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On The CMU Stereo 2021 – Spring

By | Published on Thursday 9 December 2021

Little Simz

We’re on to part two of our 2021 playlist – and a selection of tracks that arrived in the spring to further build up the soundtrack to our year.

We kick things off with Sinead O’Brien’s ‘Kid Stuff’ – the second spoken word contribution to the playlist, after Dry Cleaning in our winter selection.

Spoken word also makes up a portion of the next track, one of the best album openers we’ve heard in some time, Little Simz’s ‘Introvert’. Taken from her ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ LP, it sets the tone for the record with real grandeur. For this album, it seems, the rapper’s budgets finally caught up with her creativity, and she used both to great effect.

Another artist who has been in that situation for a while is St Vincent, who turned in another great addition to her catalogue with ‘Daddy’s Home’ this year. With pandemic restrictions still putting touring out of the picture, she also played one of the year’s best livestreams to mark the release too – a journey through songs new and old. That and the album showed an artist still at the top of her game.

Right at the start of their journey, Wet Leg emerged with their debut single ‘Chaise Longue’ in June and caused quite a stir. Our CMU Approved article on them picked up the most traffic of any in that column this year – maybe any year – by some distance. And, thankfully, subsequent singles have maintained the same level of quality.

Making her second appearance on our playlist is Doja Cat. She opened proceedings featuring on Saweetie’s ‘Best Friend’. Now she’s back in her own right on ‘You Right’ from her brilliant ‘Planet Her’ album. That record featured a whole load of big tracks and collaborations. Here she’s joined by The Weeknd.

There’s plenty more to dig into here besides those tracks, including Chvrches’ collaboration with The Cure’s Robert Smith, something deeply atmospheric from Jorja Chalmers, and all-out fun from Illuminati Hotties.

Listen to these tracks, plus our winter selections, on our Spotify playlist below, and come back next week for our summer and autumn choices.

Here are the ten tracks on our spring playlist:

Sinead O’Brien – Kid Stuff
Little Simz – Introvert
Illuminati Hotties – MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA
St Vincent – Down
Reb Fountain – Heart
Jorja Chalmers – I’ll Be Waiting
Chvrches – How Not To Drown (feat Robert Smith)
Wet Leg – Chaise Longue
Doja Cat – You Right (feat The Weeknd)
Kurtis Wells – A Song About The Sun

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