - Debonair
34.
81
A frantic and crazy journey, and I love every second of this. But I hope that in the future they evolve their sound more to align with Bread and Butter.
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God
35.
80
Probably their best record yet, the production on this is fantastic.
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
36.
80
Such a special record, fantastically arranged, if a little long.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - L.W.
37.
80
Such a fun ride, and quite a bit better than KG.
Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz
38.
79
The sound of this record is extremely infectious, and it's consistently funny and bangin'. Struggles to end itself in a proper way though.
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
39.
79
The best st vincent project in a long time, although the album doesn't really have a conclusion.
Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout
40.
77
Ben Howard is a fantastic musician with amazing songwriting skills, even though the album doesnt reach the heights of noonday dreams or the fantastic guitarwork on IFWWW, this is still a solid album in his discography
Richard Dawson & Circle - Henki
41.
77
Complex, with awesome vocals and lyrics. Mixing is not always the best though.
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
42.
77
A terrifying display of talent, i am very excited to see what backxwash does next.
Iceage - Seek Shelter
43.
76
A really good record with awesome moments, wish it reached the heights that beyondless did though
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
44.
76
Very consistenly mesmerising song topics and fluid lyricism merged together with alchemists fantastic producing work makes this record a must hear for 2021
Febueder - RE-ETCHED
45.
75
A majority of the remixes add a lot to the originals, and really shaped them out to be something else. But the variety of quality was very disappointing to be honest. The Carter Fools and Kareem Ali remixes leave something to be desired.

The non remix tracks are amazing, i would love for them to continue on that type of sound.
Clairo - Sling
46.
75
Stripped back, emotional rollercoaster. An amazing show of personal songwriting that is unique and creative. The album does overstay it's welcome though, it could've been shorter.
That Handsome Devil - Your Parents Are Sellouts
47.
75
A deliciously disgusting and odd record with many left turns to keep you guessing along the way.
Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
48.
73
A fantastic show of songwriting prowess, tight knit stripped down instrumentation. It just works. But i feel like that is my main gripe with the album, it's a bit too minimal at times.
Tune-Yards - sketchy.
49.
74
Rhythmic bangers with fantastic hooks, i just keep coming back to this.
Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of the Air
50.
73
Awesome release, Moor Mothers astounds me how she varies her flows and lyricism per project. While this isn't my favorite project of hers, i think it succeeds in many ways.
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