Music 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
Slowdive – Slowdive
Cherry Glazer – Apocalipstick
Grandaddy – Last place
Hand Habits – Wildly idle
Girlpool – Powerplant
Lingua Ignota – All bitches die
Surf Curse – Nothing yet
Blanck Mass – World eater
Josh Kempen – Morning show
Susanne Sundfor – Music for people in trouble
Hundred Waters – Communicating
Dion Lunadon – Dion Lunadon
Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The time between us
Cloud Nothings – Life without sound
Fever Ray – Plunge
Delacave – When I’m overthinking
Zola Jesus – Okovi
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss spun
Couch Slut – Contempt
Julien Baker – Turn out the lights
Here are the Mixcloud DJ mixes.
Visit my page here for previous year’s mixes and other mixes.
Finally, here are the Deezer links for the extended playlists