Deep Rotations: 2021 — 50+ Essential Records

Last year I felt myself drawn to music imagining new paths forward. My favorite records deconstructed arbitrary barriers and between genres and technologies, exploring hybridized spaces and relationships between tradition & innovation, spirituality & politics, composition & improvisation, acoustic & digital, etc, in order to express resistance to oppressively rigid systems and offer visions of possible futures. Sounds of imagination, rituals, transformation, and liberation abound.

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a few other albums I dug that either aren’t available on LP or I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet:

  1. otay:onii – ?? (Míng Míng) [post-industrial, Chinese folk music, experimental electronic]
  2. Fuubutsushi – Setsubun (??) [Folk-Jazz, Ambient, New Age, Chamber Jazz]
  3. Richard Dawson & Circle – Henki [Art Rock, Songwriter, Prog]
  4. Patrick Shiroishi – Hidemi [Avant-Jazz, Post-Minimalism]
  5. Space Afrika – Honest Labour [Collage, Ambient, Experimental]
  6. Grouper – Shade [Ambient Folk, Lo-fi Songwriter]
  7. Vapor Theories – Celestial Scuzz [Drone, Psychedelic, Ambient Blues]
  8. Injury Reserve – By the Time I Get to Phoenix [Experimental Hip-Hop, Glitch Hop, Sound Collage]
  9. Aesop Rock x Blockhead – Garbology [Abstract Hip-Hop, Boom-Bap]
  10. MxLx – Nebula Rasa [Post-Industrial, Experimental, Minimal Synth, Progressive Electronic]
  11. Embryo – Auf Auf [Prog, Arabic Jazz, Kosmische Jazz, Psych]
  12. Adia Victoria – A Southern Gothic [Gothic Americana, Songwriter, Blues Rock, Alt-Country]
  13. Naaljos Ljom – Naaljos Ljom [Norweigan Future Folk, Electroacoustic]
  14. BLK JKS – Abantu / Before Humans [Afro-Rock, Psych, Prog]

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