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Topic subjectFavorite Albums 2021
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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

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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
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.
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!