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Our 10 favourite albums of 2021

This is the end, beautiful friend. Of the year that is. Which means it’s time for us to rank our favourite albums.

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Frederick O'Brien & André Dack

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Our 10 favourite singles of 2021

A lot of things about 2021 somehow managed to be worse than in 2020. Not the music, though. The music has been terrific. These were our favourite singles.

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Frederick O'Brien & André Dack

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Max Richter’s evocative activism soothes the soul

Deep, lush composition meets powerful spoken word delivery in Max Richter’s latest project, producing a potent, uplifting concoction.

By Andrew Bridge

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Artist-friendly music streaming alternatives to Spotify et al.

The big dogs of music streaming aren’t great for musicians, but there are other options. Here are services putting artists first (or at least, not dead last).

By Frederick O'Brien

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A Grand Soirée: All character themes in ‘Apex Legends’ ranked

Music is one of many reasons the game stands apart from other battle royale titles, each tune bringing our favourite heroes (and villains) to life.

By André Dack

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Arlo Parks debuts with moreish confidence

Drawing from a melting pot of influences, Parks delivers ice cool nonchalance and honest intimacy in a debut record as exciting as it is impressive.

By Andrew Bridge

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Cosmo Sheldrake transports listeners to warmer, wilder climes with the birdsong of ‘Wake Up Calls’

Using recordings from birds (mostly) on endangered lists in Britain, Sheldrake layers and manipulates birdsong to produce music as calming as it is beautiful.

By Andrew Bridge

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Goan Dogs deliver guitar pop romp in ‘Call Your Mum’ (and excellent advice to boot)

Bristol band Goan Dogs have been going strong for ten years, and the work they've put in during that time has come to captivating fruition in their debut.

By Andrew Bridge

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Statsioxide: our first 250 reviews in numbers

After six long, resolutely joyless years we passed another album review milestone. To celebrate here’s a look at some sweet, sweet data.

By Frederick O'Brien

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Anders Filipsen channels Brian Eno and C418 in solo debut ‘Waiting Music’

Danish composer Anders Filipsen delivers something serene and uncannily innocent, bringing a playfulness to his sweeping ambient soundscapes.

By Frederick O'Brien