“It’s like, you know, everything is cancelled”: MC Tomster’s TREMENDOUS THIRTY, 2021

Here are my favourite albums of 2021. The very favourite is marked by an * though! On that matter I’m actually in exact agreement with the Guardian, which is a rarity!

I’ve played some of these more than others. But they are all ace in various ways.

There is also a Spotify playlist here with a track each from these releases for your listening pleasure.

Little Simz – SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT
Bruno Pernadas – PRIVATE REASONS
Axolotes Mexicanos – :3
Jazmine Sullivan – HEAUX TALES
Mzylkypop – KIEDY WILKI ZAWYJA?
Remi Wolf – JUNO
Doja Cat – PLANET HER
Genesis Owusu – SMILING WITH NO TEETH
Fievel Is Glauque – GOD’S TRASHMEN SENT TO RIGHT THE MESS
Haiku Salut – THE HILL, THE LIGHT, THE GHOST
Space Afrika – HONEST LABOUR
Mason Lindahl – KISSING ROSY IN THE RAIN
Cities Aviv – THE CRASHING SOUND OF HOW IT GOES
Lost Girls, Jenny Hval & Håvard Volden – MENNESKEKOLLEKTIVET
Andy Stott – NEVER THE RIGHT TIME
Rochelle Jordan – PLAY WITH THE CHANGES
Öona Dahl – MORPH
Douglas Kearney & Val Jeanty – FODDER (LIVE AT DISJECTA IN PORTLAND)
Anthony Joseph – THE RICH ARE ONLY DEFEATED WHEN RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES
Dave – WE’RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER
Billie Eilish – HAPPIER THAN EVER
Virginia Wing – private LIFE
Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen & Dave Okumu – THE SOLUTION IS RESTLESS
HARD FEELINGS – HARD FEELINGS
Damon Albarn – THE NEARER THE FOUNTAIN, MORE PURE THE STREAM FLOWS
Arlo Parks – COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS
Nun Gun – MONDO DECAY
Tom Jones – SURROUNDED BY TIME
NOUS, Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda & Christopher Bono – CIRCLE OF CELEBRATION
*Self Esteem – PRIORITISE PLEASURE

Highly honourable mentions to Lindsey Buckingham, Naked Flames, Jana Rush, Claire Rousay, Field Music… Many of these people’s and others’ albums are represented on this other Spotify playlist: MC TOMSTER’S 2021 GALLIMAUFRY. This is a mix inspired by the eclecticism of John Peel and Annie Nightingale and veers far more oddly and expansively than the BANGERS or TREMENDOUS THIRTY playlists.

Some of the videos for the TREMENDOUS THIRTY selections are, in themselves, amazing. Watch them! :

Bruno Pernadas – THEME VISION

Doja Cat – NEED TO KNOW

Andy Stott – HARD TO TELL


Rochelle Jordan – ALREADY (Beckettian!)

Further VHS aesthetics here:

Nun Gun, feat. Mark Stewart – STEALTH EMPIRE

NOUS, Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda & Christopher Bono – GIVING PRAISE

Self Esteem – MOODY

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