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Dit Sese - Dit Sese

Wet Mirror - Wet Mirror

Me Lost Me - The Good Noise

Neil Campbell & Nick Edwarsds - The State We're In

Shackleton - Departing Like Rivers

Mark Dicker - Flyalarm

Himukalt - Knifed Through The Spine

Lucidet - Life Chaos Death Order

Scald Hymn - Instance of Home

Knifedoutofexistence - No Healing

Trou Aux Rats - Le Cloaque Apres La Romance 

Ekoplekz - Revenant Tapes

Speed Dealer Moms - SDM-LA8-441-114-211

Kjostad - Warlord


I put some more info and links on my blog if anyone is interested in my thoughts.  

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Felicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Un Hiver En Plein Été

Vatican Shadow - SR-71 Blackbird Survivors

Dean Blunt - BLACK METAL 2

The Hellp - Vol. 1

Daniel Avery - Together In Static

Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals

Xiu Xiu - OH NO

Beach House - Once Twice Melody



Dean Blunt - STOOZY (Kwake Dubs)

Oli XL - Go Oli Go! / Cartoon Smile

The Hellp - Enemy

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I've taken a lot of recommendations from watmm over the years from these kinds of thread. And 2021 was the first year in a very long time where I've kept somewhere close to up to date on new releases, so for what it's worth here's my list...

Top pick:
Gazelle Twin & NYX Drone Choir - Deep England
Just the most remarkable album I've heard all year: serene, terrifying, hilarious. Can't recommend enough.

Instant classic of the year:
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
Might not be a popular choice on Watmm but I love it - love the lyrics, love her voice, love the music.

Other electronic releases I've listened to a lot
Skee Mask - Pool
Andy Stott - Never the right time
Mu-ziq & Mrs Jynx - Secret Garden
Darkside - Spiral
Space Afrika - Honest Labour
Daniel Avery - Together in Static
Lone - Always Inside your Head
Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
Gacha Bakradze - Obscure Languages
Loraine James - Reflection
Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Eight Fragments of an Illusion
Facta - Blush
Nightmares on Wax - Shout out to Freedom
Moritz von Oswald Trio - Dissent

Clinic - Fantasy Island
Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death
Nation of Language - A Way Forward
Pond - 9
Low - Hey What
Vanishing Twin - Ooki Gekkou
Damon Albarn - Nearer the Fountain...

Now to go back and check out all the other amazing music I missed from this year...

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Inkipak - Slightly Salted/Inkipak
Pye Corner Audio - Entangled Routes
Heogen - Odd Radio Circle
Dryft - From Stasis
4rd - Infinite Speedbump
Serge Geyzel - aux4426
Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan - Interim Report, March 1979/People and Industry
Concretism - Teliffusion
Clocolan - This Will End In Love
Dalham - Fünf
Obay Alsharani - Sandbox
Muziq & Mrs Jynx - Secret Garden
Crumb - Ice Melt
Loess - Totems
Various Artists - Brabuhr Q-ih
Love Horses - A Personal & Confidential Chat
Utopia Cloak ‎- Tears EP
Fire-Toolz - Eternal Home [Instrumentals]
Ocoeur - Connections
The Heartwood Institute & HAWKSMOOR ‎- Concrete Island
Jorja Chalmers - Midnight Train

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On 12/15/2021 at 3:03 PM, Herr Jan said:

Top fav's

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - Made Out Of Sound
Arp Frique - The Seed
Space Afrika - Honest Labour
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2 (+ the dubs)
Loraine James - Reflection
Work Money Death - The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Unknown Resides, Can Be The Place From Which Creation Arises
Danny Wolfers - Song of Moss
Lugubrum - Bruyne Kroon
Mark Fell & Rian Treanor - Last Exit To Chickenley
Terrence Dixon - Reporting From Detroit
DJ Manny - Signals In My Head

Honourable mentions

Aleksi perala's 2021 output
Amhain's 2021 output
Hieroglyphic Beings 2021 output
Mushroom Hour Half Hour - On Our Own Clock
Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8 
Cylob - Placeholder
De Schuurman - Bubbling Inside
MEMBERS ONLY - The Worst Edits vol. 2
Darkthrone - Eternal Hails...... 
RP Boo - Established!
The New Boyfriends - The New Boyfriends 3
Pamela Z - A Secret Code
Madlib - Sound Ancestors


Sophie – Bipp (Autechre Mx)
Omar - S - Still Fucking Resident Advisor + What's Good for the Goose
Rian Treanor - Obstacle Scattering
Theo Parrish - In Motion
Billy Lo – It's The Life
DJ Stingray 313 - Molecular Level Solutions
NWAQ – Above EP
Humanoid - sT8818r Humanoid
Dollkraut - Vuile Leugenaar
DMX Krew - Peripheral Visions + Overseer
Various - Private Party (030303)
Caramel Chameleon - Solitario
Capsule Network – Colundi Interception 3


Sounds Of Pamoja 
Swave Villi Us
Club Coco
Essiebons Special 1973-1984
Onderwereld - SCHENK1
Shadow Wolf Cyberzine Cover Tape 1

The album best encapsulating the pandemic in 2021


Totally forgot to include Senga Ferreira - Take The Evil Spirit Away, which definitely deserves to be in there somewhere. Top tip. 

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Alva Noto - HYbr:ID I

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Monomom

Alva Noto & Joeb Beving - Hanging D

Aleksi Peralta - (He put out way too much good music this year, and I enjoyed so much of it)

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic - An Evening at Home With Silk Sonic

Celer - It Would Have, But It Wasn't

Chihei Hatakeyama - Late Spring

Chihei Hatakeyama - Void Xxiivoid Xxiiii

Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders - Promises

Loscil - Lux: Refractions

Miho Hatori - Between Isekai and Slice of Life

OPN -Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Flying Fish Ambience

Sebastian Mullaert & Wa Wu We - Wa Wu We 005

Sedibus & The Orb - The Heavens

Sei A - Universal Love

Taylor Swift - evermore

tsrono - starless, cloudless


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My top 20

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram
Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
Lice - WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear
R.A.P. Ferreira - Bob's Son: R.A.P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel
R.A.P. Ferreira - The Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures
Liars - The Apple Drop
Failure - Wild Type Droid
Helvetia - Essential Aliens
Nation of Language - A Way Forward
Sunken Foal - Two Moon Junction
Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
L'Orange & Namir Blade - Imaginary Everything
Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death
Moin - Moot!
Writing Squares - Chart for the Solution
Madlib - Sound Ancestors
J.R.C.G. - Ajo Sunshine
Anika - Change
µ-Ziq - Scurlage
Darkside - Spiral

Things could change, as they do. I listened to the µ-Ziq & Mrs Jynx album just this past weekend for the first time, and again this morning. It's quite good I just don't know where to put it yet. It's probably better than Scurlage but can't make that call yet. I also listened to Space Afrika's Honest Labour a couple of times late in the year and right now it's #21 but I could see that climbing. 

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12 minutes ago, Boxus said:

combing this thread and I'm so glad I checked this out, fantastic album

Thank you so much ! I'm pretty sure I've listened to the tunes more than anyone else on this planet hehe (preparing the release, mastering it etc...) and Fluidity's an astonishing grower of an album. A true pleasure to work with William too.

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I forgot to add these fab eps:

Splitradix - Philatelic Diethylamide/51º53'43"Nord 8º25'09"Waldorf

Plenty more I forgot I guess, 2021 went by even faster than 2020 ... blurriest decade start in my lifetime.

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11 minutes ago, ARPA said:

I forgot to add these fab eps:

Splitradix - Philatelic Diethylamide/51º53'43"Nord 8º25'09"Waldorf

Plenty more I forgot I guess, 2021 went by even faster than 2020 ... blurriest decade start in my lifetime.

oh damn yes ... Barker - BARKER002 ep

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These are the ones I listened the most:

Ceephax Acid Crew - Box Steady
Madlib / Four Tet - Sound Ancestors
Lone - Always Inside Your Head
Mitch Murder - Then Again
µ-Ziq & Mrs Jynx - Secret Garden
µ-Ziq - Scurlage

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On 12/20/2021 at 2:51 PM, sidewinder said:

Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost

Damn, can’t believe I forgot this one on my list. Stormer. 

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