The 25 best Asian albums of 2021

Political pop, meditative folk, apocalyptic experimentation, playful hip-hop – here are the releases we loved this year

Calix: “Action can bring change. Art? I don’t know about that”

The ‘Kolateral’ rapper/producer levels another memorable critique on concept EP ‘Crash And Burn’ – but remains realistic about the impact of his music

Calix – ‘Crash And Burn’ review: Filipino rapper-producer shows he can do pop rap as well as anyone

The artist best known for his political material embraces “cutesy pop shit” to great effect

SHNTI, Calix and more to perform for Filipino hip-hop label LIAB’s virtual anniversary concert

The free concert will also feature Illicit, Yorko, Ruiijikun and Waiian

‘Pasya’ album destigmatising abortion in the Philippines features BP Valenzuela, members of The Buildings, Flying Ipis and more

NME talks to artists and organisers behind the eclectic compilation, which is out today

Listen to Beast Jesus’ new song ‘Trauma Fawn’ featuring Calix

The rock-rap collaboration is "a product of uncertain times"