Music of 2017

Best of 2017

My annual favourite music list is ready to go, albeit a little late by my standards. It was a great year for new music, and I found myself checking out other year end lists as there was just so much I’d never heard of. I made one major discovery from those lists: Lingua Ignota – All bitches must die. It’s a must for Diamanda Galas fans.

As usual, not everything here is for everyone (if you follow my old 80s Johannesburg nightclub pieces and club mixes, this is probably not a list for you [smiley face]). These are albums that I found myself listening to over and over. Some if it is jangly, some experimental, some gothy, some shoegaze, some electronic, some dark, some really dark with a smattering of metal.

There are also two Deezer playlists at the end of the post that feature my best songs that were not necessarily off albums of the year (but there is representation) as well as links to the the obligatory DJ mixes of a small selection of said favourite songs that I do every year. As always, these playlists are split into uptempo and moody.

Some track highlights that never made albums of the year: Alvvays, Wolf Alice, MGMT, Big Thief, King Krule, Perfume Genius, XX, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Shelby Lynne, Froth, Sleaford Mods, Thurston Moore, Mixhell & Joe Goddard, Xiu Xiu, Chastity Belt and St. Vincent.

Here are the albums. Aldous Harding and Slowdive are at the top becasue they were my outright favourites. The rest are randomly ordered. I’ve linked to Deezer or Bandcamp where applicable.

 

Aldous Harding – Party

Aldous Harding - Party

Aldous Harding – Party

Deezer link

Slowdive – Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive – Slowdive

Deezer link

Cherry Glazer – Apocalipstick

Cherry Glazer - Apocalipstick

Cherry Glazer – Apocalipstick

Deezer link

Grandaddy – Last place

Grandaddy - Last place

Grandaddy – Last place

Deezer link

Hand Habits – Wildly idle

Hand Habits - Wildly idle

Hand Habits – Wildly idle

Deezer link

Girlpool – Powerplant

Girlpool - Powerplant

Girlpool – Powerplant

Deezer link

Lingua Ignota – All bitches die

Lingua Ignota - All bitches must die

Lingua Ignota – All bitches die

Bandcamp link

Surf Curse – Nothing yet

Surf Curse – Nothing yet

Deezer link

Blanck Mass – World eater

Blanck Mass – World eater

Deezer link

Josh Kempen – Morning show

Josh Kempen – The morning show

Deezer link

Susanne Sundfor – Music for people in trouble

Susanne Sundfor – Music for people in trouble

Deezer link

Hundred Waters – Communicating

Hundred Waters – Communicating

Deezer link

Dion Lunadon – Dion Lunadon

Dion Lunadon – Dion Lunadon

Deezer link

Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The time between us

Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The time between us

Deezer link

Cloud Nothings – Life without sound

Cloud Nothings – Life without sound

Deezer link

Fever Ray – Plunge

Fever Ray – Plunge

Deezer link

Delacave – When I’m overthinking

Delacave – When I’m overthinking

Deezer link

Zola Jesus – Okovi

Zola Jesus – Okovi

Deezer link

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss spun

Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss spun

Deezer link

Couch Slut – Contempt

Couch Slut – Contempt

Deezer link

Julien Baker – Turn out the lights

Julien Baker – Turn out the lights

Deezer link

 

Here are the Mixcloud DJ mixes.

Going Down

Negative Boogie

Visit my page here for previous year’s mixes and other mixes.

 

Finally, here are the Deezer links for the extended playlists

Going Down cover

Going Down (the moody one)

Negative Boogie cover

Negative Boogie (the rawkus one)

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