As 2021 comes to a close, we can think of some spectacular music albums and EPs that we enjoyed and reviewed on EastMojo (from the magnificent ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ by Little Simz and the electrifying ‘Lately I Feel Everything’ by Willow to the megahit ‘Planet Her’ by Doja Cat). But, the year saw a lot more music releases than we could cover. So we have made a list of some of the records which made an impact on the indie music scene – for better or worse – in the year of 2021. 

This is by no means a thorough list and we had to sadly leave out a lot of mainstream releases such as Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Drake, choosing to bring attention to lesser-known, yet promising, artists instead. 

We hope that this list gives you new music to add to your playlists! 

1. ASHNIKKO – DEMIDEVIL 

Genre: Hip Hop / Pop 

Check out: “Daisy”, “L8r boi”, “Slumber Party” 

For fans of: 100 gecs, Black Dresses, Princess Nokia

2. AUDREY NUNA – A LIQUID BREAKFAST 

Genre: Hip Hop / R&B

Check out: “damn right”, “Cool Kids”, “Top Again” 

Check out: Childish Gambino, Joji, NIKI, Lava LaRue 

3. BABY QUEEN – THE YEARBOOK 

Genre: Pop rock / Teen pop 

Check out: “You Shaped Hole”, “Narcissist” 

For fans of: Pixey, ‘Start A Riot’-era Jetta, Holly Humberstone

4. CELESTE – NOT YOUR MUSE 

Genre: Soul / Blues 

Check out: “Love Is Back”, “Tonight Tonight”, “Strange” 

For fans of: Amy Winehouse, Adele, Joy Crookes 

5. CLAIRO – SLING 

Genre: Pop / Folk 

Check out: “Partridge”, “Amoeba” 

For fans of: Fleetwood Mac, Vashti Bunyan, ‘Solar Power’-era Lord

6. DARKOO – 2 IN 1 

Genre: Hip Hop / Afrobeat / Dancehall 

Check out: “Drunk Texting”, “Pick Up” 

For fans of: Shaybo, Remi, Haile, Alicai Harley 

7. ENNY – UNDER TWENTY FIVE 

Genre: Conscious Hip Hop 

Check out: “Under 25”, “Same Old”, “Peng Black Girls” 

For fans of: early Estelle, Digable Planets 

8. GREENTEA PENG – MAN MADE 

Genre: R&B / Meditational 

Check out: “Nah It Ain’t The Same”, “Dingaling”, “Suffer”, “Kali V2”

For fans of: Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley

9. GRIFF – ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER 

Genre: Pop / Dance 

Check out: “Black Hole”, “One Foot In Front of the Other”, “Remembering My Dreams” For fans of: Jetta, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift 

10. HALSEY – IF I CAN’T HAVE LOVE, I WANT POWER 

Genre: Pop / Rock 

Check out: “You asked for this”, “honey”, “I am not a woman, I’m a god”, “The Lighthouse” 

For fans of: Willow, Poppy, Olivia Rodrigo, Daya, Kiiara 

11. JAPANESE BREAKFAST – JUBILEE 

Genre: Pop / Soft rock 

Check out: “Paprika”, “Be Sweet”, “Kokomo, IN”, “Tactics” 

For fans of: Beach Bunny, Mac DeMarco, Wallows

12. LADY GAGA – DAWN OF CHROMATICA 

Genre: Hyper-pop / Dance / Club remix 

Check out: “SOURCANDY”, “911”, “BABYLON” 

For fans of: Charli XCX, AG Cook, Mura Masa, Ashnikko, Dorian Elektra 

13. LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT – LOVE FOR SALE 

Genre: Jazz / Blues 

Check out: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You” For fans of: Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire 

14. MAISIE PETERS – YOU SIGNED UP FOR THIS 

Genre: Teen pop 

Check out: “John Hughes Movie”, “Psycho” 

For fans of: Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo

15. MARINA – ANCIENT DREAMS IN A MODERN LAND 

Genre: Pop / Rock 

Check out: “Purge The Poison”, “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”, “Man’s World” For fans of: Florence + The Machine, Pussy Riot, Regina Spektor 

16. PINKPANTHERESS – TO HELL WITH IT 

Genre: Bedroom pop / Garage / Two-step 

Check out: “i must apologise”, “Just for me”, “Reason” 

For fans of: Hannah Diamond, Kero Kero Bonito, Coco & Clair Clair 

17. PIXEY – SUNSHINE STATE 

Genre: Pop-rock 

Check out: “Life is a Stereo” 

For fans of: Oasis, Baby Queen, Jetta

18. PRIYA RAGU – DAMNSHESTAMIL 

Genre: Hip Hop / R&B 

Check out: “Locked Down”, “Kamali”, “Santhosam” 

For fans of: M.I.A, IAMDDB, Tamil music 

19. REMI WOLF – JUNO 

Genre: R&B funk / Pop 

Check out: “Guerilla”, “Front Tooth”, ” Sexy Villain” 

For fans of: BENEE, Bruno Mars, TiaCorine, Omar Apollo 

20. QVEEN HERBY – A WOMAN 

Genre: Rap / Pop 

Check out: “Juice”, “Balenciaga Dreams”, “A Woman” 

For fans of: Iggy Azalea, KARMIN, The Buttress

21. SAWEETIE – PRETTY SUMMER PLAYLIST: SEASON 1 

Genre: Hip Hop / R&B 

Check out: “Backseat”, “Seesaw”, “Pretty & Rich” 

For fans of: Jhené Aiko, Ella Mai, Jorja Smith 

22. SHAYBO – QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 

Genre: Hip Hop / Dance 

Check out: “My Sister”, “Broke Boyz” 

For fans of: Lady Leshurr, Stefflon Don, ‘The Pinkprint’-era Nicki Minaj 

23. TKAY MAIDZA – LAST YEAR WAS WEIRD VOL. 3 

Genre: Hip Hop / Pop 

Check out: “KIM”, “Syrup”, “So Cold”, “High Beams” 

For fans of: Missy Elliott, M.I.A, Kendrick Lamarr, Little Simz

24. TRAMP STAMPS – WE GOT DRUNK AND MADE AN EP 

Genre: Pop punk 

Check out: “I’d Rather Die” 

For fans of: Green Day, sum 41, Good Charlotte 

Also read: New Songs Sunday: A look at the latest tracks this week



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