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Fit To Print: The Best Songs of Q3 2021 [Playlist]

The finest new music of the last three months (on Spotify)

It’s October 1 and time for another free playlist of my favourites new songs (available on Spotify) released in the past three months. These quarterly compilations are always divided into two CD-R-sized sets. You can browse the back catalogue going back to 2014 on my Spotify profile.

The quarterly playlist will always be available for free subscribers, but if you want the full DEAN MAGAZINE experience, become a paying subscriber. My 100 Great Rap Songs of the 2010s series is in full swing, and expect new instalments of Adventures in DVD, where I write about every classic 2000s movie ever, and Cowboy Bebop, a series on Asian music, to come this month.

Anyway, that’s enough stalling—on we go to the sickest, freshest tunes! Click below for the new playlist.

Fit To Print: The Best Songs of Q3 2021

Disc 1

01. Jarvis Cocker: “Aline”
02. Pearl & The Oysters: “Satellite”
03. Villagers: “Momentarily”
04. Marissa Nadler “Bessie Did You Make It”
05. The Garrys: “Sintaluta”
06. Laura Stevenson: “Don’t Think About Me”
07. Angel Olsen: “Eyes Without a Face”
08. Maria Isabel: “Baby…”
09. Blxst & Bino Rideaux: “Pop Out”
10. Planet Giza: “Out of Touch” featuring Ivy Sole
11. Magdalena Bay: “Secrets (Your Fire)”
12. Metronomy & Big Piig: “405”
13. Uce Lee, Jazze Pha & Guapdad 4000: “Options”
14. Nas: “Nobody” featuring Lauryn Hill
15. Abstract Mind: “A Wise Tale”
16. Common: “Imagine” featuring PJ
17. King Krule: “Baby Blue – Live”
18. Charlotte Day Wilson: “I Can Only Whisper” featuring BADBADNOTGOOD

Disc 2

01. Maxo Kream: Big Persona featuring Tyler, The Creator
02. Chief Keef: “The Talk”
03. G Perico & Remble: “Spazz”
04. EST Gee: “In Town” featuring Lil Durk
05. OhGeesy: “Keeper” featuring A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
06. 88thagang: “Gansta’field (Remix)” featuring Tapri Grams, Capolow, Banknote
07. Da Deputy: “Illegal” featuring Cam & China
08. Young Dolph & Key Glock: “Blu Boyz” featuring Snupe Bandz
09. Fivio Foreign: “Story Time”
10. Kanye West: “Believe What I Say”
11. Isaiah Rashad: “Claymore” featuring Smino
12. AZ: “Never Enough” featuring Rick Ross
13. Westside Gunn: “RIGHT NOW” featuring Stove God Cooks & Jadakiss
14. Boldy James & The Alchemist: “Fake Flowers” featuring Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs
15. Odd Numbers: “World’s Flyest Snobs” featuring Muttohead & Local Boy
16. Benny The Butcher: “The Iron Curtain”
17. Wiki: “Promised” featuring Mike
18. BADBADNOTGOOD: “Signal From the Noise”
19. Cat Power: “I Am a Map”

Top 10 Albums of Q3 2021

01. Westside Gunn: Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf / Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B
02. Pearl & The Oysters: Flowerland
03. Villagers: Fever Dreams
04. Charlotte Day Wilson: Alpha
05. Abstract Mindstate: Dreams Still Inspire
06. Benny The Butcher: Pyrex Picasso
08. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises
09. Isaiah Rashad: The House is Burning
10. Blxst & Bino Rideaux: Sixtape 2

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