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KGNU DJs Top 10 Albums of 2021

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2021Top10

The end of 2021 is here, and our DJs are taking a look back at their favorite releases from this year. Take a look at what album releases your favorite KGNU DJs loved in 2021!


AndyZicklin

# Artist Album Label
1 The Jazz Butcher Dr Cholmondley Repents: A-sides, B-Sides and Seasides Fire
2 Hutch Harris Suck Up All The Oxygen Hutch Harris
3 The Fratellis Half Drunk Under A Full Moon Cooking Vinyl
4 Idles Crawler PTKF
5 Catherine Anne Davies The Anchoress Kscope
6 The Hold Steady Open Door Policy Positive Jams
7 The Interrupters Live in Tokyo Hellcat/Epitaph
8 Diego’s Umbrella Bomb’s Away Birdstrom
9 Claw Boys Claw Kite Excelsior
10 The Callippians Latest Hits BMG

BarbaraParis

# Artist Album Label
1 Nnenna Freelon Time Traveler Origin
2 Victoria Swift This Bitter Earth Mack Avenue
3 Bradford Marsalis Ma Rainey’s Blues Black Bottom Milan Records
4 Susanna Aleksandra The Siren Eclipse Music
5 Shai Maestro Human ECM
6 Dara Tucker Dreams of Waking Green Hill
7 Roxana Amed Ontology Sony
8 Sean Jones Daring Minds Motem
9 John Coletrane A Love Supreme Impulse
10 Julian Lage Squint Blue Note

BigDaddy

# Artist Album Label
1 Boma Bango L'étranger Valcour
2 Keith Frank & The Creole Connection The Resurrection of the Creole Connection Soulwood Records
3 Daniel Coolik and K.C. Jones Daniel Coolik and K.C. Jones Valcour Records
4 Dwayne Dopsie Set Me Free Louisiana Red Hot Records
5 Leftover Salmon Brand New Good Old Days Compass Records
6 K.C. Jones Queen of the In Decision Queen of the In Decision
7 Michot Melody Makers with Leyla McCalla Tiny Island Nouveau Electric Records
8 Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny Let’s Get Happy Together Stony Plain
9 Tiffany Pollack & CO. Bayou Liberty NOLA Blue
10 Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters Proud to be a Creole Fruge Reords

biostatic

# Artist Album Label
1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! Constellation
2 Mogwai As The Love Continues Temporary Residence
3 MONO Pilgrimage of the Soul Temporary Residence
4 Tangents Timeslips & Chimeras Temporary Residence
5 ILUITEQ The Loss of Wilderness n5MD
6 entropic advance endless collapse symbolic insight
7 Leon Vynehall Rare, Forever Ninja Tune
8 loscil Clara Self
9 bios+a+ic lo-fi buddha symbolic insight
10 Theo Croker BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST Sony Classical


BobCosmo

# Artist Album Label
1 Bo Burnham INSIDE Bo Burnham
2 JPEGMAFIA LP! UMG
3 Hlite A.V. Tone Alterations Multidm
4 Doja Cat Planet her RCA
5 Cleo Sol Mother Forever Living Originals
6 Kanye West Donda UMG
7 Moor Mother Black Encyclopedia of the Air Moor Mother
8 Beach Fossils The Other Side of Life (piano ballads) Bayonet Records
9 Sons of Kemet Black to the Future UMG
10 R.A.P. Ferreira the Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures Ruby Yacht

BrianEyster

# Artist Album Label
1 The Fretless Open House Birthday Cake
2 The Weather Station Ignorance Fat Possum
3 Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart BMG
4 Daniel Romano's Outfit Cobra Poems You’ve Changed Records
5 Chris Coole & Friends Adeline Self
6 JSpiers & Boden Fallow Ground Hudson Records
7 Frode Haltli Avant Folk II Hubro
8 Stash Wyslouch Plays and Sings Bluegrass, Vol. II Self
9 Shad TAO Secret City Records
10 Dominique Fils-Aimé Three Little Words Ensoul Records

BrotherLouie

# Artist Album Label
1 The Felice Brothers From Dreams to Dust Yep Roc
2 Hiss Golden Messenger Quietly Blowing It Merge
3 Lambchop Showtunes Merge
4 Bob Dylan Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 1980-1985 Sony Legacy
5 Howe Gelb & The Colorist Orchestra Not on The Map Dangerbird Records
6 Fruit Bats The Pet Parade Merge
7 Los Lobos Native Sons New West
8 Landhorne Slim Strawberry Mansion Dualtone
9 Yola Stand For Myself Easy Eye
10 Son Volt Electro Melodier Transmit Sound

CalHuss

# Artist Album Label
* Anushka Yemaya Tru Thoughts
* black midi Cavalcade Rough Trade
* Conclave Conclave Love Injection Records
* Emma Jean Thackray Yellow Movementt
* Greentea Peng Man Made AMF
* Kiefer Between Days Stones Throw
* Pink Siifu GUMBO’! Self
* Spencer Cullum Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection Full Time Hobby
* Vanishing Twin Ookii Gekkou Fire
* Work Money Death The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Residesl ATA

DJMarlowe

# Artist Album Label
1 Obay Alsharani Sandbox Hive Mind
2 Enforced Kill Grid Century Media
3 Xeno & Oaklander Vi/deo Dais Records
4 Dummy Mandatory Enjoyment Trouble In Mind
5 Íxtahuele Eden Ahbez’s Dharmaland Subliminal Sounds
6 Wayne Snow Figurine Roche Musique
7 The Reds Pinks and Purples Uncommon Weather Slumberland
8 Brijean Feeings Ghostly International
9 Yautja The Lurch Relapse
10 Julia Shapiro Zorked Suicide Squeeze

DRider

# Artist Album Label
1 Tune-Yards Sketchy 4AD
2 Massilia Sound System Sale Caractere Manivette Records
3 Nate Smith Kinfolk 2: See the Birds Edition
4 The Brown Boyz The Reintroduction Six 19 Music/DREAM Gospel
5 Grupo X Saturday Night Loft Records
6 Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Set Me Free Dwayne Rubin
7 Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise Ke myoonede (community) Hightibe
8 Penya Penya Liminal Recordings
9 Towa Tei LP Voltage Unlimited Inc
10 Baiana System ATO 3: America do Sol Maquina De Louco

DRider

# Artist Album Label
1 Jon Batiste We Are Verve
2 Silk Sonic An Evening With Silk Sonic Aftermath
3 Aaron Frazer Introducing Dead Oceans
4 Joseph Malik Diverse Part 3 Ramrock Red
5 Anushka Yemaya Tru Thoughts
6 Joshua Henry Grow BMG
7 The Bamboos Hard Up Pacific Theater
8 Mess Drey Eve-olution IMD
9 Wee Willie Walker Not In My Lifetime Blue Dot
10 O.B. Buchacha Southern Soul Brother Ecko

EC

# Artist Album Label
1 Various Artists Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You’ve Never Heard World Music Network
2 Jadsa Olho de Vivo Balaclava
3 Toumani Diabate and London Symphony Orchestra Korolen World Circuit
4 Ben Aylon Xalam Riverboat
5 Angelique Kidjo Mother Nature Verve
6 Throttle Elevator Music Final Floor Wide Hive
7 Pino Palladino & Mike Mills Notes with Attachments Impulse!
8 Sons of Kemet Black to the Future Impulse!
9 Alice Coltrane Kirtan: Turiya Sings Impulse!
10 Dobet Gnahore Couleur Cumbancha

GregSchultz

# Artist Album Label
1 Veronica Swift Getting To Know You Mack Avenue
2 Sierra Farrell Long Time Coming Rounder
3 Noel McKay Blue Blue Blue Self
4 Johnny Tucker And The Allstars featuring Kid Ramos 75 and Alive HighJohn Records
5 Jesse Daniel Beyond These Walls Die True
6 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra The Democracy! Suite Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
7 West of Texas Heartache, Hangovers & Honky Tonks Pleasant Valley Ranch Records
8 Veronica Lewis You Ain’t Unlucky Moonwink Music
9 Maria Muldaur • Tuba Skinny Let’s Get Happy Together Stony Plains
10 Charley Crockett Music City USA Thirty Tigers

TheGrooveThief

# Artist Album Label
1 The Late Ones The Fourth Quarter Easy Star
2 Bukkha ...In Roots Vol. 1 Moonshine
3 Niceness Realize Niceness
4 Various Artists Reggae Africa Roots & Culture 1972-1988 Africa Seven
5 Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band Expansions Big Crown
6 Kondi Band We Famous Strut
7 Blockhead Space Werewolves Will Be The End Of Us All Future Archive
8 Hot Mustard Mother Sauce Color Red
9 DJ Nu-Mark Run For Cover Hot Plate
10 Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra Antibody Remixes Peace & Rhythm

IndraRaj

# Artist Album Label
1 Arlo Parks Collapsed in Sunbeams Transgressive
2 Stubborn Heart Made of Static One Little Independent
3 Holy Hive Holy Hive Big Crown
4 Sam Wilkes One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation Leaving
5 quickly, quickly The Long And Short Of It Ghostly International
6 Vanishing Twin Ookii Gekkou Fire
7 FLUPKE IOAHI BMM
8 The Narcotix Mommy Issues The Narcotix
9 L’Rain Fatigue Mexican Summer
10 Dan Nicholls Mattering and Meaning We Jazz

IrisBerkeley

# Artist Album Label
1 Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway Bongo Joe
2 Lave La Rue Butter-Fly EP Marathon Artists
3 Altin Gün Yol ATO
4 Django Django Glowing In The Dark Because
5 Dylan Cartlidge Hope Above Adversity Glassnote
6 Greentea Peng Man Made AMF
7 John Carroll Kirby Septet Stones Throw
8 Sophia Kennedy Monsters City Slang
9 Jomoro Blue Marble Sky Sony Masterworks
10 Khruangbin Mordechai Remixes Dead Oceans

JoanneCole

# Artist Album Label
1 Maria Muldaur & Tuba Skinny Let’s Get Happy Together Stony Plain
2 Various Artists Greg Belson's Divine Funk Culture of Soul
3 Leyla McCalla Varicolored Songs: A Tribute To Langston Hughes Music Maker
4 Tia Carroll You Gotta Have It Little Village Foundation
5 Dave Brubeck Lullabies Verve
6 Rich Moore Voiceless Self
7 Johnny Iguana Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular! Delmark
8 Queen Esther Guild the Black Lily EL
9 Cha Wa My People Single Lock
10 Nola Resistance Nola Resistance MMD

JoelDavis

# Artist Album Label
1 Baligh Hamdi Instrumental Modal Pop of 1970s Egypt Sublime Frequencies
2 E.VAX E.VAX Because
3 El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey Ekundayo Inversions Big Crown
4 The Limiñanas / Laurent Garnier De Pelicula Because
5 Lucas Santtana 3 Sessions In a Greenhouse Mais Um
6 Mente Organica El Espacio Earthly Measures
7 Numa Gama Memorias de Oneyda Numa Gama
8 Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway Les Disques Bongo Joe
9 SAULT NINE SAULT
10 Wau Wau Collectif Yaral Sa Doom Sahel Sounds

KeithColligan

# Artist Album Label
1 St. Vincent Daddy’s Home Loma Vista
2 Matthew Dear Preacher’s Sigh and Potion: Lost Album Ghostly International
3 Reverend Freakchild Supramundane Blues Treated and Released
4 Judith Hill Baby I’m Hollywood Regime Music
5 Hiatus Kaiyote Mood Valiant Brainfeeder
6 Yasmin Williamsr Urban Driftwood Spinster
7 Maria Muldaur & Tuba Skinny Let’s Get Happy Together Stony Plain
8 The Notwist Vertigo Days Morr Music
9 Ryland Moranz XO, 1945 Tonic Records
10 The Bamboos Hard Up BMG

MattMalick

# Artist Album Label
1 John Reischman New Time & Old Acoustic John Reischman
2 Billy Strings Renewal Rounder
3 Sierra Farrell Long Time Coming Rounder
4 Justin Moses Fall Like Rain Mountain Fever
5 Dale Ann Bradley Things She Couldn’t Get Over Pinecastle
6 The Kody Norris Show All Suited Up Rebel
7 Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart Renew Records
8 Tim O’Brien He Walked On Howdy Skies
9 Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears Just Over the Ridge Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears
10 Orchard Creek Band Walk In The Woods Orchard Creek Band

MariahCoe

# Artist Album Label
1 Michael Akortia Synchronicity Michael Akortia
2 Hot Mustard Mother Sauce Color Red
3 Cochemea Vol. II Baca Sewa Daptone
4 Guedra Guedra Vexillology On the Corner
5 Various Artists Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You’ve Never Heard World Music
6 Omar Sosa An East African Journey OTA
7 Martin Guerra Temporada de Pesca raso.
8 Dara Tucker Dreams of Waking: Music for a Better World Green Hill
9 Monsieur Doumani Pissourin Glitterbeat
10 Badieh Badieh Worlds Within Worlds

PatrickMendoza

# Artist Album Label
1 Arlo Parks Collapsed In Sunbeams Transgressive
2 Shugundzo I’m Not A Mother, But I Have Children BMG
3 Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime Matador
4 Los Mocochetes Mucho Gusto EP Self
5 Conway The Machine La Maquina Griselda
6 Boldy James/The Alchemist Bo Jackson ALC
7 El Michels Affair Yeti Season Big Crown
8 The Velveteers Nightmare Daydream Easy Eye Sound
9 Aquarian Blood Bending the Golden Hour Goner
10 Various Artists Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album RCA

SamFuqua

# Artist Album Label
1 Julius Hemphill The Boye’ Multi-National Crusade for Harmony New World
2 Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers with Brewer Phillips Tearing the Roof Off JSP
3 Vijay Iyer Uneasy ECM
4 Amyl and the Snifflers Comfort To Me Rough Trade
5 Mareike Wiening Future Memories Green Leaf
6 Theon Cross Intra-I New Soil
7 Alice Coltrane Kirtan Turiya Sings Impulse
8 Lingua Ignota Sinner Get Ready Sargent House
9 San Salvador La Grande Folie MDC
10 Electric Jalaba El Hal/The Feeling Strut

Sandman

# Artist Album Label
1 Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic Atlantic
2 The Tragically Hip Saskadelphia Universal
3 Royal Blood Typhoon Warner Bros
4 The Black Keys Delta Kream Easy Eye Sound
5 Various Artists The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live at the Apollo Daptone
6 Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime Matador
7 Curtis Harding If Words Were Flowers ANTI
8 Arlo Parks Collapsed In Sunbeams Transgressive
9 Dylan Cartlidge Hope Above Adversity Glassnote
10 Boma Bango Étranger Valcour


UncleJeff

# Artist Album Label
* Blue Stingrays Surf-N-Burn Epitone
* Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine A Beginner’s Mind Asthmatic Kitty
* Various Artists Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 Light In The Attic
* Willie Dunn Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies Light In The Attic
* Iron & Wine Archive Series Volume No. 5 Sub Pop
* Uncle Tupelo Live March 24, 1994 Lounge Ax, Chicago dBpm Records
* Joni Mitchell Archives Volume 2 Reprise
* Neil Young Archives Vol. II Reprise
* Gillian Welch The Lost Songs Vol 1-3 Acony




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