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Ladies Choice host Jess shares her 2021 playlist

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges

What's good, 2021? (Maybe don't answer that.)

It can be hard to find the good in the past few years, but luckily music is still great. My favorite part of recapping music at the end of the year is listening to all the songs that didn't exist a mere 12 months ago. That's the joy — the constant discovery and creativity that keeps coming even in these hard times.

I curate a dance show, so the first half of this playlist leans into that, but the second half are some of my favorite vocalists/songwriters who will probably never make it on the show but are true gems in their own right.

Put on your headphones and escape with me.

Listen to Ladies Choice every week, as Friday night turns into Saturday morning.

Jess was the host of Ladies Choice on The Spy from 2021 to 2023.
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