Music of 2017

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Compiled across the year, these are my favourite tracks from the albums I liked in 2017. They’re not ranked; just ordered to a nice flow between genres.

Artist Title
First Weapon Drawn Play CZARFACE This Fight Ain't Scripted
Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star Play Shabazz Palaces Fine Ass Hairdresser
Dark Days + Canapés Play Ghostpoet Karoshi
Still Hungry Play DJ Format Diamond Hammer
Resolution Play Mr. Lif Let's Battle Explicit
PACKS Play Your Old Droog Grandma Hips Explicit
The Mouse & The Mask (Metalface Edition) Play Danger Doom Perfect Hair II Explicit
The Saga Continues Play Wu-Tang Clan G'd up (feat. Method Man, R-Mean and Mzee Jones)
The Seven Play Talib Kweli Nine Point Five
Skin Companion EP II Play Flume Enough Explicit
A7PHA Play A7PHA HAND 2 HAND
Bushwick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Play Aesop Rock Jaguar
Endangered Philosophies Play Dälek Weapons
DAMN. Play Kendrick Lamar YAH. Explicit
Return to the 37th Chamber Play El Michels Affair Shadow Boxing
Karavan Play Karavan Voyager
The Mountain Has Fallen Play DJ Shadow Good News
Witches Stew Play Lettuce Jean Pierre
Drunk Play Thundercat Them Changes
ADHD 6 Play ADHD Spessi
Art in the Age of Automation Play Portico Quartet A Luminous Beam
Relationships Play Trevor Lawrence Jr. Cornerstone
Shadow Work Play Mammal Hands Black Sails
Death to the Planet Play The Comet Is Coming Start Running
Anti-Hero Play Kneebody Uprising
The Behemoth Play Phronesis Untitled#1
Serenade for Horace Play Louis Hayes Silver's Serenade
Harmony of Difference Play Kamasi Washington Truth
Elektrac Play Shobaleader One Iambic 5 Poetry
A World of Masks Play The Heliocentrics Dawn Chorus
East London Street (Edit) Play Hidden Orchestra East London Street - Drums Only Version
Rellik EP Play Clark Acid Romp Off
New Energy Play Four Tet LA Trance
Utopia Play Björk Body Memory
The End Of Industry Play Lapalux Shape Sharper
Death Valley Oasis Play D33J Endless Fall
Sensorimotor Play Lusine Slow Motion
Silver Eye Play Goldfrapp Zodiac Black
Spirit (Deluxe) Play Depeche Mode Cover Me
Hug Of Thunder Play Broken Social Scene Victim Lover
The Desaturating Seven Play Primus The Seven
in•ter a•li•a Play At The Drive In Governed By Contagions
A Walk With Love and Death Play Melvins Euthanasia
Rock N Roll Consciousness Play Thurston Moore Exalted
Sleeping Through The War Play All Them Witches Internet
Garden of Ashes Play Duke Garwood Hard Dreams
Created in the Image of Suffering Play King Woman Hierophant
The Time Between Us - Split Play Emma Ruth Rundle The Distance
Echolocation Play Gone Is Gone Colourfade
Stubborn Persistent Illusions Play Do Make Say Think Horripilation
Every Country's Sun Play Mogwai Don't Believe the Fife
Reflections - Mojave Desert Play Floating Points Silurian Blue
Häxan (Versions by Prins Thomas) Play Dungen Peri Banu vid sjön (VERSION)
Luciferian Towers Play Godspeed You! Black Emperor Undoing a Luciferian Towers
Is This The Life We Really Want? Play Roger Waters Is This the Life We Really Want? Explicit
Is This The Life We Really Want? Play Roger Waters Bird In A Gale
Chalice Hymnal Play Grails After the Funeral
Concrete Desert Play The Bug American Dream
Sensorimotor Remixes Play Lusine Tropopause - Loscil Remix
Phantom Brickworks Play Bibio PANTGLAS
Reflection (Excerpt) Play Brian Eno Reflection (Excerpt)

Surprise

Roger Waters. His last solo rock album was released in 1992. His last album with Pink Floyd was in 1983. He’s been living off The Wall for a long time, and as much as I love The Wall I’d like to hear him do something that is not The Wall.

This is not The Wall.

This what I imagine Pink Floyd sounding like in 2017, and whether you like Roger’s outspoken nature when it comes to politics or not you cannot deny that it is a strong and arguably positive influence on his music. I was always a bit more of a Gilmour man when it came to Pink Floyd, but he cannot touch Roger when it comes to concept and producing an album rather than a collection of songs.

Disappointment

Thundercat. Drunk has had amazing reviews all year and was ranked number one in BBC 6 music’s albums of year. I wanted to like it. I was really looking forward to it. But… I just don’t really like it all that much.

The standout track for me was Them Changes which previously appeared on a 2015 EP. I love that Isley Brothers intro.