Team FORM pick their albums and tracks of 2021

What a year it’s been. After what seemed like years, we were finally able to come together in music venues again and this year’s shows haven’t disappointed. From John Hopkins at Brighton’s The Old Market to The Horrors at Village Underground, 2021 has seen some mind-blowing live music.

The albums and tracks listed below are drawn from across the world and across genre with everything from Hardcore to Pop represented. They’re all brilliant and we heartily recommend diving into the playlist and discovering something new.

Brad Busby:

Slowthai – TYRON
Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn – Handle with Care
Jordy – SMH
Digga D – Made in Pyrex
Everyone you know – Just for the times
Lil Simz – Sometimes I Might be Introvert
Sam Wise – Free Game
Lord Apex – Smoke sessions 3
Bone Slim – Danse Macabre
Evidence – Unlearning

Finn Foxell – Alright Sunshine
Pinty – Red Lorry (I’m Sorry)
Earl Sweatshirt – 2010
Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn – Handle with Care
Pitch 92 – Live from London feat. Jehst

Chris Lowe:

Laura Stevenson – Laura Stevenson
Ross From Friends – Tread
Every Time I Die – Radical
One Step Closer – This Place You Know
Turnstile – GLOW ON
CHRVCHES – Screen Violence
Green House – Music for Living Spaces
YOO DO RIGHT – Don’t think you can escape your purpose
The Armed – Ultrapop
Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature

Mogwai – Ceiling Granny
The Weather Station – I Tried To Tell you
Brockhampton – Buzzcut (feat Danny Brown)
Lucy Dacus – Hot and Heavy
Turnstile – Holiday

Louisa Robinson:

Maple Glider – To Enjoy is The Only Thing
Spirit of the Beehive – ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz
Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
Shame – Drunk Tank Pink
CLAMM – Beseech Me
Low Hummer – Modern Tricks for Living
Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny Haha
Black Country, New Road – For The First Time
The Vernon Spring – A Plane Over Woods

Good Morning – Country
Lael Neale – Every Star Shivers in The Dark
Gabriels – Blame
KEG – Presidential Walk
Yard Act – Dark Days

Polly Mitchell:

Maple Glider – To Enjoy Is The Only Thing
Voka Gentle – WRITHING!
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
Helado Negro – Far In
Kit Sebastian – Melodi
Ross from Friends – Tread
Back Country New Road – For The First Time
Sound Ancestors – Madlib & Fourtet

Cole Pulice – Bone Prisms
Joviale – Glass Peach
Self Esteem – Fucking Wizardry
The Weather Station – Wear
Sun June – Everything I Had

Paul Phillips:

Liars – The Apple Drop
Absentees – Liars Do Leaders Make
Billy Marten – Flora Fauna
El Michels Affair – Yeti Season
Timelost – Gushing Interest
Amulets – Blooming
Wowod – Ярость И Прощение
Portrayal of Guilt – We Are Always Alone
Bachelor – Doomin’ Sun
Adam Znaidi – Pageant Smile (It’s an ep really but I can’t not include it)

Chat Pile – Mask
Sun June – Bad with time
El Michels Affair – Fazed Out
Heriot – Near Vision/Enter the Flesh
Bachelor – Stay in The Car

Honourable Mentions (sorry there was just too much to choose from this year):
Knocked Loose – A Tear in the Fabric of Life
Hazing Over – Pestilence
Still – { }
The Bug – Fire
Midwife – Luminol
I Feel Fine – The Cold in Every Shelter
Year of No Light – Consolamentum
Scalping – Flood
S.T Manville – How to Belong
Knoll – Interstice
Lost Horizons – In Quiet Moments
Werewolves – What a time to be Alive
Divide and Dissolve – Gas Lit

Catherine Neilson:

Weakened Friends – Quitter
Hayley Williams – Flowers For Vases
Beach Riot – Subatomic Party Cool
Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones X (a re-release, but I’ll say it counts..?)
Goan Dogs – Call Your Mum
Noga Erez – Kids
Lord Huron – Long Lost
Du Blonde – Homecoming
Hot Mulligan – I Won’t Reach Out To You
Cruel Tie – Simplicity You Lack

Thumper – The Loser
Satellites – Kim Jarvis
Gender Roles – Dead or Alive
Tebi Rex/ROE – Hanging With Trees
Fryars/Rae Morris – Moscow

Dan Monsell:

Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood
Snail Mail – Valentine
Turnstile – Glow On
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
Serpentwithfeet – Deacon
L’Rain – Fatigue
Pharoah Saunders & Floating Points – Promises
Emma Jean Thackray – Yellow

Honourable mentions:

Nation of Language – A Way Forward
Sault – Nine
Helado Negro – Far In
Moor Mother – Black Encyclopaedia of the Year
Tirzah – Colourgrade
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage
Magdalena Bay – Mercurial World
Illuminati Hotties – Let Me Do One More


Serpentwithfeet – Fellowship (and Same Size Shoe – both equally good)
Black Midi – John L
Lyra Pramuk – Tendril
Gabriels – Love and Hate in a Different Time
Porij – Nobody Scared
Illuminati hotties – MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA
Little Simz – Point and Shout
Sofia Kourtesis – La Perla
Caroline Polachek – Bunny Is a Rider
Cassandra Jenkins – Michaelangelo
Nathalie Bergman – Shine Your Light On Me
Navy Blue –  Higher Self
Dry Cleaning – Scratch Card Lanyard
Yasmin Williams – Juvenescence
Magdelana Bay – Secrets (Your Fire)
Wet Leg – Chaise Lounge

Kiery-May Alders:

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Greentea Peng – MANMADE
Crumb – Ice Melt
Kojaque – Town’s Dead
Chartreuse – Is It Autumn Already?
Sault – Nine
Biig Piig – The Sky Is Bleeding
Do Nothing – Glueland EP
WH Lung – Vanities
Amyl and the Sniffers – Comfort to Me

Elliot Callard:

Claud – Super Monster
Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
Flock of Dimes – Head of Roses
Every Time I Die – Radical
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Mogwai – As The Love Continues
Metz – Atlas Vending
Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood and Juanita
Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

Jensen McRae – Immune
Home is Where – Long Distance Conjoined Twins
Mogwai – Midnight Flit
Horsey – Lagoon
Wallows, Remi Wolf, Solomonophonic – OK

Alex Murray:

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might be Introvert
Shire T – Tomorrow’s People
Torres – Thirstier
Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
Penelope Trappes – Penelope Three
Natalie Bergman – Mercy
Fears – Oiche
Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
Alexander Biggs – Hit or Miss
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Rostam – Changephobia

Yard Act – Dark Days EP
Tiberius B – Stains EP
Sofia Kourtesis – Fresia Magdalena EP

Self Esteem – I Do This All the Time
Little Simz – Point and Kill
Chvrches – He Said She Said
Beartooth – Devastation
Girl in Red – Serotonin
Mykki Blanco – Free Ride
Arab Strap – The Turning in Our Bones
Coldplay – Higher Power

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