The Best Music of 2021 so far
2021 seems to be quite similar to 2020, however, music is still giving us the vibes we need to feel alive, enjoy life, and make our souls dance. Let’s review the beginning of this brand new year in music. The first stop, the NY-born and bred Maasaai brings a post-hip hop to the front, her powerful verse reminds me of Syd and Lauryn Hill, but her production is more obscure and explosive, like the soundtrack to her rebellion: "I like shit gritty and fucked up" can be read in her Facebook account. The second stop in this short trip places us in the German band The Notwist with its electronic puzzles, the 80s, and rich experience at their backs, all songs sound essential and exciting despite the lack of coherence in the album. Their Vertigo Days is a rollercoaster fantasy, all tracks are worth listening to. The next stop gets us to Celeste, the L.A. born based in Brighton got recently her first number one in the UK list with her very traditional neo-soul. She’s got class and voice. She is as vibrant as Amy Winehouse and Adele, Celeste is the singer to know this year, you will have it on repeat. Believe me! The fourth viewpoint shows us Madlib's fusion, the album Sound Ancestors keeps his samples and loops going on. He is a prolific musician capable to keep us entertained and tuned to his albums, feeling fusion-sonic. Ready for the fifth turn? Ok, we can enjoy the Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks. The Londoner has released a promising debut, 90s reminiscent. Everything but the girl fans will appreciate Arlo Parks' existence. You can also find her acting at the café at the Gucci fashion short film with multiple readings about genre. Brilliant! Let’s get Latin now! Maluma’s #7DJ (Seven Days in Jamaica) brings his interpretation of (soft) reggae, with lush collaborations: Tonika with Ziggy Marley. This short album has curious songs that fuse different music genres like La Burbuja. His catchy tunes are here to stay baby. The controversial KLF has finally released their music on the streaming platforms. Solid State Logik 1 is the compilation that will bring you techno and acid house nostalgia. 10/10 set with their old hits! Let’s celebrate this great news!
Those are the albums that have drawn my attention most this year so far. I still believe in the album format as the whole conceptual unit for listening to music. However, in the playlist Spotify era, this review won’t be complete without the songs. So let’s dive into them! Lo vas a olvidar is the Rosalía and Billie Eilish’s baby. The composition is minimalist and like the video, it reinforces their individual brands. In love with this skeleton tune! So soul naked! Another diva Lana del Rey has also released a masterpiece, both the song and video: Chemtrails over the country club. It seems the divas have it clear and they are selling their own unique styles in 2021. This song is as beautiful and moving as you expect from Lana. Barcelona’s new sensation Rigoberta Bandini is doing great and she is here to rock the establishment! It may be the hard times we’re living in, we need some clever hedonism. Her anthems bring a new reading to feminism and her lyrics are made to uplift and to sing. It’s the best thing that has happened to Spain in a while. Don’t miss her songs Perra, In Spain we call it Soledad or Too many drugs!
If you think 2021 is the little brother of 2020, you may need to listen to these recommendations. I promise this music trip will cheer you up! More updates coming soon! Enjoy the Spotify playlist!