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2021, 21, albums of the year, record shop, records of the year, south records, southend -

As another year of ups and downs stutters to an end I've been trying to wrangle some of the best music that's been released in our (near) 8 years in to a definitive order. Of course, putting an objective art form in to an order of 'best' is a fools errand, so I make no claims that one is better than another, just these are records I love. ​​So, here they are, in an order that currently makes sense to me (but no doubt will change the second it's published). What is definite is that these records, especially those in the top 10, have been on constant rotation 1....

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2020, albums of the year, essex, record shop, records of the year, south, south record shop, south records, southend -

You don't need me to tell you about this year, we've all been through it, but I think it's safe to say that this year, more than any other, music has been a salve. With the shop being shut I've spent a lot of time walking the streets of Southend hand delivering records, which gave me time to really pay attention to the records I love. Putting them in any order is something that keeps me awake at night, I don't think any of us consider music in competition terms, and it's fair to say that after the first 10...

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