#BoL50 2021

With the last of the leftovers finally devoured, it’s time to look back at what 2021 gave us. For starters, lots of postponed gigs, but also a slow, ginger return to venues. Highlights for us include The Nightingales – which had been postponed from the before times – Benefits and Billy Nomates. It gave us a shortage of vinyl just to throw another blocked in the way of anyone actually making any money out of this business. But there were, as always, some great records to soundtrack the year. And here, as every year, are our favourite 50 which this year includes 53 tracks.

The Trudy – Dear Sancho
Home Counties – White Shirt/Clean Shirt
Alex Spencer – Things Just Come & Go
Blanketman – Leave The South
Play Dead – Shaun
Italia 90 – Borderline
The Broken Orchestra & Joe Hakim – Play To The Gallery
Dry Cleaning – Strong Feelings
Black Salmon – Chihuahua Power
The Shed Project – Feel My Love
Working Men’s Club – X
Jister – Normal Island
Sons Of Kemet – To Never Forget The Source
The Lucid Dream – Coalesce
The C33s – Benzodiac
Monitors – The Drill
Herbert Grönemeyer & Alex Silva – I Love A Man In Uniform
Django Django – Kick The Devil Out
Idles – Damaged Goods
JOHN – A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
Mathlovsky – Geng Geng Gang
Great Pagans – Just A Step Behind
Amateur Trepanning – Thank Ourselves Of Temporary
Baba Ali – Black Wagon
Sugar Horse – Fat Dracula
Dead Slow Hoot – Gesticulating Wildly
Ceiling Demons – From The Womb To The Grave
Alabama 3 – Whacked
Andrew Hung – Brother
Voodoo Beach – Anders Sein
Tropical Fuck Storm – G.A.F.F
Wet Leg – Chaise Longue
Chihuahua – Nailing Tent Pegs To My Forehead
DZ Deathrays – Skeleton Key
Amen Dunes & Sleaford Mods – Feel Nothing
Lonely Guest – Pre-War Tension
Boyoca – Bamboo Mask
Amyl & The Sniffers – Guided By Angels
Johnny Marr – Spirit, Power & Soul
Sea Fever – Crossed Wires
JOHN – Šibensko Powerhouse
Stocksnskins – Control Alt Delete
Y Bülbül & Rose Glass – Aspiration Nation
Wet Leg – Wet Dream
Pray For Mojo – Landslide
Amyl & The Sniffers – Hertz
The Limiñanas & Laurent Garnier – Saul
Skrattar – Trouble
Pigeon – Yagana
Warmduscher – Wild Flowers
Pictish Trail – Natural Successor
Little Dragon – Drifting Out
Gefahrgeist & Conscious Route – Orbit

And in a break with tradition, here we choose our favourite of the favourites. Johns must stick together:

Thanks for listening this year. We’ll do all this again in 2022