Little Simz’ album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is BBC Radio 6 Music’s Album Of The Year

As voted for by 6 Music presenters

Lauren Laverne announced on her BBC Radio 6 Music show that Little Simz’ album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is the station’s Album Of The Year - as voted for by 6 Music presenters

"A big thank you to BBC Radio 6 Music for choosing my album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert as Number 1 on your Top 10 Albums of the Year. I’m super grateful for all the love and support!” — Little Simz


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Lauren also revealed the other albums which have made the Top 10 6 Music Albums Of The Year 2021 on her show this morning.

The list, which includes releases from artists including IDLES, Jane Weaver, Self Esteem and Nubya Garcia, reflects the broad mix of musical genres that are championed by 6 Music.

Little Simz says: “A big thank you to BBC Radio 6 Music for choosing my album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert as Number 1 on your Top 10 Albums of the Year. I’m super grateful for all the love and support!”

Lauren Laverne says: “I’ve been a huge fan of Little Simz over the last few years and have had the privilege of speaking to her about her work on several occasions, on 6 Music. When I heard Sometimes I Might Be Introvert earlier this year, I fell in love with it immediately and knew it was going to be the stand out album of 2021 for me. I’m thrilled that it captured the hearts of other 6 Music presenters too. Congratulations to Little Simz on another fantastic record.”

Lauren Brennan, Editor, BBC Radio 6 Music music team, says: “After another testing year for the music industry, I’m delighted that so many strong albums have been released. 6 Music is dedicated to championing the widest possible variety of artists and the music they create, and the breadth of genres and talents we support on the network is evident in the albums our presenters have chosen. Little Simz has been a treasured artist on 6 Music for years, so I’m delighted that her widely acclaimed Sometimes I Might Be Introvert has topped the list this year.”

Rapper, singer and actress Little Simz released her first album, A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons, in 2015. Her second album, Stillness In Wonderland, followed in 2016. Her 2019 album, Grey Area, won Best Album at the Ivor Novello and NME Awards in 2020 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert was released in September this year. On 6 Music, Little Simz performed her first live session for 6 Music on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show in 2019 and that same year, she appeared at the 6 Music Festival in Liverpool. She has also hosted her own shows on the network, including Wise Women – Little Simz in December 2019 and standing in for Iggy Pop in July 2020.

The Top Ten 6 Music Albums of the Year 2021 are as follows:

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert - Little Simz
Collapsed in Sunbeams - Arlo Parks
Flat White Moon - Field Music
Homecoming - Du Blonde
Crawler - IDLES
Flock - Jane Weaver
Prioritise Pleasure - Self Esteem
Promises - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
Source ⧺ We Move - Nubya Garcia
Colourgrade - Tirzah
A special programme, 6 Music’s Albums Of The Year 2021 - which will feature BBC performances and appearances from all artists in the Top 10 6 Music Albums of the Year - will be available on BBC iPlayer in December.

In addition, between Monday 29 November and Sunday 19 December, all 6 Music presenters’ personal favourite albums from this year will be played on 6 Music. One album will be celebrated on each day. The full list of albums chosen by 6 Music’s presenters and the dates they will be played are as follows:

Monday 29 November: Welfare Jazz by Viagra Boys, selected by Iggy Pop
Tuesday 30 November: Orange Synthetic by Cobalt Chapel, selected by Stuart Maconie
Wednesday 1 December: Gas Lit by Divide and Dissolve, selected by Mary Anne Hobbs
Thursday 2 December: Busy Guy by Stephen Fretwell, selected by Guy Garvey
Friday 3 December: Dawn by YEBBA, selected by The Blessed Madonna
Saturday 4 December: Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks, selected by Tom Robinson
Sunday 5 December: An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins, selected by Gideon Coe
Monday 6 December: Vulture Prince by Arooj Aftab, selected by Cerys Matthews
Tuesday 7 December: Visions of Light by Ishmael Ensemble, selected by Huey Morgan
Wednesday 8 December: The Umbrellas by The Umbrellas, selected by Amy Lamé
Thursday 9 December: Diverse, Pt. 3 by Joseph Malik, selected by Craig Charles
Friday 10 December: The Obvious I by Ed Dowie, selected by Mark Radcliffe
Saturday 11 December: Sound Ancestors by Madlib, selected by AFRODEUTSCHE
Sunday 12 December: A Common Turn by Anna B Savage, selected by Marc Riley
Monday 13 December: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz, selected by Lauren Laverne
Tuesday 14 December: Homecoming by Du Blonde, selected by Steve Lamacq
Wednesday 15 December: Ekundayo Inversions by El Michels Affair meets Liam Bailey, selected by Don Letts
Thursday 16 December: Source ⧺ We Move by Nubya Garcia, selected by Jamz Supernova
Friday 17 December: Bright Magic by Public Service Broadcasting, selected by Chris Hawkins
Saturday 18 December: Colourgrade by Tirzah, selected by Tom Ravenscroft
Sunday 19 December: Yellow by Emma-Jean Thackray, selected by Gilles Peterson
Previous winners of 6 Music’s Album of the Year include UNTITLED (Black Is) by SAULT (2020), Dogrel by Fontaines D.C. (2019), Joy as an Act of Resistance, by IDLES (2018), Drunk by Thundercat (2017) and IV by BADBADNOTGOOD (2016).

Audiences can also find a wealth of programming related to the artists in the Top 10 6 Music Albums of the Year 2021 on the BBC’s digital platforms.

The details are as follows:

Little Simz

Listen back to 6 Music’s Album of the Year - Little Simz ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’, which gives listeners a guide to the winning album here on BBC Sounds. Revisit her performance on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show from the BBC Radio Theatre in London, in June here. Catch highlights from her set at the 6 Music Festival 2019 here. Listen back to 6 Music Artist Collection programmes dedicated to Little Simz, including Little Simz at the BBC, Little Simz Live, Wise Women – Little Simz and The Little Simz Playlist, here.

Arlo Parks

Listen back episodes of Arlo Parks’ 6 Music Artist in Residence series here. Watch Arlo Parks: A Popstar in a Pandemic here. Plus, tune in to Arlo Parks’ 6 Music Festive Takeover on Tuesday 21 December, 10.30am-1pm.

Field Music

Watch Field Music perform on Later…with Jools Holland (BBC Two) in June here and on 6 Music in 2020 here.


Joe Talbot of IDLES is currently 6 Music’s Artist in Residence, presenting a weekly show on Wednesdays, 12am-1am. Listen back to his episodes so far here. Look back at the highlights of IDLES’ set at Glastonbury Festival 2019 here.

Jane Weaver

Watch Jane Weaver perform a BBC Radio Scotland Quay session in 2017 here.

Self Esteem

Watch Self Esteem perform on 6 Music in August here and on Later…with Jools Holland (BBC Two) in June here.

Floating Points / Pharoah Sanders

Watch Floating Points perform a live session on 6 Music in 2016 here.

Nubya Garcia

Watch Nubya perform at the BBC Proms earlier this year here, at the digital 6 Music Festival 2021 here and on Later… With Jools Holland (BBC Two) in October here.

November 29, 2021 4:00am ET by BBC Radio 6 Music  

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