The best of the rest… (from my Top 20 of the year 2021)

By Massimo Usai

A list of records worthy of deep listening and which, for various reasons, are not part of my top 20, but perhaps of your ranking and which in any case are not lost and at various times have filled my days in 2021.

Jay-Jay Johanson “Silver Screen”

 The Album Leaf “One Day I’ll be on time”

Clairo “Sling”

 Arlo Parks “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

 Cory Hanson “Pale Horse Rider”

Dry Cleaning “New Long Leg”

London Grammar “Californian Soil”

Wolf Alice “Blue Weekend”

Lana Del rey “ Chemtrails Over the Country Club”

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & London Symphony Orchestra “Promises”

Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux tales”

Arooj Aftab “Vulture Prince”

Prince “Welcome 2 America”

Ben Lamar Gay “Open Arms to open us”

Casper Clausen “Better way”

Christone Kingfish Ingram “662”

Helado negro “Fai in”

Halsey – “If I can’t have love, I want power”

Dirk Maassen “Re: Visions”

James Blake – “Friends that break your Heart”

Efterlang “windflowers

Ethan Cain “Inbred”

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Grace Cummings “Storm Queen” ***

Makaya McCraven “ Deciphering the message”

Big Red Machine “How Long do you think it’s gonna last?”

Snail Mail “Valentine”

St Vincent “Daddy’s Home”

Japanese Breakfast “Jubilee”

Anderson East “Maybe We never die

Andy Stott “Never The right time”

Angus and Julia Stone “Life is strange”

Anika “Change”

Arca “Kick iii”

Art School Girlfriend “Is it where you are”

Arushi Jain “Under the Lilac Sky”

Audiobooks “Astro Tough”

Badbadnotgood “Talk Memory”

Sufjan Stevens Angelo De Augustine “A beginner’s mind”

Sofia Kourtesis “Fresia Magdalena”

St Entienne – “I’ve been trying to tell you”

Black Acid Soul “ Lady Blackbird”

Lambchop “Showtunes”

Laura marling and Mike Lindsay “ Animal”

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