15.5 Top Albums of 2017!

One thing we learnt in 2017 is that if you don’t make an end of year list, you might as well not exist. So, because we exist, here are our top 15 albums of the year (plus an EP as the .5… for most of us anyway).

BEN PATASHNIK
Lorde – Melodrama
Converge – The Dusk In Us
Tall Ships – Impressions
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Glassjaw – Material Control
Pallbearer – Heartless
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Captain We’re Sinking – The King Of No Man
Hundredth – RARE
Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
Single Mothers – Our Pleasure
EP (and also number 8 in the overall list):
Bellevue Days – Rosehill

FRANKIE DAVISON
Julie Bryne – ‘Not Even Happiness’
Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Hiss Spun’
Kelly Lee Owens – ‘Kelly Lee Owens’
Fever Ray – ‘Plunge’
King Woman – ‘Created In The Image of Suffering’
Mount Eerie – ‘A Crow Looked At Me’
Hurray For Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’
Aldous Harding – ‘Party’
Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Rest’
Lil Peep – ‘Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt 1’
Arca – ‘Arca’
Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’
Blanck Mass – ‘World Eater’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN.’
Bicep – ‘Bicep’
EP:
FARAI – KISSWELL

KATHERINE PARROTT
Beck – Colors
Frank Carter & The Rattle Snakes – Modern Ruin

KATE PRICE
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
Mary Ocher – The West Against The People
Run the Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
Algiers – The Underside of Power
Emel Mathlouthi – Ensen
Forest Swords – Compassion
Boris – Dear
Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
Beck – Colors
Fever Ray – Plunge
Kedr Livansky – Ariadna
Blanck Mass – World Eater
Lorde – Melodrama
Circuit des Yeux – Reaching for Indigo
EP:
Carla Dal Forno – The Garden

ROBYN EDWARDS
Richard Dawson – Peasant
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps
Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Laura Marling – Semper Femina
Real Estate – In Mind
Blanck Mass – World Eater
(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Susanne Sundfor – Music For People In Trouble

SARAH MAYNARD
Julien Baker ‘Turn Out The Lights’ (Matador)
Glassjaw ‘Material Control’ (Century Media)
Phoebe Bridgers ‘Stranger in the Alps’ (Dead Oceans)
Ho99o9 ‘United States of Horror’ (Toys Have Powers)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit ‘The Nashville Sound’ (Southeastern Records)
The Menzingers ‘After The Party’ (Epitaph)
Vince Staples ‘Big Fish Theory’ (Def Jam)
Stormzy ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ (#Merky Records)
While She Sleeps ‘You Are We’ (Sleeps Brothers)
Zola Jesus ‘Okovi’ (Sacred Bones)
SZA ‘Ctrl’ (TDE)
Kendrick Lamar ‘Damn’ (TDE)
Syd ‘Fin’ (Columbia)
Drake ‘More Life’ (OVO Sound)
Princess Nokia ‘1992 Deluxe’ (Rough Trade)
EP:
Pillow Queens ‘Calm Girls’ (Specialist Subject)

SIMON MORELY
Idles – Brutalism
Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
Bonny Doon – Bonny Doon
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – Drool
Juana Molina – Halo
Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
Bicep – Bicep
The Stevens – Good
Cende – #1 Hit Singles
Pardoner – Uncontrollable salvation

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The Soft Moon – Burn

No one does angry quite like Luis Vasquez. New track Burn is intense and brilliantly cathartic in the way only The Soft Moon knows how. New album out Feb 2nd on Sacred Bones.

Gregg Kowalsky – Maliblue Dream Sequence

Gregg Kowalsky’s new track “Maliblue Dream Sequence” sounds pretty much as the title describes. It’s a shimmering fuzz of melancholy warmth and it’s bloody beautiful. Taken from his new album L’Orange, L’Orange, which comes out on Nov 10th via Mexican Summer.

Dave Clarke ft Anika

I’ll be honest, I haven’t a clue who Dave Clarke is, but apparently he’s back after a 14 year hiatus which is great because he’s got Anika of Exploded View to lend her unmistakable vocals to his new song. It’s really very good indeed and also as good an excuse as any to spend the rest of the day listening through Anika’s back catalogue of work, both solo and with Exploded View. Cheers to that.

Earlham Mystics – Waters

Earlham Mystics is the guise of Luke Abbott, and today he’s announced the second in a trilogy of EPs on Gold Panda‘s NOTOWN Recordings record label. Waters EP will be out digitally on Friday here, with 12″ vinyl to follow on Sept 15th.

Here’s the EP’s suitably disorientating title track:

Introducing: Boy Harsher

Northampton, MA duo Boy Harsher have just dropped a heady new dark disco track. Taken from their new EP which comes out on Ascetic House on Oct 27th, “Motion” is all vast, industrial beats, arpeggiated synths and haunting vocals. Cinematic & evocative, intoxicating and absolutely dancefloor-ready.

UUUU – Verlagerung, Verlagerung, Verlagerung

I’ve fallen in love with some more weird noise, courtesy of Wire’s Graham Lewis (I was banging on about one of his projects from the 80s the other day here). Now he, Matthew Simms (Wire, It Hugs Back), Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, The Oscillation) and Thighpaulsandra (Coil, Spiritualized) and have made some really glorious ambient meanderings under the name UUUU, which are to be released in October on Editions Mego.

They posted this track online yesterday and I think I’ve listened to it about 8 times already. Cool.