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The 50 best albums of 2021: 50-8
Olivia Rodrigo unleashes a barbed and brilliantly crafted debut album about teenage heartbreak, as we count down one LP per day to the best album of the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

08, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Arca: KicK iii review – a joyous sonic headrush
Over 12 frantic songs, and a flurry of adjacent albums, the electronic innovator truly comes into her own

Michael Cragg

05, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Beat that: Berlin’s techno DJs seek Unesco world heritage status
Group seeks cultural protection for music that defined reunification era

James Tapper

05, Dec, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Jessie Ware review – steamy and scintillating grown up pop
Leaning into the disco sound of her last album and her older, understated R&B, Ware performs with fun and finesse

Fergal Kinney

03, Dec, 2021 @11:36 AM

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Arca: Kick ii, iii, iiii, iiiii review | Alexis Petridis's albums of the week
Four new albums of extravagantly warped electronics offer listeners a lot to take in – and her most pop-focused music to date

Alexis Petridis

03, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Barbados’s icon: why Rihanna’s national hero status is so apt
Honoured by her newly republican country, Rihanna has always proudly worn her Bajan heritage – broadening her sound from her Caribbean roots, while staying true to them

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Nov, 2021 @3:37 PM

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The 20 best songs of 2021
We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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One to watch: Logic1000
The Berlin-based Australian DJ delivers beats and melody in abundance

Damien Morris

27, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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‘You can’t cancel me, I’ve got bills to pay!’: music stars on pop’s strange 2021
Laura Mvula, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno, Snail Mail, BackRoad Gee, Sigrid and Eris Drew mull over the year’s big stories, from Britney’s freedom to battles over plagiarism and streaming

As told to Alexis Petridis

26, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Kelly Lee Owens wins Welsh music prize for Inner Song
Techno artist says being ‘recognised by your country is the greatest honour’, after winning prize for the year’s best Welsh album

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Nov, 2021 @9:25 AM

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Reggie Yates on his film Pirates: ‘It breaks my heart that garage is not celebrated like grime or punk’
The broadcaster and DJ makes his directorial debut with a comedy about UK garage fans trying to celebrate the turn of the millennium in style. He explains why it’s time to portray Black British youth with joy

Kate Hutchinson

22, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Madonna, drugs and helicopter-trained dogs: the dark, starry life of William Orbit
He was a techno-classical genius loved by pop stars from U2 to Britney. Then he was sectioned in his 60s after a drug-induced breakdown. The superproducer explains how he came back around

Kate Hutchinson

19, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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