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The Attack Magazine team round up their favourite electronic music of 2021.

This list of fifty releases has been put together by the Attack Magazine team and contributors. Each member of the team was asked to nominate their favourite tracks of the year. So this list – containing both huge bangers and underground stalkers from drum and bass, techno, house, Balearic and more – reflects the many varied tastes of the Attack team and is a snapshot of where we think dance and electronic music is currently at.

It’s often tricky to find trends in the vast world of club music, but we can make some generalizations. This year has been outstanding for albums, as artists who have previously spent much of the year on the road have devoted more time to producing music. 2021 saw quality album releases from artists like Loraine James, Posthuman, Eris Drew, DJ Seinfeld, Joy Orbison, Saint Etienne, Lou Hayter, Baltra, Sunjunkie, Greentea Peng, Ross From Friends, Nightmares On Wax, Lone, Chrissy, Róisín Murphy/Crooked Man, Galathea, Dusky and Another Chemical Love Story, ranging from experimental electronics to rave revival to dub disco and more.

Here’s the full Spotify playlist:

The UK classic house sound made a strong showing with producers like Ashley Beedle and Bruise having a particularly good year. Perhaps the most interesting trend is the continual dissolution of genre boundaries which reflects contemporary listening habits. This year we saw more artists and DJs producing music that struggles to fit neatly into one genre and inevitably leading to more open, free and fun DJ sets. All in all, it was incredibly difficult to narrow this list down to 50 tracks and there is much more great music that we had to leave out.

So, in no particular order, here is Attack Magazine’s favourite music of 2021. Make sure to follow Attack on Spotify also.

Enjoy!

Echoes of Memories – Lova

Diablo – Sunjunkie

Unheard Melodies – u-Ziq, Mrs Jinx

Marechià (with Célia Kameni)- by Nu Genea

Lambeth – Burial

Burnt Orange – Elkka

Otomo – Bonobo & O’Flynn

Wrong Dream – Hardway Bros Cosmic Intervention – Margee

State of Deriviatives – Hypaphonik

La Perla – Sofia Kourtesis

Let The Music Play (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) – Shannon

You Can Do It – Caribou

Talk About – Rain Radio, DJ Craig Gorman

Both of Us – Jayda G

I Go – Peggy Gou

OnlyL – TSHA

The Hymn – Will Clarke

Sketch 3 – Truncate & Ruskin

Figueroa – Machinedrum

160 Down The A406 – Sherelle

Stand Up – Tim Reaper

Vibin’ – Monty, Alix Perez

Selecta – Danny Byrd, D Double E

Equinox (Phace Remix) – Annix, Rider Shafique

Viable Entity – Rudosa

Gradiente de Voltaje – Oscar Mulero

Rebirth – Sara Landry

Voice Within – Anastasia Kristensen

Upkick – Ken Ishi

We Plant The Roses – Kettama

New Day – Forest Park West

So U Kno – Overmono

Everything Else Is Secondary (1-800 Girls Remix) – Viggo Dyst

Better Late Than Never – Kerri Chandler

Yukon – Clive From Accounts

Hit Thinking – Shur-I-Kan vs Milton Jackson

Joy – Bruise

Ghosts (Black Science Orchestra Remix) – The Spaces Inbetween

Crooked Madame – Róisín Murphy

better – Joy Orbison

Simple Stuff – Loraine James

Under Belly – Blawan

Quivering In Time – Eris Drew

Ecstatic Descent – Ayesha

Tunnel – Posthuman

Holographic (Carl Craig’s Ride or Die Anthem) – Vince Watson

These Things Will Come To Be – DJ Seinfeld

Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing) – Fred Again

This Thing – Jimpster, Rich Medina

Pain & Blood – Flying Lotus

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20th December, 2021

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