Nigel from London shares his Top Tens for 2021


1.  Black Country, New Road - For The First Time

This record manages something extraordinary. It captures the spirit of pop music in some kaleidoscopic explosion of crypto-jazz and pseudo-rock. The splurge of creativity here is brilliantly incomprehensible and explosively enjoyable at the same time. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time but didn’t know it. It’s the musical equivalent of Red Bull & vodka and while it tips a nod here and there, it’s all so very fresh and new - I so envy the 18 year olds hearing this.

2.  Celeste - Not Your Muse

3.  The Weather Station - Ignorance

4.  Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature

5.  Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee

6.  Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

7.  Shame - Drunk Tank Pink

8.  Squid - Bright Green Field

9.  Portico Quartet - Terrain

10. Greentea Peng - Man Made




1.  Celeste - Union Chapel, London

2.  Black Country, New Road - Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

3.  Stephen Fretwell - St Pancras Old Church, London

4.  Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - The Social, London

5.  Max Richter - Crystal Palace Bowl, London

6.  Black Midi - St John at Hackney, London

7.  Gruff Rhys / Bill Ryder-Jones - Electric Ballroom, London

8.  Albertine Sarges - The Windmill, London

9.  Golden Dregs - The Lexington, London

10. Shame - Chalk, Brighton