Indie retailer Rough Trade have announced a new suite of exclusive vinyl pressings, celebrating their recently published list of 2021’s best albums.
The full list ranks a total of 100 records, with the top 20 – topped by New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning, and rounded out with much-acclaimed records including Daddy’s Home by St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast’s Jubilee and Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz. All titles are receiving new colourways exclusive to Rough Trade.
In a statement shared alongside the news, Dry Cleaning said: “Rough Trade record shops have played a huge role in our musical lives. It is an amazing feeling to have had their support and to be their album of 2021 amid such a great year for music.”
To celebrate their Number One spot, Dry Cleaning recently performed an exclusive one-off show at the Rainbow Room of New York’s Rockefeller Center, with support from fellow list-makers The Muckers. Tickets were free for those who bought the band’s Tascam Tapes vinyl release, which was also exclusive to Rough Trade.
Other acts included in the slate are Arlo Parks (with her record Collapsed In Sunbeams), Black Midi (Cavalcade), The Weather Station (Ignorance), Black Country, New Road (For The First Time) and Squid (Bright Green Field).
Rough Trade’s Best Albums of 2021 are as follows:
Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Bicep – Isles
Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
박혜진 Park Hye Jin – Before I Die
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
Black Midi – Cavalcade
L’Rain – Fatigue
The Weather Station – Ignorance
IDLES – Crawler
Madlib – Sound Ancestors
Black Country, New Road – For The First Time
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home
Squid – Bright Green Field
The Muckers – Endeavor
Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview On Phenomenal Nature
Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
Tirzah – Colourgrade
Jane Weaver – Flock.