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Sunday 21 March 2021

Hello and welcome back to 2021's final post from the Hot List. This week we will be looking at the most exciting new movies set to hit the big screen in 2021 from April onwards, after the cutoff point for this year's awards season.

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This is going to be an interesting year for film, to say the least. Eagle-eyed readers will no doubt recognise many of the entries on this year's most anticipated list as repeats from last year. One of the early impacts of global pandemic was the delay of many of the year's biggest cinema releases until 2021. As a result, this promises to be a uniquely overstuffed year for cinema, with not only the big 2021-scheduled films, but also many of those originally scheduled for 2020. Logically that should make this one of the finest years for cinema in recent memory, and the list this blog has come up with certainly speaks to that promise.

Equally noteworthy is the present streaming revolution that we are all witnessing. The closure of cinemas worldwide has forced studios to seek alternative methods of selling their products, and that has resulted in some truly landmark occurrences of new movies releasing simultaneously on streaming platforms (often for a premium fee). Is this just a temporary arrangement, or a sign of the future? In this writer's opinion, it's about time the industry modernised its approach for content delivery and one hopes that the success of these releases will encourage more of the same going forward. 

So without further delay, the key films to keep an eye on in the coming year (trailers linked in the title where available), starting with number 15:

15. In the Heights

in the heights hamilton musical lin manuel miranda jon chu best films movies 2021When it comes to films that will make a lot of money, In the Heights has got to rank up there as a sure thing. This is an adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's first Broadway stage musical, written some ten years before Hamilton.

This project has had something of a turbulent production history. Originally cancelled in the early 2010s, only be resurrected following the success of Hamilton by none other than Harvey Weinstein. Then all that happened, and this projected ended up over at Warner Bros.

In the Heights will be directed by Jon Chu, a man best known for the rather forgettable Step Up franchise of dance films, but who more recently has found his break in the world of serious filmmaking with the critically acclaimed Crazy Rich Asians. The former will stand him in good stead for directing a musical, while the latter showed him to have some genuine talent as a filmmaker. I think this is in good hands.

Release Date: 18 June, 2021

14. Last Night in Soho

last night in soho baby driver shaun of the dead hot fuzz edgar wright best movies films 2021Director Edgar Wright is a man whose reputation often appears to exceed that of his actual films. Wright has long been in the public's eye, having first made his name with Shaun of the Dead, going on to direct the likes of Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Then Ant-Man happened, with Wright famously writing the script and being fired before completion. This ignominy proved to be little more than a minor setback, with 2017's Baby Driver marking something of a comeback, earning universal plaudits and commercial success.

So there's a great deal of attention on his next project, Last Night in Soho. Billed as more of a straight-laced psychological horror than one might expect from Wright, this tells the story of a young fashion designer who mysteriously wakes up in 1960s London face to fact with her childhood idol, only to find that sinister goings are afoot. This stars Anya Taylor-Joy, most recently seen making waves with the hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit, alongside Matt Smith and Diana Rigg

Initially billed for release last spring, a pandemic-induced delay will see Last Night in Soho finally release this April.

Release Date: 23 April, 2021

13. Tick Tick... Boom!

tick tick boom rent jonathan larson lin manuel mirands best films movies 2021Back to Lin Manuel Miranda, then. Tick Tick... Boom! is an adaptation of the successful Jonathan Larson musical, and it represents Lin Manuel Miranda's directorial film debut. An exciting milestone for one of the entertainment industry's darlings makes this an event you won't want to miss.

If that is not tantalising enough, the screenplay has been penned by none other than Steven Levenson, the Tony award winning writer behind Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen (more on that later). The cast includes Andrew Garfield and Vanessa Hudgens

Still to be determined when this will hit cinemas/streaming, but filming wrapped last November so expect a release towards the end of the year.

Release Date: TBA 2021

12. West Side Story

west side story steven spielberg ansel elgort best films movies 2021If you're like me, your first thought here was probably "do we really need another adaptation of West Side Story?" And you would be right, but this is Steven Spielberg, and Spielberg doesn't make a film unless he has something worthwhile to say.

Spielberg is not the only legend on this project, with the screenplay penned by the Pulitzer Prize winning Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and co-writer on Munich.

The presence of such luminaries makes a great opportunity for star Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our StarsBaby Driver) who has been threatening to break into Hollywood's A-list for some time. This could be the one that puts him into the stratosphere.

West Side Story will release this December, the thick of the awards season.

Release Date: 10 December, 2021

11. The Matrix 4

matrix 4 keanu reeves best films movies 2021 wachowski Call me crazy, but I'm looking forward to this one. We live in a world right now where no successful franchise is allowed to lie dormant. Star Trek, Star Wars, the Twilight Zone, the X-Files, Godzilla, King Kong, Sex and the City, Frasier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (soon), Jurassic Park, Bill and Ted, Ace Ventura (apparently!), Planet of the Apes and Jumanji all represent old franchises that have made a sudden comeback in recent years, and I'm sure I'm even forgetting a few more. In a world oversaturated with media, people gravitate towards a familiar name. Franchises make money.

So it's tempting to dismiss The Matrix 4 as simply a cash grab and, certainly, the sequels proved to be very divisive films. But the Matrix is still a landmark franchise with an iconic setting full of potential. An extended break followed by a return with fresh eyes and minds could be what the franchise needs to outlive its original trilogy. The Wachowskis return as directors, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss tipped to reprise their original roles... which is interesting considering how the original trilogy ended.

Beyond this, little is currently known. The film is set to release this December.

Release Date: 22 December, 2021

10. Next Goal Wins

next goal wins taika waititi best films movies 2021 michael fassbender elisabeth mossTaika Waititi is having something of a moment, the New Zealand filmmaker and actor has come a long way from indie comedy hits like Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows to running the Thor franchise for Disney and, of course, his Oscar winning success with Jojo Rabbit.

His next film, Next Goal Wins, is based on the true story of Dutch football coach Thomas Rongen and his efforts to take the American-Samoa national team, then considered the worst in the world, to the 2014 World Cup.

Michael Fassbender stars as Rongen, and he will be joined by Elisabeth MossArmie Hammer, and long-time Waititi collaborator Rhys Darby.

Release date is still TBA.

Release Date: TBA 2021

9. Licorice Pizza (formerly Soggy Bottom)

soggy bottom paul thomas anderson master boogie nights magnolia bradley cooper best films movies 2021Soggy Bottom is the latest darkly comedic dramedy from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master).

The unknown Cooper Hoffman stars, alongside Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie and Alana Haim (of the rock band Haim fame) in this retro coming of age tale set in 1970s California.

Otherwise not a whole lot further is known. Filming is now said to be complete, having been initially set for a 2020 release before the pandemic hit. PTA's fims tend to do pretty well with the critics, and this one releases in the awards friendly month of September. Could be a dark horse for next year's Oscars.

Release Date: 10 September, 2021

8. Dear Evan Hansen

dear evan hansen ben platt broadway musical best films movies 2021 We're going all in on musicals this year, but don't worry this is the last one. Dear Evan Hansen is the adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, which won six Tony Awards. 

Penned by Steven Levenson, writer of the stage musical, with music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who, aside from composing the stage musical, will also be familiar as the Oscar winning lyricists behind La La Land and The Greatest Showman.

Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as the titular Evan Hansen, and is joined in the cast by Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Kaitlyn Dever.

Dear Evan Hansen will hit cinemas in September.

Release Date: 24 September, 2021

7. Dune

dune denis villeneuve best films movies 2021 timothee chalamet oscar isaac josh brolinDune, an epic sci-fi adventure franchise beloved by many, but with a troubled history when it comes to adaptations. The 1965 novel was notably made into a film in the 1980s, and a miniseries in the early 2000s, both of which met with a mixed reaction, owing to the complexity and ambition of the source material.

In 2020 a new adaptation is coming courtesy of Denis Villeneuve, an Oscar winning filmmaking with a burgeoning reputation following his work on ArrivalBlade Runner 2049, and Sicario. Villeneuve also co-writes the script along with Eric Roth (MunichForrest GumpA Star is Born). Dune will star man of the moment Timothée ChalametRebecca FergusonOscar IsaacJosh Brolin, and Javier Bardem.

Release date is set for October, notably making its premiere on the new HBO Max streaming servie, quite the statement for such a blockbuster project.

Release Date: 1 October, 2021

6. Nightmare Alley

nightmare alley guillermo del toro best films movies 2021 bradley cooper cate blanchettNightmare Alley is the next picture from Guillermo del Toro, his first since winning the Oscar for Shape of Water. While that film may be far and away del Toro's greatest success, he has a long history of the bizarre and macabre from Pan's Labyrinth to Crimson Peak. While my expectation is that this will be more of the same, it is interesting to note how different the source material is from his usual fare.

The original novel follows a con-man and female psychiatrist who trick people into giving them money, but includes none of the supernatural elements that we might associate with a del Toro film. One can only hope that he maintains his characteristic directorial flair, even as he moves into more traditional genres.

The cast includes a lineup of strong performers, including Bradley CooperCate BlanchettToni Collette, and Willem Dafoe. Release date is TBA.

Release Date: 3 December, 2021

5. Wendell and Wild

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Pardon the sentiment, but it's about goddamn time. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline are such beloved films, and yet for some inexplicable reason no studio ever seems to want to give their director Henry Selick work.

Well, Netflix finally seem to have seen the vast opportunity in embracing that fanbase and will produce his next feature film Wendell and Wild. Selick will be supported by Hollwood man of the moment Jordan Peele and Peele's long-time collaborator Keegan-Michael Key who will write and star in the film.

Release date is still very much up in the air, but I for one am very excited to see more of this man's unique vision come to the screen, and let's hope it leads to a long and fruitful relationship with Netflix.

Release Date: TBA 2021

4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

ghostbusters 3 three ivan jason reitman bill murray dan aykroyd paul rudd finn wolfhard carrie coon ernie hudson best films movies 2021 It is finally happening. We are finally getting a real sequel to the classic Ghostbusters films of the 1980s. We can now officially pretend that awful Paul Feig reboot never happened, because we have a real sequel and it looks good. It's just a shame they couldn't make it happen before the death of Harold Ramis.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be directed by the son of original filmmaker Ivan Reitman, and acclaimed filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman (Juno, The Frontrunner, Up in the Air).

The film follows a new cast of characters, starring Paul Rudd, McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard (of Stranger Things fame), and Carrie Coon as a family who stumble across their deceased Grandfather's (presumably Ramis' Egon) old ghost catching materials, and presumably hell literally breaks loose.

Ghostbusters releases this November, and I am very, very excited about it.

Release Date: 11 November, 2021

3. The House of Gucci

house of gucci ridley scott lady gaga adam driver al pacino jared leto jeremy irons best film movie 2021This is an exciting one. The House of Gucci is the latest film of director Ridley Scott, about the murder of Maurizio Gucci and aftermath. Scott is joined by an all-star cast including Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, and Jack Huston.

This is one of those projects that has been kicking around for many years. First mooted for Scott some fifteen years ago. Subsequently the project bounced around a number of studios, with various casts and directors attached, before finally landing back with Universal and Scott in 2019. Now Scott finally has the opportunity to work on this long-gestating project, and it looks like it will be one of the big releases of this year.

The House of Gucci releases this November.

Release Date: 24 November, 2021

2. Don't Look Up

dont look up adam mckay leonardo dicaprio jennifer lawrence cate blanchett meryl streep timothee chalamet best films movies 2021 The latest biting political satire from writer/director Adam McKay, who has solidly proven his credentials in the genre following The Big Short and Vice, having won an Oscar for the former. 

Don't Look Up tells the story of two love level astronomers going on a media tour to try and warn the public of an incoming comet (I presume they mean meteor) that will destroy the planet.

True to form, this McKay film will feature a huge cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Matthew Perry, Ariana Grande, Chris Evans and Himesh Patel among others.

Release date is TBA, but Netflix have confirmed that it is due out sometime in 2021.

Release Date: TBA 2021

1. The French Dispatch

best films movies 2021 french dispatch wes anderson timothee chalamet benicio del toro adrien brody adrien brody frances mcdormand tilda swinton bill murray And finally we have the new film of Wes Anderson. French Dispatch is a love letter to journalism, set in the outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional French town in the mid 20th Century.

The cast features a typically well-stocked lineup of big names, including Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Saoirse Ronan, and of course all the usual Wes Anderson collaborators such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and many others.

Love him or hate him, a new film by Anderson is always worth seeing, for the style of filmmaking if nothing else. Anderson will be joined once again by long-time cinematographer and collaborator Robert Yeoman.

Release date is TBA.

Release Date: TBA 2021

So there you have it folks: The 2021 Hot List. Be kind, be positive. I have the feeling that this year will be the start of great things.

Sunday 7 March 2021

Welcome back to The Ephemeric's 2021 Hot List. I hope you enjoyed our last entry covering the essential literature of 2021. This week we will be having a look at the most exciting new music due for release in the coming year.

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I am sure I say this every year, but this has been a particularly difficult longlist to whittle down to the final 15. This year the reason is twofold: 1) with the ongoing global pandemic, a lot of creative minds have been stuck at home or in the studio when they might otherwise have been on tour, resulting in a large volume of new music in the works, and 2) with everything else going on, firm, reliable details as to what is coming out and when has been hard to come by, resulting in a great number of albums that are "maybe" coming out this year.

So as with every year I have done my best to come up with a list of the most exciting new music on the way and whittled it down to those that are most likely to actually happen during the next 12 months. The result is a list of 15 albums that represent an exciting blend of familiar names and new talents.

So without further ado, here is our list of the top albums to keep an eye on in 2021, starting with number 15:

15. Chvrches

chvrches churches new album 2021 best most anticipated musicFirst up: Chvrches, a Scottish synth pop band that has established themselves as one of the most exciting performers around today, with three critically acclaimed albums to their credit. Now a fourth, as yet untitled, album is on the way in 2021.

Since their debut and early EP work, the Scottish synth-pop band have shown a talent for crafting memorable hooks featuring innovative electronic genre combinations. Best seen with the likes of The Mother We ShareNever Ending Circles, and Graffiti

Little is known of their new album, although it is said to be heavily inspired by the classic bands of the 1980s. So expect this to be an album that doubles down on the wistful, synthy sound of its predecessors. The album itself? Expected sometime in the spring.

Release Date: Spring 2021

14. "Zoom In" by Ringo Starr

ringo starr zoom in paul mccartney dave david grohl nirvana foo fighters beatles 2021 best most anticipated new musicLittle more needs to be said about Ringo Starr, the legendary drummer of The Beatles, turned successful songwriter in his own right. In 2021 he is expected to release a new record, Zoom In, recorded during lockdown in 2020. 

While it is fair to say that his more recent output hasn't set the world alight, this is still a songwriter of consistent quality, and one who can attract the big names in terms of collaborators and producers. Zoom In will feature its own superstar collaborators in shape of Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl.

Zoom In releases this March, the first single Here's to the Night is out now. It's a bit schmoltzy, here's hoping the rest shows a bit more verve.

Release Date: March 2021

13. "Collapsed in Sunbeams" by Arlo Parks (New band)

collapsed in sunbeams arlo parks debut new album 2021 best most anticipated musicThe first of our newcomers: Arlo Parks. Hailing from south London, Parks has found herself featuring on many big in 2021 previews. A teenage prodigy and poet, Parks specialises in low-fi music that displays a control and lyrical nous that belies her tender years.

The key tracks from the scattering of EPs released to date include Cola and Paperbacks, two tracks that keenly demonstrate her characteristic tone that has been commonly described as "bedroom pop". Her newer releases Eugene and Caroline bode well for the full LP.

Parks' debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, was delayed from its initial 2020 release date due to the pandemic, but will now release early 2021.

Release Date: January 2021

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers

red hot chili peppers 2021 album best most anticipated new musicI do not think it would be controversial of me to say that the legendary California rockers Red Hit Chili Peppers have recently been punching somewhere below the peak of their heyday. But they are far from the spent force that some would suggest. There is a reason that the band has enjoyed the remarkable longevity of a nearly forty year career, during which time they have crafted an enviable discography of solid gold.

As they approach studio album number 12, there is particular cause for excitement with the return of longtime guitarist John Frusciante, who had sat out the last two albums. For many, Frusciante's sound is key to the band's identity, and his return bodes well for what could be a major return to form.

The newest album is said to be in the late stages of production, with a release expected later this year.

Release Date: TBA 2021

11. Holly Humberstone (New band)

holly humberstone best new most anticipated debut album 2021For 20 year old songwriter Holly Humberstone, 2020 was the year in which her star began its meteoric rise, with a smattering of singles and EPs earning praise and accolades all the way from the BBC to the New York Times. 

Sounding like a cross between Haim, Damien Rice and Radiohead, last spring's single Falling Asleep at the Wheel has been played tens of millions of times on Spotify and charted in the UK.

Now a debut studio album is in the works, expected for release sometime this spring. I expect Holly to be one of the more successful new artists of 2021.

Release Date: Spring 2021

10. "If I Could Make It Go Quiet" by Girl in Red (New band)

girl in red if i could make it go quiet new debut album 2021 best most anticipatedAnother exciting new songwriter, but of a very different style. Girl in Red, the stage name for Norwegian singer Marie Ulven has been generating great hype over the past few years for her low-fi bedroom pop that touches on issues from LGBT issues to mental health and the gender divide. 

Her's is an introspective sound reminiscent of some of the best indie acts of recent years. There's a little bit of Yeah Yeah Yeahs in there as well as The Smiths. Her early work has been characterised by dreamy, introspective tracks such as We Fell in Love in October and Two Queens in a Kingsize Bed although some of the more recent songs like Rue have hinted at an increasing electronic influence.

First coming to this blog's attention in 2018 with the release of her first EP, a smattering of subsequent EPs and singles have drawn acclaim and coverage by the industry's great trendsetters. Now a debut studio album, If I Could Make It Go Quiet is due in April.

Release Date: April 2021

9. Arcade Fire

arcade fire album best new anticipated music 2021Two decades and four accolade and acclaim-ridden albums have established the Montreal-based Arcade Fire as one of the world's premier art rock performers. Their most recent album Everything Now marked arguably the first minor stumble of the band's career, receiving mixed reception for its relatively uninspired songwriting and re-tread of themes already well covered in previous work. Have Arcade Fire run out of creative juice? Their next album should answer that question.

Quite what form this new album will take is still a mystery. Frontman Win Butler has said that he has two or three albums' worth of material written during lockdown, and the band is said to be in Texas right now working on the next LP. There's great reason to be excited about the prospect of new music from a band that has given us songs such as Rebellion (Lies), Wake Up, and Sprawl II.

I would expect to see this ready for release in the latter half of 2021.

Release Date: TBA 2021

8. "Music of the Spheres" by Coldplay

coldplay music of the spheres new album best new anticipated music 2021Album number nine is on the way from Coldplay and supposedly it will be their last (although they seem to say this with every album so take that with a pinch of salt). Little is known so far aside from the title, Music of the Spheres, and a collection of official artwork released via social media. 

Coldplay are not a band who require introduction, having been one of the industry's biggest names over the past twenty years. For every person who will argue that they're past their best, you will find another who insists that they are better than ever. The truth is this is a band that has consistently put out good music. 

If their sound seems mainstream or overly familiar, it is only because they created that mainstream. Coldplay's last album, Everyday Life showed that they still have the desire to innovate and experiment. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

Release Date: Summer 2021

7. "Come Over" by Kowloon (New band)

kowloon come over new debut album best most anticipated new music 2021Kowloon is the California-based musician and filmmaker who over the past year has been putting out an irresistible lineup of chilled out indie pop, earning himself some buzz as an upcoming artist.

So far, he has put out a number of impressive tracks such as Walk With Me, Paradise and Wake Up, offering up a tantalising taste of what is to come from his debut album Come Over. Kowloon might just be the smooth dose of calm that we all desperately need right now.

Initially due out at the end of last year, Come Over is now expected to be out sometime this spring.

Release Date: Spring 2021

6. Jade Bird

jade bird new album 2021 best most anticipatedA promising newcomer of years gone by, Jade Bird's debut album earned significant plaudits and spawned a number of charting singles.

Sounding like a cross between Janis Joplin and Alanis Morissette at her peak, Jade Bird's brand of no holds barred rock and roll provides a thoroughly fun slice of Americana, with great tracks like Lottery and Uh Huh to her credit.

A second album is in the works and due for release sometime in 2021. Based on an EP released at the end of 2020, it certainly doesn't seem like Jade Bird has lost any of her edge.

Release Date: Summer 2021

5. Kavinsky

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French house artist Kavinsky spent much of the 2000s developing his signature synthwave sound, inspired by the cinema and pop culture of the 1980s. That process culminated in his debut, and so far only studio album, OutRun.

An ambitious concept album, complete with its own mythology and distinct artwork. But it's the great singles we care about, including his most famous tracks Nightcall, and Odd Look. Indeed OutRun was so successful that it is considered among some internet subcultures to have created its own aesthetic genre, and is now an umbrella term used to describe any form of neo-futuristic 1980s revival.

Yet despite the success, there has been almost complete radio silence since that album's release in 2013. That appears to be finally changing, with Kavinsky posting to social media throughout 2019 and 2020 that new work was upcoming, before finally confirming at the tail-end of 2020 that a sophomore album was close to completion.

Release Date: Summer 2021

4. The Killers

the killers new album best most anticipated new music 2021Yes, you read that right. The Killers may have put out an album just a few short months ago, but they are allegedly already gearing up for LP number seven sometime in 2021. Frontman Brandon Flowers chalks this up to the lack of touring in 2020 and several months with nothing to do but record. Wembley Stadium's loss is our gain, I suppose.

These guys don't need any introduction, they're one of the world's biggest bands and have produced an array of hit songs from Mr. Brightside to All These Things I've DoneRead My Mind and Human. We know nothing about the new album aside from a tracklist that was posted to the artist's Instagram some weeks ago.

Last year's Imploding the Mirage marked something of a return to form for the band, a critical and commercial success with some memorable anthems for an otherwise dour year. The only reason this isn't higher up the list is that I have doubts as to how polished an album they can really put out in just a few months.

Release Date: Late 2021

3. Nilüfer Yanya

nilufer yanya second 2021 new album best new anticipated musicNilüfer Yanya's 2019 debut album Miss Universe was among the year's best, met with widespread acclaim and accolades including a few Debbies on this very blog. She closed out 2020 with a new EP, a teaser for a second studio album, due for release some time in 2021.

Suffice it to say, i'm excited for this one. Miss Universe was a remarkable demonstration of a songwriter with immense talent and the ability to shift between different genres and moods with aplomb. If the follow up can continue this fine run of form, it should make for one of 2021's most essential releases.

Yanya is said to be in the studio as we speak finishing this off, which suggests a release due sometime later on in 2021.

Release Date: TBA 2021

2. Aloboi (New band)

aloboi new debut album 2021 best new anticipated musicOur top ranked newcomer for 2021 is Aloboi, a Berlin-based composer with a knack for dreamy soundscapes and a juxtaposition of the old and new.

Aloboi's work-to-date has been remarkable. From the retro chill out vibes of A Pleasing Smile, to the more danceable electronic stylings of Want To Love, the classical remix of Night Train (Claire de Lune), or the dazzling genre mash up of Somebody Feel, it's a very impressive array of work for a newcomer that is fast establishing Aloboi as one of the more exciting talents in the industry.

As we await a debut album, one gets the impression that there is a lot more to come from this artist, whether its in 2021 or beyond, Aloboi is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Release Date: TBA 2021

1. "As the Love Continues" by Mogwai

mogwai new album 2021 most anticipated best new musicAnd finally, the most hotly anticipated album of 2021 is the latest from Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, As the Love Continues.

Mogwai's career has been long and influential, yet even as they approach the end of their third decade they show no signs of slowing down. This latest album represents their fourth in the last decade, and the buzz so far is that it ranks among their best yet. 

Lead single Ritchie Sacramento sets the mood for what promises to be a "big" sounding album, one that draws from three decades' worth of influences. As the Love Continues releases in February.

Release Date: February 2021

So there you have it folks: 2021 in music. Tune in next week for this year's final Hot List, where we look at the most exciting new movies in 2021 (and trust me, that one is going to be interesting)!

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