What a year it’s been for music, with genre defining bands such as LCD Soundsystem reforming to create fresh, new sounds and taking to stages to showcase them, as well as unadulterated talent bursting onto the scene to deliver debuts that have become worthy of sell out tours, award wins and unforgettable festival moments. 2017 has seen releases from huge acts established and new, we take a look at some of our favourites from over the last twelve months.
Loyle Carner - Yesterday’s Gone
“His debut album, Yesterday’s Gone, sticks out in the current climate; not through exuberant flamboyance, but through it’s honesty, vulnerability and acceptance of the mundane essence of life – a welcome change in an era of alternative facts.”
“Seven years since their last release and six since they had announced their curtain call but the cult Brooklyn band are back, delivering the same intriguing and enticing sound that allowed them to gain their huge following in the first place - which included the late and great Bowie, who fans can thank for the reformation of the widely celebrated outfit.”
“London four-piece The Big Moon are one band striking all the right chords at moment, so much so that they find themselves at the forefront of the charge following the release of their debut LP Love In The 4th Dimension.”
“London’s J Hus has a taste for flavour. Mixing together a dash of afro beat, a pinch of UKG, grime, and a generous helping of bashment, the rapper has served up a zesty debut record that blends together the best of UK urban music.”
“With only fuzzy and grainy mobile phone-filmed video footage of their sound floating around the internet, the self-titled record is finally here to show what this pair are quite capable of, and what a treat that is. Undoubtedly falling under the broad deep house genre, Bicep’s album includes melodic drones layered with fast frequency synth as well as hypnotic, ambient and sometimes eerie accompaniments.”
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