Best of 2021 (Part 1)

Let’s have your best of’s for the first half of 2021 :slight_smile:

Track
Album
Remix
Compilation
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Honourable mentions

I’ll start us off

Best track:
Alex Kassian - Leave Your Life (Lonely Hearts)

Honourable mentions:
Jesse Futerman - Luckey
Fantastic Man - Cloud Manager
Gold Suite - Heatstroke

Best remix:
Amazonia - Amazonia (Good Block Remix)

Honourable mentions:
Fred Everything - Barbarella (I:Cube Parisian Sleaze Mix)
Heart Sphere ‎– E.R. (Emergency Relief) (Children Mix)

Best album:
Lou Hayter - Private Sunshine

Honourable mentions:
Jex Opolis - It’s Me, Jexy
Love Ape - ZEN

Best compilation:
Special Request - DJ Kicks

Honourable mentions:
Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997
CC DISCO - First Light Vol 2

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Great idea, seeing as I’ve been living under a rock I await the results with excitement!

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Track: GALXTC - Life Is A Mirror (Space Grapes)
Album: Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Flying Fish Ambience LP
Remix: Leo Sayer - Easy To Love (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
Compilation: V/A - Belong To The Wind (Forager)
Reissue: Axel F. - Geronimo (Eichhorn)

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this is the bomb…thanks for the tip…obsessed now lol

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Bit biased since he’s a good friend of mine, but Marshall Watson’s 2 EPs on Nu Northern Soul have been on constant rotation. Take a listen / buy here: https://marshallwatson.bandcamp.com/

Marshall Watson - Sunsets on Larkin pt 1 and pt 2

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Track: Danger Zone - Danger Boys/Eddie C & Murge - Pacific Jam/Upward Bound - Space Honey
Album: Yarni - Boro
Compilation: Outlines - Anma Records
Honourable mentions
Time (TV), Medical Grade Music - Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi (Book)

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Been struggling big time with depression in 2021 so I haven’t listened to much new music at all this year but here are the 2 records I have loved by way of Music From Memory

Enter The Zenmenn and more recently I’ve really been enjoying Loveshadow

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I’m obsessed with No Control on the Loveshadow LP.

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Hang in there bud. It’s been a shit year but light is coming.

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I’m going to preface this by saying these are records I discovered in 2021. I live in the sticks so forgive me if some/all aren’t from this year.

Track: Jessie Ware - Remember Where You Are
Album: Eddie Chacon - Pleasure, Joy & Happiness
Remix: Palms Trax - Petu - Masalo remix

Honorable mentions:

Track: Alex Kassian - Leave Your Life (dance mix)
Album: Children of Zeus - Balance & Laura Groves - A Private Road
Remix: Mzylkypop - Ursula (Crooked Man remix), Fontaine’s DC - A Hero’s Death (Soulwax remix)

Oh and my favourite discovery has been World Building Records, particularly the Apiento records.

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Plenty of us here… don’t struggle in silence. xxx

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Music is a great healer my friend. Stay strong x

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for sure but interestingly I always find it soo hard to dig for new music when depression hits. stay strong @Bart.1 it’s a wild time we’re living through at the moment and you’re not going through it alone.

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Yeah it’s a difficult one. Finding the motivation to just get out of bed sometimes when the black dog is around can be a challenge.

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Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_eCbUTzeo
Album: https://tinangelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ser-que-ahora-podremos-entendernos
Remix: https://peerdu.bandcamp.com/track/angie-stone-wish-i-didnt-miss-you-peer-du-version (didn’t come out this year but ye)
Compilation: Various Artists Vol1 [The Dwellers] | Satta Records (track 2 and track 5)
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Honourable mentions: Nana (Like A Star Made For Me) (Julianna Barwick remix) | Malibu, Elephant man, everything else posted here pretty much, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcHWhKFIoSA

and an especially honourable mention to the film Mayor, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-EVtSZ9-fA, came out in 2020 but is only just on mubi now so i’m counting it. 100% watch it it’s so good

Both of Zopelar’s new records are fire:

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cheers for the reminder about Mayor, have been meaning to watch that after hearing the chapo interview but it fell off my radar

oh, mate it’s the best doc i’ve seen in so long as good as restrepo

Track - Fuga Ronto/Falling Star.

Honourable mentions to Quinn Lamont Luke/Don’t Run Away and of course Alex Kassian: shout out for Spirit of Eden which is also a great track on that EP.

Album - Under Allt/ Mellanrum. Top work by Dan Lissvik.

Remix - Palms Trax/Petu (Masalo Remix). Recent acquisition for me. Love Masalo’s style and this one is a banger.

And not really remixes but the unreleased Compass Point versions by Nassau Track Authority were great too.

Compilation - BS Radio Volume 001. Love this comp. Every track a winner for me.

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It’s been a really tough time mentally. Going back into lockdown as winter kicked in hit me pretty hard tbh. I always find it useful, despite how it feels at the time, to remember that these states are temporary and do eventually pass.

My dm’s are always open if you need a chat.

Track:
East Coast Love Affair - Date With The Rain (Dub) (AOTN)
Alex Kassian - Leave Your Life (Lonely Hearts Mix) (Pinchy & Friends)
Glass Beams - Mirage (Research)

Album:
The Zenmenn - Enter The Zenmenn (Music From Memory)
CR Gillespie - Tracings In Honey (Seance Centre)

Can’t think of any remix that’s stood out this year.

Compilation:
La Ola Interior: Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 (Bongo Joe)

Reissue:
Roots - Roots (Frederiksberg)

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