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3032076, Favorite Albums 2021
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:49 PM
I think we can maybe handle this in a single post. I will make replies for each quarter and an overall one. Reply under each one or just reply to this one because I know some of you will do so lol
3032077, First Quarter
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:49 PM
3032083, Here are mine
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 01:05 PM
Some of these are EPs.

serpentwithfeet - DEACON
Aaron Frazer - Introducing...
KOTA the Friend & Statik Selektah - To Kill a Sunrise
Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog - Tha Wolf On Wall St
Lucky Daye - Table for Two EP
KOTA the Friend - Lyrics to GO, Vol. 2
Joyce Wrice - Overgrown
Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams
Codenine - LVNDR - Base & Beauty

Trying to decide which of the first 3 is my favorite so far. I definitely recommend all three. The rest I think are a notch below but definitely worth checking out.
3032087, fahim
Posted by thebigfunk, Fri Apr-23-21 01:51 PM

>Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog - Tha Wolf On Wall St

I haven't listened to this or the other YOD/Fahim project yet but every track that has come up has been really good -- I need to give a more dedicated listen. I just wish Fahim had more than one tone/register (like, literal voice tone) -- everything I've heard from him seems to stick in this one vocal area and it almost becomes a bit grating. The two work well together though (again, from what I've heard so far).

-thebigfunk

~ i could still snort you under the table ~
3032091, I didn't like the second one as much
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 03:06 PM
I'm not sure why. I think the first one was more YOD and the second one more Fahim so that could be it.
3032463, Maiya Blaney - 3
Posted by mista k5, Mon May-17-21 03:05 PM
Have to add this one on the list. I don't think it's top 3 for the quarter but might be the next one down after those. Shout out to whoever recommended it.

Also, Tall Black Guy - Airplane Mode is great. I'm not big on instrumental albums but I think I might come back to this one.
3032097, No real order:
Posted by mrhood75, Sat Apr-24-21 03:45 AM

Albums:
Armand Hammer & Alchemist - Haram
Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim - YOD Fahim
Madlib - Sound Ancestors
Batsauce - Wolf's Clothing
Breeze Brewin - Hindsight
Hus Kingpin - Portishus
Bushido compilation
DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz - The Magician
Jazz Spaztiks - Camera of Sound
Chris Crack - Might Delete Later
Crimeapple - YDFWC?
Kota the Friend & Statik Selektah - To Kill a Sunrise
Tall Black Guy - Airplane Mode
Kaimbr & Sean Born - Nino Green
Certified Craftsmen
Awon & Phoniks - Nothing Less


EPs:
DJ Muggs & Flee Lord - Rammelzee
Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog - The Wolf On Wall Street
Sonnyjim & Kev Brown - Joint Venture
Qwazarr & Batsauce - Stone Giant
Planet Asia & DirtyDiggs – Block Shamen
Milano & Constantine - Eating But Still Hungry
Zo! & Tall Black Guy - Abstractions
3032098, two lists
Posted by thebigfunk, Sat Apr-24-21 07:32 AM
Three tiers: most played/getting lots of play.

(In no order). Not including more jazz-ish/classical/instrumental. Will try to share that later, along with some stuff I'm still planning to spend more time with.

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Q1 Clear Favorites (i.e. most played):

L'Imperatrice - Tako Tsubo

Valerie June - The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers

Kota - To Kill a Sunrise

Jazz Spaztiks - Camera of Sound

Cosima - THE FUN IS HERE

Gallant - Neptune

Lucky Daye - Table for Two EP

Madlib - Sound Ancestors

The Weather Station - Ignorance

Ben Howard - Collections from the Whiteout

Alice Phoebe Lou - Glow

Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus - These 13

Buck Meek - Two Saviors

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Also getting a lot of play:

Kacy and Clayton/Marlon Williams - Plastic Bouquet

Eve Adams - Metal Bird

Jose James - New York 2020 (Live)

Femi and Made Kuti - Legacy +

RAP Ferreira - Bob's Son

Altin Gun - Yol

Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales

Kota - Lyrics vol 2

Breeze Brewin - Hindsight

Chevalrex - Providence

Rapper Big Pooh - What Was Lost Vols 1 & 2

Tall Black Guy - Airplane Mode

Laure Briard - Eu Voo

Rhye - Home

Denzel Curry - Unlocked 1.5

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-thebigfunk

~ i could still snort you under the table ~
3032472, Benn running this a bit too.
Posted by LeroyBumpkin, Tue May-18-21 09:41 AM

>Lucky Daye - Table for Two EP

How Much Can A Heart Take
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Falling In Love
3032951, I love the Jazmine Sullivan album
Posted by makaveli, Mon Jun-14-21 06:45 AM
One of my favorite voices and she writes good songs.
3033305, weather station - ignorance
Posted by thebigfunk, Sat Jul-03-21 07:44 AM
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>The Weather Station - Ignorance
>

Man, just got to shout this out again as one of the most on point releases I've heard this year.

I don't want to listen to it everyday (too heavy, definitely a mood) but track for track it is just... I don't know, it gets into indescribable territory. It's really hard to pin it down in terms of genre: it has a bit of Kate Bush, a bit of Joni, I'd say a bit of Tori, maybe some Rickie Lee Jones? And yet it's not really like any of them. Meshell's Bitter is like a twin project in a weird way, too, but again, not so much in terms of *sound* but rather in terms of feel.

The lyrics sit in the middle of the most absolutely intimate, vulnerable, confessional space ... but at the same time grapple with huge, macro-, social phenomena (that sounds awful and technical but it's not at all.)

Her voice just complements it perfectly: it *is* intimate, vulnerable, confessional, yet at the same time big and sweeping in its own way.

The musical arrangements are mostly sparse yet have a simmering energy and pulse... and the sparseness allows for a certain elegance when another layer is added (the sax on "Robber", for instance).

The opener, "Robber" is a favorite song of mine for the year so far, for sure and a good example of everything that's great about the writing and execution on the album -- when the sax slides in? Makes what is already an excellent song just other-worldly... https://youtu.be/OJ9SYLVaIUI

And it has what might be the most brutal song of the year for me so far: "Trust" -- just a devastating lyric delivered just perfectly against a a slow track that ebbs and flows, builds and falls back at all the right moments: https://youtu.be/nHY0luoxn9k

I don't know. This is not my most played record and it won't be. But there's a certain type of album that just feels bigger than it has any right being, that hits at something raw and pure and both of the moment but timeless. They don't come along very often and of course they're different for everyone. But this is one of those records for me... this is a stop everything and really listen record.

-thebigfunk

~ i could still snort you under the table ~
3032104, Here are my 10 favorites at the moment
Posted by Kosa12, Sat Apr-24-21 12:44 PM
Armand Hammer - Haram
Vijay Iyer / Linda Oh / Tyshawn Sorey - Uneasy
Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons
Black Country, New Road - For the first time
Jadsa - Olho de vidro
Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death
Tom Rainey Obbligato - Untucked in Hannover
Nappy Nina & JWords - Double Down
R.A.P. Ferreira - Bob's Son: R.A.P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel
Thumbscrew - Never Is Enough

The Armand Hammer record is definitely my favorite of the year so far. I think it's incredible from front to back and would be shocked if I end up liking anything else more this year.
3032479, RE: Here are my 10 favorites at the moment
Posted by thebigfunk, Tue May-18-21 01:57 PM

>Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons

Need to give this a full listen but I *loved* what I heard so far.

>Jadsa - Olho de vidro

This record is really, really good. It's everything I love about that circle of Brazilian musicians but with a bit more grit and crunch to it (particularly in the guitars).

If you haven't yet, you might check Antonio Neves' "A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now)" -- every track is a collab (including one w/Ana Frango Elétrico) and has added a few more names to my list of Brazilian artists to watch.

>Thumbscrew - Never Is Enough

Didn't know about this! Thanks for including it.

-thebigfunk

~ i could still snort you under the table ~
3032110, RE: First Quarter
Posted by DJR, Sun Apr-25-21 09:27 AM
Tall Black Guy/Zo! - Abstractions
Tall Black Guy - Airplane Mode
Benny the Butcher - The Plugs I Met 2
Khrysis - The Hour of Khrysis
Armand Hammer - Haram
3032468, Zo! & Tall Black Guy - Abstractions
Posted by LeroyBumpkin, Mon May-17-21 08:01 PM
Topaz Jones - Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
Tall Black Guy - Airplane Mode
Jazz Spasticks - Camera Of Sound
3032471, RE: First Quarter
Posted by doitall76, Tue May-18-21 08:13 AM
I was not up on Tall Black Guy, but the first few tracks are phenomenal. Thanks for this post.

Jazz Spaztiks - Camera of Sound for sure
3033191, RE: First Quarter
Posted by Nick Has a Problem...Seriously, Sun Jun-27-21 04:32 PM
Kind of a slow quarter for me

Casper Clausen - Better Way
Shame - Drunk Tank Pink
Madlib - Sound Ancestors
3032078, Second Quarter
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:50 PM
3032500, April
Posted by mista k5, Thu May-20-21 04:16 PM
Since I've seen a few mentioned.

Zo! and Tall Black Guy - Abstractions
Miguel - Art Dealer Chic 4
J. Period - Story To Tell (Chapter One)
Topaz Jones - Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma

Coco O. - It's a Process
Cordae - Just Until.... - EP
Racquel Rodriguez - Sweet Side
DJ Format - Devil's Workshop

Hard to pick a favorite from the first 4 but two are EPs with only 3/4 songs. The second 4 I think are just a notch below. Some other good releases this month but these are my favorites.
3033192, RE: Second Quarter
Posted by Nick Has a Problem...Seriously, Sun Jun-27-21 04:37 PM
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
The Peacers - Blexxed Rec
Moor Mother & Billy Woods - Brass
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram
Squid - Bright Green Field
Mach Hommy ‎– Pray for Haiti
Sons Of Kemet - Black To The Future
Evidence ‎– Unlearning Vol. 1
Hiatus Kaiyote ‎– Mood Valiant
3033195, RE: Second Quarter
Posted by DJR, Sun Jun-27-21 05:14 PM
Topaz Jones - Dont Go Tellin Your Mama
Khrysis - The Hour of Khrysis
Skyzoo - All The Brilliant Things
Evidence - Unlearning Vol. 1
3033326, In no real order:
Posted by mrhood75, Sun Jul-04-21 09:57 PM

Mach-Hommy - Pray 4 Haiti
Your Old Droog - Time
Czarface & MF DOOM - Super What?
L'Orange & Namir Blade - Imaginary Everything
Evidence - Unlearning Vol. 1
Skyzoo - All the Brilliant Things
Lloyd Banks - The Course of the Inevitable
Chris Crack - Sheep Hate Goats
Wrecking Crew- Steel's Kitchen
Khyrsis - The Hour of Khyrsis
Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas - Empires
Peter Rosenberg - Real Late
Tyler the Creator - Call If You're Lost
Planet Asia - Holy Water
Crimeapple - YDFWC?2
Dagha - D-A to the G
The God Fahim - Dump Gawd: Stock Lord
Vic Spencer - Legend Laws of Power
Larry June - Orange Print
PremRock - Load Bearing Crow's Feet
Sault - Nine
Hiatus Kiyote - Mood Variant


EP -

Ransom - Se7en
Blu & Sirplus - For Sale
Flashius Clayton -The Dust Diaries
The Alchemist - The Thing of Ours
Hus Kingpin - Threesome 2: The Art of Sex
Crimeapple - Peach EP
3033351, May
Posted by mista k5, Thu Jul-08-21 12:21 PM
I think I liked the Czar/DOOM and J Cole a lot more than most people.

Mara TK - Bad Meditation
Sinead Harnett - Ready Is Always Too Late
Czarface & MF DOOM - Super What?
J. Cole - The Off-Season

Honorable Mentions:
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
Patrick Paige II - If I Fail Are We Still Cool?
Masego - Studying Abroad: Extended Stay
Apathy - Where The River Meets The Sea
3032079, Third Quarter
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:50 PM
3032080, Fourth Quarter
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:50 PM
3032081, Overall
Posted by mista k5, Fri Apr-23-21 12:50 PM
3032094, RE: Favorite Albums 2021
Posted by spidey, Fri Apr-23-21 09:33 PM
Breeze Brewin "Hindsight"
Madlib/Kieran Hebden "Sound Ancestors"
3032470, RE: Favorite Albums 2021
Posted by doitall76, Tue May-18-21 07:57 AM
fail
3032483, RE: Favorite Albums 2021
Posted by spidey, Tue May-18-21 10:27 PM
truth...
3032492, RE: Favorite Albums 2021
Posted by doitall76, Wed May-19-21 01:46 PM
thanks for taking that well.
3032480, Playing that Lucky Daye...erryday
Posted by bentagain, Tue May-18-21 03:11 PM
Some good albums so far...but table for two is a level above
3032496, Crumb - Ice Melt
Posted by c71, Wed May-19-21 10:27 PM
yep
3032497, Alfa Mist - Bring Backs
Posted by PuertoNico, Thu May-20-21 10:06 AM
AOTY so far for me!
3033320, RE: Alfa Mist - Bring Backs
Posted by spidey, Sun Jul-04-21 05:40 PM
Very nice...
3032947, Damn...this Se7en by Ransom
Posted by Soulroe, Sun Jun-13-21 11:15 PM
Just catching up on 2021 albums.

I guess this is an EP, but still...

Others so far:
Valerie June--The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
Skyzoo--All the Brilliant Things
Topaz Jones--Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
Mach Hommy--Pray For Haiti
Zo! & Tall Black Guy--Abstractions


3033070, So far ...
Posted by ramaj1, Tue Jun-22-21 07:06 PM
Not too much released this year has caught my ear thus far except:

Rochelle Jordan, Playing with the Changes
Shame, Drunk Tank Pink
Sons of Kemet, Black to the Future
Children of Zeus, Balance
Gallant, Neptune

I'll be back by year's end with more favorites once I discover them ...hopefully with some of the picks noted in other posts in this thread. Like this Aaron Taylor ...this shit is nice!
3033161, upping this for the second quarter
Posted by thebigfunk, Sat Jun-26-21 12:47 PM
Friday would have been the last release day of the first half of the year. Working on a playlist and a top list so far -- man, this has been a really fun year so far.

-thebigfunk

~ i could still snort you under the table ~
3033197, Pray for Haiti is the leader in the clubhouse
Posted by Dstl1, Sun Jun-27-21 05:37 PM
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3033198, I gotta dig into that....just gave it one listen
Posted by DJR, Sun Jun-27-21 05:39 PM
Skyzoo and Evidence on repeat for now, but that one has gotta be my next one to really listen to.
3033205, It’s good man…
Posted by Dstl1, Mon Jun-28-21 10:34 AM
just based upon interactions with you, through the years, regarding music…I think you’ll dig it. Dude is quite a rapper and the beats have a lot of depth to them.
3033321, It sure is. I’m liking it a lot
Posted by DJR, Sun Jul-04-21 06:10 PM
Previously I’d only heard guest verses from him. Going to give this one it’s time, and then eventually look up some of his other releases.