It’s been an ideal yr for brand spanking new music—particularly over the previous six months. As COVID restrictions began to elevate this summer time, a few of our favourite artists lastly launched the albums they’d been holding onto. Practically each week, there was a flood of nice new music to sift via. There have been blockbuster releases from A-list artists—dueling rollouts from Kanye West and Drake dominated the summer time—and standout albums from rising stars like Child Keem, Summer time Walker, and Don Toliver. On any given Friday, we had been greeted with long-anticipated tasks from veteran acts like Silk Sonic and gorgeous debuts from newcomers like Yebba.
For transient moments this yr, as concert events made a return and main album releases resumed an everyday cadence, issues even began to really feel (somewhat) regular once more for music followers. As we do each December, we put collectively an inventory of our favourite albums of the previous yr. Hand-picked by the Advanced Music employees, these are the albums that resonated with us essentially the most in 2021 and outlined the yr in music. These are Advanced’s picks for the very best albums of 2021.