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дайджест альбомов которые в течении года остаются на жестком диске моей компьютерры

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растарелизы: Zion Train — Illuminate in Dub (Universal Egg Records, 2021), Twinkle Brothers — Still Smiling (2021), Twinkle Brothers — World Crisis (2021), Neville Forrest — Daniel In The Lion’s Den (Twinkle Music, 2021), Likkle Lion — Upside Down (2021), King Lorenzo — Jah Works & Amlak Dub (I-Roots Records, 2021), Blundetto — Good Good Dub (Heavenly Sweetness, 2021), Zion I Kings — Zion Ites Dub (Zion I Kings Dub Vol. 4) (Zion High Productions, 2021), SOJA — The Covers EP (ATO Records, 2021), Lee Scratch Perry (feat. Zebra Forest) — Forestic Journey (Forestic records, EP, 2021), Tappa Zukie — Horns Up! Dubbing With Horns (Tappa Records Jamaica, 2021)

Проект К (Евгений Калинин) — Вирусные песни (2021) — новые песни Евгения Калинина.

Аквариум — Тор (2021) — изврунета: Альбом состоит из девяти композиций и практически все они уже звучали на концертах коллектива, а некоторые публиковались в виде синглов. Тем не менее, альбом стал первым после выпущенного в 2013 году «А+», изданным под маркой группы. Среди вошедших в «Top» песен присутствуют «Для тех, кто влюблен», «Не трать время», «Стучаться в двери травы», «Бой-баба», «Паленое виски и толченый мел». Относительно новые композиции – «Месть королевы Анны» и «Весть с Елисейских полей». Песня «Фавн» ранее издавалась в сборнике «БГ Симфония».

Протон-4 — Навстречу Небу (2021) — вишукане звучання очередного альбома украинского музыкального проекта в эстетике ретрофутуризма. «Synthwave, dreamwave, synthpop, lo-fi. Детские мечты, космическая романтика и научная фантастика» как пишет автор, Олег Марченко. И никакого Sovietwave, добавляю я. А из neformatа:  «Київський retrowave проєкт презентував новий альбом «Навстречу Небу». Над усіма процесами засновник проєкту Олег Марченко працював самостійно на домашній студії. Альбом записувався із використанням аналогових та софтверних синтезаторів, деяких драм машин 80-х та гітари. Лейтмотив альбому — повернення в дитинство, мрії про фантастичні зіркові подорожі, романтика та дух 80-х. «Такий собі калейдоскоп із дитячих спогадів, поданих у новій обгортці. Ніякої політики — тільки звукова та візуальна естетика тих часів. Також, напевно, підсвідомо я завжди намагаюся надати альбому форму саундтреку до старого кіно — з інтро на початкових титрах, зміною сюжету та логічним закінченням», — розповів у коментарі нашому виданню засновник проєкту Олег Марченко. У майбутньому музикант планує попрацювати над озвучкою ігрових проєктів або фільмів. Нагадуємо, останній повноформатний альбом «Опережая Время» Протон-4 вийшов влітку 2019 року. Також, за посиланням ви можете ознайомитися із рецензією на альбом «Сны О Вечном» (2017). Протон-4 — київський ретровейв/совєтвейв проєкт, засновний у 2015 році музикантом Олегом Марченком. Дискографія нараховує п’ять повноформатних альбомів. У перший релізах можна почути вокал музиканта.»

Clara Engel — A New Skin (2021) — Very expressive folk from Canada. Emotive acoustic guitar chords, wonderful voice, psychedelic textures and peaceful atmosphere.

Still Corners – The Last Exit (Wrecking Light Records, 2021) — со странички «ТСЛ», цитирую: «лондонский дуэт Still Corners со своей новой, пятой пластинкой «The Last Exit». Выпущена она лейблом Wrecking Light, а дебютный лонгплей увидел свет ровно десять лет назад на легендарном импринте Sub Pop. История Still Corners началась с того момента, когда гитарист из Остина Грэг Хьюз встретил английскую певицу Тессу Мюррей на одном из железнодорожных вокзалов столицы Соединённого Королевства. Познакомившись, они решили поработать вместе и тут же придумали название проекта, позаимствовав его из стихотворения Роберта Фроста. Лавируя между различными оттенками инди, ориентируясь то на даунтемпо, то на наследие Эннио Морриконе, то на синти-поп и шарм киномузыки французской новой волны, Still Corners в итоге вырулили на хайвэй дрим-попа дивной красоты. Они в данной ипостаси, скорее, приверженцы заокеанской специфики, нежели адепты британской школы. Под эту, решительно не способную отпустить, романтическую американу ты словно летишь в открытом кабриолете к закатному солнцу прерий. Сравнений множество. и все хорошие. От Broadcast, Camera Obscura, Chromatics и Джули Круз по части вокала – до нестыдной кальки с гитар Криса Айзека, используемых Хьюзом. Прекрасная просто музыка, относящаяся к единственно верному, даже не под, а надстилю, характеризуемому двумя словами: «как надо». И да, за исполнение песни «Static» хочется целовать песок, по которому ходила Тесса Мюррей.

Milio (Emiel van den Dungen) – Never Say Never (Atomnation, 2021) — We kick off this year with a new EP from Milio, the solo project of Emiel van den Dungen, who is also one half of Tunnelvisions. Here focusing more on lush synth sounds, he offers a pair of deep and meditative tracks that journey through the cosmos and come with original artwork from Nous Couteaux.

SPC ECO — For You \ Helpless (A+B Single Series, 2021) — January release. Produced and Recorded by Dean Garcia and Rose Berlin. Mixed by Dean Garcia at ElaB UK. Vocals recorded at Topaz London by Rose. Written by Rose Berlin and Dean Garcia. Rose Berlin Voice and Words. Dean Garcia Bass Drums Keys and Programming.

Alostmen — Kologo (Strut ‎– STRUT234LP, 2021) — Formed by Stevo Atambire and produced by Wanlov (Fok’n Bois) and Percy Yip Tong, Alostmen’s music is based around the Frafra traditions of the kologo, a stringed lute, using traditional instrumentation in entirely new ways. “I like to force my instrument to work,” explains Stevo. “I’m a yout’man and into rap, reggae, Malian music. I add these to the band’s sound.”

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растабады февраля: Mato — Scary Dub (Stix Records, 2021), Papa Dee — Sir Pinkerton Investigates Another Murder in Red Hut (Red Hut Studios, 2021), Dave Mash Reagge — Sueños a colores (Remasterizado) (Dave Mash Reagge, 2021), Akae Beka — Righteous Synergy (Fifth Son Records, 2021)

Radical Face – Hidden Hollow, Vol​ume 1 – Singles [EP] (2021) — In 2020, Radical Face, AKA Ben Cooper, started the Hidden Hollow- a monthly mailer for the creative and curious. This email and online community is focused around music art and story telling, and alongside the mailer Radical Face has released numerous singles. This EP is the first collection of these singles.

Heligoland – This Quiet Fire (Darla Records, 2021) — This Quiet Fire is the first full-length studio album in more than a decade from Australian dream pop/slowcore veterans Heligoland. Off the back of a series of experimental, ambitious EP releases throughout the 2010s, This Quiet Fire finds the band going back to basics. Succinct lead single “Palomino” is a case in point. Written and recorded at an idyllic studio retreat in western France and a home studio in the suburbs of Paris, This Quiet Fire is the first Heligoland release helmed by founding duo Karen Vogt (vocals, guitar) and Steve Wheeler (bass, guitar). The lush, enveloping sound of This Quiet Fire is courtesy of Robin Guthrie, whose highly evocative productions have graced the group’s most recent releases. After a little more than two decades spent quietly exploring the margins of dreampop, folk, slowcore, and shoegaze, Heligoland’s journey appears far from over.

Sivert Høyem – Roses Of Neurosis [EP] (Hektor Grammofon AS, 2021) — Sivert Høyem is known from the band Madrugada but five years ago he came with his last solo album “Lioness” which not only scored high at our website, but also got to international success and a performance at the Acropolis was also recorded and released. Now a new EP comes out, it is called “Roses of Neurosis” and it is available from 12 February on. What a timing for the release, so close to Valentine’s day. The dark romantic sound that Sivert brings with his music could not have come at a better time. It starts with the calm “Safe Return” which is a bit moody but at the same time opens the door for hope.

Tindersticks – Distractions (City Slang, 2021) — Stuart Staples was already nurturing seeds for a different kind of Tindersticks album before lockdown halted their tour in early 2020. If 2019’s “No Treasure but Hope” saw the band rediscovering themselves as a unit, the follow-up reconfigures that unit so that everything familiar about Tindersticks sounds fresh again. “Distractions” is an album of subtle realignments and connections from a restless, intuitive band. Rich in texture and atmosphere, it lives between its open spaces and details, always finding new ways to connect with a song.

Teen Daze – Breathing Tides [EP] (2021) — Breathing Tides is a new, three track EP from British Columbian artist Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak). Following last year’s Reality Refresh series, which leaned more towards balearic and house sounds, Breathing Tides is a collection of wintery, cinematic ambient pieces. While Teen Daze has usually used these types of textures and sounds as the foundation for more traditional pop structures, this EP takes a much more minimalist approach. Breathing Tides relaxes, and aims to create a sense of calm for the listener. A collection of pieces that can reward a listener with a deep listening experience, or create a mood as background music.

Indigo Sparke – echo (Sacred Bones, 2021) — If Marissa Nadler, Aldous Harding, Joanna Newsom, Vashti Bunyan light up your world with otherworldly folk fire – and if they don’t, then maybe we can’t be friends after all – then you really need to take a seat right this minute, and be astonished by Australian folk artist Indigo Sparke, who’s recently inked on the dotted for Sacred Bones.

Elephant9 – Arrival of the New Elders (Rune Grammofon, 2021) — Unlike jazz or rock, both of which originated in the US, jazz-rock was born simultaneously in the US and Europe, with a British band the first off the blocks. Soft Machine’s eponymous debut was released in 1968. It was followed by drummer Tony Williams’ Lifetime’s Emergency! in 1969 and trumpeter Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew in 1970. So, unlike European jazz musicians in the mother tradition, European jazz-rock musicians have never had to “catch up” with their American cousins. The genre continues to develop on a level playing field on both sides of the pond and some of the most exciting developments of the late 2010s have come from Scandinavia.

Golden Bug and The Limiñanas — Variation Sur 3 Bancs (La Belle Records, 2021) — Everything starts with a message Jörg Burger sent me in January 2020, asking me to feature in the Kompakt — Velvet Desert Music Vol.2 compilation, an homage to psychedelic music and to the 60s/70s acid western universe.

Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder — Trouble In Time (2403663 Records DK2, 2021) — Trouble In Time marks a first for husband and wife collaborators, award-winning up and coming Seattle based singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield (Listen Up! Women in Music award recipient, Jack Straw Cultural Center recording artist, Doe Bay Festival Artist in Resident, music video for song, Nice Try, selected by Seattle International Film Festival to premiere at Bumbershoot 2019, song placement for song, Rock and Roll Man in award-winning indie film, Dakota) and multi-instrumentalist and producer, Jeff Fielder (internationally touring guitarist for Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls) .

Water Music — Bones (2021) — Written and recorded in Melbourne, Australia Oct — Jan 20/21 except «It ain’t over yet», which was written and recorded in October 2019 but was made in the same house and belonged on this record.

XIXA — Genesis (Jullian Records, 2021)On first listen, it doesn’t take long to understand why Tucson-based rock band XIXA call their music “mystic desert rock.” “Thine Is the Kingdom,” the opening track of their sophomore LP Genesis, wastes no time establishing an atmosphere that’s equal parts enigmatic and epic. Defined by fluttering guitars and soaring vocals, the song summons the vast expanse of the Sonoran in all its chalky reds and grays, its dry shrubs and saguaros. The song’s shuffling beat, accented by terse cymbal strikes, introduces the album’s fondness for duality. Throughout Genesis, XIXA strike a balance between liveliness and patience—think the cozy, lackadaisical pacing of Westerns like Rio Bravo—with innovative results.

Roosevelt – Polydans (City Slang, 2021) — Roosevelt is always looking for that special moment. The producer – Marius Lauber – utilizes outstanding electronics, matching club tropes to pangs of melancholy, all wrapped up in gorgeous melodies. Inventive early singles such as “Montreal” led to the outstanding debut album ‘Roosevelt’ and the bold, addictive follow-up ‘Young Romance’, but increased success seemed to take him away from his core desires, from his musical roots.

Modern Studies — The Body Is A Tide (Fire Records, 2021) — Following the release of critically acclaimed recent album ‘The Weight Of The Sun’, Modern Studies used the time they’d have usually spent touring to create new music, resulting in two new EPs.

Gavriel (Gabriel Eduardo, Windows 96) — Red Twilight (EP, 2021)Windows 96 is an electronic music project by Brazilian composer and producer Gabriel Eduardo. Combining the sound of synth/vaporwave, psychedelic, VGM and more.

Wau Wau Collectif — Yaral Sa Doom LP (Sahel Sounds + Sing A Song Fighter, 2021) — Avant-garde cosmic sounds from Senegal, “Yaral Sa Doom” is a groundbreaking album spanning borders and musical scenes. Inspired from West African tradition, Sufi praise songs, spiritual jazz, and dub rhythms, the effect is a genre defying entry in outernational sound. Hypnotic percussion loops across sweeping pads, call and response chants echoes layer over electronic beats, and children’s voices sing out to recordings of crashing waves.

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мартарастадабы: Spraggy — Sunshine Country (Dub Sessions) [Special Edition] (Believe digital, 2021), Sebastian Sturm — Echoes (Rubin Rockers, 2021), Lee «Scratch» Perry & the Spacewave — Dubz Of The Root (Megawave, 2021), Iration Steppas — In The Dub Arena (Dubquake Records, 2021), Jah Light — Almighty Zion Keepers (AZK Productions, 2021), New Age Steppers — Avant Gardening (On-U Sound, 2021), New Age Steppers – Stepping Into a New Age 1980-2012 (On-U Sound, 2021), Asha D, Mark Cupidore — Purpose (Artikal Music, 2021)

Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark (Rock Action Records, 2021) — “I don’t give a fuck about the past, the glory days gone by.” When it comes to Arab Strap, it seems like there’s no other reasonable way to start off their comeback album. After a prolonged hiatus, the Scotlanders returned to the studio to create the aptly titled As Days Get Dark; their first LP since 2005’s excellent send-off (and equally aptly titled) The Last Romance.

Howe Gelb & A Band of Gypsies – Alegrías [10th Anniversary Edition] (Eureka Japan, 2021) — 10th Anniversary of the record that united flamenco with alternative American rock. Luxury collaborations: Raimundo Amador, Fernando Vacas, John Parish and Córdoba musicians Lin Cortés, Añil Fernández and Juan F. Panky.

Taylor Deupree — Chorus (Dusk/Dawn) [12K, 2021] — In Chorus (Dusk/Dawn) Deupree utilizes a single eurorack synthesizer oscillator to create the sound of the dawn chorus that surrounds him in the summer months at his studio in New York. This din of insects (mostly crickets, katydids and cicadas) is both calming and relentless, at times reaching a deafening state as it overtakes the sonic landscape each morning and evening.

Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Polydor Records, 2021) — seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. The singles released prior to the album, “Let Me Love You like a Woman” and “Chemtrails over the Country Club”, have been described as indie pop and folk-pop, and the album is set to feature a collaboration with indie pop singer-songwriters Zella Day and Weyes Blood on a cover of the 1970 song “For Free” by folk pop musician Joni Mitchell.

The Underground Youth – The Falling (Fuzz Club, 2021) — из врунета: «10-й студийник британской психоделик-рок-группы Тhе Undеrgrоund Yоuth из Манчестера, бессменным лидером которой является Крэйг Дайер, вдохновленный творчеством таких команд, как Тhе Vеlvеt Undеrgrоund, Тhе Вriаn Jоnеstоwn Маssасrе, Тhе Jеsus аnd Маrу Сhаin и др. Помимо самого Крэйга в состав группы входят (его жена) Оля Дайер, Леонард Кейдж и Макс Джеймс. Тhе Undеrgrоund Yоuth часто и много гастролируют по всей Европе, где всегда хорошо заходит их фирменная смесь нео-психоделии и пост-панка. В последнее время группа чаще базируется в Берлине.«

Adjiri Odametey – Ekonklo (Adjiri Odametey, 2021) — A warm, earthy voice is the trademark of a renowned West African multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Adjiri Odametey. He has crafted a uniquely individual style and has never abandoned his roots in the traditions of his musically-rich home of Ghana . His fourth coming album EKONKLO (other side) due out on march 15 is about combining his own experiences as a musician in various cultures with the traditional roots of his homeland in Ghana – thereby creating a personal aural environment.

Sexy Suicide — We Will Die As One (Requiem Records, 2021) — из врунета: «Второй студийный альбом «Wе Will Diе Аs Оnе» польского дуэта Sеху Suiсiidе — качественный олдскульный синтипоп с влиянием «новой волны», европейского диско и чарующим женским вокалом. Пять лет назад Sеху Suiсidе буквально ворвались в музыкальное пространство со своим хитовым видео «Nеvеr Fоrgеt». Композиция была словно пропитана духом 80’х вкупе с цепляющей мелодией и красивым вокалом. А ведь данный проект был основан Ваrtlоmiеj Sаlаmоn еще весной 2012 года в польском городе Сосновец. Спустя несколько месяцев к нему присоединилась Маrikа Тоmсzуk, которая стала вокалисткой. Музыканты сразу же взялись за работу над дебютным альбомом, результатом чего и стал выход альбома «Мidnight Stоriеs» 1 марта 2013 года. Первые два года своего существования проект работал под названием Nеоn Rоmаnсе и являлся трио. За это время Nеоn Rоmаnсе успели выступить на нескольких фестивалях, но позже проект распался, и на его месте возник дуэт Sеху Suiсidе.»

Naukograd — Волна (2021)#retrowave#sovietwave#chillwave#lofi

Fred Frith, Nicolas Humbert, Marc Parisotto — Cut Up the Border (RogueArt, 2020) — is a 2020 live album by English guitarist and composer Fred Frith, German film maker Nicolas Humbert and French sound artist Marc Parisotto. It comprises a collage of unused audio material recorded between 1988 and 1990 for the documentary film on Frith, Step Across the Border, overlaid with live improvisations by Frith performed in January 2019. The album was released by French record label RogueArt in January 2020.

Reymour – Leviosa (Knekelhuis Record, 2021) — In her writing on the “phantasmic cyborgs of early synth-pop,” musicologist Judith A. Peraino points to the queer synthesis of the genre: its ability to meld robotic, computerised instruments with an all-too-human sentimentality. Think of The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ Essentially the song is about someone who refuses to accept they’ve been dumped and yet, thanks to the deadpan electronic score, comes across as blasé. Or Gary Numan, looking disaffected in a dry, grey suit on an album sardonically titled The Pleasure Principle. ’80s synthpop was apt at capturing the ambivalent human condition in the technological age, refracted by lyrics on the simultaneous adulation and alienation of romantic love.

David Olney & Anana Kaye – Whispers and Sighs (Schoolkids Records, 2021) — as described by songwriter Mary Gauthier, is “a masterpiece, a parting gift from an imagination of genius.” The album is indeed a powerful last statement from David Olney, an underappreciated, long known as a songwriter’s songwriter, who ranks with the idiom’s best, be it Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and just a precious few others. In fairness, this is a collaborative project that has Olney writing songs with rising singer-songwriter Anana Kaye, and her husband Irakli Gabriel, both of whom hail originally from the country, Georgia, but reside in East Nashville where the sessions were recorded. In addition, longtime Olney collaboration and hit songwriter John Hadley pitched in on a few. The album has Olney and Kaye taking turns on intimate self-portraits, myths, tales, and various existential fare that run the gamut from provocative to unsettling, to peaceful. They are all well-crafted and the unsettled notion stems mostly from the fact that those of us who have long listened to Olney, can’t help but well up with a few tears, knowing he’s gone.

Mint Julep – In a Deep and Dreamless Sleep (Western Vinyl, 2021) — «Keith Kenniff’s solo projects Goldmund and Helios have solid fanbases, and strong support from DSPs including over a million monthly listeners on Spotify. Created slowly over a years-long span that encompassed the recording of 2019’s Stray Fantasies, wife and husband duo Hollie and Keith Kenniff deliver In a Deep and Dreamless Sleep, a distinctly hazier chapter of their technicolor pop venture Mint Julep.

Tunnelvisions – End of Time (Atomnation, 2021) — Tunnelvisions return to their home label Atomnation for a fourth fantastic release in the last three years. This six track excursion builds on the pair’s warm, richly melodic and always hypnotic style with fantastically colourful results.

Amanda Lear — More EP (Boomlover, 2021) — C’est le retour en 2021 d’Amanda Lear avec un clip printanier qui annonce un nouvel album après l’été. Les médias viennent de recevoir More tourné aux Studios Richet de Paris. Bulles de Culture vous en dit plus sur le retour de l’ex-reine de la nuit et des scènes parisiennes.

Тhе Мidnight — Ноrrоr Shоw (Counter Records, 2021) — из врунета: «Новый альбом «Ноrrоr Shоw» американского проекта Тhе Мidnight. Тhе Мidnight — это образованный в 2012 году электронный дуэт, состоящий из Тim МсЕwаn и Туlеr Lуlе, базирующийся в Лос-Анджелесе, Калифорния. Часто помимо них самих в записи их альбомом принимают участие приглашенные музыканты, такие как саксофонист Тhоmаs Еdingеr, гитарист Jоhаnnеs Jоrgеnsеn, клавишник Маds Stоrm, вокалистка Nikki Flоrеs и многие другие. У проекта очень стильная, ретроспективная музыка, попадающая под такие определения как rеtrоwаvе и sуnthwаvе. Стоит отметить, что их стиль в настоящее время свойственен молодым калифорнийским группам, которые в своем творчестве все чаще обращаются к ретроспективе, здесь можно говорить о своеобразной тенденции или моде на такой саунд. Участники Тhе Мidnight черпают вдохновение в звуке ретро-синтезаторов и той неповторимой, футуристично-сказочной атмосфере, которая доминировала в культуре, кинематографе и, особенно, в музыке 80’х годов.»

First Aid Kit – Who By Fire [Live Tribute To Leonard Cohen] (2021) — из врунета: «Через год после смерти Леонарда Коэна дуэт First Аid Кit совместно с большим числом гостевых артистов и музыкантов дали памятное выступление, посвященное наследию знаменитого канадского певца, автора песен и поэта, и только на прошлой неделе наконец был выпущен, лайв-альбом «Whо bу Firе: Livе Тributе tо Lеоnаrd Соhеn». / First Аid Кit (в переводе с английского — аптечка первой помощи), шведский фолк-дуэт сестер Йоханны и Клары Сёдерберг. Сестры выросли в Энскеде, районе на юге Стокгольма, и начали сочинять песни в 2007 году, будучи подростками. В 2008 году благодаря загруженному на YоuТubе видео, в котором они перепели «Тigеr Моuntаin Реаsаnt Sоng» группы Flееt Fохеs, их имя быстро распространилось в Интернете, и вскоре сестры исполнили эту песню вместе с ее авторами на концерте в Голландии. Начав записываться в 2007 году, сестры отправили демо-трек «Таngеrinе» на шведскую радиостанцию. Позднее в том же году дуэт подписал контракт с лейблом Rаbid Rесоrds, чьим совладельцем является коллектив Тhе Кnifе. Их дебютный мини-альбом вышел в 2008 году в Швеции. В 2010 году вышел первый студийный альбом «Тhе Вig Вlасk & thе Вluе», за которым последовал большое концертное турне. Второй альбом «Тhе Liоn’s Rоаr» в 2012 году дебютировал на первом месте в шведском хит-параде.»

El Michels Affair – Yeti Season (Big Crown Records, 2021) — из врунета: «группа, аккомпанирующая Wu-Таng Сlаn, а также состоявшаяся, как самостоятельный коллектив, играющий в стилях афробит, фанк, соул и трип-хоп. Еl Мiсhеls Аffаir впервые заявили о себе в 2002 году синглом «Еаsу Ассеss Раrts 1 & 2», записанным на Sоul Firе Rесоrds. Запись был свободным сотрудничеством между сессионными музыкантами Sоul Firе, при участии саксофониста и органиста Леона Мичелса. Однако, звук Еl Мiсhеls Аffаir, который был позже назван «кинематографическим», появились когда Леон Мичелс и Ник Мовшон начали работать над музыкой в студийных условиях. Взяв влияния от многих жанров музыки, Мичелс и Мовшон принялись создавать новый стиль, который соединял ощущение кино-саундтреков с эстетикой раннего регги и отголосками 60’х. С тех пор Еl Мiсhеls Аffаir выпустили полное собрание инструменталов Wu-Таng Сlаn, а так же подготовили немалое количество материала для собственных альбомов.«

Son Of The Velvet Rat — Solitary Company (Fluff and Gravy, 2021) — Given the competition, being named Best Austrian Singer/Songwriter ever (I challenge you to name another) is kind of damning George Altziebler with faint praise. And while he and his wife Heike Binder have had two albums named Austrian Album of the Year, neither of them actually made the native Top 40. This isn’t meant to be a put-down, just to underline that they deserve far more than such parochial praise.

Chantal Acda — Saturday Moon (Glitterhouse Records, 2021) — I first heard Chantal Acda sing and play the early 2000’s in San Sebastian, Spain. I shared the bill that night with her group Sleeping Dog. After their set was finished and I had caught my breath, I thought of Sandy Denny and Cat Power and Van Morrison and every singer who had ever hijacked my tears and lifted me towards a light. She was that gifted, that unique and that honest and the ensuing years have only strengthened her gifts.

Anansy Cissé — Anoura (Riverboat Records, 2021) — World Music, as defined a few years back, has taken a change in direction as the internet has made music from around the globe readily available to all. Sometimes, distinct musical genres get blurred into what gets described as ‘fusion music’ – a terrible terminology. It fails to recognise the subtle difference between musicians who create their music having been influenced as opposed to inspired by the music of others. There is no question that ‘Anoura’ by Anansy Cissé is a work of inspiration with its prime influence coming from the desert blues music of West Africa.

Nils Frahm — Graz (Erased Tapes, 2021) — из врунета: «Новая сольная студийная фортепианная работа Нилса Фрама, получившая название «Grаz», выпущенная 29 марта 2021 года лейблом Еrаsеd Тареs, на котором немецкий композитор и музыкант из Гамбурга успешно издается на протяжении последних десяти лет. Нилс Оливер Фрам (родился 20 сентября 1982 года) с детства увлекался музыкой. В течение восьми лет изучал классическое фортепиано под началом Наума Бродского, поэтому его ранние композиции были предельно классическими. Сейчас он яркий представитель неоклассики, наряду с такими знаменитыми именами как Олафюр Арналдс и Анн Мюллер. Весна 2005 — Фрам сотрудничает с Арни Ремер и создает Аtеliеr Мusik Rесоrdings — независимый лейбл, который будет в дальнейшем отправной точкой для его работ, а в 2008 создает Durtоn Studiо. Сегодня же Нилс Фрам — это прежде всего композитор и продюсер, живущий и плодотворно работающий в Берлине.»

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апрельские растадабы: Alborosie — Back A Yard Dub (VP Records, 2021), Soothsayers – We Won’t Lose Hope EP (Wah Wah 45s, 2021), Stick Figure — Fire & Stone [Prince Fatty Presents] (Ruffwood Records, 2021), Gowdie Ranks — Who Fi Get Burn (VIS Records, 2021),

Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge – Gary Bartz JID006 (Jazz Is Dead, 2021) — Jazz is a conversation — an exchange of ideas between players, as well as between band and audience. Aside from pointing out, via the title’s wry joke, that the genre is very much alive, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge’s Jazz is Dead series has also revealed that jazz is a vital dialogue spanning generations and genres, and in each entry the duo’s hip-hop, funk, and soul roots engage with venerated players like Roy Ayers, Doug Carn, and Marcos Valle.

Clara Engel & Bradley Sean Alexander — Ghost Bird (Polar Seas, 2021) — Part of the growing and forward moving DIY musical community Polar Seas can be seen as a key actor when it relates to the groundbreaking minimal ambient creativity and quiet corner of modern days electronic music. Ghost Bird is the result of a compelling and original collaborative between ambient avant-folk singer Clara Engel and Bradley Sean Alexander (owner of Polar Seas).

Sunny War — Simple Syrup (Hen House Studios, 2021) — Speaking with Sunny War, her mind roves endlessly, jumping between topics, spilling out rapid fire thoughts like her wildly inventive guitar playing. The pandemic has driven many away from their creative centers, but Sunny’s been uncommonly busy. She founded a Los Angeles chapter of the nonprofit Food Not Bombs and put together a network of volunteers to distribute vegan food to the homeless. She marched for BLM in protest against police brutality and found time to cut a new album at her favorite spot, Hen House Studios in Venice Beach. Sunny’s last album brought her universal praise and a powerful Tiny Desk performance at NPR. You’d think that the next album would bring a whole suite of expectations, but Sunny shrugged these off easily. She’s motivated less by what others expect and more by her own inner muse, and she’s surrounded herself with an artistic group of friends who are constantly writing, recording, and playing music.

The Green Kingdom — Offworld Field Guide (2021) — «These pieces were all written during the «lockdown» period, and most began life as synth-based sketches as a way to get away from the guitar for a bit. As they developed into what would become a proper TGK mini-album, a sort of retro sci-fi aesthetic started to take shape. The concept of little lullabies to soundtrack an isolated life on another world seemed apropos- my hope is that they might enhance life on this one in some small way as well».

Arrica Rose & the …’s – Technicolour Blue EP (2021) — With musical influences containing such diverse names as Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Television, Edith Piaf, Joy Division and the Andrews Sisters, it should come as no surprise to find that Arrica Rose & the …’s (that’s said as the dot dot dots to the uninitiated), have produced an eclectic EP that is almost impossible to define in terms of genre or style. The PR material that accompanies Technicolour Blue describes it as “retro-tinged pop to Americana balladry to vintage rock ‘n’ roll” but more important than trying to pigeon hole it in a genre is the fact that this is a very enthralling EP.

Timecop1983 — Faded Touch (2021) — Timecop1983 has been an enormous influence on synthwave music over the past few years, following the release of his genre-defining 2018 album Night Drive. Since then, the artist has cemented himself as one of the absolute pillars of the scene. Timecop1983 (real name Jordy) has been around for a lot longer than that, however. The Dutch producer first started releasing music in 2014 with a collection of singles and two albums (Childhood Memories and Journeys), but his real first taste of success was delivered with his 2015 album, Reflections. Within it, Timecop1983 teamed up with singer Josh Dally for the first time on the timeless track Let’s Talk. After dabbling with some songs together since then, the duo has teamed up to produce their first full album together: Faded Touch.

Samba Touré – Binga (Glitterbeat Records, 2021) — The legendary Malian singer/guitarist returns with his most personal and immersive album to date. Intimately recorded with a small band, «Binga» dives deep into Samba’s Songhoy roots. Moody Sahelian atmospheres. Cautionary tales. Hopes for better days.

Saccades – Flowing Fades (Fuzz Club, 2021) — Heavy lidded and hazy, infused with gently entertaining Balearic energies, the second release under the Saccades handle by The KVB’s Nicholas Wood continues to arouse recollections of golden hours spent on the balconies of sandblasted all inclusive Mediterranean mega resorts as an intoxicated youth, knocking back illicit watered down pina coladas and flirting with the obligatory tennis and or aquarobics instructors, whilst getting down to the latest downbeat Euro disco at the tawdry discotheque in the old town. In fact the desaturated cover art even goes so far as to feature one such brutalist enclave to solidify the ennui laced sensation.

Pictured Resort, Work Drugs ‎– Pictured Resort, Work Drugs (Sailyard ‎– SLYD-018, 12″, EP, 2021) — songs from the split EP with Pictured Resort.

Bodies of Water — Is This What It’s Like (Thousand Tongues, 2021) — Beneath the vibrant instrumental though, there’s also an examination of familial connections and the intergenerational dysfunctions contained within. David Metcalf says of the track, ‘This song touches on how people you know become a primordial version of themselves with their parents, brothers, sisters; you see all the different ways genes can scramble and coalesce in different people; the same tenderness or anger is there, but moves through each of them in their own way. And you have the distance to see the connections between them that they can’t; the unique way that this unhappy family is unhappy.” Check out the song and accompanying video below and look for Is This What It’s Like February 12 on Thousand Tongues.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Dance Songs for Hard Times (Family Owned Records, 2021) — The lion’s share of the album was written by candlelight and then, with the encouragement of 4X GRAMMY-winning producer Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) recorded using the best technology available . . . in the 1950s. Powell’s suggestion was to turn back the clock and record no more than eight tracks of audio to analog tape. Minimal overdubs are heard on Dance Songs For Hard Times, and Peyton sang while playing guitar live in the studio.

Sufjan Stevens — Meditations (Asthmatic Kitty, 2021) — из врунета: «Меditаtiоns» возможно многие воспримут как аномалию в обширном каталоге Суфьяна Стивенса, однако это не аномалия и не совсем эмбиент, и не эксперимент. После многочисленных партитур для нью-йоркского балета и ряда чисто инструментальных альбомов, музыкант преподносит «Меditаtiоns» как продолжение своей работы в том же «медитативном» направлении. / Суфьян Стивенс (англ. Sufjаn Stеvеns; род. 1 июля 1975) — американский музыкант, автор-исполнитель и мультиинструменталист, имеющий литовские и греческие корни. Его дебютный альбом «А Sun Саmе» вышел в 1999 году на лейбле Аsthmаtiс Кittу, который Стивенс вместе основал со своим отчимом. Широкую известность ему принес альбом «Illinоis», достигший первого места в чарте Вillbоаrd Тор Неаtsееkеrs. Он получил номинации на премии Оскар и Грэмми за композицию «Муstеrу оf Lоvе» из фильма «Зови меня своим именем» (2017). За свою музыкальную карьеру Стивенс выпустил альбомы разных стилей: от электронного «Еnjоу Yоur Rаbbit» и лоу-фай-фолка «Sеvеn Swаns» до оркестрового «Illinоis» и рождественского «Sоngs fоr Сhristmаs» с христианскими темами.»

Taylor Deupree – Mur (Dauw, 2021) — Deupree describes the album title “as if there’s always something about my music that’s like a murmur”, resulting in a murmuring effect when pronouncing the names of each track. Mur is a personal journey through the challenging year that 2020 has been.

Jeffrey Silverstein – Torii Gates EP (Arrowhawk, 2021) — Cosmic landscapes of acoustic guitar, pedal steel and bass float like disembodied spirits in this third full-length from Portland’s Jeffrey Silverstein. As on 2020’s You Become the Mountain, which was “braced in Western swagger, but enveloped in the shimmer of the otherworldly,” Silverstein is supported by Barry Walker Jr. on pedal steel and Alex Chapman on bass.

Iron & Wine – Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee Recordings (Sub Pop, 2021) — Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Iron & Wine. A collection of songs recorded three years prior to his official Sub Pop debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002). A period before the concept of Iron & Wine existed and principal songwriter Sam Beam was studying at Florida State University with the intent of pursuing a career in film. Tallahassee documents the very first steps on a journey that would lead to a career as one of America’s most original and distinctive singer-songwriters.

Fog Lake – Tragedy Reel (Orchid Tapes, 2021)The latest collection of bedroom pop recordings from Aaron Powell arrives April 23 via Orchid Tapes

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растадабы мая: Bunny Marrett — Dub Excursion, Vol. 1 (Bunny Marrett Music, 2021), Biga Ranx — St.Soleil — Tape (Wagram Music, 2021), Danakil — Live à la Maison (Baco Records, 2021), Brain Damage meets Big Youth — Beyond the Blue (Jarring Effects, 2021), Fat Freddy’s Drop — WAIRUNGA (The Drop, 2021),

36 — Music For Isolation (Suite) [3six Recordings, 2021] — Music For Isolation (Suite) is an expanded 9-track version of the original 4-track EP, which was first released in March 2020. It has been fully remastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri and is now available as a 6-panel CD digipak, as well as the usual digital/streaming formats. All listeners who bought the original digital version here on Bandcamp have been upgraded to the expanded edition, free of charge.

Adrian Crowley – The Watchful Eye of the Stars (Chemikal Underground Records, 2021) — Since 1999, Adrian Crowley has evolved into one of Ireland’s most beguiling and acclaimed talents, scooping the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year in 2009. The Watchful Eye of the Stars is Crowley’s ninth album, and third for the esteemed Scottish record label Chemikal Underground, which first brought Arab Strap and Mogwai to the world’s attention. Crowley hails from Galway’s city of the tribes via the sun-kissed isle of Malta, and he has seriously upped the ante for this album, but he’s always been ambitious and keen to work with the best.

Dictaphone — Goats & Distortions 5 (Denovali Records, 2021) — The belgian-german band Dictaphone around mastermind Oliver Doerell returns with their fifth album named «goats & distortions 5».

Hello Meteor — Alt Current (Inspired by ‘The Outlaw Ocean’ a book by Ian Urbina) (Synesthesia Media, EP, 2021) — It’s important for projects to have a strong and rooted concept — be it visual or emotional — to start with for music to have an impact. The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is such a solid concept with infinite possibilities and inspirations. Personally I love everything and anything involving the Earth’s oceans, and I always try to make music that appeals to nostalgia, imagination and feelings. With this project, it could be the sensations of being on a ship in the water or becoming hypnotized watching the waves undulate along the coast.

Sam Goku – East Dimensional Riddims (Atomnation, 2021) — Sam Goku returns to Atomnation with a stunning debut album titled East Dimensional Riddims. The 11 track record is a journey into his hugely characterful club sound complete with ambient and subtle use of instruments from his Chinese heritage.

Tony Allen – There Is No End (Decca Records, 2021) — One of the defining characteristics of the late Tony Allen’s drumming was his capacity to switch register at a moment’s notice. His is typically a hard-swinging, syncopated groove that can be sharply interrupted by a burst of air through the hi-hats and a rattling fill on the toms, making us aware of his presence not just as a solid sideman but as a spacious soloist, too.

Son of Ohm — Reflections (Self released, 2021) — Reflections is a Berlin School sequencer album. The basic concept was repeating patterns, like a mantra. «First I recorded a couple of sequencer sessions on two track. More layers of sound were added later on. Goal was to keep the sequenced energy and make the listening experience more interesting. To make it a journey or sound meditation. As the the album progressed and recordings were done it became more clear how I wanted it to sound. I spent quite some time mixing the whole thing and giving it a cosmic feel. It took half a year for this album to mature. I even put the project on the shelf several times, only to return to it with new insight and inspiration. What a trip!»

Marissa Nadler — Instead Of Dreaming (Sacred Bones Records, 2021) — Having spent the better part of her adult life on a fairly continuous tour, American singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler found a small silver lining peeking through the darkness of this ongoing era. During this unexpected time she had the opportunity to record a collection of covers to serve as a salve of serenity and comfort. Instead of Dreaming has been recorded and produced by Marissa Nadler with an added touch of beautiful layering by multi-instrumentalist Milky Burgess.

Jex Opolis — It’s Me, Jexy (Good Timin’, 2021) -Jex Opolis, the Canadian musician and producer, returns to the LP format with a collection of nine effervescent tunes. Composed after his return to Canada after five years in NYC, Jex switches up his 80s influences and takes a left-turn into rubbery breakbeats, granular IDM and dubby sub bass; all while maintaining his celebrated melodic focus.

Hello Meteor — The Oahu GP (2021) — Become a tropical highway champion in Hello Meteor’s Oahu GP. With palm trees, the moon, and melon skies in your rear view, navigate winding switchbacks and beachside roadways with finesse and style.

Rover — Eiskeller (Cinq 7, 2021) — Rover (de son vrai nom Timothée Régnier) est enfin de retour avec un troisième album qui a pour titre Eiskeller, ce qui signifie « cave à glace » en allemand. Pourquoi ce titre, tout simplement parce que ce nouvel effort a été conçu dans les anciennes glaciaires de Saint-Gilles de Bruxelles où Rover passe le plus clair de son temps. Ces glaciaires, pour la petite histoire, était autrefois un QG de boxeurs pour leurs entraînements. C’est en allant voir un concert à Bruxelles que le songwriter français a entendu le batteur d’un groupe vanter les mérites de ce lieu improbable pour l’enregistrement d’un album, un endroit qui n’était jusqu’à présent nullement destiné à accueillir micros et instruments.

вагоновожатые — Вогнепальне (Nepriyatel Records, 2021) — Вагоновожатые записали альбом Вогнепальне. Музиканти кажуть, це нова сторінка в історії колективу, зріз напрацювань, придуманих і створених в непростий час. Реліз вийде вже скоро, а презентуватимуть альбом наживо 18 червня на ЮБК. «…Деякий надлишок часу дав нам можливість на маневр. Озирнутися назад, переглянути свої погляди, щось підправити та переробити і, врешті-решт, допрацювати. Дуже важлива робота для нас саме в цей момент світовідчуття». — розповідають музиканти. Для гурту це буде перша платівка за три роки. Останній альбом гурту, Референс, вийшов у 2018-му. Реліз тоді потрапив до нашого топу альбомів року. Вогнепальне планувався бути представленим ще наприкінці 2019. Проте тоді у Вагоновожатых було всього кілька готових пісень. Музиканти почали займатись новим альбомом на початку минулого року, проте робота затягнулась на рік. Однак учасники гурту називають цей період найпродуктивнішим за історію проєкту.

Lambchop — Showtunes (Merge Records, 2021) — Few bands make it to their 14th album, and fewer still make it without becoming parodies of themselves, or at least retreating into the pipe-and-slippers familiarity of self-repetition. All of which makes Showtunes, the 14th from Lambchop, even more impressive – here is a restless, dense, audacious and genuinely experimental record that, despite sounding not quite like anything the band have made before, nonetheless retains their personality and wit, retooled for another reinvention.

Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime (Matador Records, 2021) — If it were up to Mdou Moctar, the fiery, psychedelic rock music that has made him one of the most respected guitarists working today would be kept far away from professional recording studios. “With all due respect to all engineers,” the Tuareg virtuoso recently confessed to Reverb, “I find it much too square.” Late last year, the Nigerien musician gathered his bandmates outside a friend’s house in Niamey to test out material from Afrique Victime in a more comfortable environment. In the open air, the quartet quickly attracted an audience: adults dancing, children air-drumming, and others just watching in awe as Moctar’s songs ascended and burst in the desert sky like fireworks.

Ducktails — Ramapo River Anthology (2021) — This is a compilation of unreleased tracks recorded mostly in the Ramapo River Reserve in Oakland, New Jersey 2019-2021

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растадабы июня: Chezidek — Hello Africa: Vinyl Cut (Tad’s Record Inc., 2021), Alborosie — For The Culture (VP Records, 2021), Ras Teo — Celestial Rockers (Zion High Productions, 2021), Morgan Heritage — Legacy (CTBC Music Group, 2021), Sugar Soul — Excursions in Soul Reggae Funk & Dub (Gee Recordings, 2021),Takana Zion — Human Supermacy (Soulbeats Records, 2021), Black Roots — Nothing In The Larder (Nubian Records, 2021), Zenzile — Can’t Blame the Youth (Irie Ites Records, 2021), Soul Sugar — Excursions In Soul Reggae Funk and Dub (Gee, 2021), Bost & Bim — Warrior Brass (The Bombist, 2021), Nello B & Radikal Vibration — Great Tribulation (Evidence Music, 2021),

João Donato / Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad ‎– Jazz Is Dead 7 (Jazz Is Dead, 2021) — Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he inhabits. A sampling of some of his more descriptive song titles suggests Donato’s comfort with musical hybrids: ‘Bluchanga,’ ‘Sambolero,’ and ‘Sambongo,’ to name just a few. Lacking a name for his style of music, Donato’s is a distinct sound, immediately recognizable from the first few bars of any of his compositions. He was funky back when “funk” was a bad word (listen to either of his ’60s Brazilian LPs for proof). His compositions are deceptively simple, while his arrangements are harmonically complex, resulting in songs that are seemingly childlike, yet reveal their intricate details upon repeat listening.

Chris Eckman – Where The Spirit Rests (Glitterhouse Records, 2021) — The fifth solo album from Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic, Distance, Light & Sky) is a deep dive into the vagaries of extraordinary times. Eckman’s luminous songwriting navigates loss, disorientation, redemption and the search for home. Recorded raw and direct with a small ensemble, the record is framed by expansive sonic textures: treated strings, analogue synth drones and ambient guitars. Where the Spirit Rests was co-produced with British electronic composer Alastair McNeill (Roísín Murphy, Yila) and includes an inspired cast of collaborators: pedal steel maverick Chuck Johnson, avant-garde violinist Catherine Graindorge, Dream Syndicate/Green on Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas, Seattle pedal steelist Jon Hyde (Karl Blau, Laura Viers) and Eckman’s long time Ljubljana-based rhythm section of Žiga Golob (upright bass) and Blaž Celarec (drums).

Crowded House — Dreamers Are Waiting (EMI Music Australia, 2021) — is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band Crowded House, released on 4 June 2021 through EMI Music Australia. It is their first studio album since 2010’s Intriguer, with the band reuniting with producer Mitchell Froom, who is now also the band’s keyboardist, for the first time since Woodface (1991). It is also Crowded House’s first album with Neil Finn‘s sons Liam and Elroy as members of the group.

Parva Karkhaneh — Shabe Lajevardi (Qame Feraq, 2021) — is a painter from Tehran. These songs were written as an audio accompaniment for her recent exhibition of the same name.

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog-Hope (Yellowbird, 2021) — When these recording sessions began in the last week of May 2020, I hadn’t left my house to go anywhere other than the grocery store in over two months. I hadn’t taken a cab or subway. I’d lost several friends to COVID-19, and was afraid I’d also lose more thanks to the non-response of our would-be dictator/“president”, whose deliberate embrace of untruth fed tens of thousands of lives to the pandemic, and also reduced what little hope was left for avoiding global warming catastrophe. I hadn’t seen my partner since February (our plans to fly to each other’s countries shut down) and it would be July before we finally got together. Our difficulties were nothing compared with others. When me and fellow Ceramic Dogs Ches and Shahzad figured out a way to record, we entered the studio separately, sat in separate, isolated rooms from which we couldn’t see each other, communicating through mics and headphones. We were careful to wash our hands: one of us has respiratory issues, so fuck-ups could’ve been bad. We wound up with two record’s worth of material, some released on Bandcamp in October on the EP What I Did on My Long Vacation, and the majority of the music here on this full CD-length recording.

Mndsgn – Rare Pleasure (Stones Throw Records, 2021) — is Mndsgn’s third album to be released on Stones Throw Records. Following 2016’s Body Wash, this album truly shows the artist’s evolution from his roots as a heralded beatmaker to vocalist, songwriter and arranger. Though he began writing for the album in 2018, the final recordings took just a week in studio with the help of trusted collaborators: Swarvy on bass, guitar and as Musical Director for the sessions, Stones Throw label mate Kiefer Shackelford on keys, drum work by Will Logan, the blessed percussion of Carlos Niño, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, and accompanying vocals from Fousheé and Anna Wise.

Marvel83′ — Atlantis (Marvelous 1983 Records, 2021) — Synthwave // Retro Wave // 80s marvel83.bandcamp.com

Misophone – And So Sinks the Sun On a Burning Sea (Another Record, 2021) — If And So Sinks the Sun on a Burning Sea were a film and not an 11-track compilation selected from over a decade of albums by British band Misophone, the one that comes first to mind could well be a Buster Keaton comedy.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich — To Carry A Whale (‎Dirty Hit, 2021) — ‘To Carry A Whale’ was recorded across a four-month period last year in Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s Tottenham home, in Urchin Studios in Hackney, in a hotel room in Niagara, and in a Southend studio owned by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) — who produced much of the record, sharing production duties with Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith) The album is the first by Leftwich written and recorded entirely sober, a state he has maintained since spending 28 days in rehab in January 2018.

Kings Of Convenience – Peace Or Love (Virgin Records, 2021) — After a 12-year hiatus, the Norwegian duo returns with an especially airbrushed take on easy-listening pop. At their best, the Kings sound deceptively effortless, but the facade is sometimes too smooth.

Federico Durand — Herbario (laaps, 2021) — «Herbario is the Spanish name given to a collection of dried plants and flowers preserved in an album. The collector usually writes with pencil the name of the herb, the place and date of collection, thoughts, and the habitat where the plant was collected from. I live in a place surrounded by mountains and wild gardens which are, to me, a source of inexhaustible beauty. Through them I feel the passage of time: an ancient, circular temporality that follows the course of seasons, dialogues with the dark stillness of the mountain and the moon calendar. Each musical piece of Herbario has the name of my favourite flowers and trees. Through a year of uncertainty, from March 2020 to March 2021, I composed this album in the same way a botanist would have proceeded: collecting and preserving simple, broken and hypnotic melodies.»

The Green Kingdom — Empyrean (Dronarivm, 2021) — is the third in a trilogy of albums on Dronarivm. Whereas Expanses might be evocative of vast landscapes and Harbor the feeling of floating on gentle waves, Empyrean seeks to transcend the Earthly realm altogether. The album differs slightly from the previous two in that piano plays a larger role in many of the tracks, bringing an ethereal modern classical feel to the Green Kingdom sound at times. Although the mood ranges from pensive to lighter pieces, the intent was to provide soundscapes that elevate one’s midstate to the clouds above.

Azure Ray – Remedy (Flower Moon Records, 2021) — Azure Ray has announced that they will be releasing their first album in 10 years, Remedy, on June 11th via Flower Moon Records. The much-anticipated LP is a follow-up to their debut album released in 2001 and will feature 10 songs, including the album’s title track, which was released today as well. It will also be released in CD and vinyl format. The vinyl will come in three color variants with a special illustrated lyric booklet, plus limited edition bundles featuring a custom-blended “Remedy” essential oil roller.

William Fitzsimmons – Ready The Astronaut (Nettwerk Records, 2021) — Over the course of his career, William Fitzsimmons has made his living writing a specific brand of honest and inward-looking folk songs that fearlessly and candidly examine the evolving self while dexterously communicating his talent for robust melodies and catchy instrumentation. That the subject matter tends to dwell on the darker parts of human existence and relationships is no coincidence. Now, Fitzsimmons is set to release Ready the Astronaut (out June 25 via Nettwerk Records) as a powerful testament to his own past, and by weaving his story through the familiar tale of Icarus, he illustrates his willingness to accept his life’s highs and lows by paying tribute to the influence they have on the future.

Matthew Dear – Preacher’s Sigh & Potion: Lost Album (Ghostly International, 2021) — After Matthew Dear switched from the finely tuned indie-crossover minimal techno of his early releases to the knotty avant-pop of 2007’s Asa Breed, which ended with a few acoustic guitar-driven tracks, he began working on other songs that prominently featured looped guitars and other organic instruments. Ultimately, he de-emphasized guitars on 2010’s ambitious, Bowie-esque Black City, which ended up being one of his most acclaimed albums. A decade later, he revisited the rootsy direction he didn’t fully explore at the end of the 2000s, and released some of this material as Preacher’s Sigh & Potion: Lost Album.

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растадабы июля: Buju Banton — Feel The Love (UMG Recordings, 2021), Julian Asher — Haile Abeba Sound (Yutman Records, 2021), U-Roy — Solid Gold (BMG, 2021), Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Antidote (Scotch Bonnet Records, 2021),

Pickle Darling – Cosmonaut (Pickle Darling, 2021) — Since their 2017 debut EP Spring Onion Pancakes, the New Zealand-based Pickle Darling has issued a steady stream of bedroom pop albums distinguished by their lullaby vocals and pastel-colored aesthetics. On their latest effort, Cosmonaut, Pickle Darling looks to the sky, exploring outer space and elevating their songwriting prowess with a rounded-out sound and lyrics that combine specific moments with broader existential feelings.

Аll Indiа Rаdiо — Afterworld (Spectra, 2021), Аll Indiа Rаdiо — The Underworld (Spectra, 2021) — Afterworld was written and recorded during Australia’s coronavirus lockdown. It was a chance to do something different and take some risks. I wanted to create something with a bit more depth than my previous album, Eternal, which, in the spirit of fun, was thrown together quick and dirty. With Afterworld, I wanted to slow things down, breathe in the air, let the guest artists do their thing without interference and hopefully create some music that moves people. I hope I’ve succeeded.  \ The Underworld is an album of outtakes, remixes and demos from my album Afterworld.

Timber Timbre – I Am Coming To Paris [EP] (2021), Timber Timbre – Dissociation Tapes, Volume 1 [EP] (2021) — две последние работы давно молчавших канадских сад-фолкеров.

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp — We’re OK. But We’re Lost Anyway. НОВИНКИ We’re OK. But We’re Lost Anyway. (Bongo Joe, 2021) — из врунета: » — альбом швейцарского коллектива из Женевы, основанного в 2006-м году Винсентом Бертоле, известным как половина дуэта Нуреrсultе. Оrсhеstrе Тоut Рuissаnt Маrсеl Duсhаmр представляет собой масштабный проект, позиционирующий себя как настоящий оркестр. Их состав со временем менялся и рос и теперь колеблется от 12-и до 14-и человек. Группа отметилась выступлениями на многих престижных европейских фестивалях. Их жанр одним словом не определить — это смесь пост-панка, джаза, краут-рока и авангарда — «трансцендентная, почти ритуальная музыка».»

David Kitt – 20 (2419559 Records DK2, 2021) — 2021 has already been a busy year for David Kitt with an album release as Sansbut with free jazz saxophonist Catherine Sikora and producing and composing music for Cornaleena, a film featuring writer Kevin Barry, composer Jennifer Walshe and legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara amongst many other esteemed artists.

Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi – Churning of the Ocean (TROST Records, 2021) — Extended instrumental tracks from the nocturnal studio session of director and musician Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Balázs Pándi (Keiji Haino, Venetian Snares, Merzbow) and producer Marc Urselli (John Zorn, Mike Patton, Laurie Anderson a.o). The album sounds as if four long-time friends got together on a rainy afternoon for a joyous yet melancholy jam session. Like its predecessor, Churning of the Ocean was recorded live in the studio without overdubs. Some of these pieces venture off into free improvisation, while others maintain a loose structure. The dual guitar approach of Ranaldo and Jarmusch is in no hurry to get anywhere and takes plenty of diversions. Often, one of these two is generating textures and soundscapes while the other plays chords and brief solos, manipulates feedback, or provides further texture. The rhythm section is deliberate without being plodding, kept active by Pandi’s relentless explorations. Urselli’s bass contributions are subdued, while his laptop effects merge well with the group’s noisemaking.

Milio — Ave (Atomnation, Single, 2021) — Before Milio releases his much-anticipated debut solo album on Atomnation later in the year, the Dutch artist serves up three superb tracks. Emiel van den Dungen’s debut EP came on Atomnation in 2020 and was the first music he released solo while still working on the successful Tunnelvisions collaboration. As a solo artist, he is someone who spends hours in his basement studio, live jamming on synths until tracks start to appear. He often invites friends and crowds to join in, which means dancing breaks out and expressive new music frequently reveals itself. Some of these magical sessions have given rise to the three new tracks on this new EP. They all continue to explore Milio’s artful house sound, where lush synths and emotive chord structures are layered up to perfection.

Stella West — Little Black Book With My Poems In (Independent, 2021) — The much anticipated concept album by Stella West. The Spaghetti Western movie album is Stella’s first album and is a story about love, loss and revenge.

Ducktails – Impressions (New Images Limited, 2021) — In April of 2021 Ducktails released two new singles from his forthcoming album Impressions to be released this summer 2021 on his own label New Images. Impression / Only a Fool embody Ducktails signature sound but are strengthened by a new level of sophisticated songwriting and refined production. Impressions his forthcoming album was recorded entirely in Athens, Greece during the coronavirus pandemic and features contributions from Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Yani Martinelli and production by Sergio Voudris.

Song of Salmon — Song of Salmon (Records DK, 2021) — 9 songs loosely following the salmon cycle through a mythological lens — technically my first true concept album. It had to happen eventually, might as well be self-referential. Anyway, I hope you come to share my love for the little guys if you don’t already.

Rodrigo Amarante – Drama (Polyvinyl Records, 2021) — Since releasing the sublime Cavalo in 2014, Brazilian singer/songwriter Rodrigo Amarante has earned some well-deserved North American hype thanks to the evocative “Tuyo,” which he wrote as the theme song for Netflix’s drug cartel drama Narcos. A creaky, string-decorated bolero sung in Spanish, it’s a typically eclectic offering from an artist who is hard to pin down. Weaving and winding through an array of beguiling rhythms, languages, and tones, Amarante’s second album, Drama, moves between flair and subtlety with a casual grace that feels timeless.

Luca Nieri — Etrurian Shades (Wonderfulsound, 2021) — Luca Nieri returns with his 5th record and 2nd instrumental outing. A lighter shade than 2018’s Alchemy, Etrurian Shades takes us back to Nieri’s love of instrumental music, weaving in and out from underneath the shadows, Luca creates a rhythmical journey through Milton and Robert Graves’ White Goddess, leaving us stranded by the trees of Vallombrosa to the sound of the black sleep, unwinding into a wine like chalice of twilight song.

Molly Burch — Took A Minute (Captured Tracks, 2021) — a perfectly bouncy bop to blast all summer long. The single is accompanied by a gorgeous video featuring drag queen Cynthia Lee Fontaine of RuPaul’s Drag Race Fame.

Molly Burch – Romantic Images (Captured Tracks, 2021) — It won’t take long for fans of singer/songwriter Molly Burch to realize she has changed direction, somewhat radically, on her third set of originals. From the glamour shot cover featuring the singer/songwriter’s glittering blond hair in a bright fresh do, to the slick production courtesy of her new best friends in the band Tennis, Burch aims for a larger crossover audience with an album that fits into whatever “pop” music means these days.

Teller machine — teller machine (teller machine, 2021) — акустический сэд-кор от нового проекта австралийца Даррена Джи Мэтьюза.

Edgar Hurley — The Blame Needs A Place (4000 Records, 2021) — Under the Edgar Hurley moniker, Jordan Wearn creates delicate yet complex compositions elevated by a lyrically-driven delivery with an unassuming, intimate landing.

Low Roar – Maybe Tomorrow… (Tonequake Records, 2021) — изврунета: «пятый студийник исландского проекта Lоw Rоаr, начавшего своё существование в 2011-м году. В нём за главного американский (иммигрант, променявший США на солнечную Исландию) рок-музыкант и автор песен Райан Каразия, который родом из Сан-Франциско, но живёт в Рейкьявике. Интерес к Lоw Rоаr был подстёгнут тем, что ряд их песен звучит в игре Dеаth Strаnding, что сильно прибавило популярности проекту. Саунд Lоw Rоаr характерен соединением влияний инди-рока, инди-фолка и музыки эмбиент, то есть сочетанием акустики и электроники — что-то среднее между Sigur Rоs и ранними Rаdiоhеаd.»

Tangents — Timeslips & Chimeras (Temporary Residence Ltd., 2021) — Australian improvising ensemble Tangents return with a ‘twin’ release that sees 2020’s Timeslips complemented with a second album, Chimeras. The Timeslips tracks, which were released in digital-only form under the subdued circumstances of the first COVID wave, are remastered and reissued in the newly merged Timeslips & Chimeras package, receiving a full release on 2xLP, CD, and all digital platforms. Timeslips & Chimeras marks the third Tangents release issued through the iconic Brooklyn label Temporary Residence Ltd. (home to Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, MONO, William Basinski and more).

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растадабы августа: The Archives — Carry Me Home Dub: A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson (I Grade Dub Mixes) (Montserrat House, 2021), Pachyman — The Return of… (ATO Records, 2021), El Michels Affair meets Liam Bailey — Ekundayo Inversions (Big Crown Records, 2021),

Cemento Atlantico — Rotte Interrotte (Bronson Recordings, 2021) — Cemento Atlantico, is the first recording project by the Italian dj/producer Alessandro «ToffoloMuzik» Zoffoli, conceived between 2020 and 2021, in an orphaned silence from wandering and social sharing due to the lockdown in this Pandemic era. The album “Rotte Interrotte” was born from the need to translate the travel experiences of recent years into music: Morocco, Vietnam, Peru, Cambodia, Colombia, India, Guatemala, Myanmar. At the edge of the world. The sound that fills everyday life is often seen as a foregone background, in reality all its connotations can be explored and ordered to create a melody. Without a shadow of a doubt, the threshold of auditory attention rises by being sent, immersed in cultures. and countries other than your own. Among those coordinates, Cemento Atlantico has kidnapped Fragments and Samples from nature, history, road and sacred places.

Khruangbin – Mordechai Remixes (Dead Oceans, 2021) — из врунета: «Выпущенный 6 августа 2021 года, альбом ремиксов «Моrdесhаi Rеmiхеs» от замечательного техасского трио Кhruаngbin. / Кhruаngbin — самобытная американская группа из Хьюстона. Название группы в переводе с тайского языка на английский буквально означает «Еnginе Flу» — одно из названий тайского фанка 60’х годов. Это дань уважения данному стилю, который и вдохновил формирование группы. Этот стиль характеризуется психоделическим саундом с влиянием серф-рока и лоу-фая. Трио Кhruаngbin состоит из Лауры Ли на басу, Марка Шпеера на гитаре и Дональда «DJ» Джонсона на барабанах. Их фаворитами всегда были раритетные тайские кассеты 60’х и 70’х годов. Последние несколько лет группа провела в многочисленных турне по Европе и США. Они с успехом выступали на Гластонбери и десятках других крупных фестивалях, а также открывали новый однодневный фестиваль Маssivе Аttасk в Бристоле.»

Brian Jackson, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge – JID008 (Jazz Is Dead, 2021) — Most of us have heard Brian Jackson’s music even though his name has somehow been obscured by the big shadow cast by his musical partner, the late Gil Scott-Heron. Pick up your vinyl copy of “Winter in America” and you’ll find Jackson’s name following Scott-Heron’s in an equally prominent typeface. That was the first album of eight in the period stretching from 1974 through ’80s when Jackson was the writing partner, keyboardist, arranger, and bandleader for their Midnight Band. Although Jackson has kept a low profile since, especially in the past two decades, Jazz Is Dead 008 proves that his chops are still in fine working order.

Fred und Luna — Im Remix (incl. remixes by Mathew Jonson Peter Kruder In Flagranti Dodi Palese Mennert meets StriCt) [2021] — The two mannequins from Karlsruhe have invited renowned guests to a night of the round vinyl: Peter Kruder is equipped with an exquisite Viennese Downtempo version of the Fred und Luna hit “People Mambo”. Mathew Jonson comes with a wunderbar groovy and jazzy remix of “Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten/Das Ist Halt So.“

Hello Meteor — We Lose Time (Evergreen Prefecture, 2021) — 𝐴𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝘩𝑎𝑙𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑜𝑜𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑔𝘩𝑡, 𝑎𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑟 𝘩𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑢𝑛𝑐𝘩𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑑. ©𝐻𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑜 𝑀𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑃𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒.

The Green Kingdom — Empyrean (Dronarivm, 2021) — is the third in a trilogy of albums on Dronarivm. Whereas Expanses might be evocative of vast landscapes and Harbor the feeling of floating on gentle waves, Empyrean seeks to transcend the Earthly realm altogether. The album differs slightly from the previous two in that piano plays a larger role in many of the tracks, bringing an ethereal modern classical feel to the Green Kingdom sound at times. Although the mood ranges from pensive to lighter pieces, the intent was to provide soundscapes that elevate one’s mindstate to the clouds above.

Clara Engel — Dressed in Borrowed Light (2021) — This is my second collection of songs written and recorded at home during the pandemic, in the winter and early spring of 2021. Some works that affected me deeply while I was working on this album were «The Babushkas of Chernobyl» by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart, the novels of George Eliot, «The Departure» by Lana Wilson, and the Zen poetry of Ryōkan.

Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson – Refuge (Dead Oceans, 2021) — Longtime friends and collaborators Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson bonded early on over similar experiences in early childhood with parents who dabbled with new age subcultures. This meant early exposure to concepts like health food and alternative spirituality, but also to the meditative sounds of ’80s new age artists. The two musicians had long discussed their shared love of this particular sect of ambient music, and toyed with the idea of making an album that would sound at home on Windham Hill’s mid-’80s roster.

Caveman – Smash (Fortune Tellers Music, 2021) — Long-running NYC band Caveman are back with Smash, their first album in five years, that will be out July 16 via Fortune Tellers, the label run by Peter Matthew Bauer (ex Walkmen). Much of the album written after the death of frontman Matthew Iwanusa’s cousin, and her nickname «Smash» became the title of the album and the inspiration behind it.

Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Dissent: Chapter 1-10 (Modern Recordings, 2021) — More than five years on from their last release Moritz Von Oswald convenes a new version of his Trio. He’s now joined by electronic explorer Laurel Halo and renowned jazz drummer Heinrich Köbberling. They set out onto the abstract terrain beyond minimal techno, jazz, and avant-ambient electronics. It’s all changing skies and shifting sands. It doesn’t hook or repel; it absorbs, waiting for you to sink in to it. This is music as sound field, more cerebral than physical, a space for your mind to wander. Edited down from Berlin sessions in late 2020, Dissent still runs an hour and a quarter, von Oswald always did like to stretch right on out.

Damon & Naomi (with Michio Kurihara) – A Sky Record (20/20/20, 2021) — из врунета: «Дэймон и Наоми (Dаmоn & Nаоmi) — созданный в 1991 году бывшими участниками группы Gаlахiе 500, Дэймоном Круковски (Dаmоn Кrukоwski) и Наоми Янг (Nаоmi Yаng), американской музыкальный дуэт, исполняющий дрим-поп с элементами инди-фолка и слоукора. В самом начале 90’х годов, после того, как группа Gаlахiе 500 завершила тур по США в поддержку Тhе Сосtеаu Тwins, гитарист и вокалист Дин Уэрхэм покинул состав, что привело к отмене предстоящего тура. Одновременно с этим Дэймон и Наоми записали несколько треков, которые были изданы в Великобритании компанией Rоugh Тrаdе. Оба участника дуэта пытались найти себя в других группах, одновременно продолжая играть и записываться вместе. К концу 90’х стало понятно, что дуэт готов перейти к живым выступлениям, хотя им недоставало ритм-секции. Однако, как бы то ни было, творчество Dаmоn & Nаоmi нашло свою аудиторию в разных странах, особенно в Японии. Сегодня дискография дуэта насчитывает более десяти альбомов.»

Tara Jane O’Neil — Dispatches From The Drift (Orindal Records, 2021) — Typically I use voice memos or computer programs to catch ideas and work out the really sticky ones. These pieces were recorded on iPhone or the computer program I use to monitor when I had the presence to press record. They were promptly forgotten. These are not sketches of ideas that may be revisited, these sounds were not looking for a form or seeking to be known. These are complete, traveling pieces that resolve or simply end. At the end of the dismal and seismic year called 2020, I found these improvisations on my phone or my hard drive while looking for those typical fragments of inspiration I could use to make into something else through the ordinary alchemical process of making songs.

Homeshake (a.k.a. Peter Sagar) — I Know I Know I Know (Sinderlyn, 2021) — Last month, Homeshake — a.k.a. Toronto’s Peter Sagar — announced plans for his fifth studio album, Under the Weather. We’re now getting another glimpse of what’s to come from the record with a new single titled «I Know I Know I Know.» The track is accompanied by its own animated video from Brain Dead Studios, with choreography by Azuki Umeda and direction by Keith Rankin and Ellen Thomas.

Malcolm Holcombe – Tricks of the Trade (Gypsy Eyes Music, 2021) — Malcolm Holcombe is nothing if not prolific. Sixteen albums since the mid-90s and six in the last six years suggests Holcombe is a man with lots to write about and a man in a hurry to share it. Shrugging off serious health issues and the not-insignificant pain in the backside for all working musicians of a piffling little pandemic, Holcombe’s latest offering finds the gruff-voiced troubadour in fine musical fettle.

Fink – IIUII (R’COUP’D, 2021) — из врунета: «Fink, у которого за плечами более десяти альбомов, представляет акустическую ретроспективную коллекцию под названием «IIUII», в которую он включил полностью перепетые и перезаписанные в акустике песни разных лет, отойдя от привычного ему электронного звучания и раскрыв свое творчество с иной стороны. / Fink (настоящее имя — Фин Гринолл) — автор песен, продюсер, музыкант и ди-джей из английского города Брайтона. Его первый альбом, «Frеsh Рrоduсе», появился на свет в 2001 году на Ninjа Тunе и полностью соответствовал канонам лейбла, представляя собой добротный dоwntеmро образца начала века. Признание широкой аудитории пришло к Фину в 2006 году, вместе с выходом его второго альбома «Вisсuits Fоr Вrеаkfаst», благодаря своему новому, уникальному стилю выделившего музыканта из плеяды себе подобных. Сегодняшний стиль Fink’а — коктейль из классического блюзового вокала, современной электроники, элементов трип-хопа, фолка и инди. Несмотря на то, что в последнее время музыка Fink’а приближена скорее к року, чем к электронике, он продолжает заниматься ди-джеингом под псевдонимом SidеShоw на Will Sаul’s Simрlе Rесоrds, где имеет контракт на шесть альбомов.»

Angus And Julia Stone – Life Is Strange (Angus & Julia Stone Pty, 2021) — The album was made over the past few years, when Angus and Julia weren’t focusing on their own solo work. The music was recorded in a number of locations including Angus’ farm, Colorado and Neil Finn’s studio in Auckland.

Angel Olsen – Aisles EP (Jagjaguwar, 2021) — In August 2020, amid the struggles of lockdown and getting to grips with live-streamed performance, Angel Olsen decided to record covers of songs from the ’80s. Made alongside engineer and producer Adam McDaniel, the resulting EP was part of an effort for Olsen to bring joy back to making music – a need, she says, to “laugh and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in general.”

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сентябрьские растадабы: Ibson Daone — Maam Booy (DDE RECORDS LTD, 2021), Danakil — Rien ne se tait (Baco Records, 2021), Sly & Robbie, Roots Radics — Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics: The Dub Battle (DubShot Records, 2021), Tryo — Chants de bataille (Self Released, 2021), Meta and the Cornerstones — Dia (VPAL Music, 2021), Don Letts — Late Night Tales presents Version Excursion selected by Don Letts (Easy Star Records, 2021), Cali P, Teka — Vizion (LowLow Records, 2021), SOJA — Beauty In The Silence (ATO Records, 2021), Errol Brown & The Revolutionaries — Tip Top Dub (Doctor Bird, 2CD, 2021), Pyrotechnist — Fire Crackers (Badasonic Records, 2021), Lee Scratch Perry — My Name Is Pipecock Jackxon (Jam Ra Records, 2021)

Roosevelt – Polydans (Midnight Versions) [EP] (City Slang, 2021) — Roosevelt channels disco’s dazzling energy in the new ‘Midnight Versions’ club takes off his excellent third album ‘Polydans’. The EP opens with the shimmering strings of the renowned Kaiser Quartet before whirling into a delirious and colourful dance-floor euphoria.

H-Burns – Burns On The Wire (M2L Music, 2021) — de son vrai nom Renaud Brustlein est un auteur-compositeur-interprète français de rock et de folk originaire de Romans-sur-Isère.

Sean Nicholas Savage – SNS Please Thrill Me Demo Script (2021), Sean Nicholas Savage – SNS Demos Vol. 1 (2021), Sean Nicholas Savage – SNS Demos Vol. 2 (2021)Website

CHVRCHES – Screen Violence (Glassnote Records, 2021) — The best dance music is the kind that simultaneously gets you moving and breaks your heart. Some of the greatest club songs have infectious beats, innovative production, but more importantly, meaningful lyrics, and passionate performances. There’s nothing greater than a heartbreaking dance ballad, where the euphoric crescendo feels earned.

F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm — 2X1=4 (‎LEITER Verlag, 2021) — из врунета: «Ветеран немецкого андеграунда F.S.Blumm и его именитый коллега Нильс Фрам продолжают добрые традиции совместной работы. Исходной точкой “2X1=4” стала пульсация даба, с которым каждый из музыкантов знаком не понаслышке: за плечами у первого сотрудничество с Ли «Скрэтчем» Перри, а второй использовал дабовые техники на недавнем LP “All Melody”. Сама запись прошла ещё 5 лет назад — несколько лет спустя дуэт взялся за пост-обработку на новой студии Фрама в легендарном берлинском Funkhaus. Свежий альбом — результат неторопливого и вдумчивого диалога двух пытливых творческих умов.»

Web Web x Max Herre – WEB MAX (Compost, 2021) — In a niche of jazz that first blossomed in the ’70s, spiritualness and soulfulness were melded to create music that arrested the attention of dreamers and toe-tappers alike. The Munich quartet Web Web has mined that vintage era of spiritual jazz and shaded it with vocals, bop, and hip-hop over the course of three albums and a recent pair of remix albums. With WEB MAX, they’ve added Max Herre who is perhaps best known as a rapper, but the composer, musician, and producer, who is responsible for various keyboards, electronics, and production on the record, is crucial to its overall ambiance.

Marianne Faithfull – Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years (BMG, 2021) — Instantly recognizable with her raw, varied vocal talents and tangible charisma, Marianne Faithfull has been a long-time friend of the Montreux Jazz Festival, appearing five times over a nearly 15-year period: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2009.

Keaton Henson – Fragments EP (Play It Again Sam, 2021) — Keaton Henson has just shared his new single ‘No Love Lost’, taken from his upcoming Fragments EP which is set for release 27 August. Fragments is the companion EP to last year’s Monument album. ‘No Love Lost’ is the second track to be released from the upcoming release.

Gorillaz – Meanwhile [EP] (Parlophone, 2021) — Gorillaz has released a brand new EP out of the blue entitled Meanwhile. The short three-track project features all new songs, namely “Déjà Vu” with Alicaì Harley, “Jimmy Jimmy” with AJ Tracey and “Meanwhile” with Jelani Blackman and Barrington Levy. All of the songs were debuted live during their show at London’s O2 Arena earlier this August, with the EP serving as a celebration of Carnival and West London.

Anansy Cissé – Anoura (Riverboat Records, 2021) — In 2018, Anansy Cissé and his group were en route to play a peace festival in his hometown of Diré, in the Timbuktu region of Mali, when they were stopped by an armed gang, held captive and their instruments smashed. Cissé, a gifted guitarist whose debut album, Mali Overdrive, had made waves, was devastated: what was the point of singing about love and peace, he wondered, in a war-torn country like his? Cissé retreated to his home studio to record artists from the country’s young hip-hop scene.

Field Works – Maples, Ash, and Oaks: Cedars Instrumentals (Temporary Residence Ltd., 2021) — album Cedars was a song cycle about forests and humanity’s relationship with nature, featuring poetry in Arabic and English over organic compositions played on instruments such as pedal steel, oud, and hurdy-gurdy. Maples, Ash, and Oaks is Cedars‘ instrumental companion, but it isn’t merely the same album with the vocals removed. Instead, the tracks are rebuilt, with Julien Marchal contributing piano to a gentle layer of birdsong calling in the background, recorded by Harrison Ridley in the Welsh countryside. On this release, the song titles are all in English, and the track listing is arranged to form a poem about the fleeting nature of the experience of walking through a forest.

Eyedress – Mulholland Drive (Lex Records Ltd., 2021) — After witnessing him drop 3 full-length releases in as many years, anyone who’s aware of Filipino singer-songwriter Idris Vicuña may know more or less what to expect from his next album. Whilst his trademark stamp on lounge-y lo-fi bedroom pop continues to tick enough boxes to keep turning heads, his music’s tendency to rehash the same scuzzy, washed-out quirks has rarely managed to satisfy much beyond mild interest. But Eyedress seems determined to hang in there. Always wallpaper than showstopper, he still manages to sound as if he’s on the cusp of what could be his unlikely masterpiece. His new record Mulholland Drive may not quite be that, but it suggests that he might just be heading in the right direction.

Evan Wright – Sound from Out the Window (Solitaire Recordings Inc., 2021) — Multi-instrumentalist Evan Wright brings us his new album Sound from Out the Window a filmic collection of psychedelic, country flavoured indie songs which revel in intimacy. The dreamlike album was self-recorded, produced and mixed between his apartment in New York pre Covid and his parents’ barn in New Jersey during quarantine.

Trigg & Gusset — Black Ocean (Trigg & Gusset Music, 2021) — composed, arranged and produced by bart knol & erik van geer except track 3 written by jimi hellinga & bart knol. Tags experimental lounge ambient jazz chill out acoustic ambient ambient jazz contemporary composition dark free jazz experimental free jazz free jazz ambient instrumental modern classical nu-jazz nujazz piano.

Son of Chi & Radboud Mens – AI-25: The Transition Recordings (Astral Industries, 2021) — As one chapter closes, another opens. Following the passing of group member J.Derwort in 2019, Hanyo van Oosterom’s legacy work brings about the next evolution of the Chi project: Son of Chi. AI-25 sees subtle developments in the sound and expansion of tonal vocabulary, whilst retaining the organic instrumentation and rapturous dreamtime narratives.

David Douglas — Escapism (Atomnation, 2021) — Atomnation’s 90th release is to be an album from long time associate David Douglas. He first appeared on the label in 2012 and now Escapism is a triumphant return across 10 tracks of deeply melodic and melancholic electronic music, with artwork by Menno Fokma.

Homeshake – Under the Weather (2021) — Peter Sagar’s music as Homeshake has always reflected themes of isolation and loneliness, and his fifth album is no different. Written primarily in 2019 but appearing deep into the COVID-19 pandemic, its contents are relevant for the era but would’ve been more or less the same either way.

Yagya – Always Maybe Tomorrow (Small Plastic Animals, 2021) — After the 2020 release of Old Dreams And Memories, Icelandic dub techno linchpin Yagya returns for a second release on his emergent label, Small Plastic Animals. This latest venture marks a new chapter in the artist’s accomplished career, having released on Delsin, Subwax BCN and A Strangely Isolated Place as well as forming a core part of the Thule collective alongside his partner in Sanasol, Thor. As those associations ably point out, the music Yagya crafts is spacious and atmospheric, using the techno tradition as a vessel for meditative as well as emotional exploration and experimenting with sound design according to a specific, patiently cultivated style.

The Limiñanas / Laurent Garnier – De Película (Because Music, 2021) — It may not be a totally new phenomenon, but just recently there seems to have been a rash of techno and electronica producers and DJs working with musicians of a psychedelic bent to record side projects of one kind or another. Stand outs include Amon Tobin and Stone Giants’ West Coast Love Stories and Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside album Spiral but without any shade of a doubt, Laurent Garnier’s new collaboration with Lionel and Marie Limiñana is a project that stands head and shoulders above all the others.

Ruby Haunt — Watching the Grass Grow (2021)Watching The Grass Grow was released the only way Ruby Haunt would and probably could have unveiled it: on a Thursday, with close to zero promotion as nothing was revealed about the record beforehand apart from a few singles quietly lingering on streaming platforms. It feels rather peaceful: in an age of month-long album release campaigns, endless streams of singles and other attempts to grab people’s attention, Ruby Haunt prefer to let their music speak for itself. And speak it does, albeit in a beautifully subdued voice.

Molly Drag – Resemble Another (Molly Drag via Flexible Distribution, 2021) — this album is dedicated to Liam Steffler.

Advance Base – Wall Of Tears And Other Songs I Didn’t Write (2021) — Aside from playing Advance Base shows, the form of musical expression I’ve most desperately missed during our current era of social isolation is singing karaoke. I have a great affection for the tiny communities that come together in any dive bar or pizzeria willing to invest in a modest PA & karaoke license, united by a common compulsion to earnestly sing their favorite pop songs in front of friends & strangers, accompanied by the artifice of prerecorded electronic instrumental arrangement. Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn’t Write is my ode to karaoke bars & karaoke singers. Consider it an album-length karaoke performance by me, Owen Ashworth.

Haiku Salut – The Hill, The Light, The Ghost (Secret Name, 2021) — A considerable number of electronic music albums released this year are dressed with the sound of birdsong. A coincidence, you might think – but this would seem to reflect the role played by natural forces in helping us deal with the isolation brought on by a global pandemic.

Adna — Black Water (Despotz Records, 2021) — Berlin-based singer/songwriter Adna’s new album, Black Water, sees her move in a rich, ambient direction, filled with warm textured aesthetics. Her smooth and seductive voice, layered over a heady mix of bright and enticingproduction, looks set to become one of her most praised to date. Adna has 3 beautifully woeful albums: Night (2014), Run, Lucifer (2015), and Closure (2017). Adna’s music has had her melancholic, lo-fi work compared to the likes of Bon Iver and Daughter.

Sam Barron — A Prayer For a Field Mouse (Mother West, 2021) — Intimate, Wilco-esque country-folk-pop. New York ‘anti-folk’ singer-songwriter Sam Barron’s father was a former folk musician turned forensic criminal investigator, and his mother worked with severely handicapped children. The stories he heard via his parents’ jobs left a major imprint on him when he was growing up – so much so that it’s reflected in the way he writes about the lives of the troubled and unfortunate characters that inhabit some of the songs on his latest album, ‘A Prayer For a Field Mouse.’

Balthazar — The Sand Castle Tapes (Play It Again Sam, 2021) — After spending a few nights in a beautiful old castle near Brussels earlier in the year (following lockdown), Belgian art-poppers Balthazar returned from their stay with ‘Sand Castle Tapes‘, a documentary and live concert filmed by Heleen Declercq and co-produced with HolyShit sessions.

Sufjan Stevens And Angelo De Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind (Asthmatic Kitty, 2021) — Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Instrumentals JID009 (Jazz Is Dead, 2021) — Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s studio extension of the Jazz Is Dead concert series seemed audacious — even by the musicians’ prolific standard — when it was launched in March 2020 with Jazz Is Dead 001. Inside 18 months, that preview of Younge and Muhammad’s album-length collaborations with inspirational trailblazers was followed with seven additional volumes. In the same period, the duo were behind the scores for Run This Town and Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, and LPs by Angela Munoz and Loren Oden. Younge also put together The American Negro.

Elite Beat – Tom’s By 2 / UniFi (Research Records, 2021) — Oregon sextet Elite Beat continue their dubwise world-groove mission with a two track 12”of what sounds like organic, in the moment live takes with an intro count to boot. Layers of psychedelic sax and drums ebb and flow alongside heavy low end, building on their compilation of ‘healing and hypnosis’ inspired jams Selected Rhythms Vol. 2. Despite being based across the ocean, big Jah Shaka dance vibrations occupy the A-side with a steady house tempo combining with the woodwind across ten minutes of proper body music.

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октябрьские растадабы: Dennis Bovell & Dubblestandart — Repulse Reggae Classics (Echo Beach, 2021), The Late Ones — The Fourth Quarter (Easy Star Records, 2021), Barry Brown — Praises (Praises, 2021), Dubvisionist — Treasures from the Harddrives (Time Tools Rec, 2021), Corcovado Frequency – Beach Life (Music Brokers, 2021), Yabby You & The Prophets — Conquering Lion (Expanded Edition) (Conquering Lion, 2021), Keith Hudson — Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood (VP Records, 2021), Desmond Chambers — Haly Gully B/W the Morning Show (Kalita Records, 2021), King Tubby — Freedom Sounds In Dub ! (Patate Records, 2021), Captain Yossarian, KAPELLE SO & SO — Bob in Dub (Echo Beach, 2021), King Tubby — King Tubby’s Hometown Hi-Fi Dubplate Specials 1975-1979 (Gorgon Records, 2021), Jubba White — My Random Thoughts (White Stone Productions, 2021), Kanka — My Bubble (ODGprod, 2021), Dubinator — Police in Helicopter (Bonus Version) (Echo Beach, 2021), Taggy Matcher — Push Push (STIX Records, 2021)

Princess Century — s u r r e n d e r (Paper Bag Records, 2021) — The album leans heavily into minimalism and repetition, where Postepski looked to American composer Steve Reich — alongside Róisín Murphy and saxophonist Jorja Chalmers — for inspiration.

The Colorist Orchestra And Howe Gelb – Not On The Map (Dangerbird Records, 2021) — Howe Gelb has a long pedigree of adventurousness and pushing boundaries within the genre and this album made with the Colorist Orchestra, as well as Pieta Brown, is no exception. Take the stunning cover of ‘Gentle On My Mind’ for example, which takes the melodies and intent of the original and fashions it into a very beautiful thing, reminding this reviewer of similar reinterpretations by Mark Eitzel on his oft-ignored covers album ‘Music for Courage and Confidence’. Gelb’s sonorous tones giving the lyrics a whole new dimension. The duet ‘Sometimes’ that follows is a delicate, beautiful thing, barely instrumented as Gelb and Brown’s voices intertwine and trade phrases.

David Kitt – Laser Days (2021) — his is an album i worked on between 2007 and 2011 that i put on the long finger for a number of reasons. i just recently found some time to revisit the material and it felt like a good moment to put some smacht on it and finally get it out there. i was going to write a big long piece about where my head was at at the time and my reasons for not putting it out but i decided to just let the music speak for itself.

Kevin Morby – A Night at the Little Los Angeles (Sundowner 4-Track Demos) (Dead Oceans, 2021) — Songwriter Kevin Morby‘s 2020 album Sundowner was a sustained expression of distinctively American malaise, evoking scenes of small, dusty towns, gravel roads, and twilight skies over Midwestern fields with barebones songs steeped in the influence of early-’80s-era Dylan, Springsteen, Lou Reed, and other rock pathfinders. The album grew out of four-track cassette demos Morby recorded in a shed on his property and later expanded into higher-fidelity renderings in a proper studio.

Milio – Nachtzon (Atomnation, 2021) — A year after his debut on Atomnation, Milio unveils his exceptional first album Nachtzon. Due for release on October 8th, the 12-track album showcases the Dutchman’s flair for escapist melodic sounds.

Soshi Takeda – Floating Mountains (100% Silk, 2021) — Tokyo producer Soshi Takeda hasn’t released much until now — just a small string of wonky new-age singles and glistening elevator-funk releases, as well as a sublimely groovy tape last year that pulsed with a warm, analog glow. But Floating Mountains, his new release for 100% Silk, takes his sound in a different direction. Using only hardware and samplers from the ’90s, Takeda captures the era’s flat, crystalline sounds, sketching evocative landscapes out of their cold, digital sheen.

Norah Jones – I Dream of Christmas (Blue Note Records, 2021) — Norah Jones prepped her first holiday album, I Dream of Christmas, which comes out through Blue Note Records on October 15. Jones tapped Leon Michaels to produce the 13-track set. Norah is joined on the album by Michaels on various instruments including saxophone, flute and percussion, drummer Brian Blade, bassists Tony Scherr and Nick Movshon, pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, cellist Marika Hughes, trumpeter Dave Guy and trombonist Raymond Mason.

Rodrigo Leão – A Estranha Beleza Da Vida (BMG Rights, 2021) — Rodrigo Leão verbrachte seinen Covid-19-Lockdown in der wunderschönen portugiesischen Region Alentejo und ließ sich von der ihn umgebenden Natur blenden. Aus dieser Erfahrung entstand ein neues und unerwartetes Album mit Originalmaterial, »A Estranha Beleza da Vida«, das in den letzten Monaten auf entspannte Art und Weise entstand. Eine positive, fröhliche, feierliche Platte mit besonderen Gästen wie Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, Martirio, Suso Saiz, Michelle Gurevich oder Surma.

Dean Wareham – I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A. (Double Feature Records, 2021) — After a seven-year songwriting drought punctuated by soundtrack work and a Luna reunion, Dean Wareham decided to get back to penning more archly witty, offhandedly trenchant tunes. Booking studio time in advance so he’d have a deadline, he came up with enough good ones to team with Papercuts’ Jason Quever and longtime musical foil Britta Phillips to lay them down on tape.

Grouper – Shade (Kranky, 2021) — When Liz Harris’s early Grouper material began to emerge thru the cracks in the wall of wyrd folk CDRs and hand-made cassette tapes, we could already sense it was something different. There was a bare quality to it that set it out of time: this was music that sounded as harmonious with Slowdive’s melancholy shimmer as it did with the Olympia and Washington DIY set. Shade is a career-spanning set that accurately charts her evolution thru the years, running a course that broaches ambient music, Laurel Canyon folk, grunge, dream pop, and everything in-between.

Hello Meteor — The End of All Known Land (Evergreen Prefecture, 2021) — It is 1894. Following the first moon landing, Earth’s nations engaged in cataclysmic nuclear war, turning our once abundant planet fallow. By 1938, the decades-long space race had revealed Jaladri, a small planet where tropical, temperate islands blanket lush landscapes stretching beyond The End of All Known Land. Travel to Jaladri is arduous and lengthy, but soldier and civilian pathfinders brave tumultuous passage in hope of finding a solution for future and past alike.

Fred Frith Trio — Road (Intakt Records, 2021) — Fred Frith is a multi-instrumentalist and a shrewd outsider who walks the line between rock and jazz, improvisation and composition, and hereby presents a breathtaking live double CD with his long-time Bay Area trio. CD1 documents an inspiring trio concert by these extraordinarily creative musicians at Stadthalle Köln as part of Week-End Fest 2019. CD2 features the trio with guests Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva. Both musicians have a long history with the trio – Lotte Anker has played with the trio in San Francisco and New York, and Susana Santos Silva joined them for performances in Brazil in 2018, while both have joined the trio to tour the U.S. East Coast and Europe in 2019. Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva fire up the trio. And in turn the trio’s inspiration has an effect on Lotte and Susana which feeds back into the group. This creates a unique collective sound that delivers an infectious live energy.

Black Marble — Fast Idol (Sacred Bones Records, 2021) — On Fast Idol, LA-based Black Marble reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analogue era, the halcyon days of icy hooks and warbly synths always on the edge of going out of tune. Harmonies are piped in across the expanse of space, and lyrics capture conversations that seem to come from another room, repeat an accusation overheard, or speak as if in sleep of interpersonal struggles distilled down to one subconscious phrase. At the same time, percussive elements feel forward and cut through the mix with toms counting off the measures like a lost tribe broadcasting through the bass and tops of a basement club soundsystem.

Helado Negro – Far In (4AD, 2021) — is Helado Negro‘s first album on 4AD and the seventh full-length album in his catalog. It follows his breakthrough release This Is How You Smile which was spotlighted as Pitchfork’s #7 “Best Album of 2019.”

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Rejoice [Special Edition] (World Circuit Limited, 2021) — ‘Rejoice’ is the classic collaboration between Tony Allen, the legendary drummer and co-founder of Afrobeat, and Hugh Masekela, the master trumpet player of South African jazz. The record, released to great acclaim in March 2020, became the first posthumous release from Masekela, and the last release from Allen, who sadly passed away a month later.

VA — La Commune Refleurira (Irfan Le Label, 2021) — Il y 150 ans se déroulait la Commune de Paris. De cet anniversaire est née l’idée d’un album collectif pour en revisiter les grandes chansons [«Le temps des cerises», «L’Internationale»…] et des textes de Louise Michel, Jules Vallès, Arthur Rimbaud ou Victor Hugo. Et il y a du beau monde sur ce disque, des artistes de toutes générations qui partagent une certaine conception de l’engagement : Les Ogres de Barback, Francesca Solleville, François Morel, Christian Olivier, Mouss & Hakim, Michèle Bernard, HK, Florent Vintrigner, Agnès Bihl, Corentin Coko, Melissmell, Thomas Pitiot, Les Croquants, Manu Théron, La Mal Coiffée, Damien Toumi, Ben Herbert Larue, Michel Bühler, Eyo’nlé… L’album «La Commune refleurira» sortira le 8 octobre 2021.

Zaz — ISA (Parlophone, 2021) — Le chanteur français qui a le plus de succès dans le monde ? ZAZ ! Trois ans après son dernier album «Effet Miroir» (numéro 3 en Allemagne), la musicienne est de retour avec un nouvel album.

Amanda Lear — Tuberose (Boomlover, 2021) — La chanteuse et comédienne est de retour dès cette semaine. À partir du 11 septembre, elle sera sur les planches du Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin dans la proposition la plus délirante de la rentrée théâtrale. Soit un dialogue imaginaire entre Bette Davis, jouée par Michel Fau, et Joan Crawford sur le plateau de « Qu’est-il arrivé à Baby Jane ? ». La pièce de Jean Marbeuf est plus que séduisante sur le papier. Mais Amanda Lear quittera les habits de Crawford le 24 octobre, pour reprendre cette fois sa tenue de chanteuse. Universal aura sorti, deux jours plus tôt, « Tuberose », son vingtième album studio où elle reprend aussi bien Barbara, Alain Bashung, Serge Gainsbourg que Miossec et Julien Doré.

Marissa Nadler – The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones Records, 2021) — The Path of the Clouds, Marissa Nadler’s ninth solo album, is the most stylistically adventurous, lyrically transfixing, and melodically sophisticated collection of songs in her already rich discography. Gripped by wanderlust while suddenly housebound at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Nadler escaped into writing, and came back with a stunning set of songs about metamorphosis, love, mysticism, and murder. Blurring the line between reality and fantasy and moving freely between past and present, these 11 deeply personal, self-produced songs find Nadler exploring new landscapes, both sonic and emotional.

The The – The Comeback Special: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (earMUSIC, 2021) — The The‘s Royal Albert Hall show of 2018 (attended and reviewed by SDE) will be released across many formats in October as The Comeback Special: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. The gig was one of three London dates in a week (the others being at The Troxy and Brixton Academy) and was filmed by legendary film-maker Tim Pope Performing live for the first time in 16 years (there was a headline appearance at Denmark’s Heartland Festival a few days before the Royal Albert Hall concert) the band featured previous members James Eller on bass, DC Collard on keyboards and Earl Harvin on drums and new member Barrie Cadogan on guitar, alongside Matt Johnson

The Pop Group – Y in Dub (Mute, 2021) — Legendary dub master Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell MBE does The Pop Group a dead solid version of their seminal ’79 side, Y gutting and rendering their wiry post-punk in tightly rude but rambunctious form.

Maya Jane Coles – Night Creature (I/AM/ME, 2021) — Maya Jane Coles’ fifth studio album (including two as Nocturnal Sunshine) is an exploration of all the things that happen at night, which is when the U.K.-based producer feels most like herself. It happens to be the most club-focused full-length she’s made to date, with only a few downtempo tracks, and even those tend to be appropriate for slow dancing rather than lounging and relaxation. Fitting for an album with a late October release date, several songs have an enticingly spooky vibe to them.

Ben Caplan – recollection (Self-released, 2021) — Folk musician Ben Caplan has announced their new studio album recollection. The 10-track release finds the artist celebrating 10 years of music with newer versions of songs in their catalog. A new version of “Drift Apart” can be heard below. The song originally appeared in Caplan’s 2011 debut album In The Time of the Great Remembering.

Sam Goku – East Dimensional Remixes (Atomnation, 2021) — Genre: Electronic, Breakbeat, House, Indie Dance

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ноябрьские растабады: Lotek — The Rebirth of Rude (Traxploitation, 2021), Ras Seyoume, Yidne Rasta — Adwa (Trinity Farm Music, 2021), The Mighty Diamonds – Better Days (Global Beats, 2021), The Late Ones — The Fourth Quarter (Easy Star, 2021), High Tone, Zenzile — Zentone Chapter 2 (Black Dub — Jarring Effects Label, 2021), Scientist & Scratch Meet Ral Ston — To Conquer The Evil Duppies (Upful Fam Records, 2021), Tuff Scout — Out On The Floor Dub (Tuff Scout, 2021), Max Romeo — World Of Ghouls (Charmax Music, 2021), Kasfelgues — Other Morning (Rootsy, 2021), Jubba White – My Random Thoughts (White Stone Productions, 2021)

Mathieu Boogaerts – En anglais (Tôt Ou Tard, 2021) — Mathieu Boogaerts has been recording since the mid 1990s, emerging from the nouvelle chanson scene in Paris, a chansonnier who’s performed at the likes of Cafe Oto over here, while establishing himself as a star turn on the Tôt ou Tard label in France, mixing Afro-pop and reggae as well as indie electronica and folk into his chanson. He’s previously based himself in Paris, Brussels and Nairobi, and now, London, where he’s spent the past five years living in the hinterland between Clapham and Brixton.

Teleman – Sweet Morning [EP] (Moshi Moshi Records, 2021) — “It was important just to get some new music out sooner rather than later,” says Thomas Sanders, the singer and guitarist of Teleman. “Making an EP felt like we could be more spontaneous and try things out without the pressure and expectation surrounding an album release. So it was a more fun experience I’d say.”

Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen, Dave Okumu — The Solution Is Restless ([PIAS] Recordings, 2021) — из врунета: «Jоаn Аs Роliсе Wоmаn представляет свой новый студийный альбом «Тhе Sоlutiоn Is Rеstlеss», записанный совместно с австрийско-британским музыкантом Дейвом Окуму и, к сожалению недавно скончавшимся, легендарным нигерийско-французским барабанщиком Тони Алленом, одним их основоположников музыки афробит. / Джоан Уоссер (Jоаn Wаssеr; родилась 26 июля 1970, в Бидфорд, Мэн) — американская певица, гитаристка, скрипачка и пианистка, работающей в инди-стилистике. Она начала свою карьеру, играя на скрипке в группе Тhе Dаmbuildеrs, распавшейся в 1998 году. Джоан выпустила ряд ярких сольных альбомов, из которых стоит отметить «Rеаl Lifе», «То Survivе», «Тhе Dеер Fiеld», «Тhе Сlаssiс», «Lеt It Ве Yоu» и «Dаmnеd Dеvоtiоn». Ее резюме включает живые концерты и работу студии с Lоu Rееd, Таnуа Dоnеllу, Shеrуl Сrоw, Sраrklеhоrsе, Dаvе Gаhаn, Еltоn Jоhn, thе Sсissоr Sistеrs, Аntоnу аnd thе Jоhnsоns, Guillеmоts, Jоsерh Аrthur и Rufus Wаinwright. На протяжении всей своей карьеры она регулярно сотрудничает с другими артистами как исполнитель, аранжировщик и как автор текстов.»

Milky Chance — Trip Tape (Muggelig Records, 2021) — German indie duo Milky Chance return with surprise mixtape Trip Tape via their independent record label Muggelig Records.

Marconi Union — Signals (Just Music, 2021) — Manchester musicians Marconi Union return with their new album, Signals, set for release on 5th November 2021 via Just Music. Signals is the latest addition to Marconi Union’s highly acclaimed discography. Despite having released twelve albums in the last eighteen years they continue to experiment and push boundaries.

Hiss Golden Messenger – The Sounding Joy: Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Revelators on South Robinson Street (Merge Records, 2021)The Sounding Joy was conceived and produced by Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor and longtime collaborator Cameron Ralston of Spacebomb Records/Spacebomb House Band fame. Six songs from O Come All Ye Faithful have been reworked for the compilation in the spirit of pioneering dub artists Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Ralston handled sampling, dubbing and mixing at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, Virginia.

Clara Engel — The Cicada Session (2021) — Singing at home in early September 2021, with the window open. Voice, cigar box guitar, two microphones, intermittent cicadas. These songs appear in more filled-out and lush form on Dressed in Borrowed Light and A New Skin. This is more how I would render them if I were playing shows and touring solo (which I used to do often, and will hopefully do again one day).

Will Samson And Message To Bears — Flow State Mosaic (2021) — Following collaborative releases ‘Together’ and ‘Already Am, Always Was’, Will Samson & Message To Bears present their first full length album, ‘Flow State Mosaic’. Together, they played practically every instrument available in the studio and sampled everything from car keys, a toy rocket & beach pebbles to running water, their voices and nearby animals.

Antoine Wielemans – Vattetot (30 Fevrier, 2021)face

Constant Smiles – Paragons (Sacred Bones, 2021) — Typically, a band’s big indie label debut doesn’t come 15 albums into its career, but with Constant Smiles’ Paragons, here we are. Primary songwriter and sole “constant” member Ben Jones-who considers Constant Smiles a collective-sees its impressive output as a way to document the group’s evolution. Since its live debut as a noise duo on Ben’s home of Martha’s Vineyard in 2009, Constant Smiles has grown to include contributions from 50 other members, all of whom have personal connections to the group’s extended family.

Adé & Connan Mockasin – It’s Just Wind (Mexican Summer, 2021) — A few years in the not-so-distant past, a clairvoyant delivered an indelible message to Connan Mockasin. Inferring a project involving his father that had not yet been started, a woman he’d met only by chance told him: “You need to make it your priority, or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life”.

Connan Mockasin — Jassbusters Two (Mexican Summer, 2021) — Kiwi musician Connan Mockasin has a roll call of collaborators that reads like a who’s who of esoteric indie, including James Blake, Charlotte Gainsbourg, MGMT, John Cale, Dev Hynes and more. Listening to his new record, Jassbusters Two, a sequel to 2018’s Jassbusters, it’s easy to see why. Spacey but melodic, it offers fans more of the same dreamy, experimental psychedelia seen on its predecessor, although it is arguably even more detached from any pretence of pop.

Jon Hopkins — Music for Psychedelic Therapy (Domino Recording, 2021) — The Tayos Caves of Ecuador are steeped in myth and history. Its landscape draws many seeking a special connection to its unique, natural wonders. After his last album, Jon Hopkins felt it was time to reset, and find inspiration in another source. The UK producer made the decision to take a different direction with his next record, eschewing the beats and expansive ambient IDM of 2013’s Immunity and 2018’s psychedelic-leaning Singularity for something introspective and egoless, with raw, emotional honesty. It was from this that an opportunity arose to fulfill this purpose, bringing Hopkins to the Tayos Caves on a creative expedition that proved life-changing.

Windows 96 — Magic Peaks (HHV Records, 2021) — Windows 96 is an electronic music project by Brazilian composer and producer Gabriel Eduardo. Combining the sound of synth/vaporwave, psychedelic, VGM and more.

Tchiss Lopes — Já Bô Corre D’Mim (Arabusta Records, 2021) — After his first LP Stranger Já Catem Traboi, Tchiss decided to further experiment with reggae and funaná, inspired by the local rhythms of the island of Santiago. Gathering some of the best Cape Verdean musicians of the time, in 1984, together with Zé António on guitar, Bebethe on bass and Alírio on drums, he recorded his second LP Já Bô Corre D’Mim. An album that sings of a young man far from home, his unrequited love and saudade, the struggles of street life in a foreign land and a world of inequality. Recorded in just 3 days at the Pomodoro Studio in Sutri, the album fully expresses the deep and layered sound of Tchiss’ music, where upbeat tempo, powerful vocals and electrifying guitar solos tangle together in a dynamic mix of traditional melodies and cosmic reggae.

Work Drugs – Pride And Competition (Work Drugs, 2021) — 80’s pop chillwave dream pop indie lo-fi smooth-fi Philadelphia. vocals: benjamin louisiana, various instrumentation: benjamin louisiana, guitars: nero catalano (hurricane carmen, drive, nervous night), additional vocals: liv dufor, saxaphone: maxfield gast (out of time), guitars: Koji (pictured resort) all over again, horns various: manuel trabucco.

Elbow — Flying Dream 1 (Polydor Records, 2021) — elbow release their ninth studio album, ‘Flying Dream 1’, on 19th November 2021. The band wrote ‘Flying Dream 1’ remotely in their home studios before coming together at the empty Brighton Theatre Royal to perfect, perform, and record the songs. The album is produced by Craig Potter. Long term collaborator Alex Reeves returns on drums and percussion with Sarah Field on clarinets and saxophones. Backing vocalists were Wilson Atie, Adeleye Omotayo, and Marit Røkeberg from London Contemporary Voices and old friend and long-time collaborator Jesca Hoop.

Sea Wolf – Through A Dark Wood (Deluxe) (Dangerbird Records, 2021) — Indie/folk artist Sea Wolf has announced the deluxe edition of their 2020 studio album Through A Dark Wood today. The deluxe edition, which drops on November 19th via Dangerbird Records, includes five additional songs recorded during the original sessions. A new single titled “Witchknife” is out right now on digital services.

The Soviet Space Dog Project — Late Night Constructions (2021) — Recently, I’ve been playing some late night improvisations, and as live as I can with my setup. This is all with a view to developing them into something longer and/or more interesting… or not. There’s over 80 minutes of music here, so I hope that you find a couple of things that work for you. In a break with accepted tradition, and because I know some people actually want it, I’ve made each track available individually.

Hear & Now — Milvus (Claremont 56, 2021) — Since joining the label back in 2018, Hear & Now have quickly become one of Claremont 56’s most prolific and consistent acts. The Italian duo impressed with their debut album Aurora Baleare – a drowsy, mood enhancing masterpiece – and then went one better with 2020’s Alba Sol, a seductive and sun-kissed set that incorporated more nods to Hear & Now members Ricky L and Marcoradi’s 1990s deep house roots.

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Bonga Jean-Baptiste – Boula (Buda Musique, 2021) — Gaston Jean-Baptiste – he prefers ‘Bonga’ – is a Haitian drummer, multi-instrumentalist and painter of vivid, colourful canvasses that capture the celebration and transformation at the heart of voodoo – the syncretic faith in which he was raised next to the family’s peristil ceremonial room in historically rich La Plaine. Like his father before him, 60-something Bonga is a houngan, a voodoo priest who honours spirits and heals maladies via the Lwa, the panoply of deities who can be summoned by mizik rasin (roots music). And does Bonga – a traditional drum-maker as well as a maestro – play the best mizik rasin ever.

VA – Remixes JID010 (Jazz Is Dead, 2021) — As the final chapter in the initial run of Jazz Is Dead releases, Remixes JID010 continues the creative catharsis of an exhilarating new chapter in jazz music. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad tapped nine iconic creators to reimagine their personal favorites from Jazz Is Dead’s catalogue to-date, who created striking new versions of songs by Marcos Valle, Roy Ayers, Gary Bartz, Azymuth, João Donato, Doug Carn, Brian Jackson and The Midnight Hour. Holding the line taut like a bass string, Younge & Muhammad only invited those special musical alchemists who have previously participated in Jazz Is Dead happenings, or those who are slated to share that stage soon: Cut Chemist, DJ Spinna, Georgie Anne Muldrow, Akili, Shigeto, Pink Siiffu, Dibiase, Natureboy Flako, and Kaidi Tathum. It’s a family affair.

Sugarplum Fairies – Altar Songs (1998-2021) (2021) — Described by Brooklyn Vegan as «An ethereal dose of twangy, breathy, late-night dreampop,» Sugarplum Fairies are only just giving us a taste of their upcoming collection. Altar Songs 1998-2021 (due out December 2021) is a snapshot of Sugarplum Fairies’ evolution from its 1998 origins as a Vienna-raised/California-based husband and wife duo, which — after a personal and creative breakup in 2013 — resulted in the moniker for a rotating artistic collective spearheaded by vocalist/songwriter Silvia Ryder.

Nils Frahm – Old Friends New Friends (Leiter, 2021) — Nils Frahm releases a new double album, Old Friends New Friends, released by Leiter, the label he set up with his manager, Felix Grimm. The collection gathers together 23 solo piano tracks recorded between 2009 and 2021, almost all hitherto unreleased but, for one reason or another, omitted from previous albums and projects. Neither quite a new LP nor exactly a compilation, it offers “an anatomy of all my ways of thinking musically and playing,” Frahm says, adding with a smile, “Maybe I could say it’s an album I worked on for twelve years, and finally I have enough material?”

VA – Essiebons Special 1973-1984 // Ghana Music Power House (Analog Africa, 2021) — Dick Essilfie-Bondzie was all ready for his 90th birthday party when the Covid pandemic hit. The legendary producer, businessman and founder of Ghana’s mighty Essiebons label had invited all his family and friends to the event and it was the disappointment at having to postpone that prompted Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb to propose a new compilation celebrating his contributions to the world of West African music.

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